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Movimento Cinque Stelle leader Beppe Grillo during the demonstration in Rome last week
Op-Eds
Judith Harris(November 30, 2016)
When Beppe Grillo, Movimento Cinque Stelle leader, took a tumble into one of the myriad Roman potholes, the sarcastic chortles of his opponents echoed all over Italy. Why? Because the mayor, who is expected to fix up Rome and its streets, is from his party.
i-Italy on the Go!
The playbill of “La Grande Abbuffata” (The Grande Bouffe) an Italian-French production directed by Marco Ferreri (1973). Four longtime friends gather in a villa for the week- end with the express purpose of eating themselves to death. Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Piccoli, and Philippe Noiret
Dining in & out
Tommaso Cartia(November 17, 2016)
In the Italian dietary tradition, meat has a long and articulated history with roots stretching to antiquity, in which cultural, economical and social aspects are bonded together. Therefore one can distinguish di erent culinary approaches to meat consuming. In the Middle Ages, the Lord’s supper was rich on wild game meats while the peasants’ diet was poorer—they couldn’t even a ord pork, then considered a rich privilege for the wealthy.
From left: Dennis Looney (Modern Language Association - MLA), David Ward (Wellesley College), Lucia Pasqualini (MAECI, Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, MSU) and Consul General Francesco Genuardi. Pics in page by Iwona Adamczyk
Art & Culture
Alex Catti(November 27, 2016)
A group of Italian language experts gathered at Montclair State University in New Jersey to discuss prospects regarding the study of the language and how it fares against the study of other languages. Guest speakers included Dennis Looney of the Modern Language Association, David Ward of Wellesley College, and Lucia Pasqualini from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome.
Roberto Chierici's photography in Chelsea
Events
Samantha Janazzo(November 29, 2016)
A beard is a personal reflection, a key to confidence, and has undoubtedly transformed throughout history in various cultures. Italian photographer Roberto Chierici has explored today's mentality of beards through a series of photographs- now on display at the Atlantic Gallery in Manhattan.
Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, ca. September 1947. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb
Art & Culture
Enzo Capua(November 22, 2016)
This time we are going to talk about an important—nay, fundamental— concept, for listening, playing, and above all understanding jazz music. I’m referring to improvisation.
Op-Eds
Just weeks after celebrating his 1,000 days in office, a postwar feat matched by only four previous postwar governments, Premier Matteo Renzi faces a tough constitutional reform referendum Dec. 4. The risk is that the vote will be read as for or against Renzi himself.
Donald Trump with Rudy Giuliani
Op-Eds
Jerry Krase(November 19, 2016)
The day after the Presidential election I was in England to deliver the keynote address at the University of Central Lancashire’s “Fieldwork Photography Symposium.” I had already voted for Hillary Clinton on the Working Families Party line by absentee ballot from Brooklyn. My opening remarks were “Yesterday there was a battle in the U.S.A. between the Anti-Christ and the Whore of Babylon, and the Anti-Christ won.” Given that many in the audience had mistakenly voted for Brexit and were now...
Actors of "The Lehman Trilogy" play by Luca Ronconi took place in "Piccolo Teatro di Milano Teatro d'Europa"
Events
Joelle Grosso(November 29, 2016)
Coming up in the beginning of December, the Umanism Italian Playwrights Project along with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York will be hosting an Artist Talk featuring the talented Italian playwright, Stefano Massini.
Art & Culture
Kayla Pantano(November 29, 2016)
Italian painter Giovanni dal Ponte, along with Canaletto and his nephew Bernardo Bellotto, are currently on display in Florence and Milan respectively, featuring over 150 pieces of critically acclaimed pieces and less familiar hidden gems.
Nicolo' De Giorgis "Contrasto Driade" per Fondazione Altagamma
Facts & Stories
Mila Tenaglia(November 17, 2016)
The Altagamma Foundation was born in 1992 to enhance the competitveness of high-end Italian companies operating worldwide in such different markets as fashion, design, jewelry, nautica, hospitality, and food. Two distinctive features bring these vastly different industries together: Italianness and excellence. i-Italy met Altagamma’s Director Stefania Lazzaroni and talked about the history of Altagamma Foundation.
Furla's Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue
Art & Culture
Tommaso Cartia(November 22, 2016)
After Furla’s record- breaking achievements all over the world and its breakthrough in the oriental market, the company—currently exporting to 71 countries— was in search of the perfect place to maximize its brand’s footprint in the US. A natural choice, the new flagship boutique recently opened in New York City on Fifth Avenue, the most glamorous shopping street in the world. We sat down with Scott Link, CEO of the Americas, to talk about Furla’s new adventure in the US.
State police chief inspector, Maria Rosa Volpe
Op-Eds
Judith Harris(November 15, 2016)
President Sergio Mattarella presented awards to 40 outstanding Italian citizens for their unique contributions to their country. Recipients, ranging in age from 18 to 90, came from all walks of life: teaching, medicine, music, police, sports.
Aglianico is a black grape grown in Southern Italy, mainly in Campania and Basilicata. In Basilicata it is made into a wine called Aglianico del Vulture, because the best vineyards are located in and around Mount Vulture, the extinct volcano in the...
Before the earthquake that devastated Amatrice and several other towns last August, the rural city northeast of Rome was perhaps best known for its iconic dish, Spaghetti all’Amatriciana. Ironically, the 50th Sagra degli Spaghetti all'...
FICO Eataly World introduces their new program in New York City
Facts & Stories
Joelle Grosso(November 18, 2016)
FICO Eataly World comes to New York City to introduce their new program that will bring the best of Italy’s food, wine, and agricultural traditions to the world.
Three different kinds of wheat and rye flour.
Flour has always been a primary source of nutrition for humans, especially Italians, especially because flour is used to make bread and pasta, two staples of the Mediterranean diet.
The Sassi di Matera (Stones of Matera)
While we ready for this fascinating journey through a very tiny, yet gigantic region, we wonder, “How can such a small place have so much to offer?” A part of Italy’s Mezzogiorno that is still little known to mass tourism, Basilicata is blossoming...
Dining in & out
A.L. S.(November 03, 2016)
In a corner of his tiny Upper West Side eatery, Michele Casadei Massari and I chatted amiably about his business philosophy while tucking into an exquisite bowl of fettuccine Bolognese. His story, like the story behind his restaurant Piccolo Cafe,...
Facts & Stories

Run Leo! Avanti Tutta. At the New York Marathon to Conquer Cancer

An Italian athlete is coming to New York, not to stop a war, but to continue one that he began 4 years ago in 2012 against cancer, an incurable lung tumor that metastasized. Leonardo Cenci goes by the name “Leo,” which, in Italian, means lion. He is the type of person who loves life and is not easily intimidated by the challenges that we as humans sometimes encounter, especially ones that can shorten our lives. Leo also conceived the “Oncology Games,” and created “Avanti Tutta”, an organization that, through its programs, promotes a healthy lifestyle and gives dignity to individuals afflicted by cancer.
Art & Culture

Ferrari World Finals in Daytona

For the first time in history the Ferrari Finali Mondiali will take place in the United States at the Daytona International Speedway. What better place for four days of racing and showcasing than one of America's most important racetracks? Adding to the excitement, the Formula 1 Scuderia Ferrari team will conduct Ferrari performance demonstrations.
Art & Culture

If Venice Dies: A Conversation with Salvatore Settis

Is one of the most beautiful cities in the world about to lose its true identity? In his recent book ‘If Venice Dies’, the eminent Italian archaeologist and art historian Salvatore Settis tries to answer this question. On October 31st, NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò hosted an exclusive conversation with Settis and American author and journalist, Alexander Stille, who discussed all of the obstacles that Venice is currently facing.
Art & Culture

"The Revenge of Color Over Line" Bridges Together Venice and Tuscany's Renaissance Oil Painting

Travel through time on the second floor of the Uffizi Gallery to witness newly exhibited sketches from the 16th Century Venetian School in tandem the Tuscan and Venetian Oil Paintings to understand the stylistic influence and conversation between artists that transcended through the Italian Renaissance.
A shot from the movie
Art & Culture

Gianfranco Rosi 'Fire at Sea': a Storm About to Rage in North America

The success of Gianfranco Rosi’s ‘Fire at Sea’ in North America doesn’t seem to stop. The impressionistic and emotionally absorbing documentary, chronicling the Mediterranean migrant crisis phenomenon afflicting the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, continues to move American audiences with its urgent and lyrically potent storytelling.
Facts & Stories

Another Earthquake Rattles Central Italy. Are There More to Come?

Though Sunday’s quake spared human life, it struck at the nation's identity with fear of more dangerous tremors on the way.
Art & Culture

Stony Brook University's 13th Italian Film Festival

This past weekend Stony Brook University hosted its 13th Annual Center for Italian Studies Festival of New Italian Cinema. The festival was held in the theater of the Charles B. Wang Center. This year’s festival was organized in collaboration with the Associazione Culturale ArtMedia (Rome, Italy). The event presented “Italy on Screen Today/Wind of Europe,” which is a project that aims to promote Italian contemporary cinema. The festival associate, Giacomo Rocchini, introduced the films and highlighted cultural anecdotes and important themes of each.
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After Quake Devastation, Vows to Reconstruct

The devastation of Central Italy's second round of earthquakes is being matched by vows to reconstruct. Even though seismologists fear that more may be on the way, the government is vowing to rebuild.
Facts & Stories

ISSNAF. Awards to Six Young Italian Researchers

The Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) conferred awards to six young Italian researchers on Tuesday, October 18th at the Italian Embassy in Washington. Italian Ambassador to the United States, Armando Varricchio, believes that “The Italian scientific community in the United States is comprised of extremely important professionals, and it greatly contributes to strengthening the relationship between Italy and the United States [...] The networking activities assured by ISSNAF offer concrete opportunities to develop and deepen this partnership.” The six researchers who were honored had worked in universities and research centers either in the United States or in Canada, and they were recognized for outstanding work in their respective fields.
Rome Film Fest 2016
Art & Culture

Rome Film Festival Recap & Highlights

Let’s recap the 2016 Rome Film Fest! Independent film producers, rising stars, and highly acclaimed artists gather together scouting Hollywood's future.
Art & Culture

Looking at Life Through the Eyes of Lisetta Carmi

When she looks back at her life, Lisetta Carmi maintains that, at 92, she has already lived five. The drawing of her made by her spiritual guide, Babaji Herakhan Baba, was right. Each one of the five faces portrayed among lotus flowers, represents a different life, ranging from that of the musician, the photographer, the community leader, the reborn musician and the silent bystander. Above all, Lisetta Carmi is known as a photographer whose work has been compared to Henri Cartier Bresson's.
Art & Culture

“Venice must learn how to creatively construct its own destiny”

We are delighted to publish an excerpted from "If Venice Dies" by Salvatore Settis, archeologist and art historian, former Director of the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.
Facts & Stories

The Bridge Book Award in its Second Edition

On Wednesday evening, Nadia Terranova and Marco Belpoliti discussed their award-winning books at the Italian Institute of Culture.
Art & Culture

Dennita Sewell in Los Angeles: The Italian Impact on Contemporary Fashion

As part of the Week of the Italian Language, thanks to Valeria Rumori, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in LA, fashion curator Dennita Sewell hosted a special presentation on the role of Italian designers in establishing today's trends.
Art & Culture

The Revival of the Italian Futurist Era

Designers & Books collaborates with Italian and American museums and global crowdfunding site Kickstarter to create a facsimile edition of Fortunato Depero’s 1927 monograph "Depero Futurista."
Facts & Stories

White House to Hold Glitzy State Dinner for Italy

President Obama and the First Lady will honor Matteo Renzi and his wife at Obama's last state dinner.
Facts & Stories

The Italian-American Vote

Who will New York City’s Italian-American voters favor in the upcoming presidential election in November? Based on statistical analyses and past voting performance, it will be the Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. However, because of the growing number of more liberal Italian- American New Yorkers, especially among the young and women, the margin might not be as HUGE as expected.
Facts & Stories

Italian Language in the World

Next week, many of Italy’s most influential politicians as well as various international scholars will gather in Florence to discuss the power and the possibilities of the Italian language. For those not able to attend the event, it can be seen live in streaming on the website www.esteri.it.
Life & People

Mike’s Deli: Animating the Bronx’s “Big Italy”

Fresh off the G train to the Bronx - you have just landed in Italy. Given that a “Little Italy” already exists in N.Y.C. the Bronx, and in particular the Arthur Avenue area, should really deserve to be appointed the city’s “Big Italy.” The Arthur Avenue Retail Market offers some of the best and most authentic Italian food products in town. The very heart of this retail realm is Davids Greco’s “Mike’s Deli,” a place permeated with history, folklore and a religious commitment to quality.
Facts & Stories

Presenting i-Italy at the NIAF Gala Weekend in Washington, DC: A Multimedia Network for the Italian Community in America

i-Italy will be presenting its recent and future projects in a conference session at the 41st Annual meeting of the National Italian American Foundation. Host: John M. Viola; Moderator: John D. Calvelli; Panelists: Patricia DeStacy Harrison, Linda Carlozzi, Aileen Riotto Sirey. Join us on Saturday, October 15 @ 11:30am at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park Hotel.
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On Sunday, Italians will head to the polls to vote in a referendum that could change the political course of their country. But they won't be compulsively checking polls while they wait: In Italy, it's illegal to publish polls during the final two weeks before a vote.

Italian and Japanese archaeologists have found what could be the last villa of Rome's first emperor, Augustus (63 BC-14 AD). The ruins of the splendid abode lie at Starza della Regina, near the Naples hinterland town of Somma Vesuviana, on the slopes of Mt Vesuvius.

One of the most wanted fugitive bosses of the notorious Calabrian mafia was arrested on Thursday in what the government hailed as a "beautiful" victory for Italy's fight against organized crime.

After the Oct. 30 quake, one of the few things left standing at the monastery was a small brewery, where for the past four years the monks have been making Nursia, a beer named for Norcia’s ancient Latin appellation.

Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, celebrated her 117th birthday on Tuesday, still swearing by her diet of two raw eggs a day. Morano was born in November 1899, four years before the Wright brothers first took to the air. Her life has spanned three centuries, two World Wars and over 90 Italian governments.

Eat, drink and shop. It’s a great day in Boston for lovers of Italian food. Eataly is open for business.

Before “Silence” makes its world premiere at the Vatican on Thursday before 400 priests and guests, the pic’s director, Martin Scorsese, will have a private audience with Pope Francis tomorrow morning at 8:45 a.m. Rome time before the pontiff has his regular weekly general audience. The news was announced by the Vatican press office today.

The day of reckoning for Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, Italy’s No. 3 lender by assets and one of Europe’s most troubled, is drawing near.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi on Wednesday opened the Circus Maximus archaeological area after six years of work. "For the first time the archaeological area of antiquity's biggest spectacle structure are open to the public," the city said.

In its report on energy efficiency, ENEA (the National Agency for Energy and the Environment), has highlighted the fact that Italy is one of the leading nations in Europe in this field, “with a level of energy intensity 18% lower than the EU average.”

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Antonio Bini(November 28, 2016)
Siamo lieti di pubblicare la riflessione dello scrittore Antonio Bisi sugli aspetti della nuova emigrazione dei giovani italiani e in particolare degli abruzzesi. L'analisi ha preso spunto dalla recente uscita del libro della giornalista e...
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Gennaro Matino(November 28, 2016)
C'è un mantra che continua ad essere pensato, riproposto, pronunciato. Il denominatore sarebbe comune: gli omosessuali, per la loro “scelta contro natura", portano l’umanità all’estinzione. Succede con Chiesa Ortodossa russa ma anche su...

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Format: 2016-12-05
Format: 2016-12-05

December 05

Art Exhibition: Ornaghi & Prestinari, curated by Vittorio Calabrese
10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street
10011 New York, NY
United States
Cagnacci’s “Repentant Magdalene”: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum
10:00 am
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
10021 New York, NY
United States
Art Exhibition: Guido Cagnacci, Dying Cleopatra
10:00 am
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Ave
10021 New York, NY
United States
Book Presentation: Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora
06:00 pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street
10011 New York, NY
United States
Italian Playwrights Project 2016
06:30 pm
Martin Segal Theatre Center The CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
10016 New York, NY
United States

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