In light of the 2020 VOD being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2002, I had the life changing honor to go to NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery program (or Gift of Discovery back then). I was just a young college student when I was selected to go on the Voyage of Discovery, and the experience completely changed my life. Before going on the Voyage...

Our dad, Pat Turano came from Calabria, Italy, in 1971 and opened his first pizzeria, Casa Turano at 21 years old. From there he opened, operated, and sold several restaurants and pizzerias – his most recent was Trattoria Rustica in Montclair, N.J. In 2016, he won a competition on Restaurant Impossible with Robert Irvine. When asked why he loves wh...

Friday June 5, 6:00pm EST. As proud Italians and Italian Americans, we all know the immense impact that Italy has had on forming the United States that we know and love today. But did you know that when the Founding Fathers envisioned the United States' governmental structure, they based it on mid-Republican Rome? Join NIAF for its first Ernest Pel...

My Italian American heritage has always played a large role in my life. From a young age, the stories of my family’s hard work to make a new life for themselves in America inspired me to put my best foot forward in not only my studies but also in my career. As a political science major, working in Washington, D.C., was frequently thought of as a dr...

Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m. EST. Get all the tips of how to begin researching your Italian family through this first webinar from NIAF's virtual three-part Genealogy Series. In the first session, we will answer both Genealogy and Dual Citizenship Questions; it is free but you must register to attend! REGISTER NOW Bianca Ottone, founder of My Italian F...

Sunday the 12th of April, Easter Day, the famous tenor Andrea Bocelli gave a live streaming concert in the Milan Cathedral, an amazing and touching event which represented a symbol of hope and belief during these difficult times. Let’s step back for a moment so that we can understand better who this brilliant singer is. Bocelli has  recorded 16 pop...

Everyone is doing a lot more cooking these days. Look cute while in the kitchen with this one of a kind, limited-edition, embroidered Buon Appetito! apron! BUY NOW Buon Appetito means good appetite not only for our wonderful food but for life. It reminds us of that wonderful Italian spirit even in the face of adversity. Buon Appetito for courage an...

Forty Italians stood in a round room in the heart of the Capitol as Kirsten Gillibrand, a U.S. Senator from the great state of New York, gestured towards me. She had just welcomed the group to the Capitol; I translated her welcome into Italian for our guests. They were here to celebrate Detective Joe Petrosino, an Italian immigrant exemplary of the...

Do you want to be a leader of the Italian American community on campus? We are looking for college students passionate about their Italian heritage who want to have a voice in Italian American affairs for our 2020-2021 NIAF On Campus Fellowship Program. Student Fellows will receive leadership training, networking opportunities, and a ticket to NIAF...

Congratulations to NIAF Member Anthony Sciarratta for his new book The Letter. The plot unfolds with the protagonist Victor Esposito who mysteriously dedicates every novel he has ever written to one woman. His trademark protagonist fits the description of Eva Abrams, the bright-eyed and blonde Long Island housewife. Tragedy suddenly strikes Victor’...