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Go for the Gold, in Italy

CONI Trophy 2017 is a summer Olympics styled youth competition organized by the Italian National Olympic Committee’s Regional and local offices and all major sports federation of Italy to be held next September 21st through 24th in Senigallia, a seaside town in Italy’s east coast (province of Ancona, Marche region.) A few thousand Italian boys and girls from all over Italy will participate as they have in the event’s prior 3 editions. This program is not only a sport competition but also a cultural event and it is a unique and unforgettable experience for the participants!

Celebrating Dean Martin: And That's Amore!

On occasion of the Centennial Celebration of the birth of iconic American star and singer Dean Martin, Italian singer, actress, and rising Broadway star Francesca Capetta pays tribute to the King of Cool at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Special guests of the night included Tony Award Winner Liliane Montevecchi as well as singer and actress Stacy Sullivan.

The Modernity of Pizza: A Chat With Luciano Pignataro

How is Italian gastronomy really doing? What are its future prospects in terms of internationally trading our products and culinary specialties, in particular pizza? We were able to speak about it with Luciano Pignataro, who is a renown journalist from Il Mattino, a food expert and critic, and the founder of the very popular Luciano Pignataro Wine & Food Blog, on the occasion of the New York’s leg of “Le Strade della Mozzarella” event.

Chef Pasquale Cozzolino's Pizza Diet

Eat pizza and lose weight? It can be done! It all depends on what pizza you eat, how it’s prepared, and what time during the day it’s eaten. Pasquale Cozzolino, Executive Chef of the New York restaurant Ribalta, rediscovers the ancient Mediterranean tradition, putting his favorite dish at the center of his diet: pizza. This pizza is the typical Neapolitan one–which, if crafted proprly, is light, nutritious, and low in calories. In his book “The Pizza Diet–How I Lost 100 Pounds and You Can Too!,” the Neapolitan pizza maker tells his story and presents his diet with recipes and advice on how one should eat to stay in shape.

Negramaro Band – Italian Rock With “Southern-Taste”

Today we start a journey into Italian music, introducing the best of my 15 years spent on meeting and interviewing the best Italian singers of today and the past. I invite you to play the following videos and read the article to enter the heart of Italian vibes. This is “Francesco Foderà’s ItalianSound”.

Italian Cars Take to the Streets of Montclair

Do you love Italian cars? Don't miss Mille Miglia Auto Club's Italian exotic car rally! The event takes place on Sunday, June 11th in Montclair, NJ and is organized by Franco Porporino Jr. This year's rally is a fundraiser for Tomorrow Children's Fund and Hudson Valley SPCA. The day promises to be full of cars, food, and celebrity guests–all in support of local organizations.

Francesco Totti: Bidding Farewell to the Iconic A.S. Roma Captain

The numbers are more than impressive: 786 games for A.S. Roma, 307 competitive goals, 25 seasons playing in the Serie A, along with four World Cup appearances. The remarkable career of 40- year-old Roma captain, Francesco Totti, came to an end this past weekend as he made his final appearance playing for the only squad he has ever known.

A Grant for Justice: Honoring Judge Giovanni Falcone

On May 23rd, 1992, the Mafia in Sicily tragically killed Judge Giovanni Falcone, who dedicated his career to fighting organized crime. Now, 25 years later, the Fulbright Commission Italy has joined with the Fondazione Falcone and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) to create a grant for students in the field of Criminology.

Lorenzo Lucchetti: A Rising Italian Actor

Recently graduated from the prestigious The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, actor Lorenzo Lucchetti is about to make a name for himself in the entertainment business both in Italy and in the US, where he dreams to follow the steps of his two biggest role models: Marlon Brando and Jim Carrey.

Cyclist Tour Italy With the 100th Giro d'Italia

Starting in Sardinia and ending in Milan, this year's Giro d'Italia will bring more challenges than every before. Competitors are up against the the rocky terrain of Mount Etna, the sprinting flats of Tuscany, the valleys of the Dolomites, and the thin altitude of the Alps. Who will take home the first place prize this year? Stay tuned! The races kick off May 5th and end May 28th.

Paola Prestini–A Vision Into Art

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 about her career and her experiences with National Sawdust.

Honoring Italian American Women @ the 2017 NOIAW Gala

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

Easter and Springtime Traditions around the Boot

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend Easter in Italy? Here is your guide to some of Italy's finest celebrations.

Fabbrica: A Groundbreaking Italian Restaurant

Journalist, writer, interior designer, filmmaker, and restaurateur, Alberto Baudo used all of his experience and creativity to open Fabbrica, his Italian restaurant near the Williamsburg waterfront–a formerly industrial area in Brooklyn. More than just a simple restaurant, Fabbrica is a “factory” of ideas that puts a modern twist on traditional Italian gastronomy, all in a space that is rich in events–from live concerts to art and poetry.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sicilian Flair in New Orleans: St. Joseph’s Day!

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.