Amid their anxiety and mourning for friends and family in their virus-stricken homeland, the diplomats at Italy’s embassy in Washington are working earnestly to secure help from afar. “We are all concerned by the situation in Italy. Our thoughts are constantly with relatives and friends, some of whom live in the hardest-hit areas of the country,” s...

Matera’s on Park , an Italian market and catering company in Rutherford, has started a meal donation program with ERA Realty in honor of first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. The First Responders Meal Program helps to provide meals to doctors, nurses, EMS and all branches of law enforcement through local donors. One $10 donati...

People in need during this state of emergency over coronavirus are finding they’re not always left alone. Solidarity initiatives that are spreading through Italy include the ‘Campagna Amica - Spesa sospesa a domicilio’, promoted by Coldiretti, Italy’s main farmers’ association. Consumers who buy groceries online through Campagna Amica, which only s...

Angelo Picone lowers a wicker basket full of food to the ground on a rope, leaning over his rustic balcony, verdant with pot plants.“If you can, put something in. If you can’t, take something out,” Picone, a Naples street artist, merrily hollers to bemused passersby in the alleyway below. Picone’s simple message is resonating in a country trying to...

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought life to a near standstill in New York City and caused an untold number of people to lose their jobs, tenants in the building did not need to pay April rent, it read. “STAY SAFE, HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS & WASH YOUR HANDS!!!” the landlord, Mario Salerno, wrote on the signs, which he posted at all of...

Abruzzo native Luca Di Pietro opened the original Tarallucci e Vino restaurant in NYC’s East Village in 2001 and expanded to four other Manhattan locations in subsequent years. Earlier this month, he closed all but his Upper West Side eatery in response to efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the city. Now, in addition to providing take...

Festa Italiana Hawaii, Hawaii's first & only Italian festival, celebrates where “Ciao Meets Aloha” - the intersection of Hawaiian and Italian cultures. During these trying times, Festa Italiana Hawaii is eager to show aloha (compassion, kindness, love) to the people of Italy and the local Hawaii restaurant community. The festival has launched a ter...

The Foundation would like to congratulate NIAF da Vinci Council Member Jeanne Allen on the publication of her new book An Unfinished Journey: Education & the American Dream. Allen is a pioneer and veteran of education policy, politics and culture. Purchase Allen’s book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JhPelR. An Unfinished Journey provides a compendium...

A donation from an anonymous group allowed Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant to feed 40 people, including 20 children, at the Salvation Army homeless shelter Tuesday evening. Meals including baked ziti, lasagna, cheese ravioli or chicken Parmesan, plus bread and salad. "The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem is extraordinarily grateful to whoever...

In just the last week the numbers of those afflicted by COVID-19 have increased dramatically both here and in Italy. The National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) goal at this unprecedented time in our country’s history is to connect and help our Italian American community here in the United States while we work with those who can help the peop...