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Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 26, 2020)
We met with Giorgio Spanu, co-founder - along with his wife Nancy Olnick - of Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring. The half-Italian, half-American couple has for the past 20 years been instrumental in the promotion and divulgation of contemporary Italian art in the United States.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 26, 2020)
The House of Lovers, which had been closed to the public following the 1980 Irpina earthquake, reopens its doors along with two other structures. These three ancient domus were restored as part of the EU-founded Great Pompeii Project.
Facts & Stories
S. J.(February 22, 2020)
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.
Art & Culture
D.V.(February 22, 2020)
Indixia presents Global Love, a love-themed exhibition and charity auction, in Chelsea’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery, featuring unique works by numerous international artists and designers with the goal to fund arts education in India and to help disadvantaged and disenfranchised women in Afghanistan to gain independence, education, and livable wages.
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(February 19, 2020)
The film, written with Giovanni Veronesi and presented by Filmauro, comes out February 26. Reminiscent of the Commedia all’Italiana tradition, however with fluctuating results that are never up to the standards of the Verdone we have come to know and love.
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(February 18, 2020)
A study led by Felice Tirone in collaboration with Laura Micheli, Giorgio D'Andrea e Manuela Ceccarelli of the National Research Council’s Biochemistry and Cellular Biology Institute (Cnr- Ibbc) reveals that olive oil counters the aging of brain cells, particularly in older subjects, confirming once again the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
Art & Culture
Elena Dal Forno(February 11, 2020)
Two years after “There is no Place Like Home” (A casa tutti bene), which made 9.2 million euro, Gabriele Muccino is back with “Gli Anni Più Belli," an ambitious project about History and Friendship, two themes connected by the music of Nicola Piovani and Claudio Baglioni, whose song gives the movie its title.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) i by Domenico Petarlini, 19th century.
Art & Culture
The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York Prepares to Celebrate the Genius of Dante: Poet, Philosopher, Political Thinker
Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
Francine Segan(February 15, 2020)
Espresso culture in Italy has deep roots. Coffee first appeared in Europe at the port of Livorno, Tuscany, a city that was also home to Europe’s first coffee bar in the early 1600s.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 13, 2020)
The James Beard House presents “Under the Capri Sun,” a journey through the unique flavors of the island of Capri reinterpreted by Chef Pasquale Rinaldo of D’Amore restaurant as well as the chance to try different kinds of pizza by celebrated...
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 12, 2020)
Leo Yeni, an Artist’s Paper Life, presented by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi showcases the life and struggles of a man through his art. To some, the show, curated by Cynthia Madansky, is an interesting look...
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 10, 2020)
Parents, teachers, institutional representatives all gathered in Harlem’s cozy neighborhood pizzeria Sottocasa to celebrate the progress of Manhattan’s first dual language Italian program at the local PS 242. Together they discussed the benefits of...
The Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE), together with The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, is conducting a survey for a book on the growth and impact of Italian-American educators on the American education system. They are...
Meet Gabriel A. Battista
We are deeply affected by the passing of Gabriel A. Battista, NIAF Chair who left us on Monday, January 27. The i-Italy team is very saddened by his loss. To remember him and all that we learned from him, we decided to republish an interview...
Life & People

Imma. Headstrong Neapolitan Pizzaiola in NY

26-year-old pizzaiola Imma Liquori of Upper East Side restaurant San Matteo, brings her passion, creativity and much-needed female presence to the New York (and global) pizza scene. We spoke with her about growing up working the ovens in Naples and facing stereotypes and discrimination as one of the few women pizza-makers there, her move to New York, and her love for mixing things up in the kitchen.
Art & Culture

The Trevi Fountain Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

Rome’s Palazzo Poli opens its doors to visitors, who will be able to enjoy a unique view of the iconic Trevi Fountain from the historic villa’s terrace.
Facts & Stories

Scientists Create First Organic Artificial Retina

The Italian Institute of Technology created the first completely organic artificial retina, which will help millions of patients regain their vision.
Facts & Stories

Nello Musumeci "USA first market for Sicilian agri-food"

Interview with the President of the Sicily Region, highly anticipated speaker at the first edition of the Italian Export Forum in New York, which opens January 27, 2020 with a panel entitled "Italy: Exporting Beauty".
Art & Culture

‘Figli,’ The Drama of Parenthood in Italy

Figli, the new film directed by Giuseppe Bonito starring Paola Cortellesi and Valerio Mastandrea premieres on January 23.
Facts & Stories

The Duty of Fully Fulfilling One's Duty

The agenda of the Italian Antimafia Commission during its mission in the United States - from Washington DC to New York - is a busy one. Meetings with the DEA, the FBI, UNDOC, Congress, and the UN. We interviewed Pietro Grasso - former judge and former President of the Senate, member and 'historical memory' of the commission regarding US-Italy relations in the field of the fight against organized crime. We discuss the mission in the US, the Palermo Convention, Falcone, Pizza Connection, but also young generations and the importance of participation, of the 'Sardine' phenomenon - "Legality, freedom, truth, sense of duty and of state are at the core of my actions, even in politics."
Facts & Stories

Italian Export Forum: ‘A Home for Made in Italy in the World’

We met with Lorenzo Zurino, the Founder and President of Italian Export Forum (IEF) and CEO of “The ONE Company.” Zurino will be one of the panelists of IEF’s first New York edition, which will open with a panel titled “Italy: Exporting Beauty" on January 27, 2020.
Facts & Stories

American Consumers Expect High Quality Products from Italy

In the run-up to the Italian Export Forum due to open on January 27 at the SVA Theatre in New York, we interviewed Giovanni Colavita, CEO of Colavita USA, who will participate in the Forum’s panel entitled “Italy: Exporting Beauty”.
Facts & Stories

Being Successful in the U.S. Market: A Few Crucial Issues and 10 Quick Tips

In the run-up to the Italian Export Forum due to open on January 27 at the SVA Theatre in New York, we sat down with Rocco Totino, one of the participants to the Forum’s panel entitled “Italy: Exporting Beauty”. Rocco Totino is a Partner and leader of the Italian Practice at Grassi & Co., a New York-based, premier professional service organizations specializing in accounting, auditing, tax, technology, and business consulting services.
Facts & Stories

“We Need to Educate the Trade and the General Public”

In the run-up to the Italian Export Forum in New York (January 27, the SVA Theatre) we sat down with Gianfranco Sorrentino, who will participate in the Forum’s panel entitled “Italy: Exporting Beauty”. Mr. Sorrentino is Chairman President of "Gruppo Italiano" and owner of "Il Gattopardo Group".
Facts & Stories

“Stronger together”: The Secret of Promoting the Made in Italy Brand.

Meet Andrea Benetton, CEO of Cirio Agricola and Agricola Maccarese and one of the panelists at the Italian Export Forum’s highly anticipated New York edition on January 27, 2020.
Op-Eds

Robert Viscusi (1941-2020)

From the Dean Desk of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. The death of our dear friend Robert Viscusi, Professor Emeritus of Brooklyn College.
Art & Culture

March 25th is Officially National Dante Day

The Italian government decrees that March 25th will be National Dante Day in honor of the celebrated author of the Divine Comedy, a “symbol of unity.”
Facts & Stories

“Il Giorno della Memoria” in New York

This January 27th, like every year, the Italian Cultural Institute, Centro Primo Levi, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, the Calandra Institute at CUNY and La Scuola d’Italia join the Consulate General of Italy in New York in commemorating the victims of the holocaust on the “Giorno della Memoria.”
Facts & Stories

Grandparents Maintain Families but the Model is Unsustainable

State issued retirement pensions are the main source of income of 7.4 million Italian households, an ISTAT report reveals. But over 36% of Italy's pensioners are getting less than 1,000 euros each month and those currently employed are set to receive less and less as they hit retirement in the future.
Facts & Stories

Italian Food & Jazz at Lucciola NYC

New York restaurant Lucciola launches a new series of Jazz Nights with a special event featuring the Stefano Doglioni Trio and guitarist Pasquale Grasso on Thursday January 16, 2020.
Facts & Stories

Three Italian Destinations for 2020, According to the NYT

The Italian regions of Sicily and Molise and the town of Urbino are among the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2020.
Art & Culture

Cecilia Alemani to Curate the Venice Biennale

The director and curator of the High Line’s art program, will be the first Italian woman to organize the Venice Art Biennale, one of the most important international contemporary art appointments in the world.
Art & Culture

Hammamet, the Last Craxi

Gianni Amelio’s latest film tells the story of Bettino Craxi in the final months of his life. It’s not a partisan film, there are no absolutions, no condemnations, it’s the human drama of a king who has lost his scepter and now has to face himself. Pierfrancesco Favino transcends all limits in terms of presence, acting abilities and in replicating the voice and movements of the former Prime Minister.
Facts & Stories

The Italian Export Forum Comes to New York

Following the success of last year’s events in Piano di Sorrento and Milan, the "Italian Export Forum" makes its way to the US. It’s the first encounter taking place outside of Italy and the choice of New York, a central reference point for Italian export, is not accidental. The Italian Export Forum aims at bringing together the main players, both from the business and the institutional worlds, and discuss how create a unified and coherent system for Italy's exports and maximize competitiveness. The event will present analyses, exchanges, and discussions and is the ideal context for all the stakeholders in the Italian export business to obtain a cohesive and comprehensive picture of what Italy can offer to the world. Brief interviews with all the key players of this American edition will be released over the next few days.
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From Autoblog. "The Italian supercar manufacturer decided to show off some of their non-automotive offerings in Detroit. Specifically, Lambo brought examples of its Ad Personam personalization program. A white 560 Spyder was flanked by a satin blue LP640-4 and LP560-4 coupe that were both simply mesmerizing. We're huge fans of these new satin paints, because aside from lending an air of understated luxury to the Lambo's lascivious lines, they're remarkably easy to photograph" (Read the article by Frank Filipponio)

From Autowewk. " Maserati is unveiling a higher-performance version of the Quattroporte at the Detroit auto show--the Sport GT S (...) Maserati says the GT S marks the 70th anniversary of the automaker's first Indy 500 win" (Read the article by Greg Migliore)

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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Arte e Cultura
Elena Dal Forno(February 24, 2020)
A causa dei provvedimenti restrittivi legati al coronavirus questo meraviglioso film di Giorgio Diritti chissà quando lo si vedrà in Italia. Intanto il film è stato presentato alla 77esima Berlinale dove ha riscosso un successo clamoroso. Fortunati...
Arte e Cultura
Monica Straniero(February 19, 2020)
In uscita dal 26 febbraio con Filmauro, il film scritto con Giovanni Veronesi si rifà alla tradizione della commedia all'italiana con risultati altalenanti e mai all'altezza del Verdone che abbiamo imparato a conoscere.
Arte e Cultura
Elena Dal Forno(February 11, 2020)
Due anni dopo "A casa tutti bene" che aveva incassato ben 9,2 milioni di euro, Gabriele Muccino torna al cinema con "Gli Anni più belli", un progetto ambizioso tra Storia e Amicizia legati dal fil rouge delle musiche di Nicola...

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