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  • Another Suggestion for Your Early Spring Break—Venice.


    Didn’t we say we’d take you to Italy this Spring? After the Amalfi Coast, here comes our second suggestion: Venice offers the best of what Italy has to offer. 


     
    Venice and its Lagoon


    The Basilica of San Marco

    WHERE 

    Located in Northeastern Italy, Venice is a city in and on the water. Made up of over 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea, it has all the old world charm you can dream of. With buildings that seem to rise out of the water, there are no cars or roadways. You navigate the city in gondolas on canals. Visiting Venice is like taking a beautiful step back in time. 

     
    WHAT
    With places to visit like the Grand Canal, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Piazza San Marco, you will have a trip filled with activities. The Grand Canal runs through the city with an uncountable amount of smaller waterways to explore and Saint Mark’s square is in the center of the city and a great place to explore on foot. Venice is also known around the world for its beautiful glass. Hand made on the island of Murano, it is colorful and elaborate. Since it is a coastal city, the seafood is always fresh in Venice and it is a must try. Enjoy a specialty, like cuttlefish with handmade ink pasta. Venice offers the best of what Italy has to offer. 


    HOW
    Start planning your trip! Many hotels and resorts in Italy will welcome you with special offers and discounted rates. Fly Alitalia, to Venice and take advantage of  all-inclusive, round trip fares from New York start at $979! Book by February 2, 2016 for these incredible offers!
     



     
     

  • Tourism: Articles

    Another Suggestion for Your Early Spring Break—Venice.

    WHERE 

    Located in Northeastern Italy, Venice is a city in and on the water. Made up of over 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea, it has all the old world charm you can dream of. With buildings that seem to rise out of the water, there are no cars or roadways. You navigate the city in gondolas on canals. Visiting Venice is like taking a beautiful step back in time. 
     

    WHAT

    With places to visit like the Grand Canal, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Piazza San Marco, you will have a trip filled with activities. The Grand Canal runs through the city with an uncountable amount of smaller waterways to explore and Saint Mark’s square is in the center of the city and a great place to explore on foot. Venice is also known around the world for its beautiful glass. Hand made on the island of Murano, it is colorful and elaborate. Since it is a coastal city, the seafood is always fresh in Venice and it is a must try. Enjoy a specialty, like cuttlefish with handmade ink pasta. Venice offers the best of what Italy has to offer. 

    HOW

    Start planning your trip! Many hotels and resorts in Italy will welcome you with special offers and discounted rates. Fly Alitalia, to Rome and you are just a short connection away to the Marco Polo Airport in Venice! All-inclusive, round trip fares from New York start at $979! Book by February 2, 2016 for these incredible offers!

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  • Tourism

    Our Suggestions for the Spring. The Amalfi Coast!

    WHERE 

    The Amalfi coast is made up of a 30 mile stretch of coastline, located on the Southern edge of Italy’s Southern peninsula, in the Campania region. The beautiful waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea meet with the pastel colored towns located in cliffs on the shoreline. A seaside road between the port city of Salerno and clifftop Sorrento winds through the scenic landscape of the region. 
     

    WHAT

    If you enjoy sunshine, beaches and some of the freshest foods in Italy, then the Amalfi Coast is a must visit! The regions of Positano and Capri feature quaint beaches that look as if they belong on a postcard. The crystal blue water is the perfect complement to the fresh citrus trees that you can fins along the coastline. Some of the foods to come from the Amalfi coast are delicious pizza, fresh pasta and seafood and locally grown lemons in the form of limoncello, gelato or a fresh granita. You can stroll or drive your way through this colorful region, it is breathtaking either way! 

    HOW

    Start planning your trip! Many hotels and resorts in Italy will welcome you with special offers and discounted rates. Fly Alitalia to Naples and you are just a short distance away to the heart of the Amalfi Coast! All-inclusive, round trip fares from New York start at $979! Book by February 2, 2016 for these incredible offers!

  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews

    Eataly Vino Complimentary. Wine tastings every Day

    At Eataly Wine, where on most weekdays the two floors of Italian quality wines are the backdrop for complimentary tastings held from 6 to 8 pm, often featuring meet-the-winemaker events.

    Eataly Vino is a few steps away from the main store’s entrance on West 23rd Street. Here,with the help of a team of wine-loving experts ready to answer your questions, you can explore the rare, old, and collectible wines stored in the temperature-controlled Reserve Room.

    It’s a fun, friendly way to learn about the many wines and the wine regions of Italy. And no reservation is required: just pop in during the indicated hours. Tastings are scheduled a month in advance, so look online for what the next month has to offer.

    Check the calendar on Eataly’s website also for exclusive events—Wine Dinners are organized every month with special theme nights in Eataly’s restaurants. They include an incredible five-course meal prepared by some of Eataly’s best chefs, paired with the perfect wine for each course 

  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews

    Wine Pairing. “What Do You Want To Drink?"


     



    This past fall acclaimed journal Wine Spectator launched an online poll asking, “Do you choose a restaurant by its wine list?” As we eagerly await the results, let us point out that asking yourself what and how well you want to drink is pivotal when choosing an Italian restaurant—wine is, in fact, an integral part of Italian gourmet culture.


    Which is why this issue features Italian restaurants in New York with distinctive wine lists that radically enhance one’s dining experience. While we take responsablity for the following reviews—deliberately written for the amateur diner—the stops along the way and pairings were recommended by noted wine consultant and Italian wine expert Charles Scicolone.

    Uppe East Side:

    Lincoln

    142 W 65th Street

    ☎ (212) 359-6500 

    CUISINE upscale ATMOSPHERE elegant PRICE $$$

    ● This Italianate design-driven space at New York City’s iconic Lincoln Center is home to starred Chef Jonathan Benno. Here he offers his own interpretation of modern Italian cuisine by prepar- ing upscale dishes in a central open kitchen—the actual heart of this luxury space co-owned by the Patina Restau- rant Group, run by Calabria-born Nick Valenti. Wine Director Aaron Von Rock developed a 400-bottle, Italian list to compliment Benno’s cuisine with both classical and cutting-edge selections. A favorite antipasto is Trippa Brasata (tripe with spciy sausage, chickpeas, and San Marzano tomatoes), delicious with the Sicilian Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2011 from Valle dell’Acate. For a pasta course we recommend Cara- melle con Zucca (butternut squash- filled pasta, walnuts, and smoked ricotta salata) paired with Gini’s “Sal- varenza” Soave Classico 2011.

     

    Midtown
    Marea

    240 Central Park South

    ☎ (212) 582-5100 

    CUISINE high-end ATMOSPHERE elegant PRICE $$$$

    ● Specializing in coastal seafood, Marea (or ‘Tide”) is the brainchild of experienced Chef Michael White, a Wisconsin native who turned to Italian while training for several years with celebrated Chef Valentino Marcattilli at Ristorante San Domenico in Imola, near Bologna. A multi-starred Chef who both respects and innovates Italian cuisine, White came to New York in the early 2000s where he established a number of Italian-inspired venues with his Altamarea (or ‘High Tide’) Restaurant Group, including Marea, Osteria Morini, Ai Fiori, and Due Mari and Due Terre in New Jersey, as well as—with partner Ahmass Fakahany— steakhouse Costata, pizzeria Nicoletta, upscale Ristorante Morini, which has also been opened in Instanbul, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. At Marea White is joined by Chef di Cucina Lau- ren DeSteno and Beverage Director Francesco Grosso, who bring experi- ence with and passion for high-end Italian cuisine.

    You should not miss their luxurious Spada (grilled sword- fish with heirloom tomatoes, sun- flower shoots, trout roe, and basil) or Stracci (braised short ribs, escarole, fennel, and green garlic). Pair the for- mer with an Etna Bianco Superiore “Pi- etramarina” by Benanti, and the latter with a Carema Riserva from Produttori di Carema.




    Le Cirque


    151 E 58th Street

    ☎ (212) 644-0202

    CUISINE contemporary 

    ATMOSPHERE elegant

    PRICE $$$

    Sirio Maccioni’s memoir defines this family-run, yet high-end venue as “the New York restaurant where Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger reconciled and Frank Sinatra parked his limo”— but these are just two out of a long list of celebrities who might have sat in the chairs you’re occupying right now. In Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque, read how this Tuscan-born res- taurateur grew from a maître d’hôtel in the late 1960s to the founder of a unique place that blends French classics with Italian culinary masterpieces. Maccioni established Le Cique in the mid 1970s, and moved it twice before its current location in the Bloomberg Building in 2006. Today Sirio’s sons— Mario, Marco, and Mauro—as well as wife Egidiana help manage Le Cirque’s multiple locations and sister restau- rants around the world.


    Le Cirque of- fers an incredibly rich wine list from regions as different as Canada and Lebanon, Macedonia and South Af- rica, Germany and Chile, among oth- ers. French an Italian wines, however, holdprideofplace.You’ll wanttotaste Black Truffle Risotto with Antinori ‘s Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2012. For pasta, go for Chitarra con Pomo- doro (cherry tomato sauce, basil pesto) paired with Feudi del Pisciotto Caro- lina Marengo’s Frappato 2010.



    West Village

    dell’anima

    38 8th Avenue

    ☎ (212) 366-6633

    CUISINE creative/seasonal
    ATMOSPHERE casual/rustic
    PRICE $$$

    ● “Of the Soul” is the name of this small gem in the heart of the West Village. Opened in 2007 by Executive Chef Gabe Thompson, dell’anima has long been the place to go for Italian- inspired creations. We’ll see what Thompson’s upcoming departure will bring, but have every reason to believe dell’anima will keep its tra- dition of and creative menu offerings that change daily, and use of local, seasonal, and sustainably harvested produce wherever possible. Executive Beverage Director Joe Campanale will surely continue to develop his wine list based on small production, high- quality selections with an emphasis on traditional and natural winemak- ing. The list ofers offers more than 150 hand-chosen wines selected for flavor, uniqueness ,and tradition. Start with the unique “orange” Age- no 2008 La Stoppa from Emilia paired with Sweetbreads (corn, red onion, basil, red pepper, citrus). For a main course, try Market Squash-Ravioli (butter, sage, pine nuts, and pecorino Romano) with a Dolcetto di Dogliani “Briccolero” 2009.

     

    Midtown West

    Barbetta

    321 west. 46th Street

    ☎ (212) 246-9171

    CUISINE traditional/piemontese 
    ATMOSPHERE elegant
    PRICE $$$

    ● Established in 1906, Barbetta is the oldest Italian restaurant in New York City and the only restaurant in America to have been named an “His- toric Establishment” by the Italian association Locali Storici d’Italia. In 1962, its spectacular interior was re-furbished by Laura Maioglio, daugh- ter of founder Sebastiano and now its owner, with Piemontese antiques. This made it the first elegant Italian restaurant in town—which, as its website states, “represented a radi- cal departure from the prevailing but erroneous notion ... that Italian res- taurants are invariably ‘rustic’ and that Italian food must be similarly ‘rustic’.” But even rustic meals can be reinterpreted in an elegant way. This is the case with typically Piemontese Bagna Cauda, a gregarious “country” dish where guests around the table dip raw vegetables into a simmering pot of an anchovy -flavored olive oil sauce. Pair it with Barbera d’Asti 2013 Cascina Castlét—one of 1,700 different labels on a legendary wine list. If you are in the mood for a white, order Ceretto’s Arneis Blangè 2013 with Veal Tonnè in a classic Piemontese pairing.

     

    Nizza

    630 Ninth Avenue ☎(212) 956-1800 

    CUISINE coastal/ligurian

    ATMOSPHERE simple/casual
     PRICE $S

    ● Nizza, Italy? Well, not exactly! Nizza is Nice, the capital of the French Côte d’Azur, but 30 minutes from the Italian border and once part of the Kingdom of Savoy. This Theatre District bistro sporting an impressive choice of glu- ten-free dishes and a rich wine list, is an example of the French-Italian melt- ing pot. You can taste this by ordering its flagship dish—a crêpe of chickpea flour called socca in Nice, farinata in Genoa, and cecina in Tuscany. We recommend grilled branzino paired with a white sparkling wine such as Bisson’s “Abissi” Portofino. Or try the typically Genoese pansòti —fresh ravi- oli filled with mixed greens, marjoram, and ricotta and dressed with butter, parmesan cheese, and walnut pesto. It’s perfect with a crisp white Prima Terra “Cericò” Cinque Terre.

     

     

    Chelsea
    Del Posto

    85 Tenth Avenue ☎(212) 497-8090

    CUISINE innovative 

    ATMOSPHERE luxury 
    PRICE $$$$$

    ● On its website Del Posto is defined as “the richest and most refined creation of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and partner/Executive Chef Mark Ladner.” With its mahogany and marble luxurious setting, with a live pianist and an elegant bar, Del Posto’s mission seems to be that of changing New Yorkers’ perception of what an Italian restaurant should be—and by extension, of what Italy itself is. But of course its main weapons of persuasion are Del Posto’s menu and wine list. If we had only one choice, we’d pick Vitello Tonnato—prefect with Zuani Collio Goriziano Bianco 2010. But we have two: so don’t forget to taste Le Virtù all’Abruzzese (rare charred wild salmon over perilla), paired with a Val- policella Classico Superiore 2010 from Tomasso Bussola.

     

    Midtown Cobble Hill East
    Tommaso

    1464 86th Street

    ☎(718) 236-9883

    CUISINE classic

    ATMOSPHERE homestyle/rustic

    PRICE $$

    ● “No corporate restaurant here!” warns Chef Tom Verdillo on the website of his country-style Italian restaurant in Dyker Heights. Here he serves the dishes of his youth, those his mother prepared in their Coney Island home and based on recipes that have been passed down by his family through the ages. But he also revisits tradition, having studied clas- sic cooking in school and traveled the world.Tomhasassembleda remark- able list of medium- to high-priced Italian, French, and North American wines. Enjoy Taurasi “Radici” 2001 Mastroberadino from Campania with delicious Lasagna Napolitano, or go for grilled Costoletta di Vitello paired with Schioppettino 2003 Dorigo from Friuli.

     

    Brooklyn
    Felidia

    243 E 58th Street

    ☎ (212) 758-1479 

    CUISINE Lidia’s! ATMOSPHERE elegant/classy PRICE $$$$

    ● If you’re a fan of food icon Lidia Bastianich, chances are you watch her regularly on TV and have at least one of her many cookbooks at home. You might also meet her in person greeting guests at Felidia—her flag- ship restaurant established 35 years ago in Manhattan. Day-to-day opera- tions at this “classy gem” (Zagat) are in the hands of Fortunato Nicotra, a starred chef who has been working with Lidia for 20 years.


    Bastianich and Nicotra have made Felidia famous not only for food but also for wine. Don’t miss Villa Bucci’s Verdicchio dei Cas- telli di Jesi paired with Spaghetti alla Chitarra (bacon, caramelized onion, tomato sauce, and peperoncino.) And if you like calf’s liver (fegato), order it sautéed (and served a farro-based polenta) accompanied by a 2010 Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico.

     

    Gramercy
    La Pizza Fresca

    31 E 20th Street

    ☎ (212) 598-0141

    CUISINE traditional 

    ATMOSPHERE classy 

    PRICE $$$

    ● Despite being the first restaurant in New York City to be awarded the “True Neapolitan Pizza” certificate back in 1997, this is not just a pizzeria, but a full-fledged restaurant special- izing in authentic Italian cuisine and wine. Chef Alessandro Cargiolli is from Liguria and sommelier Massimo Vitino, from Lombardy. Their wine list is impressive and ranges from below $50 all the way up to $3500 (for three liters of Masseto Ornellaia, a 2001 mer- lot from Tuscany).


    To keep your palate joyful and your bill under $100, pair an Elvio Cogno “Pre-Phylloxera” Barbera d’Alba, 2012, with Pappardelle al Cin- ghiale, hand-made pasta with wild boar ragu. For a meatless meal, go for Spinaci al Parmigiano paired with a white wine—try a Vietti Roero Arneis 2013 and you will not be disappointed.

     

    Maialino

    2 Lexington Avenue

    ☎ (212) 777-2410

    CUISINE roman/typical 

    ATMOSPHERE rustic

    PRICE $$$

    ● In Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hos- pitality Group, and run by chef Nick Anderer, Maialino reflects an “Italian Dream” as Americans see it. And it does so with rare honesty—without pretending “to be” Italian, it contents itself with looking and tasting Italian. Enter Maialino and you enter a typical Roman trattoria: from the bread bas- kets to chandeliers, from tablecloths to the rafters. The same goes for the menu, shaped by Anderer, who spent a year cooking throughout Italy prior to working in Mario Batali’s Babbo and Larry Forgione’s American Place. We can confidently recommend such typical Roman dishes as Spaghetti alla Carbonara (guanciale, egg, and black pepper) paired with Vietti’s “Perbacco” Nebbiolo 2012; and Maialino al Forno (roasted suckling pig and rosemary po- tatoes) accompanied by an Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 Ca’ Rugate.

     

    I Trulli

    124 E 27th Street ☎ (212) 481-7372 

    CUISINE southern/pugliese 

    ATMOSPHERE rustic 

    PRICE $$$

    ● Get set for a memorable south- ern Italian dining experience at this “ristorante/enoteca” (restaurant and wine bar) just two blocks from Madi- son Square Park. “Trulli” are the tra- ditional dry stone homes with conical roofs that are such memorable sights in the region of Puglia. No wonder that founders Dora and her son Nicola Mar- zovilla choose “Southern Italian Cui- sine” as their location’s tagline. Honor their choice by picking a southern Ital- ian wine such as a D’Angelo Aglianico del Vulture, from Basilicata, and a famous Sardinian specialty like Mal- loreddus, or gnocchetti , handmade saffron-tinted dumplings with pork sausage and tomato. However, for a more classic experience, look no fur- ther: savor Agnello (roasted lamb with chicory & potato) with a glass of 2012 Massoferrato Sangiovese Domenico Valentino, from the Tuscan estate of the Marzovilla family. 



    Brooklyn Cobble Hill

    Tommaso

    1464 86th Street

    ☎(718) 236-9883 

    CUISINE classic

    ATMOSPHERE homestyle/rustic 

    PRICE $$

    ● “No corporate restaurant here!” warns Chef Tom Verdillo on the website of his country-style Italian restaurant in Dyker Heights. Here he serves the dishes of his youth, those his mother prepared in their Coney Island home and based on recipes that have been passed down by his family through the ages. But he also revisits tradition, having studied clas- sic cooking in school and traveled the world.Tomhasassembleda remark- able list of medium- to high-priced Italian, French, and North American wines. Enjoy Taurasi “Radici” 2001 Mastroberadino from Campania with delicious Lasagna Napolitano, or go for grilled Costoletta di Vitello paired with Schioppettino 2003 Dorigo from Friuli.

     

    Brooklyn Cobble Garden
    Marco Polo

    345 Court Street

    ☎(718) 852-5015

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    CUISINE traditional/innovative ATMOSPHERE elegant PRICE $$

    ● Recently re-opened after extensive renovations, this Carroll Gardens land- mark doesn’t feel like it’s over 30 years old. Co-owner Marco Chirico, 24, is successfully helping his Calabria-born father and partner Joseph to cater to a younger crowd of Brooklynites. Marco, who serves as head chef and also owns Enoteca next door, is also responsible for the renovated menu, which pairs traditional with more modern Italian fare, including gluten-free house- made pastas.


    The new menu features traditional Venetian cuisine (after its namesake), such as black seafood risotto, as well as dishes with a Southern accent (after his family’s roots), such as Barbabietola, a salad of roasted red and yellow beets with hearts of palm, watercress, and cherry tomatoes. You must try Candele N’ Duja (thick, hol- low pasta with shaved pecorino and housemade n’duja—a spicy, spread- able pork sausage from Calabria) paired with Lento’s Magliocco 2009, also from Calabria. Also irresistible is their Carré D’Agnello (a traditional rack of lamb from an original recipe) with Amarone della Valpolicella Clas- sico 2010 Sartori.


     

    Staten Island
    Enoteca Maria

    27 Hyatt Street

    ☎(718) 447-2777 

    CUISINE homestyle

    ATMOSPHERE intimate 

    PRICE $$

     

    ● When Jody Scaravella lost his grand- mother and then his mother, he felt a urgent need to recreate the world of his Staten Island Italian childhood. He had grown up having “nonna” in the kitchen and a lot of people around her table. So he opened a restaurant advertised for real-life grandmothers to serve as rotating non-professional chefs. It was an immediate success with a grandmothers showing up at his home with their families and samples of their dishes to taste.


    Add this to Scaravella’s long love affair with Ital- ian wine, and you have Enoteca Maria: a nonna-run restaurant where a dif- ferent Italian grandmother pops in to cook dishes from inherited family reci- pes, accompanied by an impressive list of fine wines. Don’t miss their Soffritto di Frattaglie di Pollo (chicken hearts, kidneys, and liver slow-cooked in an onion, garlic, and wine sauce) paired with a Baglio del Sole Inzolia 2009 from Sicily. Or choose a strong Pugliese wine like Alberto Longo Capotosto Negroa- maro 2005 while eating Zampe di Porcellino — braised pigs feet served in a red sauce with cannellini beans, onions, and celery.

  • Life & People

    And the Da Vinci Award Goes to Dr. Robert C. Gallo

    The Italian Heritage & Culture Committee, about to celebrate its 40th anniversary, presented Dr. Robert ​​C. Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine​, with the Leonardo da Vinci Award.​

    Dr. Gallo, ​ ​whose paternal family originated Revello, Cuneo, while his family on the maternal side migrated from Celenza Valfortore near Foggia, is today renowned for his world-wide research and study in the field of immunology, which has brought about such discoveries as the second known retrovirus (HTLV-2) and provided the first results to show that HIV caused AIDS, has continued his research throughout the years. 

    Recognized with some 32 honorary doctorates, he is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, and has been ranked as the third in the world for scientific impact for the period 1983-2002.

    "Dr. Gallo is certainly a personality of ​​exceptional qualities; the way he narrated his life and experiences has been particularly fascinating, down to the techn​​ical details that he has presented in a comprehensible way to all of us. This is the best way to show the world the importance of science and technology" Consul General Natalia Quintavalle 

    explains​.

    ​I​ntroducing Dr. Gallo at the ceremony, Joseph Sciame, president/chair of the IHCC-NY, Inc., stated: "We are so very proud that Dr. Gallo has accepted our invitation for this da Vinci Award. As our thematic celebrations annually recognize such personages, for 2015 in conjunction with the Milan EXPO, a decision was reached by the Board of Directors of the IHCC-NY, Inc. to recognize someone in the field of science who excelled far beyond our expectations. Dr. Gallo is such a The Award named in honor of Leonardo da Vinci, a legendary Italian Renaissance polymath, who was considered a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, and more, has been described as the archetype of the Renaissance, a man of unquestionable curiosity".

    "We thought the link with Leonardo da ​V​inci was perfect with his personality and skills and the field of immunology. This is​ an​ incredible ​​​​Honoree for him and we cou​l​nd’t be more proud of this. As I said before Mr. Gallo is truly an hero and it would be my hope, my wish, my desire that young people in America would learn about this man: it has been 35 years since the first AIDS was detected ​​when the first person died. Young people need to be awar​e​ness about science and tec​h​nology". Explained to i-Italy Mr. Joseph Sciame.

    Over the 40-year span of the IHCC-NY, Inc., others have been recognized for their respective talents related to the year's theme and include: Play​w​right Mario Fratti, Astronaut Michael Massimino, Former NY State First Lady Matilda Cuomo, and most recently named NYS Poet Laureate Emeritus Joseph Tusiani, and others.

    Sciame further stated: "There is little doubt that Dr. Gallo has fulfilled the criteria, for he is unquestionably a person of tremendous contribution to the human condition and a most worthy da Vinci Awardee." "As an American of Italian descent I really appreciated this humanistic award because linked with an incredible man like Leonardo Da Vinci, a polimath, painter, inventor. It’s incredible to see the ent​h​usiastic people all around me tonight" Dr. Gallo explained to us.

    Following the presentation of the award, at a private invitational, a reception was held at the Consulate, where some 100 guests and dignitaries saluted and hailed the achievements of Dr. Gallo.

    For further information re the IHCC-NY, Inc., please refer to www.italyculturemonth.org.

  • Events: Reports

    The Sharper Perception Dynamic Art, Optical and Beyond


    Established almost 40 years ago in the late 1970s, Studio d’Arte GR quickly focused its activity on the promotion and valorization of postwar avante-garde artwork of clear Latin matrix, favoring those artists who had created a special, personal propulsion and thrust during the triumph and eclipse of “Informale”.


    In the 1980s, Studio d’Arte GR became intent upon relaunching certain aspects of Abstractionism of the 1950s and 1960s which in Europe and especially Italy had been compared to American Abstract Expressionism, interesting itself in the works of artists such as Afro, Alberto Burri, Giuseppe Santomaso and Emilio Vedova.


    In the new space, which covers over 1,600 square feet, on the ground floor of 255 Bowery, will be displayed 40 artworks of various artists, reflecting the most unusual and dynamic techniques.

    The exhibition focuses on the themes of perception and movement, as well as the Optical, dynamic and three-dimensional structuring of the artwork; all features that have strongly influenced contemporary art from the sixties until today.


    About 20 artists will be the protagonists of this event, which, starting from the masters,Munari, Vasarely and Schoffer, plus some of the masters of the most important Optical currents such as Biasi, Cruz-Diez, Le Parc and Morellet, those who have circled around the Azimuth project, such as Bonalumi, Simeti and Piene. Finally, featuring younger artists such as Marcello De Angelis, Gabriele Grossi and Marco Casentini.

    On the occasion of this inaugural event, a representative catalog will be available. In addition to documenting the exhibition through the exposed images, it will present the program of activities at this new gallery, and will be accompanied by the text of the critic-founder Giovanni Granzotto and the director Alberto Pasini.


    The catalog is produced by the italian publishing house De Bastian Editore. It will also provide an opportunity to introduce the new staff, coordinated by Eva Zanardi, manager and head of communications. A cocktail reception will follow the presentation of the exhibition. The inaugural event and PR activities will be organized by Open Gate Communications. The exhibition is made possible thanks to the contribution of the historic sponsor, Euromobil Group.


    The opening reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. at GR Gallery, located at 255 Bowery, New York, NY 10002.

  • L'altra Italia

    “Le radici e le ali”. E’ la sintesi di una vita

     E’ in corso di pubblicazione per i tipi delle Edizioni One Group, con prevedibile uscita in questo mese di gennaio, il volume “Le radici e le ali” di Goffredo Paglierini. Il libro è una raccolta di storie, annotazioni e curiosità della più bella Italia nel mondo.

    Un caleidoscopio di personaggi, fatti ed eventi culturali che raccontano la nostra comunità all’estero, alcune interessanti singolarità dell’Abruzzo e perle di quel grande scrigno d’arte e tradizioni suggestive della intrigante provincia italiana.
    Il volume raccoglie 52 scritti, una curata selezione di articoli pubblicati su numerose testate all’estero (Argentina, Australia, Brasile, Canada, Cile, Danimarca, Francia, Germania, Gran Bretagna, Grecia, Messico, Perù, Repubblica Dominicana, Spagna, Stati Uniti, Svezia, Svizzera, Sud Africa, Uruguay e Venezuela), su agenzie internazionali e su diverse testate in Italia e abruzzesi, specie on line.
    Molti gli argomenti, che spaziano dalla cultura all’arte, dall’emigrazione a personaggi illustri, dai grandi eventi tenutisi in Abruzzo e nel resto d’Italia alle attività delle comunità abruzzesi nel mondo. Tutti con un filo rosso che li lega. Dunque, anche questo specialissimo “annuario” è uno specchio della migliore Italia, dentro e fuori i confini.
    Insomma, ancora un viaggio appassionante attraverso mondi ancora poco conosciuti, siano essi nella straordinaria provincia italiana, l’Abruzzo in particolare, come tra la ricchezza morale e culturale delle nostre comunità all’estero. E’ quanto Palmerini propone con questa sua ulteriore pubblicazione che, al pari delle precedenti, non manca di regalare sorprese in pagine di avvincente e intensa narrazione.
    Con l’autorizzazione dell’editore, si anticipano qui la bella copertina e la nota di presentazione che apre il volume, vergata da un grande autore del teatro mondiale, il drammaturgo d’origine aquilana Mario Fratti, che da oltre mezzo secolo vive a New York. (g.p.)
    Presentazione di Mario Fratti
    Nuovo volume dell’attivissimo giornalista Goffredo Palmerini. Titolo evocativo e affascinante: “Le radici e le ali”. E’ la sintesi di una vita. Seguo da anni con intenso interesse l’evoluzione di un abruzzese che sente nel suo sangue amore e dovere. Amore per la sua terra, le sue radici. Dovere di librarsi in alto per rammentarci la gioia di appartenere.
    Goffredo è un aquilano che freme al ricordo di un terremoto che ha distrutto i gioielli della nostra città. Lavora ora per ricostruirla. Conosce bene l’Abruzzo, la nostra regione. Per più di trent’anni è stato impegnato nel Consiglio comunale della città, più volte assessore e vice sindaco dell’Aquila. Ha dedicato tutto il suo tempo al difficile compito di amministrare L’Aquila, la nostra bella città.
    Leale e cordiale con tutti, ma sempre pronto ad indicare saggi metodi per migliorare la vita dei cittadini nella città che tanto ama. Dopo tanti anni al servizio della comunità aquilana, ha deciso di essere utile alla città in modo diverso: far conoscere e mettere in evidenza in tutto il mondo i valori della cultura abruzzese.
    Trasmette ogni giorno con puntuale chiarezza e con la sua nitida capacità di individuare l’essenziale, le novità culturali abruzzesi. Trasmette il desiderio e il dovere di nutrire amore per il proprio Paese e la necessità dell’impegno civile. Siamo nati per migliorare la nostra società.
    Goffredo indaga e sviluppa con serena capacità razionale la psicologia dell’emigrato che soffre al pensiero di essere lontano dal proprio Paese, dal suo nido, ma non dimentica il calore dell’abbraccio materno dei suoi primi anni.
    Sa valorizzare pagine scritte da tanti poeti e scrittori che non erano molto conosciuti fuori dalla loro regione, prima delle sue ricerche pubblicate come articoli, anche all’estero: le sue rivalutazioni. Ha il dono che solo pochi giornalisti hanno.
    E’ per me un piacere e un orgoglio, come aquilano a New York, leggere spesso intere pagine di America Oggi con i suoi articoli così ricchi di cultura, i suoi dettagliatissimi reportage su eventi e viaggi, che ti fanno sentire “presente” anche a migliaia di chilometri di distanza.
    Sa scandagliare con affetto l’anima di chi si sente solo, lontano e abbandonato dalla sua terra natale. Le sue parole scavano, indagano, rivelano lo stato d’animo di chi si sentiva ignorato prima dei suoi numerosi articoli.
    Sa incoraggiare e suggerire creatività e impegno. Abbiamo tutti mondi intimi da rivelare e condividere. Per sentirci parte della famiglia umana, della spesso trascurata vitalità degli abruzzesi.
    Le radici e le ali. Un nuovo libro da leggere e rileggere. Rivela ed incoraggia.
    Goffredo sente il dovere di amare la propria terra, il nido natìo. E’ il nostro campione. Generoso e umile. Non chiede. Dà, offre, sa offrire le sue intuizioni, il suo rispetto e amore per chi si sentiva ignorato.
    Goffredo ha uno stile impeccabile, chiaro, nitido, preciso. E’ un giornalista che trova il tempo per essere attivissimo anche come delegato abruzzese dell’Associazione Nazionale Famiglie Emigrati e componente del Consiglio Regionale Abruzzesi nel Mondo.
    Ha ben meritato i premi che gli sono stati tributati: XXXI Premio internazionale Emigrazione per il Giornalismo; Premio L’Aquila “Zire’ d’oro”; Premio internazionale “Guerriero di Capestrano” per la diffusione della cultura abruzzese nel mondo.
    Grazie, Goffredo. Siamo orgogliosi di essere tuoi conterranei. Siamo fortunati di vivere oggi, in un mondo nel quale si può raggiungere chiunque, in qualsiasi angolo della terra.
     


    Mario Fratti

    Professore emerito della Columbia University e dell’Hunter College di New York

    MARIO FRATTI è nato a L’Aquila il 5 luglio 1927. Dopo la laurea in Lingue alla Ca’ Foscari di Venezia e l’esordioin teatro negli anni Cinquanta, nel 1963 sceglie di vivere a New York, dove vive tuttora. Ha insegnato alla Columbia University e all’Hunter College. Drammaturgo fecondo, opera anche come critico teatrale e giornalista.

    Autore originale e raffinato, tagliente e immediato, capace di fondere gli elementi della tradizione teatrale europea con le novità dell’esperienza americana, Mario Fratti ha scritto più di novanta opere teatrali, tradotte e rappresentate in molti paesi del mondo. Tra queste, quella che ha riscosso maggior successo internazionale, di critica e di pubblico, è il musical Nine portato in scena nel 1981, liberamente ispirato al film “8 e mezzo” di Federico Fellini. Ha contato oltre duemila repliche e guadagnato ben sette Tony Awards, in America nel teatro equivalenti agli Oscar cinematografici.
    La sua vasta produzione teatrale è stata insignita di altri numerosi riconoscimenti, tra i quali otto Drama Desk Awards, il Premio Selezione O’ Neil, il Richard Rogers, l’Outer Critics, l’Heritage and Culture, il Capri Award alla carriera, il Premio internazionale “Magna Grecia” e il Premio John Fante. Mario Fratti ha inoltre il merito di essersi costantemente prodigato per la diffusione del teatro italiano negli Usa e nel mondo, sostenendo e incoraggiando le avanguardie e le espressioni artistiche più innovative.
    Frequenti sono i suoi viaggi in ogni continente, per trasmettere la sua esperienza a giovani generazioni di operatori teatrali. Sempre vivo il suo rapporto con l’Italia e specialmente con l’Abruzzo. Recentemente ha pubblicato il suo primo romanzo “Diario proibito” e la silloge poetica “Volti”. 

  • Arte e Cultura

    “Sound of Italy” con Mimì De Maio



     

    Mimì De Maio, 30 anni appena compiuti, ha alle spalle una lunga gavetta di concerti in tutto il mondo. Quello di New York è un vero e proprio sogno che si realizza, una tappa importante nel percorso artistico dell’eclettico cantautore e avvocato esperto di rete. “Sound of Italy” è un viaggio nella canzone italiana nota al mondo intero. Un concerto acustico voce e chitarra.


    Il tour, prodotto da Spazio Cultura Italia, l’organizzazione no profit fondata da De Maio lo scorso anno, ha l’obiettivo di valorizzare la musica e la cultura italiana nel mondo attraverso occasioni di divulgazione.


    De Maio è da sempre immerso anche nel pieno attivismo sociale attraverso l'arte. Insieme al padre Pino  conduce, tra l'altro, un programma di riabilitazione sociale con i ragazzi del Carcere di Nisida. È tra i  protagonisti, insieme ai detenuti del carcere minorile di Nisida, dell'opera musicale  "Marialuna" prodotta da Rai Trade andata in onda su Rai 5.


    Nonostante gli impegni artistici non trascura l’attività professionale e l’approfondimento delle

    tematiche relative al mondo della rete, del copyright e dell’innovazione digitale. Consegue

    l’abilitazione alla professione forense iscrivendosi all’Ordine degli Avvocati di Napoli e nel

    2013 pubblica il suo primo libro dal titolo "Amplifichiamoci.l'individualismo 3.0" (Edizioni

    Unicopli) scritto a 4 mani con il Prof. Massimo Bartoccioli. Il libro è forse il primo in Italia a

    parlare di 3.0. ed è adottato come libro di testo all’Università Cattolica e lo IULM di Milano. È

    dal 2012 Cultore della Materia all'Università Cattolica di Milano dove collabora con il corso di

    Strategie Creative di Comunicazione e dal 2014 svolge Dottorato di Ricerca in Management

    presso l’Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.



    Ma noi qui a New York lo ascolteremo come artista nel mondo della musica. Apprezzato da Lucio Dalla e Jovanotti, ha alle spalle 2 lavori discografici di inediti e collaborazioni con artisti internazionali (Tefilo Chantre, Alexandre Leao, Karin Mensah, Banda Brasileira). Ha partecipato a produzioni pubblicate in diversi paesi del mondo, ultimo il disco di Iskra pubblicato in Giappone, che vanta featuring con Renato Zero e Gianni Morandi.


    Con timbro caldo e deciso la sua musica è in bilico tra la più autentica tradizione melodica italiana e il suono carioca del Brasile.“


    "Sound of Italy” prevede due appuntamenti: il 9 dicembre al Machiavelli, locale sulla Columbus Ave e l’11 dicembre a Ribalta, pizzeria notissima qui a New York e ormai tappa di tanti artisti e personaggi italiani in visita a New York (da Renzi a Jovanotti, da Pino Daniele a Clementino), location del concerto de Il Volo in diretta su Rai Uno dello scorso aprile.


     



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