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Italian-American Christmas from One Generation to the Next

Family recipes, play a huge part on the holidays; here are some of the mouthwatering classics.

Happy Saint Lucy's Day in Italy!

Saint Lucy's Day is a Christian feast day celebrated on December 13, commemorating Santa Lucia, a 3rd-century martyr. The feast is a Catholic celebrated holiday with roots that can be traced back to Sicily.

Christmas in Naples, Then and Now

The Neapolitan nativity is The Word made flesh, wedded to the myths, fables, stories and splendors of a culture that continues to preserve the past. And the Neapolitan nativity, now as then, goes beyond religion. Thanks to this identification of our day-to-day lives with God, the sacred and profane, the past and present, history and legend fuse together.

An Italian-American Thanksgiving

What happens in an Italian-American household on Thanksgiving Day? Take my family's case...

The Joy of Promoting Italian Business in Miami

After a wide-ranging career, Tommaso Cardana, born in Italy 43 years ago, took a Master’s degree in Venezuela, then moved to Miami, where he opened a hotel services company and later expanded to home supplies. A year ago, he was elected president of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast, Miami (IACCSE).

Worth Their Weight in Gold: Italy's Truffle Treasure

This is the height of the truffle season, and Italy is host to a number of truffle fairs. The most important, the International Truffle Fair at Alba, in Piedmont, celebrates the incredibly aromatic white truffle. But truffles are found even near Rome, and almost year round.

Influencing Social Media, Italian Style

The influencers phenomenon is booming in Italy as everywhere in the world. Meet fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni, a.k.a. “The Blonde Salad” (12,4 milion followers) and her husband Fedez, Italy’s most famous rapper (5,3 milion followers)

Before the 43rd NIAF Anniversary Gala

The night of Gala Receptions and the Awards Dinner were preceded by two days of Italian and Italian American events, many of them free and open to the public.

Niaf 43rd Anniversary Gala in Review

Family, friends, music, wine and food! Now that’s Italian! On Saturday, October 13, The National Italian American Foundation’s 43rd Anniversary Gala hosted more than 2,000 Italian Americans and special guests from Italy in a weekend-long celebration of our heritage and culture at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

What a Weekend with NIAF!

For two days every year, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel swells with Italian voices, music, and food for the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) Anniversary Gala weekend. October 12 and 13 of this year were no different. Pugliese wine, olive oil, and sauce was enjoyed by eager Italian Americans looking for a taste of their culture at the Expo Italiana, and gala attendees gathered to honor Italian Americans who have contributed greatly to American business, science, government, and the arts.

Hospitality in Molise: “It Takes a Village”

‘Alberghi Diffusi’ and Historic Houses in Charming Villages

Taking Molise to the World

THE REGION ACCORDING TO ONE OF ITS MAJOR ENTREPRENEURS: Enrico Colavita. A life devoted to entrepreneur-ship and internationalization. His is an exemplary story. From a family business in a small village in Molise he embarked on a great adventure that would bring olive oil to the world, the United States in particular. Today, Colavita is not only in the olive oil business; it has put its international practice to the service of both region and country.

New York Columbus Day Parade 2018. Celebrating Italian-American Heritage

First Data President Guy Chiarello serves as Grand Marshal of annual march and will kead the parade with over 100 marching groups Including high school bands; Italian-American Cultural Institutions and colorful floats

L’Italia: The Country Big on Small Business

Last summer, doing our annual browsing at the packed Italian Pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, we met Maria Teresa Sassano, a businesswoman from Puglia and National Vice President of the Small Industry Committee of Confindustria, the largest industrial organization in Italy (see box to the right). We hung back to talk with her about women’s roles in Italian industry and her personal efforts to promote the internationalization of small and medium-sized Italian companies.

Bumper Grape Harvest Brings Outstanding Wine

Italian enologists are gloating not only about the boost in quantity of this year's grapes, but, more importantly, about the quality. The vintage, up 21% over last year, is considered exceptional.

Team Colavita/Bialetti Closes Out the 2018 Season

Colavita/Bialetti Pro Women Cycling Team finishes 2nd in the US Pro Cycling Series. The team exists thanks to the financial support of the Colavita family and other iconic Italian partner entities who share their vision and passion. Among them Bialetti, a leading Italian cookware and coffee maker brand; Bianchi, premier Italian bicycle manufacturer; and EICMA, an acronym for the most important trade fair event for the entire 2-wheel sector comprising motorcycles and bicycles. The Colavita women’s program, with its UCI-registered Colavita-Bianchi team, has been providing big career-building opportunities for women in cycling for more than 15 years.

The Woman who Captures the Spirit of Animals

Photographer Lori Fusaro’s life changed forever in June 2012 during her volunteering at Carson Animal Care Center in Los Angeles County. There she saw Sunny, a 16-year-old dog who had been left at the shelter because of a tumor on her leg. After spending three wonderful years together, Fusaro got the idea for her senior-dog photography project in order to inspire people to think about adopting a senior animal.

"Festa della Repubblica" in New York: Tributes, Concerts, Food and Much More

On June 5th the Italian institutions in New York celebrated the Republic Day with some exciting events including touching tributes, good music and quality food. On this special occasion, a tree was dedicated on 690 Park Ave. to honor Italo Calvino for the 61st anniversary of The Baron in the Trees' publication
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Celebrate Festa della Repubblica with Italy Runs in Central Park

The long-awaited "Italy Run by Ferrero" was presented at the New York Road Runners Center, which will see on Sunday, June 3rd 11,000 people bringing a touch of (tri)color to the heart of the Big Apple

The 59th NCCA Award Dinner Honors those who Preserve Columbus

The National Council of Columbia Association in Civil Service celebrated the exemplar service of Italians and Italian Americans at their annual Award Dinner. Attendees were honored, awarded, and recognized for their hard work, dedication, and admirable characters that serve to support their communities and preserve Columbus and his legacy.