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Dining in & out
Letizia Airos(December 04, 2017)
Interview with Gino Sorbillo, who recently opened a new pizzeria in New York. During our conversation, Sorbillo tells us about Naples and New York, and we touch upon many different topics, such as his dreams, Mayor de Blasio visiting his pizzeria, singer Pino Daniele, his father’s family of 20 pizza makers, young people leaving Naples, his stubbornness, and communication.
All photos by Jonathan Slaff
Art & Culture
Natasha Lardera(December 07, 2017)
“Follies in Titus” was inspired by Shakespeare's “Titus Andronicus.' Devised and directed by Dario D'Ambrosi (Teatro Patologico, Pathological Theater), and performed by actors with disabilities from La Magia del Teatro, the play is the retelling of the tragedy of a fictitious general told through the voices of the patients of a psychiatric hospital. Playing at La MaMa
Life & People
Dario Celli(December 01, 2017)
Did you know that the tradition of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree started with an Italian? Come discover the story of Cesidio Perruzza, who while working the land for Mr. Rockefeller in the 20th Century, came up with the idea of decorating what today has become one of the most famous squares in the world.
Art & Culture
Massimo Mascolo, Claudio Napoli(December 04, 2017)
Memories and comments from Emma Dante's company, the organizers, and the audience. On Saturday 18 November 2017 we had the pleasure of attending a vibrant performance of Emma Dante’s Le Sorelle Macaluso/The Sisters Macaluso by the Compagnia Sud Costa Occidentale/Southern Company Western Coast. Memories and Comments from Emma Dante's Company, the Organizers, and the Audience
Photo Credit Shushu Chen
Art & Culture
Nicole Campisano(November 29, 2017)
At NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, hosted by the director Stefano Albertini, the Sicilian songstress Alessandra Salerno, spiritual winner of The Voice of Italy 2015, sang her heart out in both English and Italian telling her story to Letizia Airos, the Editor in Chief of i-Italy. She showcased not only her talent, but also her passion through a musical conversation that let the audience experience Alessandra’s world.
Giorgio and Clio Napolitano with Pope Franciscus
Op-Eds
Judith Harris(November 28, 2017)
Born in Naples back in 1925, at ninety-two former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is vital and surprisingly sturdy intellectually and physically, as his latest interview show
Installation view of Ileana Sonnabend and Arte Povera. Image courtesy Tom Powel
Art & Culture
Alexandra M. Fanelli(November 29, 2017)
For the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Arte Povera Movement Lévy Gorvy Gallery New York presents an exhibition on the visionary Ileana Sonnabend, gallerist, patron, and collector who championed the movement. Curated by renowned art historian Germano Celant, "Ileana Sonnabend and Arte Povera" is on view through Decemeber 23, 2017.
Dining in & out
The eclectic mind of Michele Casadei Massari and his partners already at the head of the popular joint Piccolo Cafe, shed a new light on NY's Italian dining scene. LUCCIOLA (firefly), is their new Italian restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, pays homage to the city of Bologna with its cuisine and its cinematic history in a unique and exciting atmosphere. The restaurant kicked off with exquisite Bolognese food and wine, a cool music set list and surprise guests for an opening in style!
Life & People
Alex Catti(November 27, 2017)
Little Italy’s Italian American Museum hosted a seminar on “The Mediterranean Diet: Present, Past and Future,” featuring presentations by experts on the subject. The seminar occurred on the heels of the passage of a new law in Calabria that looks to promote the Mediterranean Diet in relation to Nicotera, the birthplace of the Diet.
Amelia Antonucci - Program Director of Cinema Italia San Francisco. Photo Credit: Flavia Loreto Fotografia
Art & Culture
Tommaso Cartia(December 01, 2017)
Upon retiring as the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco, Amelia Antonucci found that her energy had not declined while her love of film persisted. Thus Cinema Italia SF was born, and it’s now in its fifth year.
Palmanova (Friulian: Palme) is a town and comune in northeastern Italy. It is one of the fantastic travel destinations in Friuli Venezia Giulia
Tourism
With a territory that stretches between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps, Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the most diverse regions of Italy. Beautiful art cities, hearty food, incredible variety of native grapes, and plenty of outdoor activity options, make Friuli Venezia Giulia the ideal destination for travelers of all types.
A rendering of the exterior of the new Italian American Museum
Art & Culture
Alex Catti(November 14, 2017)
On Sunday, November 12, the Italian American Museum hosted its “Ambasciatore Awards Ceremony and Dinner” at the Crest Hollow Country Club located in Woodbury, New York. The event was a chance to acknowledge the contributions of various Italians and...
"Boy with a Basket of Fruit" (1593-4)
Art & Culture
Nicole Campisano(November 22, 2017)
From November 21, 2017 until February 18, 2018, Los Angeles’ Getty Center will be showcasing three of Caravaggio’s paintings in collaboration with Fendi and the Galleria Borghese to support the construction of the Caravaggio Research Institute.
Italian Americans during the rally. Photo Credit: Riccardo Chioni
With flags, scarves, and tri-colored handkerchiefs, approximately 50 members of Italian-American organizations took part in Saturday’s rally at Columbus Circle. The following day in Queens marked the first meeting of Mayor de Blasio’s commission...
Alberto Savinio, I re magi (The Wise Men), 1929. Mart – Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto (c) 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS) / SIAE, Rome. Photo: Dario Lasagni
The Center of Italian Modern Art (CIMA) puts ambitious effort towards bringing to international prominence the awe-inspiring yet under-recognized artist, Alberto Savinio. During one of their public programs, i-Italy had the chance to interview one...
Facts & Stories
S. K.(November 17, 2017)
Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti expands his brand of food halls in a big way. November 15th marked the grand opening of FICO Eataly World, a gastronomical and educational emporium dedicated to the tradition of Italian food. The park is located in...
Italian cookies
Dining in & out
Francine Segan(November 14, 2017)
Three unusual Italian cookies that you can make ahead for the holidays, each with a special featured ingredient just right for the red wine lover, honey fan or grappa officiando
Photo courtesy of: Margherita Mirabella
On Nov. 14, Venetian-born blogger Annalisa Menin honored the launch and book-signing of her first novel, My Last Year in New York, at Valentino Fifth Ave. i-Italy was there and had the chance to ask the author what inspired her to write the book.
Art & Culture

Pistoletto’s Sphere Rolling down the Streets of Cold Spring, New York

Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto is coming to Magazzino Italian Art on November 4, 2017 to recreate his seminal 1966 performance ‘Walking Sculpture.”
Facts & Stories

Italy and Kenya: New Investment Horizons

The Italian Trade Agency in New York hosted the special investors network event “Italy, Kenya and East Africa: Opportunities, Challenges and Prospects,” an important occasion to talk about the new possible investments in the Eastern African countries whose economies are rapidly developing and transforming. The meeting was organized by the A.I.I.K. (Italian Kenyan Industrial Association) and its North American representative Paolo Siniscalco, co-founder of the Italian accounting firm Siniscalco & Partners and Of Counsel with Grassi & Co for the Italian-American markets
Art & Culture

The Babylonian Talmud: A Living Book that Now Speaks Italian

The Italian delegation of the PTTB (The Babylonian Talmud Translation Project) stopped in New York to present their very first Italian translation of the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism. Key individuals that night were Riccardo Di Segni, Rabbi and head of the Jewish community in Rome, and Clelia Piperno, director of the project and professor of constitutional law at the University of Teramo. An important opportunity to discuss culture and education, in light of what recently happened with Italian soccer fanatics, who have once again become the protagonists of a discriminatory act.
Meet Gabriel A. Battista
Life & People

The Rocky Road to Italian American Success

We’re interviewing Gabriel Battista, former executive chairman of Talk America, named by Ernst & Young as the Greater Washington Area Communications Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004. “Gabe,”as his friends call him, is the co-chair of NIAF and a prominent Italian American leader in the nation’s capital.
Art & Culture

New York Showcases the Work of Amedeo Modigliani After 66 Years

The tremendous interest in the exhibit curated by Mason Klein has forced the museum to stay open for longer hours. “Modigliani Unmasked” is scheduled to last until February 4, 2018.
Life & People

Blauvelt Lodge of The Order Sons of Italy Hosts Plenary Session

The Order Sons of Italy in America is an organization that has been assisting the Italian-American community since the beginning of the twentieth century. This past week, the Grand Lodge of the State of New York Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America held its quarterly Plenary Session in Blauvelt, New York in order to review important documentation pertaining to the operation of the New York lodges, which have been very active in providing scholarships for college students.
Facts & Stories

Onward and Upward: Italy's Economy on the Mend

For the fifth month in a row the sluggish Italian economy shows signs of improvement. Consumer confidence is on the rise, while unemployed has dropped from a high of 13% to this month's 11.2%.
Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer
Art & Culture

Michelangelo at the MET: A Once in a Lifetime Exhibition

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from November 13, 2017, through February 12, 2018
NIAF invites you to celebrate our Italian heritage!
Art & Culture

The Italian-American Legacy to Sparkle at NIAF’s 42nd Gala

Red, White and Green stands proud in the Red, White and Blue for the Italian “party of the year.” The National Italian American Foundation holds its annual Weekend Gala in Washington D.C., Nov. 3 to Nov. 5.
Art & Culture

Citizens at Work to Save the Italian Heritage

Last Sunday volunteers turned out to clean up what had once been a sacred river on the ancient Appian Way, the Almone. Increasingly ordinary citizens are participating in conservation of Italy's extraordinarily rich cultural heritage.
Life & People

Halloween Italian Style

In all the Italian regions in the days between October 31st and the day of Saint Martin (November 11th) is custom to celebrate the juxtaposition of life and death with numerous traditions
Art & Culture

Burri's Posters at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

From October 26 through December 8, 2017, the NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò hosts the exhibition "Burri-Posters", a unique collection that spreads new light on the historiography of Italian artist Alberto Burri's work. During the opening we had the chance to interview Chiara Sarteanesi, current curator of the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri of Città di Castello, the foundation that organized the exhibition along with the sponsors Magazzino Italian Art and entrepreneur Maurice Kanbar.
Art & Culture

Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino

New York's Italian Cultural Institute along with Magazzino Italian Art unveils 24 large-scale photographs of Roman-born, New York-based photographer Marco Anelli - on view until November 2, 2017
Art & Culture

Richard Gere Embodies the Compassion of Italo Calvino

Hosted by New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Richard Gere, the award-winning Hollywood actor, performed a reading from Italo Calvino’s new English adaptation of 'The Baron in the Trees.' After the lecture the popular actor commented on the book and on his passion for Italian writer Italo Calvino, in conversation with Stefano Albertini, Director of Casa Italiana, and Calvino's daughter, Giovanna Calvino.
Art & Culture

N.I.C.E. Film Festival Celebrates its 27th Edition in the United States

This fall, the New Italian Cinema Events film festival program boasts 27 years in the U.S. with its annual landmark film festival. New York, November 14 - 17, 2017. This year’s New York itinerary premieres downtown at NYU Casa Italiana Zerrilli-Marimò, with a screening of Francesco Carrozzini’s Franca: Chaos and Creation on Tuesday, Nov. 14 (6pm). The documentary serves as a tribute by Carrozzini to his mother Franca Sozzani, the late, pioneering Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia.
Art & Culture

Alessandra Salerno: "Music Found Me!"

From Sicily, “My beautiful cursed cradle,” to America. The artist from Palermo will sing at NIAF’s annual gala, and she will also be a guest of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at the end of November. She’s a young voice between the past and the future. Considered the spiritual winner of “The Voice of Italy 2015,” Salerno’s music is enchanting. As the original interpreter of Rosa Balistrieri, she has a repertoire that includes various genres. She also has a production under her own name. And surprise–she also plays the autoharp: “I began to study it after falling in love with June Carter and Johnny Cash.”
Art & Culture

The US Returns Ancient Roman Mosaic Back to Italy

Dating back to Caligula’s reign (37-41 A.D), the mosaic that belonged to a ceremonial ship was found in New York and will be given back to the Museo delle Navi in Rome on Lake Nemi.
Art & Culture

Arcimboldo’s Curious Legacy on Display in Rome

A comprehensive exhibition of playful, avant-garde works by Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldi. Palazzo Barberini, Rome; October 20, 2017 - February 11, 2018.
Art & Culture

Francesco De Gregori: In America to Revisit My Musical Roots

The famous Italian songwriter and musician just left for a tour that will reach beyond Italy and Europe. For the first time ever, the show will reach the United States. We had the chance to interview him before his concert at the Bataclan in Paris. He told us about the tour, his new album, his approaching debut in the US, and the status of contemporary Italian music.
Art & Culture

The Art of Italian Cinema, from its Origins to the Present

On October 18th Queens College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) inaugurated the first edition of the film festival IC-CUNY, part of a broader Made in Italy festival: Arts + Cultures also launched this year. The festival is an educational and research project housed at CUNY that aims at a deeper understanding of the art of Italian cinema, from its origins to the present. The festival sets out to involve students with local communities and bring awareness to the art of cinema and to the role of important archives and film restoration centers such as the Cineteca di Bologna, Italy.
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Two episodes of gritty mob show “Gomorrah 3” have shot to No. 1 at the Italian box office after pay-TV operator Sky Italia, trying out a new distribution strategy, put them in cinemas before broadcasting them on the small screen. The episodes earned four times as much in theaters as freshly released feature film “Borg/McEnroe.”

A portrait of Christ by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci has shattered all previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately, fetching a whopping $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's in New York. Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World), is one of only a score of Leonardo's works still in existence and the only one held privately.

More than 70 years after Italy’s iconic scooter was born, the Vespa is getting its most radical update yet.

Long Island’s newest Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace will also be the largest. At 10 a.m. on Dec. 1, the ribbon is to be cut in Melville, and customers will enter a 53,000-square-foot store that was formerly Waldbaum’s.

Italians living near one of the biggest steelworks in Europe have appealed to the government to protect their health after a dramatic photo showed water near the plant running red.

Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan is confident that measures implemented by his government to strengthen a fragile banking sector will deliver dividends, based on a declining debt forecast and a number of government reforms.

This week, instead of reviewing one of the city’s newest restaurants, Jonathan Gold revisits Santa Monica icon Valentino. The Times critic gives due credit to Piero Selvaggio’s 45-year-old establishment, explaining that “if you were a young diner plunging into the restaurant scene of the 1980s, Valentino was the restaurant you measured yourself against.” At the time, the restaurant was considered “the best Italian restaurant in the United States;” however, “the decades progress. Tastes change.”

As the lunchtime rush at the Factory Kitchen is petering out, executive chef Angelo Auriana orders to our table his traditional focaccina calda di Recco al formaggio. 

A few days before Christmas last year, Fabrizio Pozzobon, a plumber from the Venice area, left Italy. Telling his family and friends that he was going on a short vacation, he boarded a plane to Istanbul and vanished.

The white truffle season has started in Italy, but the crop is seriously depleted. 

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Rosario Procino(December 09, 2017)
Parla il proprietario della famosa pizzeria di New York, Ribalta. L'arte del pizzaiuolo napoletano è patrimonio culturale dell'Umanità. Il iconoscimento dell'Unesco è alla cultura di una città millenaria, come Napoli che trova la sua...
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Luciano Pignataro(December 08, 2017)
Lo scugnizzo è il simbolo delle nuove generazioni di pizzaioli. Quelle che adesso dovranno difendere e mantenere il riconoscimento ottenuto all’Onu. C’è un momento in cui l’arte del pizzaiolo napoletano ha iniziato il suo percorso verso il...

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Italy in NY Calendar

Format: 2017-12-11
Format: 2017-12-11

December 11

Napoli Deep / Arte | A photographic exhibition of the "Selvaggi Napoletani"
06:30 am
San Francisco
Istituto Italiano di Cultura San Francisco
601 Van Ness Avenue Suite F
San Francisco, CA
United States
Up Close: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
10:00 am to 08:30 pm
Los Angeles
Westfield Topanga
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd
91303 Canoga Park, CA
United States
Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950-1965
10:00 am to 06:00 pm
New York
Di Donna
744 Madison Avenue
New York, NY
United States
Giuseppe Penone: A Question of Identity
10:00 am to 06:00 pm
New York
Marian Goodman Gallery
24 West 57th Street
New York, NY
United States
Michelangelo Antonioni Retrospective
10:30 am to 05:30 pm
New York
MoMA
11 West 53rd St.
New York, NY
United States

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