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The Italian Brands Basketball League Lands at Barclays Center

They step into the court for charity, with basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his deep ties to Italy on their minds. They face each other with honesty and passion in the sacred temple of basketball, Barclays Center, with two goals in mind: to win but also to promote the best strategies to communicate the Italian brand in the US. Who are they? New York’s Italian entrepreneurs, the members of the Italian Brands Basketball League, the first basketball association of Italian managers.

New Jersey’s Sicilians Welcome their President

The visit of Nello Musumeci, President of the region of Sicily, is a cause of celebration for New Jersey’s Sicilian community. It’s the occasion to reactivate the measures that have in the past kept alive the ties between Sicilian communities and their region of origin.

I.E.F. "Italy: Exporting Beauty"

The Italian Export Forum (IEF) met in New York to discuss the challenges and opportunities of promoting Italian companies and the Made in Italy brand abroad with a panel titled "Italy: Exporting Beauty," featuring various leading authorities from the private and public sector in Italy and the US.

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.

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".

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."

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.

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”.

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.

“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".

“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.

“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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Befana’s Sweet “Coal” Recipe

On January 6th, children and adults across Italy celebrate the epiphany by stuffing their stockings (and their faces) with various sweet treats, supposedly gifts from “La Befana,” a mythical old lady who comes down the chimney to bring candy to those who have been good and coal to those who misbehaved. But sometimes what looks like a punishment can reveal to be a tasty treat in disguise. That’s exactly the case with “carbone dolce” or sweet coal, for which you will find a recipe below.

New Year, Old Superstitions

Italians are a fairly superstitious people, especially when the new year comes around. Here are some seasonal traditions, beliefs and superstitions from across the country, ranging from the most common, such as eating lentils and wearing red, to rather unusual ones.

Italian Emigration is Rising as Immigration Declines

Immigration is decreasing in Italy for the first time (-3.2% from last year) after a period of constant increase between 2014 and 2017, while the number of Italians leaving the country is on the rise (+1,9%) according to the latest report on immigration by national statistics agency ISTAT.

When Baking Meets Contemporary Art

A bakery in Milan models a panettone after Maurizio Cattelan’s latest artwork, “Comedian,” the star of this year’s Art Basel Miami.