I cut my Pasquetta outing a little short Easter Monday in order to attend the highly anticipated Sagra della Pizza Chiena (Pizza Rustica Festival) at the Our Lady of the Snow Hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I didn’t want to go empty handed, so I went home to whip something up. Since I’m not much of a baker, instead of attempting to make pizza chien...

Inspired by his self-made succesfull family, John Viola decided to turn NIAF (The National Italian American Foundation) into the leading educational and cultural non-profit - not only for the twenty-five million Americans of Italian descent - but also for the over two hundred million in the Italian diaspora. Viola’s mission is to create a young and...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is proud to announce that NIAF Co-Chair Patricia de Stacy Harrison and NIAF Vice Chair Robert E. Carlucci have been named recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). The medals are presented each year on historic Ellis Island to a select...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has elected a new Board of Directors for the 2017-2021 term, during a March 23, 2017 meeting at the New York offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and ceo of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and former NIAF vice chair; and Gabriel A. Battista, former president,...

Last night I had the honor and the pleasure to attend the 2017 NIAF Spring Gala in New York. It is always an enormous privilege to be able to be part of this amazing celebration of the Italian American community. At the famous Cipriani 42 venue, for a completely sold out event, many friends of We the Italians were so kind to welcome me as the found...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host its annual New York Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 22, 2017. This distinguished event, held at this world-famous, historical, New York City venue will highlight the very best in Italian food, beverage and cultural experiences – along with celebrate some of the most notable and impactf...

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, in conjunction with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) are thrilled to announce a new and exciting grant program for aspiring filmmakers. Known as The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum, the program each year awards multiple $7,500 grants to a...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) congratulates Pete D'Alessandro on his new appointment as General Manager of the Sacramento Kings, the National Basketball Association's franchise in California's capital city.   "A highly talented basketball executive and proud Italian American, Pete brings not only passion and integrity to th...

It was a record-breaking night for La Scuola d'Italia Guglielmo Marconi, with over 500 guests celebrating the night's theme "Building the Future Today". John Michael Viola, President and Chief Operating Officer of NIAF, was honored. He praised the school for being the only school where a child can learn "not only the Italian language but they'll le...

"Viva La Cultura Italiana!" was the theme for Il Circolo's 38th anniversary gala held at the Breakers in Palm Beach on March 2, 2014. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in the Magnolia Room while mandolinist, Joe Spadaro, played popular Italian favorites. Once in the Circle Room, where dinner was to be served, music by Gino De Marco filled the air...