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Paolo Siniscalco. To the right: The building of Siniscalco & Partners in Rome
Facts & Stories
i-Italy(March 18, 2017)
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...
Rocco Totino. Left: the hall of the Grassi and Co. firm in Madison Avenue
Facts & Stories
i-Italy(March 18, 2017)
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...
Art & Culture
I. i.(March 18, 2017)
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.
Rossella Rago and Nonna Carmela's Stuffed Mushrooms
Facts & Stories
Alex Catti(March 17, 2017)
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”
Facts & Stories
Alex Catti(March 16, 2017)
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.”
Bracciano Lake
Op-Eds
Judith Harris(March 15, 2017)
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.
An exhibition at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College highlights the work of Carlo Dolci
Art & Culture
Joelle Grosso(March 22, 2017)
“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.
Life & People
Tommaso Cartia(March 03, 2017)
This is the story of Giuseppe Cicero, a young and very talented Italian dentist with great passion and determination. We’ll tell you about the Oral3D, his revolutionary printer used for bone regeneration in the oral cavity, his decision to establish himself in New York, and so much more.
Fernando Destefanis, HR director at Diesel, greets students and introduces the lesson.
Life & People
Alex Catti(March 15, 2017)
Italian clothing maker Diesel is known for its denim and chic fashion designs; however, for some students in New York City—supported by the Italian American Committee on Education (IACE)—the Diesel name will take on a whole other meaning.
Life & People
Alex Catti(March 15, 2017)
March 19th marks a significant day for both Catholics and non-Catholic in New Orleans. It is the feast of St. Joseph–a patron saint of Sicily who helped provide relief to the Sicilian people during a famine. NOLA residents certainly do not miss out on their chance to celebrate the saint.
Elena Ferrante's beloved series "The Neapolitan Novels" will soon come to television
Art & Culture
Joelle Grosso(March 10, 2017)
The Neapolitan novels of the popular Italian writer, Elena Ferrante, will soon be transformed into a television series directed by film director, Saverio Costanzo.
Art & Culture
Alex Catti(March 14, 2017)
A new library is coming to Italy, but it’s not what you might expect. Cultural Minister Dario Franceschini gave the green light for the Italian Digital Library–an online resource dedicated to the preservation, display, and promotion of Italy’s...
@ Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò continues to act as a bridge between Italy and America by offereing a point of reference for the Italian Culture in New York. The institution, which is situated in the heart of the West Village, presents a wide array of...
The 125 S alongside the LaFerrari Aperta.
Ferrari has been an iconic name in the world of motoring for 70 years. The company is now taking some time to celebrate its accomplishments over the past seven decades.
The Weird Sisters in Lady M 51
LADY M 5.1 is a screen adaptation of Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth—Act 5, Scene 1. The short movie is directed by Mariano Baino, starring Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, accompanied by an installation designed by Baino &...
A scene from "The Challenge"
Presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the upcoming NYC film festival will feature two must-see Italian movies: Yuri Ancarani's "The Challenge" and Alessandro Comodin's "Happy Times...
The double bass
People often view the double bass as an awkward and grouchy member of the group. But with its noble origin, it is essential to the sound of a jazz band. Without the double bass as a point of reference, the other instruments would be lost.
Facts & Stories
Otylia Coppola(February 27, 2017)
The 2017 Gala of The American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit (ASILM) Dinner Dance & Awards Ceremony at New York’s Essex House.
The Gala of Vino 2017 took place at Spring Studios
An interview with Michele Scannavini, President of the Italian Trade Agency. Italy is the number-one wine supplier in the US and has seen success after success, but the challenges continue.
The Sails of Scampia—a crime-ridden housing project in Campania's capital—will be bulldozed this summer as part of government plans to improve deprived areas on the outskirts of Italian cities.
"Portrait of Nina de Callias" by Manet will be on view
The Palazzo Reale in Milan is hosting an exhibition called “Manet and Modern Paris” which features approximately 100 works by Édouard Manet and other prominent impressionist and post-impressionist artists.
The 106th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire will take place later on this month
Friday, March 24th, marks the 106th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, occurred in New York City. 146 people tragically lost their lives more than a century ago in one of the deadliest industrial disasters to ever occur in the...
Vincenzo Pelliccione dressed as Charlie Chaplin's double
The story of an Italian youngster who serendipitously ended up becoming Charlie Chaplin’s official movie double unfolds in a riveting new book entitled “Abruzzo Stars & Stripes.”
Art & Culture

Marisa Merz: A Strong Voice of Our Time

Until May 7, the MET Breuer is hosting one of the largest American retrospectives dedicated to the artist Marisa Merz. For the occasion, we interviewed the show’s curator, Ian Alteveer, who told us about the enchanting world hidden behind Marisa Merz’s work “The Sky is a Great Space.”
Art & Culture

The Italian American Museum Celebrates Women's History

March has finally arrived, marking the month long celebration of Women’s History in the Italian American community here in New York City.
Art & Culture

Experts Discover a Dog in Leonardo's ‘Virgin of the Rocks’

The hidden dog in the backdrop of the painting's rocky setting is said to be Leonardo’s denouncement of the corrupt papacy of his time.
Op-Eds

Center-left Party Splinter Weakens Italy

Italy's ruling Partito Democratico (PD), until only recently Italy's largest single party with about 40% of the electorate, has split into two, raising serious problems for future governing. Said one commentator here, "In a situation like this, only Beppe Grillo can smile."
Facts & Stories

Italian Court Recognizes Gay Couple as Parents

Previously barred from registering their boys born via surrogacy as their legal children, judges ruled in the couple’s favor, claiming that a parental relationship should not be determined exclusively by a biological link.
Art & Culture

Dacia Maraini's Play Debuts in Italytime's New Theater

One of Italy's most acclaimed fiction writers, Dacia Maraini, came to New York for a series of events, one of which was the inauguration of italytime’s new theatrical space. A performance of her latest work "Una pittrice di provincia" (A Provincial Painter), directed by Vittorio Capotorto, made its international debut in the new theater. The evening concluded with the opportunity for the audience to ask Maraini any questions that they may have had for the famous writer.
Art & Culture

After Image: Traveling Through Different Dimensions

Cassina Projects is hosting a new exhibition curated by ARTUNER called "After Image" which features the works of Toby Ziegler and Paul Kneale, two artists who navigate between the physical and digital world.
Seeing Through - Marthe Keller & Antonio Scaccabarozzi
Art & Culture

‘Seeing Through’ Art Exhibit at Casa Italiana

On view until March 16, the two-person exhibit features work from an Italian-born painter and a New York native who hail from different artistic generations, yet both embody the idea of "seeing through" in their works.
Facts & Stories

Italian Wine: A Market Leader in America

An interview with Michele Scannavini, President of the Italian Trade Agency. Italy is the number-one wine supplier in the US and has seen success after success, but the challenges continue.
Art & Culture

Italian Makeup Artists Win Oscar

Alessandro Bertolazzi and Giorgio Gregorini, along with American Christopher Nelson, took the award for "Best Makeup" in the movie "Suicide Squad." In his speech, Bertolazzi acknowledged his roots and stated that he is proud of being Italian: "I am Italian. This Oscar is for all the immigrants."
i-Italy si illumina di Meno per Caterpillar Radio 2
Facts & Stories

Working by Candlelight

i-Italy’s editorial staff on Central Park West worked by candlelight from 6pm to 8pm. This unusual work environment was a symbolic show of solidarity for an extremely important cause. This year represented the thirteenth edition of M’illumino di Meno; the initiative’s goal is to encourage people to turn off the lights in homes, offices, and institutions. Refraining from the use of other energy-consuming devices is also encouraged.
Life & People

Dacia Maraini. Writing Like Breathing

Iconic Italian writer Dacia Maraini was recently interviewed by Jane Tylus at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. Read on to gain insight into the mind of the popular author who has written award winning pieces continuously throughout the last five decades. Here are some excerpts from the conversation.
Life & People

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich: Nostalgia and Success

World-famous Italian chef Lidia Bastianich has a story that transcends the culinary industry. Lidia was born following the conclusion of World War II, a time when European countries were still settling border disputes. As a young girl, she grew up among three different cultures, each with a profound influence on her. Today, as a professional, Lidia’s childhood experiences and her family ties continue to prove monumental in her continued success.
Art & Culture

'Fire at Sea' to Shine at the Night of the Oscars

The recent surge in mass immigration has dominated the news—its trials challenging the moral compass of the developed world. Cinema has begun to respond by broadcasting the poetic and often urgent stories of these migrants. Italian Director Gianfranco Rosi's documentary "Fire at Sea" (2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature) and Italian-Moroccan director Adil Azzab's "My Name Is Adil" paint a complex portrait of the emotional realities behind the headlines.
Facts & Stories

Italian Scientists Speak to the Next Generation

As part of an ongoing series at the Consulate General of Italy, a group of Italian scientists shared their experiences and offered advice to young migrant Italians pursuing a career in the field in the US.
Facts & Stories

Lighting Ourselves Less: Lights Out to Save Energy

On Friday, February 24th, "M’illumino di Meno" (Lighting Ourselves Less) is back for its 13th edition. "M’illumino di Meno" is the most important awareness campaign dedicated to energy conservation. The initiative is organized by Caterpillar, an Italian radio program that is produced and transmitted by Rai Radio 2. The i-Italy team on Central Park West is participating in Caterpillar’s energy conservation initiative "M’illumino di Meno" (Lighting Ourselves Less). The staff will turn off their office’s lights and work by candlelight for one hour. Stay tuned and take part in the initiative yourself! Turn off your lights in solidarity, even for a brief moment, and let us know via e-mail at [email protected] or on Facebook.
Art & Culture

Globetrotting with Giuseppe Verdi

The international road-show promoting Festival Verdi, an event that every year celebrates the Italian Opera genius, stopped in New York, at the ENIT - Italian Government Tourist Board headquarter on Park Avenue. A set of exceptional personalities presented the event, such as Anna Maria Meo – General Manager of Teatro Regio in Parma and Stefano Bonaccini – President of Emila-Romagna region.
Facts & Stories

Mardi Gras or Martedì Grasso?

In the United States when we think of Mardi Gras we think New Orleans with floats, fried food, and colorful plastic beaded necklaces. In Italy, Martedì Grasso means Venice's Carnivale, complete with ornate masks, theatric performances, and a parade through Piazza San Marco.
Op-Eds

New Soccer Stadium for Rome? A Decision Approaches

Whether or not Rome is to have a new soccer stadium is approaching a decsion. The present 54-year-old Olympic Stadium, now home to local rival teams AS Roma and to SS Lazio, comes with serious defects, but construction of the proposed new $1.26 billion stadium faces no less serious obstacles.
Facts & Stories

Technology: The New Way to Fact Check

Italian professor Filippo Menczer is working with Indiana University Bloomington to launch a new program called "Hoaxy" which serves as a platform for tracking online misinformation.
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From The New York Times.  Italian wineries want to protect their newly popular product’s name, as well as expand sales.

"The Italian winemakers worry that upstarts will weaken prosecco’s image just as it is taking off. (...) In recent weeks, the winemakers have been scrambling to nail down a final proposal to the Italian government before a year-end deadline. The producers hope to be eligible for a streamlined European Union system that goes into effect in August. If all goes well, the new prosecco protections will be in place for the 2009 harvest." (Read the article by Amy Cortese)

From Marketwire. Prominent political, religious, and communal leaders joined American Jewish leaders today outside of the Israeli Consulate in New York City to support Israel's right to self-defense and to fight the terrorism waged by Hamas in Gaza. Besides Governor David Paterson, featured speakers included a host of New York politicians and the leaders of several ethnic organizations. Italian Americans were represented by John Calvelli, chair emeritus of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations and board member of the National Italian American Foundation.

"Unfortunately, the picture being painted of Israel is that of an aggressor," said Michael Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. "Israel is anything but that." he added. "Our standing in front of the consulate of Israel is a major display of solidarity and support for Israel as it seeks to live in safety and security." (Read the original article)

From the New York Times. "The story of La Befana has been told in Italy since around the time Leonardo da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa.” Origins of the legend, some say, are far older and rooted in a pagan goddess. (...) La Befana is a character in Italian folklore, sometimes referred to as the Italian Christmas witch. A soot-covered old woman, she is said to fly on a broom to the homes of sleeping children, entering through the chimney and bearing gifts." (Read the article by James Angelos)

Related articles from i-Italy:

'La Befana' Arrives on Her Broomstick
Thousands of Italian children hunted out stockings on Saturday ahead of Epiphany celebrations that half of Italians still see as an important part of their heritage

Watch Out: the Befana is Coming to Town!
More than 2000 years ago the Three Wise Men visited Jesus after his birth and gave him three symbolic gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. From that time on, the Befana comes every year, on January 6, to fill Italian kids’ stockings with all sorts of goodies!

From The New York Times. In an editorial that appeared on January 10, entitled "Not a Company Man," the daily notes that "Mr. Panetta may not be an intelligence professional, but he is honest and sensible and not easily cowed. Those sound like good credentials for a very hard job."

"We’ve seen what some top company men have been willing to go along with during the Bush-Cheney years: secret prisons beyond the reach of American law and all conscience; torture, abuse and degradation of prisoners; renditions for torture on an outsource basis; made-for-the-Sunday-news-shows intelligence reports. Mr. Obama has pledged to end all of that. (...) For any intelligence professional committed to his craft, and the nation’s security, that should be a relief" (Read the New York Times editorial).

Ps: The editorial made no mention of Panetta's Italian roots from the region of Calabria. It also failed to mention that "Calabria is home to the 'Ndrangheta, a Mafia network said to be even more powerful and wealthy than Cosa Nostra in Sicily". A few days ago these inopportune remarks were made, just out of the blue, by the British daily Time, eliciting critical comments from exponents of the Italian American community (See Laura Ruberto's op-ed in i-Italy).

From IFC.com.  "One of the most prominent Italian-American actors working today, Palminteri currently stars as the titular Vegas shark in 'Yonkers Joe,' an entertaining drama about a con man whose seedy world of palming dice, cheating casinos, and conning any poor sucker is uprooted when he's forced to look after his adult son with Down's syndrome." In this interview to the Independent Film Channel, Palminteri talks about his last movie, his father, and his Italian-American heritage.

 An excerpt from the interview:

You've taken a lot of roles that reflect your Italian-American background. Are you offered a ton of projects that play into cultural stereotypes, like gangster movies?

Yeah, and I usually don't do them. [laughs] That's why I do movies like "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Yonkers Joe," or "Once More with Feeling," that I have at Sundance. I don't want to play a goombah character if he's just one note. I'm very proud of being Italian-American, but people don't realize that the mafia is just this aberration. The real community is built on the working man, the guy who's the cop, the fireman, the truck driver, the bus driver. This is my father. These mafia guys get all the press because they're fun to write about, they're fun to watch. That's why I wrote "A Bronx Tale." The working guy's the tough guy: "It doesn't take much strength to pull the trigger, son." He says that in the movie, that's why it was important for me.

 (Read the interview by Aaron Hillis)

From The New York Times. The College Board will drop its Advanced Placement Italian exam at the end of this academic year, just four years after it began offering it. The A.P. Italian is not attracting enough students; last May, 1,930 took the Italian test. There are no plans to eliminate any other A.P. programs, even though the Japanese exam also has few takers — 1,538. But A.P. Japanese, like several other exams, was devised to be much less costly as it is given via computer, unlike the paper-and-pencil Italian exam. (Read the article by Tamar Lewin)

From the New York Times. "Like many of the Italians who frequently visit the Amico senior center in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Salvatore Amato, 78, who arrived here from Sicily in 1958, speaks little English. Some, like Luigi Buonincondro, 91, a former Italian soldier who came to New York from Naples in 1961, understand English, but have a hard time reading or writing it."  (Read the article by Fernanda Santos...)

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Italy in NY Calendar

Format: 2017-03-23
Format: 2017-03-23

March 23

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles And Creative Reuse
10:00 am to 06:00 pm
New York
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91Street
10128 New York, NY
United States
Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space
10:00 am
New York
The Met Breuer, Floor 2
945 Madison Avenue
10021 New York, NY
United States
Pier Paolo Calzolari: And I Say
10:00 am
New York
Marianne Boesky Gallery
507 West 24th Street
10011 New York, NY
United States
Interferences: Contemporary Op and Kinetic Art
10:00 am
New York
GR Gallery
255 Bowery
10002 New York, NY
United States
Art Exhibition: Faraway, So Close
10:00 am
New York
Ierimonti Gallery #501
24 W 57th St
10019 New York, NY
United States

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Dom Serafini's view of Italy from the Seraphim's circles. The U.S. is a privileged spot from which to analyze the events that unfold in the land of Dante.
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A blog exploring the real and imagined connections between Italians, and hyphenated Italians, around the world.
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Benvenuti to Minestrone. Like that Italian “big soup,” my blog will be a blend of various ingredients – in this case, my musings on culture, politics, media, and social trends. I hope you like the taste.
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