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Current President & Operating Officer of NIAF, John M. Viola

A Conversation with NIAF President John M. Viola

The doors of the National Italian American Foun-dation (NIAF) opened up to current President & Operating Officer John M. Viola when he was 16...
Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia, 1399 - 1482. Credit: Chronicle/Alamy

An Unsung Genius of 15th Century Florence: Luca della Robbia

As unbelievable as it may seem, one can get used to Beauty. Try to live in a city like Florence for a bunch of years and you may end up taking even...
A basket of “zaletti” and other traditional Venetian biscotti greets guests on the Eolo. Credit: Copyright Paolo Destefanis, for Veneto: Authentic Recipes From Venice and the Italian Northeast, by Julia della Croce

Venice in a Cookie

My idea of supper in Venice is eating at a finely set table on-board a flat-bottom boat enjoying the calm, cool quiet of the lagoon after a day of...
At the opening of the Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Lab in Seattle, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, left, with Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali, praised the company's breakthrough research in carbon fiber used in both the automotive and the aeronautical industries. (Lamborghini)

Lamborghini Opens New Carbon Fiber Research Center in Seattle

Since 1963, Lamborghini automobiles have topped the list when it comes to ultralight, ultrafast, ultracool sports cars. In 2007, to conduct research...
Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio, Commendatore Maria Fassio Pignati & Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi. Photo: Nickolas Marinelli

Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio Visits San Francisco & Knights a Commendatore

San Francisco was honored by the recent visit of Ambassador of Italy His Excellency Armando Varricchio, who spent several days visiting with leading...
Wonderful aerial view of Piazza del Campo, Siena on a beautiful sunny day.— Photo by jovannig

Siena's Campo - The Most Beautiful Piazza in Italy

The gated city of Siena is unique for many reasons. It was one of Italy’s first democracies. It is the site of the historic Palio di Siena horse race...
Consul General of Italy in San Francisco Mauro Battocchi at the 2012 Italian Heritage Parade. Photograph by Nickolas Marinelli

Consul General Mauro Battocchi: Working Together to Build Strong Italian Communities

Mauro Battocchi’s last day as San Francisco’s beloved Consul General will be July 8, 2016. He has been Italy’s Consul General in San Francisco since...
Procida, beautiful and colorful island in the Mediterranean sea, near Naples, italy. View of La Corricella harbour.— Photo by ronnybas

Procida, the prettier little sister to Capri and Ischia

Forget Capri and Ischia. There is another island in the Gulf of Naples that’s a prettier and more authentically natural beauty just minutes away by...
Marco Marini head of Euroclassix, SF

Euroclassix, How History and Nostalgia for Italian Vintage Cars Found Their Way to San Francisco

“We don’t sell cars. We sell history, nostalgia and style.” If you love vintage cars and you walk in at EuroClassix, you immediately understand that...
President of Fondazione Italia - Paolo Miliozzi surrounded by his team of teachers and educators. Photo Courtesy of P. Miliozzi

Paolo Miliozzi, President of Fondazione Italia, Paladin of Our Language

Paolo Miliozzi grew up in Civitanova Marche, Adriatic seaport in Italian region of Marche. Strangely enough, historically this area didn’t give birth...
Federated Italo-Americans of California President Ann Potenza

Ann Potenza: Building a Virtual “Little Italy” in LA

Ann Potenza, President of Federated Italo-Americans of Southern California, has a clear and lucid vision of what the older generations of Italian-...
Our culture is rich thanks to the products which arrived from distant countries

The Italian character of Spaghetti and the Importance of the Intercultural Exchange

Occasionally, someone will speak of the real origins of spaghetti. It is one of those questions close to our hearts but it’s hidden behind a truth...
Grignolino, Etna Rosso and Bardolino, lighter high acidic wines that pair better with food

Three Italian Reds for Changing Times

A millennial fellow speaking about his interest in wine: Him : “I’ll drink anything, man, but I’m all about the reds.” Me : “Cool. What do you look...
Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli (Palazzo Vecchio - Florence)

Niccolò Machiavelli: More Than a Political Wizard

Admittedly, the times of Machiavelli were very different from today’s, and his own take on how to lead successfully a country would be now considered...
Italian-American writer Mario Puzo, author of the novel The Godfather © Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

The Father of The Godfather: Mario Puzo

A quintessential figure of Italo-american culture, Puzo was, and still remains today almost twenty years after his death, the iconic symbol of how...


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