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I. I.(January 16, 2020)
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
Roberta Cutillo(January 16, 2020)
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.
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(January 13, 2020)
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
L. A.(January 11, 2020)
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...
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(January 10, 2020)
One of the most important scientific hubs in Europe, the Northeastern Italian city of Trieste is ready to kick off its year as the European City of Science, during which it will host the EuroScience Open Forum, the largest biennial general science meeting in Europe, as well as the The Science in the City Festival, which will be open to the public.
Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(January 08, 2020)
In honour of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations presents an exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York. On view through January 17, 2020. "We are proud to have been able to bring this exhibition at the beginning of an important year, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, which for us is an occasion to relaunch and reinforce the multilateralist message...
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(January 08, 2020)
The Sky original series by Academy Award Winner Paolo Sorrentino will premiere in the US on January 15, 2020. In this second season of the provocative “The Young Pope,” which stars Jude Law and John Malkovich, Pius XIII is in a coma and the Vatican decides to elect a new pope.
Dining in & out
Amy Riolo(January 12, 2020)
Panna cotta, Italian for “cooked cream,” is a specialty of northern Italy’s Piedmont region—an area known for its superior dairy products. Panna cotta, or some version of it, has long been popular throughout most of Europe and in other countries along the Mediterranean.
Art & Culture
I. I.(January 08, 2020)
A show directed and interpreted by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory in the great Italian singer’s suggestive estate of Poggioncino in La Sterza Lajatico in the province of Pisa.
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(January 06, 2020)
The last episode of the famed series started by George Lucas in 1977 is not an easy film to absorb. You leave the theatre visually fulfilled but with the impression that director J.J. Abrams doesn’t have a clear notion of where the line between good and evil stands.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(January 03, 2020)
January 2020 marks the beginning of Parma’s year as the Italian Capital of Culture. And for this occasion, the ancient northern Italian town located in the region of Emilia Romagna proposes a rich and inviting program composed of exhibitions, concerts, workshops, panels and countless other innovative and engaging initiatives to promote Parma’s culture and identity.
Art & Culture
Virginia Di Falco(January 03, 2020)
Rivers, mountains, beaches and a sea teeming with fish. This UNESCO World Heritage Site starts at the temples and ancient Greek ruins of Paestum and comprises eighty towns and villages, sixty miles of coast, the tallest mountains and densest forests in the region, as well as dozens of vineyards, wine cellars and farming businesses that produce exquisite food.
Facts & Stories
R. C.(January 03, 2020)
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...
Facts & Stories
I. I.(January 15, 2020)
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.
That’s the evocative title chosen for the retrospective exhibition on view in Rome’s Ara Pacis through May 2020. 30 years from his death and 90 from his birth, the show celebrates one of the most beloved filmmakers by the audiences of the past and...
On December 19, Pinocchio, the latest adaptation of Carlo Lorenzini’s (a.k.a. Carlo Collodi) tale by the award-winning director of Dogman, Matteo Garrone, comes to Italian theatres. Oscar-winner Roberto Benigni is Geppetto, while the young Federico...
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...
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(December 24, 2019)
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...
Facts & Stories

Italians go Crazy Over New Nutella Biscuits

Launched in early November, Ferrero’s new Nutella-filled treats have taken Italy by storm. With a record-breaking 4,2 million packages sold in one month, the cookies are in such high demand that they’re practically flying off the shelves and people have taken to reselling them online and in the streets for up to 11 euros per pack.
Facts & Stories

"Piatto Sospeso": Order Delivery and Donate a Meal

Food delivery app Just Eat is carrying out a solidarity campaign just in time for Christmas. Customers in Rome, Milan, Turin and Naples will be able to add an extra meal to their order, which will then be donated to welcome centers, soup kitchens and community centers.
Facts & Stories

Paralympic Athlete Bebe Vio Gets a Barbie

Toy Company Mattel dedicates a Barbie doll to Bebe Vio, the 22-year-old Italian paralympic fencing champion, a role model for young girls worldwide.
Life & People

Mimmo Lucano: “It’s easier to spread humanity than hate”

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò hosts the former Mayor of Riace Mimmo Lucano and the non-profit arts organization BACAS in an evening dedicated to “accoglienza” - hospitality - a profoundly human value that dates back to ancient times, one that now more than ever needs to be reaffirmed and spread throughout the world.
Art & Culture

Pietro Bartolo’s Lampedusa at The Torino Film Festival

Nour by Maurizio Zaccaro brings us into the nightmarish reality of many migrant children separated from their parents, allowing us to shift our perspective on the phenomenon of immigration.
Art & Culture

Woody Allen's Latest, a Jewel of Auteur Cinema

With A Rainy Day in New York, Woody Allen returns to his city, New York, making it the star of his new film that encapsulates all the themes of his oeuvre.
Art & Culture

Frida Kahlo, Beyond the Myth

Between suggestive reconstruction, letters, diaries, and private confessions, Giovanni Troli’s documentary reveals the essence of a double-sided icon.
Op-Eds

Another Turn of the Key. Nino Marano. 49 Years in Prison

A presentation of Emma D’Aquino’s new book about Nino Marano, a man who spent 49 years in prison. It all started with stolen peppers and eggplants. After being arrested and imprisoned, it’s in prison that Nino became a murderer and never got out. Alternating between moments of hope for redemption and recurring episodes of violence. The sentence gets longer and it becomes almost an excuse to commit new crimes. A difficult and controversial story that opens up to many reflections.
Facts & Stories

Rediscovering Sopravissana Wool After the Earthquake

Sease, the new brand by Franco and Giacomo Loro Piana, relaunches the use of an ancient wool made from sopravissana sheep, an almost extinct breed found exclusively on the Sibillini mountains, a part of the Marche region that is trying to bounce back from the devastating earthquakes of 2016.
Art & Culture

COPOMAIO, a Hub for Italian American Organizations

Following the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations’ annual meeting in Washington DC on November 2, we asked its Chair, Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey, to tell us a little more about the coalition’s history and its future. A retired psychotherapist, Dr. Sirey is also the Founder and Chair Emerita of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW). She has been serving as COPOMAIO’s Chair since 2018.
Op-Eds

Why Hold a Book Presentation in Italian in New York?

Two Italian language appointments for Emma D’Aquino’s book “Ancora un giro di chiave” edited by Baldini & Castoldi. One of the most renowned Italian news anchors puts together a moving and incredible telling of detainee Nino Marano’s story. Why did we decide to hold them in Italian?
Art & Culture

Celebrating Italian Cuisine Worldwide

This year’s World Week of Italian Cuisine is upon us. From November 18-24 a series of events and initiatives will take place in New York and worldwide to help promote Italian culinary products, practices and heritage.
Art & Culture

NICE Film Festival - New Italian Cinema Events

This Fall, N.I.C.E. celebrates its 29th edition in the United States dedicated to the Italian cinema and meeting with directors and critics. This year it is an expansive festival, as it branches out throughout New York City neighborhoods as well as outside the city.
Facts & Stories

Italian Paralympic Swim Team Honored by the President

President Sergio Mattarella welcomes the Italian National Paralympic Swim Team to the Quirinal Palace to celebrate their achievements at the latest World Championship in London, where they totaled 50 medals. Also honored were the young Italian paralympic athletes who won 23 medals during the 2019 European Para Youth Games.
Art & Culture

A Wine Journey from New York to Valpolicella

A masterclass on the wines of Valpolicella conducted by wine educator and sommelier Filippo Bartolotta in the newly opened Di Palo Wine Bar, the latest venture by Little Italy’s iconic Di Palo’s Fine Foods, the “purveyors of New York’s Best Mozzarella.”
Facts & Stories

The Highest Tide in 50 Years Hits Venice

Over 85% of the city was flooded during the second highest tide ever recorded.
Art & Culture

Us Italian American Women, Torn Between Two Worlds

Five women, two countries, one heart. This was the topic of discussion at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, where Johanna Clapps Herman moved the audience talking about her new book “When I am Italian” and telling the tale of her journey, as a young 20-year-old girl, in search of her roots. American but also Italian, belonging to neither place or to both.
Art & Culture

A Closer Look Inside Da Vinci’s Studio

The Institute of molecular bioimaging and physiology (IBFM) in collaboration with University of Milano and Milano-Bicocca University and supported by Fondazione Bracco, used new technology to reconstruct the artistic process that lead to the creation of some of the world’s most renowned artworks created inside the studio of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Art & Culture

Iconic Italian Musician CARMEN CONSOLI Returns to the United States

November Concert Dates of the Sicilian-born Singer-Songwriter in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Op-Eds

Opinion: Is Italy Protecting LGBTQ Citizens?

As he prepares to spend a year in Bologna, an American student contemplates LGBTQ safety in Italy.
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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
Monica Straniero(January 10, 2020)
Il nuovo film di Gianni Amelio racconta Bettino Craxi negli ultimi mesi di vita. Non è un film di parte, niente assoluzioni, niente condanne, ma un racconto di un dramma umano di un re che ha perso il suo scettro e si ritrova solo con se stesso. Un...
Fatti e Storie
Laura Pace, Roberta Cutillo(January 07, 2020)
Per il giorno della Befana un aperitivo all’italiana ha accompagnato una mega tombolata in uno dei ristoranti italiani più cool di New York, Cacio e Vino. Due idee che s'incontrano, quella dell’aperitivo e quello della tombolata per una serata...

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