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Before the 43rd NIAF Anniversary Gala

The night of Gala Receptions and the Awards Dinner were preceded by two days of Italian and Italian American events, many of them free and open to the public.

Niaf 43rd Anniversary Gala in Review

Family, friends, music, wine and food! Now that’s Italian! On Saturday, October 13, The National Italian American Foundation’s 43rd Anniversary Gala hosted more than 2,000 Italian Americans and special guests from Italy in a weekend-long celebration of our heritage and culture at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

What a Weekend with NIAF!

For two days every year, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel swells with Italian voices, music, and food for the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) Anniversary Gala weekend. October 12 and 13 of this year were no different. Pugliese wine, olive oil, and sauce was enjoyed by eager Italian Americans looking for a taste of their culture at the Expo Italiana, and gala attendees gathered to honor Italian Americans who have contributed greatly to American business, science, government, and the arts.

Hospitality in Molise: “It Takes a Village”

‘Alberghi Diffusi’ and Historic Houses in Charming Villages

Taking Molise to the World

THE REGION ACCORDING TO ONE OF ITS MAJOR ENTREPRENEURS: Enrico Colavita. A life devoted to entrepreneur-ship and internationalization. His is an exemplary story. From a family business in a small village in Molise he embarked on a great adventure that would bring olive oil to the world, the United States in particular. Today, Colavita is not only in the olive oil business; it has put its international practice to the service of both region and country.

New York Columbus Day Parade 2018. Celebrating Italian-American Heritage

First Data President Guy Chiarello serves as Grand Marshal of annual march and will kead the parade with over 100 marching groups Including high school bands; Italian-American Cultural Institutions and colorful floats

L’Italia: The Country Big on Small Business

Last summer, doing our annual browsing at the packed Italian Pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, we met Maria Teresa Sassano, a businesswoman from Puglia and National Vice President of the Small Industry Committee of Confindustria, the largest industrial organization in Italy (see box to the right). We hung back to talk with her about women’s roles in Italian industry and her personal efforts to promote the internationalization of small and medium-sized Italian companies.

Bumper Grape Harvest Brings Outstanding Wine

Italian enologists are gloating not only about the boost in quantity of this year's grapes, but, more importantly, about the quality. The vintage, up 21% over last year, is considered exceptional.

Team Colavita/Bialetti Closes Out the 2018 Season

Colavita/Bialetti Pro Women Cycling Team finishes 2nd in the US Pro Cycling Series. The team exists thanks to the financial support of the Colavita family and other iconic Italian partner entities who share their vision and passion. Among them Bialetti, a leading Italian cookware and coffee maker brand; Bianchi, premier Italian bicycle manufacturer; and EICMA, an acronym for the most important trade fair event for the entire 2-wheel sector comprising motorcycles and bicycles. The Colavita women’s program, with its UCI-registered Colavita-Bianchi team, has been providing big career-building opportunities for women in cycling for more than 15 years.

The Woman who Captures the Spirit of Animals

Photographer Lori Fusaro’s life changed forever in June 2012 during her volunteering at Carson Animal Care Center in Los Angeles County. There she saw Sunny, a 16-year-old dog who had been left at the shelter because of a tumor on her leg. After spending three wonderful years together, Fusaro got the idea for her senior-dog photography project in order to inspire people to think about adopting a senior animal.

"Festa della Repubblica" in New York: Tributes, Concerts, Food and Much More

On June 5th the Italian institutions in New York celebrated the Republic Day with some exciting events including touching tributes, good music and quality food. On this special occasion, a tree was dedicated on 690 Park Ave. to honor Italo Calvino for the 61st anniversary of The Baron in the Trees' publication
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Celebrate Festa della Repubblica with Italy Runs in Central Park

The long-awaited "Italy Run by Ferrero" was presented at the New York Road Runners Center, which will see on Sunday, June 3rd 11,000 people bringing a touch of (tri)color to the heart of the Big Apple

The 59th NCCA Award Dinner Honors those who Preserve Columbus

The National Council of Columbia Association in Civil Service celebrated the exemplar service of Italians and Italian Americans at their annual Award Dinner. Attendees were honored, awarded, and recognized for their hard work, dedication, and admirable characters that serve to support their communities and preserve Columbus and his legacy.

“We Still Sit by the Sea Expecting to See Ulysses’ Ship Pass by...”

We all are very sad. Italian film director Vittorio Taviani, who with his brother Paolo Taviani created masterpieces of the Italian cinema has died today at the age of 88. The Taviani brothers are among Italy’s most well-known directors, with such acclaimed credits as Padre Padrone, La Notte di San Lorenzo, Kaos, Caesar Must Die and Wondrous Boccaccio. It is a great loss for Italian cinema and culture. To his family and his daughter, friend Giovanna Taviani , our deepest sympathy We decided to republish this article that the great director generously wrote for our magazine. It is the celebration of an island that he loved so much, Salina. Salina as seen through the eyes of renowned film director who for many years has shared a house on the gorgeous Sicilian island with his brother Paolo, inseparable companion in work and in life.

Your Home and the New Tax Law

If you own a home and have used an equity loan to pay for personal expenses, such as credit cards, a car purchase, or a child’s education; under the new tax law interest paid on home equity indebtedness used for such purposes will no longer be deductible. There are things you can still do! Learn more about it from the consulting team at Grassi & Co.

Erica Jong - Woman, Author, Icon and... Italophile

Interview with the fearless writer that transcended eras, genders and stereotypes. During our conversation with the feminist icon, we’ve also come to discover the author’s strong ties with the Italian culture, from her love of Dante to her encounter with Umberto Eco. She is also the recipient of the Fernanda Pivano Award for American Literature, a prize named in honor of the Italian writer and translator. And of course we talked about #metoo, zipless fuck and much more...

Honoring Italian American Women @ the 2018 NOIAW Annual Luncheon

NOIAW is the premier organization for women of Italian heritage that is committed to preserving Italian heritage, language and culture by promoting and supporting the advancement of women of Italian ancestry through education programs. Lorraine Grillo and Gina Gionfriddo Honored April 14 at the St. Regis by the National Organization of Italian American Women; Joseph M. Mattone, Sr. to Receive Preeminent Friend of NOIAW Award

I AM BOOKS - Your Italian American Cultural Hub in Boston

Come discover the very first Italian-American bookstore in the US founded by Italian journalist Nicola Orichuia and his business partner, Jim Pinzino.

Over 700 Scholarships to Italian-American Students In 2018

This year, the Columbus Citizens Foundation is expected to provide scholarships and financial assistance to over 700 Italian-American elementary, high school and college students who possess academic ability, but lack the financial means to attend the schools of their choice.

Remembering Aldo Moro 40 Years After Kidnapping

March 16 marks the 40th anniversary of the day when Aldo Moro was kidnapped and his five bodyguards were killed by Red Brigades, in a military-style operation on Via Fani in Rome. The ghost of that murder still haunts Italian politics.