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The ‘Sardine’ Movement Crosses the Ocean. Meet the ‘Atlantic Sardines’

One of them makes gelato, one is a researcher, another is a chemist, one a pizzaiolo, and another still a musician. These are the stories of the ‘Atlantic Sardines.’ Their lives united by a call on social media. A call that brought them to step out into the streets, also in New York.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

The Highest Tide in 50 Years Hits Venice

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

Anti-Hate Motion Passes Amidst Many Abstentions. What Does This Mean for Italy?

Many, from the President of the Republic to the Vatican’s Secretary of State, express dismay at the abstentions from center-right parties on the motion to create an extraordinary commission against hate, racism and anti-semitism proposed by Holocaust survivor and life Senator Liliana Segre.

Making Wine From Pompeii’s Ashes

Mastroberardino, one of the Campania region’s major wineries, presents Villa dei Misteri 2012, the latest vintage of a wine grown and made in the archeological site of Pompeii.

A Commission to Oversee Creation of New Mother Cabrini Statue

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed 19 members to a new commission that will oversee the creation of a statue honoring Mother Cabrini. The members will include Angelo Vivolo of the Columbus Heritage Coalition and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Brooklyn Diocese. The Governor announced the State will commit up to $750,000 for the project and will issue a request for proposals for the design of the new statue.

Italian Welfare League To Host Fundraiser for Italian-American Children with Disabilities

The Italian Welfare League will honor Rosanna Scotto, Co-Host of Good Day New York, Fox 5 NY WNYNW and Vincent Lumia, Managing Director and Head of Field Management at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, for their commitment to serving those less fortunate. The Consul General of Italy, Minister Plenipotentiary Francesco Genuardi, is the Honorary Chairman of the Luncheon.

Discussing the Future of Design with Mauro Porcini at St. John’s University

St. John's University in collaboration with Your Italian Hub presents A Night of Design with Chief Design Officer of PepsiCo Mauro Porcini, an event dedicated to discussing the social and economic impact of design thinking and human-centered design with one of its major and most successful exponents.

Narrating the Italian Culinary Experience

At an event organized by the GEI (Gruppo Esponenti Italiani) at the New York Italian Consulate, three leading exponents of the Italian food and wine world on why Italian identity is here to stay and is spreading across the planet but only provided it be communicated strongly and effectively, in a way that shows that the Italian essence is unique. From Spritz to Parmigiano, to Piedmontese wine: a culinary experience that only a country as biodiverse as Italy can offer.

Recap - President Mattarella’s US Visit From DC to SF

Accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, and the Minister of Technological Innovation Paola Pisano, the Italian President travelled to DC, where he met with Trump, as well as the leadership of the Italian American Congressional Delegation, and Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. He then went to San Francisco to visit startup companies Kong and Nozomi Networks, participate in the Italy-US Innovation Forum, and meet with the Mayor of San Francisco and the Governor of California.

Conte Pushes for Albania and North Macedonia to Join EU

In the wake of an official Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union, leaders deadlocked last night on whether to allow Albania and North Macedonia to join, leaving Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte disappointed with the outcome.

In the Eyes of Massimo Ferragamo and Giovanni Colavita

The two Presidents of the US branch of their respective family businesses march down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue at the Columbus Day Parade, after having been honored at the Columbus Citizen Foundation Gala.

US to Impose Tariffs on European Goods

Following authorization from the World Trade Organization, the Trump administration plans to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of goods, including aircrafts but also Italian cheeses, French wine, Scotch whiskey, and other products from the European Union beginning October 18th.

Help Restore The Historic Casa Belvedere

Casa Belvedere, a historical landmark and home to Staten Island’s Italian Cultural Foundation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Italian cultural heritage in all of its forms, is seeking votes to obtain funding for the restoration of the upper levels that sustained severe water damage from Hurricane Sandy, with the ultimate goal of transforming them into new gallery space.

Ferrari Opens Tailor Made Center in New York City

Redesigned showroom becomes the first of its kind in the Americas, allowing clients to customize every element of their car

'Astroluca' New Commander of the ISS

Astronaut Luca Parmitano becomes the first Italian and third European to command the International Space Station (ISS), taking over from the Russian Alexei Ovchinin.