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Tommaso Cartia(April 11, 2017)
Composer of music, producer, mentor, and impresario–Paola Prestini is a brilliant talent of Italian origin. Founder of VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary art company, Prestini is also the Creative Director of National Sawdust, a non-profit venue with the mission of being a platform for contemporary artists to see their visions shine through. This May 3rd, the National Sawdust organization will present its spring gala honoring Renée Fleming, Philip Glass, and artist Helga Davis, among prestigious guests like actress Julianne Moore. We had the chance to meet up with Paola and interview her...
1) Dolce e Gabbana, Sunglasses
Art & Culture
Santinelli Camilla(April 20, 2017)
"Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” A sarcastic Miranda Priestly declaimed in the 2006 cult movie The Devil Wears Prada. Besides being downright appealing, this selection of dresses and accessories (including a beauty essential) will literally make you feel “in bloom-” especially when the arrival of spring and summer in New York decides to make us wait a little longer… And we’re quite sure Ms. Priestly would agree, too.
Claudio Del Vecchio (center) with Maria Teresa Cometto and IIC Director Giorgio van Straten
Life & People
Kayla Pantano, Joelle Grosso(March 24, 2017)
In conversation with Journalist Maria Teresa Cometto at the Italian Cultural Institute of NY on March 23, Italy native Claudio Del Vecchio shares little known facts of his preppy US clothing company and offers some insight into upcoming endeavors.
Plotkin and Rustioni at Casa Italiana, Photograph by Molly Engelman
Art & Culture
Samantha Janazzo(April 12, 2017)
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (NYU) airs the fifth episode of "Adventures in Italian Opera" with Fred Plotkin. This episode features Daniele Rustioni, a 34 year old Italian conductor who recently completed his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, among many other impressive milestones.
Art & Culture
Kayla Pantano(April 21, 2017)
The Italian food mecca is funding an air-filtration system that will extend the painting’s life by an estimated 500 years, nearly doubling its current age. Eataly recently shared the details of the installation at an international press conference linked between New York, Milan, and São Paulo, Brazil.
42nd Street © Giuseppe di Piazza
Art & Culture
The powerful visual narrative of the life of writer and photographer Giuseppe Di Piazza. A childhood in Palermo. A career in Rome and, later, Milan. Close ties to New York and “Italian” America. But there’s more to him than that, as can be seen in his "Landscapes"— on display at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò starting next week, Thursday, April 20th—and in his singular portraits of women…
Art & Culture
Kayla Pantano(April 18, 2017)
Casa Italiana recently hosted a multimedia exhibit dedicated to American Founding Father and third President of the United States and his surprising influences from Italian culture.
The "Premio Piccolo Cafe - Fabrizio Alessandrini" Awards
Art & Culture
M. T.(April 13, 2017)
Goosebump-worthy photography: a brand new exhibition space is launched in a Manhattan café frequented by Al Pacino and Uma Thurman. Dedicated to emerging young talents, the “Premio Piccolo Café – Fabrizio Alessandrini” awards offer recipients the opportunity to display their work in New York.
Art & Culture
Kayla Pantano(April 07, 2017)
Moderated by Italy native Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, six leaders at the forefront of sustainable fashion across the world gave individual presentations of how they’re making a difference in the industry, whether through clothing design, journalism, or software.
Life & People
Vita Carulli Rabinowitz, Ph.D. and Lori Ann Attivissimo, MD, FACP Honored April 22 at the St. Regis by the National Organization of Italian American Women; Joseph R. Ficalora to Receive Friend of NOIAW Award
Beautiful Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy
Tourism
Goffredo Palmerini(March 31, 2017)
Spanning 142 square miles, Garda—the largest lake in Italy—is a massive triangle of water measuring 32 miles long, from its northern tip at the spur of the Alps to its southern base in the Veneto region. Our journey will touch places of stunning...
Oven-baked lamb with potatoes
Like most holidays, Easter time is another reason for great Italian tradition and cuisine. The Easter lunch in Italy is a delicious reason for a spectacular meal, great company and a primal celebration of the end of winter and nature’s (not just...
Courtesy of Francesco Isgro
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Pino Cicala, one of the founders of NIAF and a tireless promoter of the Italian culture in the greater Washington, D.C. area for more than half a century.
A look into the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat
The ingenious work of Jean-Michel Basquiat will be showcased in the Eternal City from March 24th until July 2nd at the Chiostro del Bramante international cultural center.
St. Peter's Basilica
As Holy Week begins, the city is sunny, buds are bursting from the trees, bringing pilgrims and tourists to jam the streets and to visit St. Peter's Basilica, plus Rome's museums, monuments and two major new exhibitions.
Facts & Stories

La Scuola d’Italia Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Characterized by an exciting energy and an air of elegance, the 2017 La Scuola Gala Benefit Dinner took place on March 24 to commemorate the jubilee with live entertainment and fine dining in the presence of important political dignitaries and the evening’s accomplished honorees: Mauro Porcini of PepsiCo and George A. Hirsch of “New York Magazine.”
Facts & Stories

NIAF Elects New Board of Directors

Corporation for Public Broadcasting President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison and former Talk America President, Chairman and CEO Gabriel A. Battista elected to serve as cochair- person of the National American Foundation
Art & Culture

The 2017 David di Donatello Awards

Think of the David di Donatello as one of the most prestigious film award ceremonies of the year for Italy. Read on to find out what happened in the biggest night for contemporary Italian cinematography.
Life & People

Arturo Toscanini Between America and Italy

Arturo Toscanini is one of the most prominent musicians from the late 19th and early 20th century. Now, 150 years after his birth, Italian industrial group, Salini Impregilo, and its U.S. subsidiary, Lane, are organizing a series of events in both Italy and America to honor the late musician.
Facts & Stories

Washington DC. “In Dreams Awake” Concert Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome

An elegant public of about two hundred guests gathered at the Italian Embassy in DC, on March 22, to attend the “In Dreams Awake” concert in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome
Facts & Stories

Grillo's Movimento Now Italy's Largest Single Party

The Five Star Movement (M5S) founded by Beppe Grillo is now the largest single party in Italy, new public opinion polls show. One result of the forward leap to perhaps 32% of potential voter support is that early national general elections seem unlikely.
Art & Culture

Mimmo Rotella: Selected Early Works

Gladstone Gallery is helding an exhibition of historical works realized by Italian artist Mimmo Rotella from 1953 to 1962. Representing a sea change in the artist’s practice, the compositions on view are some of the first examples of Rotella’s pioneering décollage and retro d’affiche techniques, methods that would become integral to Rotella’s artistic pursuit of continually engaging with mass media’s own promotional materials.
Life & People

A Conversation with CEO of Brooks Brothers Claudio Del Vecchio

In conversation with Journalist Maria Teresa Cometto at the Italian Cultural Institute of NY on March 23, Italy native Claudio Del Vecchio shares little known facts of his preppy US clothing company and offers some insight into upcoming endeavors.
Facts & Stories

"Us, Identity, and Memory." The World Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome

Celebrations all over the world and in Italy were held for the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, which established the European Economic Community.
Life & People

Mafalda's Empathy

Mafalda Minnozzi is a true ambassador of Italian music. Her universal musical language brought her to combine Italian melodies with rhythms from all over the world. In 2015, after a long solo career, both she and New York guitarist Paul Ricci formed the “eMPathia Jazz Duo.” It’s a successful partnership that brought them to perform on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, like the Birland Jazz Club in New York. We met her there where she told us her life’s story.
Art & Culture

Carlo Dolci: The Painter of the Medici

“The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence” is an exhibition currently on view at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College and is the first one in the US dedicated to the Italian Baroque master.
Rocco Totino
Facts & Stories

CPAs Without Borders (Part Two). "We need to overcome fragmentation to act on a global scale!" A Conversation with Rocco Totino

i-Italy was invited to a special encounter embodying the relationship between Italy and the United States in a way that goes beyond usual official pronouncements. It was a unique meeting of professionals whose expertise is essential to the success of both economies, but who rarely have a chance to collaborate. We’re referring to the meeting held in the New York office of the leading accounting and consulting firm Grassi & Co. between Italy’s CNDCEC (Consiglio Nazionale dei Dottori Commercialisti e degli Esperti Contabili) and their American counterparts. Here we present a two-part conversation with its organizers: the Italian, Paolo Siniscalco, and the American, Rocco Totino. The two leading accountants are joining forces to help professionals and businessmen who need to understand better the workings of Italian and American laws and financial practices.
Paolo Siniscalco
Facts & Stories

CPAs Without Borders (Part One). "Helping Italians do business in the US takes very attentive cultural mediation." A Conversation with Paolo Siniscalco

i-Italy was invited to a special encounter embodying the relationship between Italy and the United States in a way that goes beyond usual official pronouncements. It was a unique meeting of professionals whose expertise is essential to the success of both economies, but who rarely have a chance to collaborate. We’re referring to the meeting held in the New York office of the leading accounting and consulting firm Grassi & Co. between Italy’s CNDCEC (Consiglio Nazionale dei Dottori Commercialisti e degli Esperti Contabili) and their American counterparts. Here we present a two-part conversation with its organizers: the Italian Paolo Siniscalco, and the American, Rocco Totino. The two leading accountants are joining forces to help professionals and businessmen who need to understand better the workings of Italian and American laws and financial practices.
Art & Culture

New York. Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Arturo Toscanini

A double tribute to the legendary maestro Arturo Toscanini is about to arrive. The first component of this double tribute is a book, written by Marco Capra with foreword by Maestro Riccardo Muti, devoted to Toscanini's life. The second component is a magical evening at the Rizzoli Bookstore, which will be hosting an exclusive New York performance by members of the La Scala Symphony on the evening of Wednesday, March 29th starting at 6:00 PM. This event is generously sponsored by Lane, the U.S. subsidiary of Italian construction giant Salini Impregilo.
Facts & Stories

Cooking with Nonna Comes to a Bookstore Near You

There’s nothing like nonna’s cooking. But perhaps you’ve never had a chance to record your nonna’s recipes, or perhaps you’re looking to find a new Italian recipe. Not to fear, Rossella Rago has your back with her show “Cooking with Nonna” and her new cookbook also entitled “Cooking with Nonna.”
Art & Culture

Flavor and Soul: John Gennari Discusses His New Book

Professor John Gennari recently held a seminar at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute about his new book, “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge.”
Life & People

Remembering ‘Italian Baker’ Carol Field

Drawn to Italy, where she once said you can “have your culture and eat it, too,” the honorary Italian and author of celebrated cookbooks dies at 76.
Facts & Stories

The World's First Ever "Tiramisù Day"!

Almost everyone has a favorite Italian dessert. For many people, the traditional dessert of choice is tiramisù. What better excuse to have a bite of this delicious Italian "dolce" than a day dedicated to it? Thanks to Clara and Gigi Padovani, authors of the book "Tiramisù," March 21st will be the first ever “Tiramisù Day.”
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At Risk: Lake Bracciano As Water Level Plummets

The water level of Lake Bracciano, 20 miles north of Rome, has dropped by almost 6 feet in the past 2 years, bringing the risk that one of Italy's most beautiful and least polluted lakes is at serious risk of drying up.
Life & People

Community of Unity's SONG Celebration Honors Colavita

On March 9th at Hudson Studios, the Community of Unity nonprofit organization held their 15th Annual Song Celebration and Fundraiser which honored Marisa and Giovanni Colavita for their incredible support.
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After a warm and sunny start to the spring, it seems that winter is back in Italy, with temperatures dropping by 10C across the peninsula on Wednesday.

The lift to Emma Bonino’s sixth-floor apartment in the heart of Rome travels up slowly, but the flat is well worth the wait. The door opens up directly on to a large terrace dotted with plants, which overlooks the rooftops of the Eternal City, its dozens of churches and orange palazzos. In the distance is St Peter’s Basilica, under blue skies and the late winter sun

Uber’s international legal drama continues to unfold. Last week, a court in Italy ruled to officially ban the ride-sharing service, saying the app cannot be used in the country and that Uber cannot advertise its services there. The block came after a lawsuit by Italian taxi groups, which claimed that Uber created unfair competition.

The world's oldest person has died in Italy at the age of 117, reports say. Emma Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living.

It’s a family affair in Veneto, Italy, for 84-year-old Ernesto Gazzola and his children making Gaerne cycling shoes

The best way to beat the Monday blues? By booking a round-trip ticket to Italy for under $400. According to the airfare site, The Flight Deal, American Airlines is now offering steeply discounted tickets to Europe.

IItaly is the one to beat at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest according to the betting houses, fan polls and Eurovision gurus. Francesco Gabbani remains the hot favorite to belt the 2017 Eurovision Grad Prix next May according to the bookies. The 2017 Italian Eurovision entry has gone viral worldwide, the song has received more than 90 million views on Youtube.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni will fly to Washington and Ottawa meet U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in April, ahead of a Group of Seven summit in Italy the following month.

After carefully avoiding overindulgence and tasty temptations throughout the Lent period, Easter is the time when Italian Catholics can fill their plates as they celebrate Jesus's resurrection.

No longer are mere cities banning Uber (hi Austin!), now the entire country of Italy has banned the ride-sharing app following a court ruling that it constituted unfair competition to the country’s existing taxi associations.

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Gennaro Matino(April 23, 2017)
Ho rivisto in questi giorni un grande film di Nanni Moretti, “La stanza del figlio”, vincitore della Palma d’oro al Festival di Cannes, e devo dire che mi ha commosso di nuovo, profondamente. I conti con la verità del dolore non si saldano mai,...
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Carla Rosati(April 19, 2017)
Quando prendo tra le mani un libro di Goffredo Palmerini e inizio a leggerlo, non posso non emozionarmi perché ne conosco già il protagonista: l’Abruzzo, nostra comune terra di origine. Non è di sé che vuole parlare Goffredo, infatti non si mette in...
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Letizia Airos(April 16, 2017)
La potenza del racconto visivo attraversa la vita di Giuseppe Di Piazza, fotografo, giornalista, scrittore. Con una giovinezza a Palermo, e una vita professionale vissuta a Roma e poi Milano. Poi un intimo rapporto con New York e con l’America...

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Italy in NY Calendar

Format: 2017-04-24
Format: 2017-04-24

April 24

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence
10:00 am
Washington
National Gallery of Art
6th & Constitution Ave NW
20565 Washington D.C.
United States
Artists in Residence: Renato D'Agostin
10:00 am
Washington
Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street NW
20008 Washington, DC
United States
Botticelli and the Search for the Divine
10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Boston
Museum of Fine Arts
Avenue of the Arts 465 Huntington Avenue
02115 Boston, MA
United States
Maurizio Cattelan Art Installation: “America”
10:00 am to 05:00 pm
New York
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave
10128 New York, NY
United States
Paradise of Exiles: Early Photography in Italy
10:00 am to 05:30 pm
New York
The Met Fifth Avenue
1000 Fifth Avenue
10028 New York, NY
United States

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