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NIAF’s 2018 Spring Gala Celebrates the Italian Way

NIAF’s annual spring gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street this year celebrating the success of Italians and Italian Americans alike. Honorees include: Giovanni Colavita, Vincent Tizzio, Joseph Fichera, and Ron Lo Russo.

The Mediterranean Diet Roundtable Goes to Yale!

The unique palate-opening program announces its fourth edition. MDR is ready to roll its fourth edition: regarded as one of the most exciting events in the Food Industry, the MDR will offer once again the possibility of tasting and learning about products distinctive of the Mediterranean Diet, while networking and getting inspired. The two half-day conference will be held at the prestigious Yale University in New Haven on June 25-26, right before the International Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC.

Special Design for Special Pasta & ...Italian Postcards in NY

The Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana partnered with the Italian pasta maker Pastificio di Martino to produce an extremely limited edition tin of pastas along with a special D&G-designed apron.The new packs have become real postcards from Italy. And look around you, if you're in New York: you could meet giant postcards ...

NIAF's Spring Gala 2018. A New York Style Evening

Another culture Italian-American evening in New York at the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The event has consistently sold out over the past few years, and this year is no exception.

Transhumance Treks to Reach UNESCO Status

Italy has put in a bid for transhumance to be added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The final decision will be made in November 2019.

Gala Italia - An Effervescent 33rd Edition

A sparkling occasion to celebrate and award Italian wines and their constantly increasing success in the US market. The 33rd edition of the gala, hosted by the Italian Wine and Food Institute and his president Dr. Lucio Caputo, dazzled the crowd of media personalities and VIPs with an elegant ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom of Manhattan’s Essex House. The event is organized under the patronage of the Italian Ambassador to the US in Washington, Armando Varricchio with the support of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and in collaboration with the ICE - Italian Trade Commission. Special awardees of the night included Ambassador Sebastiano Curdi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York, and Dr. Maurizio Forte, the Italian Trade Commissioner.

For the Old and New Pols, it's Still the Ides of March

For the old and new pols charged with running Italy, the Ides of March are still approaching, which is to say the day when one or the other is done in. At the moment all the players are still aiming knives at each other, even as deadlines loom.

The Bay Area Chapter of ISSNAF

Italian Scientists and Scholars in the North America Foundation open a new chapter in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, expanding the reference point for young Italian researchers to the west coast.

Shock Election Results Signify Dawn of 3d Republic

The shock waves of this election have swept away the entire political system that has managed Italy for the past two decades. Dominated by populist parties, this is now being called the dawn of Italy's Third Republic.

Italian Elections Intimidate but Attract Outsiders

As foreign press crews converge on Italy to report the elections, outsiders seem baffled at the plethora of parties and, instead of ideologies, the people in charge. Here's a listing of just who are these people.

As Italy Plunges Toward Elections, Others have their say

As Italy plunges toward national general elections March 4, the walkup offers plenty of occasions for Italians to see themselves as others see them, with no holds barred. Herewith a sampling of the international press.

Gruppo Italiano Table Talks at NYU's Casa Italiana

Biodiversity and the Role of the Italian Food Industry in the World. Gruppo Italiano Announces Inaugural “Table Talks” Event at NYU’s Casa Italiana

Last Polls and Guerrilla Posters - Two Weeks Before Elections

This is the last week before polling is prohibited, and in these last days the campaigning for general elections March 4 is both fraught and fragmented, with no fewer than 28 national parties facing off against each other.



Art Crime and Carabinieri

Art thefts in Italy are on the way down, and this week Carabinieri in Rome showed their latest recovered objects: 250 valuable antique nativity scene figures. Nevertheless, and despite thefts like the Al Thani jewels in Venice, art crimes in Italy have seriously dropped.

Ferrero buys Nestle's U.S.

Italy's brand Ferrero continues expanding aggressively, and has now closed a $2.8-billion deal for Nestle's US confectionary business, becoming the third biggest chocolate producer and confectionery company in the world.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Consulate General of Italy commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27th, by reading the names of Italian Jews who were deported from Italy on Monday 29th. In memory of the victims, the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, Centro Primo Levi, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, the Italian Academy at Columbia University, the Calandra Institute at CUNY, and La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi will host multiple educational programs concerning the ideologies that lead to the Holocaust, such as antisemitism.

Rubbish and Recycling

The holidays are over but not the outrage in Rome over the huge piles of rubbish, worse than ever after the Christmas season. The streets are littered, including in the historical center. This being the country that gave us Machiavelli, the rubbish also stinks of politics.

Italian Apparel Company wins Trademark Battle against Apple

Apple sues an Italian clothing company for the right to use the name Steve Jobs on whatever they please, and loses.

Italy in 2017: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In trying to compile a list of the best and worst of Italy in 2017, the criteria is that both good, bad and ugly selections should reflect those happenings likely to bring lasting consequences.