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Elena Ferrante's "The Story of the Lost Child," the most recent best-seller by the Italian author whose identity is unknown to the general public, is a finalist for a translation prize.   Ferrante's novel, translated by Ann Goldstein, is among 15 fiction nominees for the Best Translated Book Award. The poetry category has 10 finalists. They...

Congratulations to NIAF member Sal Mastroianni on the publication of his new book, "The Long Roads Home." Mastroianni's book describes the life of his father, an American who is raised in Italy, conscripted into the Italian army during World War II, and eventually – after 45 years – returned to his home in the United States. The book is available o...

Taking on a new job can be an overwhelming feet for anyone, but perhaps a bit more when you are the new Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Armando Varrichio recently took on this position and moved to the U.S. only two months ago with his passion for expanding Italian culture leading the way.   The Veneto born diplomat began his career with the...

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences has announced, Punzoné Vodka Founder, Owner and Creator, Mr. Frank Guerrera as the newest member to join the prestigious Board of Hospitality Industry Professionals and has been appointed International Trustee Honors.   Frank Guerrera is the entrepreneurial brain behind Punzoné – The Ultra Premium...

Jon Burlingame Italian film-composing legend Ennio Morricone's ongoing health concerns have led to the cancellation of his three North American concerts in June, sources say.   Morricone, who suffered a back injury earlier this year that led to the postponement of his scheduled March concerts in New York and L.A., had been slated to conduct...

by Aaron Smith   The Italian gunmaker Beretta wants to be the U.S. Army's standard-issue handgun one more time. Beretta has been supplying the Army with its M9 handgun for the last 30 years.   But the Army is now looking for a new gun and is holding a contest of sorts for gun makers. However, Beretta is not going to step asi...

Aside from being great jazz musicians, what do Steve Gadd, Louie Bellson, Flip Phillips, Tony Scott, and Frank Capp have in common? You wouldn't know it from their last names, but each of these talented gentlemen are of Italian heritage. Sometimes names were changed (Americanized) for the sake of simplicity or fitting in. Cappuccio became Capp, Sci...

By Lorenzo Agnoloni Italy is home to thousands of Americans, but with strict visa requirements they had to fight through a quagmire of bureaucracy to get here. So many people are asking how others dreaming of making the move can get through the process as painlessly as possible.   Unlike those fr...

After twenty-five years as the Director of the US Information Office for the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano, the official entity for the King of Cheeses in Italy, Nancy Radke is handing over her veritable crown to two successors, Danielle Caponi Bolla and Federico Bolla of Ponte PR & Marketing.   Radke's agency, Good Food Cr...

"Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop," a novel by Rosanna Chiofalo, uncovers the special significance of food as the food writer Claudia Lombardo, uncovers a bakery beside a Sicilian convent, which produces a dessert beloved by all those who taste it.   Food – which brings people together, comforts and heals the wounds of strained relationships, an...

by H.E. Armando Varricchio   I am very pleased to extend my warm greetings to Italians, and Italian-Americans, in the United States on the occasion of Italy's National Day. I would like to thank all of our fellow citizens, our American friends of Italian origin and all those who recognize themselves - in their different ways - in Italy,...

Coro d'Italia ~ Italian-American Singing and Dancing Ensemble is currently interviewing new participants to sing and/or dance in their fall production. The troupe is comprised of both professional and volunteer performers and will begin once-per-week rehearsals in September for their November 20 concert at the Montclair Art Museum. For people of I...