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This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from Ristorante...

This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from Ristorante Trippi in Valtellina as well as text from the winery websites for some of the many Italian Wines on the shelves @MetroWines. Andiamo! (let's go!)

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Michelagelo: Food and Poggio Anima!

This presentation from The Getty was Great! You can still access it on Getty website.

 

From Ciao Asheville

 

Did Michelangelo Start His Career as an Art Forger? | artnet News

Wine and Food in The Time of Michelagelo

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/food-and-wine-in-the-time-of-michelangelo

I have not seen the video but it is common knowledge that he was hanging
with The Medicis in Florence and that he lived in The Casa Buonarotti
there in Florence so let's go Tuscan! The 2018 Dry Red Belial.

Field and Fawcett - 'Belial' Sangiovese, Poggio Anima

Bright ruby. Aromas of ripe red fruit, sage and mint. Supple, but with bright acidity
on the palate with bright red cherries and sweet tobacco emerging nicely.
The finish is persistent and with medium intensity of tannins and fruit. 
One of the four crown princes of hell. Roughly translated to ‘without yoke’ in Hebrew.
It is believed that Belial is the purest definition of ‘lawlessness.’
The correlation is that much of what has come to be known as ‘Supertuscans’
or ‘IGT’ is simply lawless. People blending international varietals with indigenous varietals or not following the DOC laws and producing 'renegade wine.'
2018 has 13% ALC.

$18.99 at Vivino
$16.99 at Applejack
*** $14.99 @MetroWines ***

And Tonight: Pair Belial with Italian Wedding Soup
https://www.wsj.com/articles/recipe-for-a-uniquely-uplifting-chicken-soup-11600883776

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Columbus?

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 | 6:00 P.M. EST
Christopher Columbus
and the National Debate

This Columbus Day, the National Italian American Foundation invites you to sit down with our panel of experts as we discuss the debate over the celebration of Christopher Columbus and his legacy in America. Our panelists George BochettoWilliam Connell, and Anthony Wisniewski, will break down the history behind establishing Columbus Day, what it means not only to the Italian American community but other communities, and tackle the national debate on whether or not the statues should stay or go. You won't want to miss this thoughtful conversation.
Registration fee: FREE.

REGISTER

George Bochetto of Bochetto & Lentz, P.C., is a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer and litigator and has been recognized in countless cases for his unrelenting and persuasive litigation and trial techniques. George has been cited for "Raising the Bar" by the National Law Journal and has been written about and featured in dozens of trade journals and legal publications throughout the United States. Not only is George a well-known trial lawyer with multi-million dollar awards against national and multi-national corporations, George is also a very accomplished appellate advocate, having appeared before the highest appellate courts in the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on cutting edge, often controversial legal issues involving free speech, the separation of church and state, campaign finance reform, and legal ethics. Bochetto represents a group of South Philadelphia residents fighting to keep the Christopher Columbus statues where they stand.

 

William Connell is a historian and professor at Seton Hall University. He studies a wide range of problems in Italian and Italian American History, and European history in general, with particular concentrations in medieval and Renaissance intellectual history, humanism, social history and state building. In recent years he has been working on projects concerning interactions between 16th century Florence and northern Europe, Renaissance historical writing, Niccolò Machiavelli's political thought, early interactions between Italy and America, and prosecutions for blasphemy in early modern Europe. In 2018 he co-authored The Routledge History of Italian Americans with Stanislao Pugliese.

 

Anthony Wisniewski, is a former trustee and general counsel Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation (2007-2017) and author of a recent op-ed in the Baltimore Sun. Wisniewski was appointed by President of the United States to the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Board of Trustees. He was also appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Advisory Council, serving as a key employer voice on national quality measures reporting in areas such as disparities of care for minority populations, hospital associated infections, and overall patient safety. Further, Wisniewski was also appointed by the Director of AHRQ to serve on its Effective Health Care Stakeholder Group, focusing primarily upon development and reporting of quality measures associated with comparative effectiveness research of designated chronic diseases.

If you are not able to participate in the live webinar, all registered attendees will automatically receive a recording of the session within two business days after the event.  

We can't wait for you to join us!

Missed a virtual event?  Check out all NIAF Virtual Events

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Pasta in Tuscany through Smithsonian

Pontormo and Pasta:

Live from Tuscany

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

$20 for Members. $25 for Non Members

Go HERE!

"The Deposition from the Cross", by Pontormo, 1525–1528

STREAMING PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streamingseries.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

You can’t visit Italy right now—but you can make pasta. Join art historian and culinary expert Elaine Trigiani at her farmhouse in Tuscany for a virtual exploration of this region through its artistic and culinary heritage.

Here in the hills of Chianti, four medieval castles were used to safely store works of art from Florentine museums during WWII, among them paintings by Renaissance artist Jacopo Pontormo, including his Visitation. Pontormo, who is named after the local Tuscan town from which he came, was a leader in the Mannerist movement, one that fought against the classicism of the high Renaissance. Trigiani examines his work, best known for its ambiguous use of space, dramatic color, and a sense of psychic restlessness.

Then, taking inspiration from a group of nearby heritage wheat producers, including farmers, millers, and bakers, she makes fresh pasta and la lasagna (and shares a recipe). Wherever you may be, art and food make a delightful way to explore this historic and beautiful corner of Italy.

UPDATED PATRON INFORMATION

  • Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org.
  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
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Venice with NIAF

Join Us Virtually
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 7:00 P.M. EST
Italy in Our Hearts and Minds:
Venice, The Most Improbable of Cities, Part 2

Join Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University, and explore Venice's complexities and contradictions as we discover some of its many secrets. Venice has been lauded as Queen of the Adriatic, being nicknamed la Serenissima and boasts having been maritime republic of over 1,000 years, a vast museum, a triumph of human will over nature. Once a beehive of espionage, the luxury and pleasure capital of Europe, a mecca of extraordinary artists and personalities and zenith of all Grand Tours yet even today, Venice remains in many ways, an enigma.

During part two of this two-part series, you will explore Venice as the pinnacle of the cultural and luxury capital of Europe through its slow yet opulent & sybaritic decline and ultimately to its reinvention as a real-life fantasy destination and the world's most enchanting open-air museum. Registration fee: $25

REGISTER

Did you miss part one of Venice, The Most Improbable of CitiesCLICK HEREto purchase a recording of Venice, The Most Improbable of Cities, Part 1!

Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Silver Prize winner of "Best Travel Book of the Year" awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. A regular lecturer on topics of Italian cultural interest, Carla has written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle and curates the photoblog Postcards from the Boot. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe," and, for a decade, owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, NY.

Following Carla's, presentation there will be a brief Q&A session.

Not able to join us on Zoom, but want to tune in later? If for whatever reason you are not able to join the webinar, all paid and registered attendees will receive a recording of the session no later than two business days after the event. 
Refunds will not be issued.

We can't wait for you to join us!

Learn more about all NIAF Virtual Events

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo

Michelangelo chalk drawing
Nourishing Genius: Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo

 

Grocery list by Michelangleo
 
EnlargeThree Grocery Lists with Sketches(detail), 1518, Michelangelo Buonarroti, pen and brown ink. Archivio Buonarroti, X, 578, Casa Buonarroti, Florence, Italy
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT; 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Getty's YouTube channel
Admission: Free; no registration necessary
(cost of optional wine and food pairings noted below are approximate) 

Michelangelo was wined and dined at the tables of popes and patrons. He also owned a vineyard, a cheese cave, and an orchard. Join Fred Plotkin, specialist in Italian gastronomy, opera, and history, and Getty drawings curator Julian Brooks as they travel back in time to explore the fascinating connections between art, food, drink, and this incomparable Italian Renaissance artist. 

Then, raise a glass to Michelangelo and discover select wines from Tuscany, Lazio, and Umbria in the virtual tasting. Audiences can live chat with presenters during the premiere. This program is part of the Drinking in the Past series and complements the exhibition Michelangelo: Mind of the Master

The Wine
Discover three wines that would have been familiar to Michelangelo. Get all three in advance, select one, or just grab a glass of whatever you have at home – preferably Italian! 

• Principe Pallavicini Frascati Superiore 2018 - $13.99 
70% Malvasia del Lazio, 15% Trebbiano della Toscana, 15% Greco – Lazio, Italy 

• Villa di Capezzana Carmignano 2015 - $31.99 
80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon – Toscana, Italy 

• Bellafonte Collenottolo Montefalco Sagrantino 2013 - $53.99 
100% Sagrantino – Umbria, Italy

• Non-alcoholic beverage: Acqua di Fiuggi bottled water 

Other Frascati, Carmignano, and Sagrantino options are welcomed. Order wines through your local wine shops or national online retailers (prices are approximate). 

The Food
Enjoy some tasty Italian cheese and bread with your wine (Michelangelo did). We suggest: 

• Cheese: Pecorino di Pienza, Pecorino di Siena, Pecorino Romano, and/or Marzolino 

• Bread: Pane Casareccio (Roman rustic), Pane Sciocco (Tuscan unsalted) and/or other Italian bread 

• Fruit: Pears (Forelle or San Martino), peaches, plums, and/or grapes 

The Fun
Explore this downloadable pdf for wine notes, tasting cards, and a few Renaissance etiquette tips to get the festivities started. 

Create Your Own Zoom Viewing Party
Zoom with your friends. The host can screen share the video for the whole group to enjoy together. Salute! 

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Banner: Left: Studies of the Upper Body of a Man, and Separate Studies of an Arm, a Hand, and an Ear; Sketch of a tree (detail), 1511–1512, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red and black chalk. Right: Seated Male Nude, and a Study of His Right Arm (detail), 1511, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red chalk, heightened with white. Both images: Teylers Museum, Haarlem. Purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem 
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Joseph DeLissio and River Cafe and RAATS

A Wine Sentinel Stand Down
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/10/dining/drinks/river-cafe-wine-joseph-delissio.html

 

After 43 Years, the Wine Sentinel of River Café Stands Down - The New York  Times
(JosephDeLissio in 1986)
After 43 years, Jospeh DeLissio, a self described "blue collar kid in a white collar job"
steps down as Wine Director of the highly regarded River Cafe in Brooklyn. Joey D,
that's what his friends call him, put together a mighty fine wine list, one in which we share
a lot of bottles here @MetroWines. But the best connection is Raats Chenin Blanc.
If you shop @MetroWines, you know we, and YOU,
have supported this South African Winery since the doors opened.
But lately, you have turned to new labels. All good, but don't forget this classic. Joey D never did!

Raats Original Chenin Blanc (Unwooded) 2019 | Wine Info

The 2019 Original Chenin Blanc comes from two soil types: decomposed granite and sandstone,
with six months’ aging on the lees. The lively, outgoing bouquet features bold lemon curd,
damp straw and mango aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with notes of lime and orange zest, leading to a vibrant, zesty finish. Delicious. 13.5% ALC 90 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Nov 2019)

Unoaked. $14.99 @MetroWines
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Corzano Chianti

From The MetroWines
"Hiding in Plain Sight Department"

What do we mean by hiding in plain sight? This wine has been on our shelf since last March
when Winemaker William Goldschmidt was @MetroWines.

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/corzano-e-paterno-interview
But somehow, this bottle got lost in the shuffle until Andy pulled it out for Blind Tasting League
We all tried it again. WOW. Smoother with less of the hard edge present in many Chianti wines.
Go solo or with almost any menu!

Corzano e Paterno Chianti 2018 - Nicholas Wines

This picturesque estate lies in the commune of San Casciano, just outside of Florence.
Goldschimdt is a farmer first; his pristine vineyards contain Sangiovese,
ranging in age from 5 to 35 years, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, averaging 20 years in age.
The vines are tended organically, the grapes, hand harvested.
Generous use of small barrels in vinification barely tame the exuberant,
broad fruit quality of his wines, and the firm, large-scaled tannic structure in them makes them
suitable for extended aging. The aromas are wonderfully complex and delicate,
showcasing Corzano e Paterno’s incredible terroir, exemplary farming techniques
and non-interventive vinification practices.
The 2018 Chianti has juicy fruit with just enough backbone
to make it the perfect companion to food.

The 2018 is $21 at Princeton Corkscrew
$21 at Vivino
$20.95 at Nicholas Wine in NJ

 

$16.99 @MetroWines

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Palmira for the Weekend

*** The Big DEAL of The Week ***
2018 Palmira Rosso, Venezia Giulia, from Visintini

 

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Importer says: Palmira, Oliviero and Cinzia Visintini are wine geeks of the best kind.
You can see Slovenia from their farm, it’s the next line of low hills on the horizon, 6km away.
Their grandfather Domenico Visintini bought the estate and its ruined medieval tower in 1884.
A portion of the original 13th century cellar is full with Palmira Visintini’s personal wine stash! 

Certified Organic. Practicing Biodynamic. Beautiful ruby ​​red color in glass.
Good red fruit on nose and plate.
 Accessible taste with soft, pleasant tannins.

13% ALC. $12.99

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Venice Vicariously

Join Us Virtually
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 7:00 P.M. EST 
AND
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 7:00 P.M. EST
Italy in Our Hearts and Minds:
Venice, The Most Improbable of Cities

Join Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University, and explore Venice's complexities and contradictions as we discover some of its many secrets. Venice has been lauded as Queen of the Adriatic, being nicknamed la Serenissima and boasts having been maritime republic of over 1,000 years, a vast museum, a triumph of human will over nature. Once a beehive of espionage, the luxury and pleasure capital of Europe, a mecca of extraordinary artists and personalities and zenith of all Grand Tours yet even today, Venice remains in many ways, an enigma.

During this two-part series, we will celebrate the city of myth, mystery, and majesty that has captured the imagination of dreamers and travelers alike for hundreds of years. Registration fee: $25 per session.

REGISTER FOR PART 1
REGISTER FOR PART 2

Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Silver Prize winner of "Best Travel Book of the Year" awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. A regular lecturer on topics of Italian cultural interest, Carla has written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle and curates the photoblog Postcards from the Boot. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe," and, for a decade, owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, NY.

Following Carla's, presentation there will be a brief Q&A session.

Not able to join us on Zoom, but want to tune in later? If for whatever reason you are not able to join the webinar, all paid and registered attendees will receive a recording of the session no later than two business days after the event. 
Refunds will not be issued.

We can't wait for you to join us!

Learn more about all NIAF Virtual Events

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Cascina Zerbetta and Mimi Thorisson

From The Ciao Asheville 
Book Suggestion Department

https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/ 

 


https://www.malaprops.com/book/9781984823595

Mimi explores the beautiful coasts and countrysides of Italy in this lavishly photographed cookbook
featuring simple, authentic recipes inspired by the country's devoted producers and rich food heritage.
From Tuscany to Umbria to Naples and more, Mimi dives into Italy's diverse regional cuisines
and shares 100 recipes for authentic, classic dishes, enriched by conversations with local food experts
who share their time tested techniques and stories. Find dishes culled from across the country,
such as agnolotti in sage and butter from the north, the tomato-rich ragùs and pastas of the southwest,
and the multifaceted, seafood-laden cuisine of Sicily. The mysteries of Italian food culture
will unravel as you learn to execute a perfect Neapolitan-style pizza! 

“These stories and recipes are a real tribute to everything I love about Italy..... —Lidia Bastianich
Mimi writes from her home in Turino, Piemonte, Italy.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/food-blogger-mimi-thorissons-kitchen-is-a-feast-for-the-eyes-1473951711

Your Read it With, Serve it With, Pair it With,
Drown Your Jealous Tears Because You Don't Live in Turino With Wine:

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100% Barbera. Organic and Vegan. The 2017 Barbera del Monferrato is a rich,
spicy wine with strong hints of blackberry fruit and a great acidity balance. $19.99

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Cooking Eggplant

Cooking Demonstrations

Cooking demonstrations at the U.S. Botanic GardenLooking for ideas on how to use seasonal fruits and vegetables? The following cooking demonstrations provide instruction, tips, recipes, and ideas on plants you can grow so you have the freshest ingredients at your fingertips. Enjoy!

Cooking Demonstration Videos

Find all of the Garden's Online Cooking Demo videos in these two playlists. Explore and find new recipes to cook and new plants to grow!

Purple eggplants

Eggplant Eggstacy!

The striking eggplant, with abundant color variations and shapes, is a versatile fruiting vegetable. Join Danielle for this online demonstration as she highlights how eggplant can be used in egg-celent ways. Then join Adrienne in her garden as she reviews what worked for her eggplant crop this year and how to prolong production even as the weather begins to cool.

DATE: Posted on Thursday, September 17
TIME: 12 noon
LOCATION: Here on our Cooking page
FREE: No pre-registration required

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Photo Contest with National Italian American Foundation

NIAF's 2020 Photo Contest – 
Now Accepting Entries! 

Calling all photographers—amateur-or professional! We are now accepting submissions to our Seventh Annual NIAF Photo Contest! Granted, this year's contest is like none before it. The pandemic has changed everything for all of us, sometimes tragically. But we're looking for uplifting images that represent your hopes and dreams during these difficult times.

So, please enter your photo that best captures this year's theme: Non Mollare! (In Italian, that means "Don't Give Up!") Use your imagination! Show us your resilience. Focus on what's getting you through this Covid-19 catastrophe. Our judges will choose five winners. Each will be awarded a one-year NIAF Sustaining Membership.

LEARN MORE
THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Gala Honoring Dr. Anthony Fauci

Saturday, October 31, 2020

6:30 p.m. EST Pre-Show
7:00 p.m. EST Live Event

LIVE in the comfort of your home

REGISTRATION REQUIRED (even for members!)

For 45 years, the National Italian American Foundation has recognized Italian and Italian American achievements in business, art, science, finance, music and medicine.

Join us as NIAF celebrates its 45th Anniversary, honors Dr. Anthony S. Fauci with the Leonardo da Vinci Award for Leadership in Health and Science, and celebrate the Italian heritage we all know and love. Since we can't be together in-person, this year's event will be virtual with guest appearancesentertainment, and special surprises. This event is one-night only, and only available LIVE

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Free for Members
$75 for non-members but hurry, ticket prices will go up October 1, 2020!

REGISTER

Registration Required - EVEN FOR MEMBERS!
(yes, this means you!) 

with SPECIAL GUESTS

Don't miss this once in a lifetime event!
REGISTER
 
THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Your Italian Passport

Join Us Virtually
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 | 6:00 P.M. EST
Your Italian Passport:
Successfully Navigating the Consulates: What to Expect Before, During, and After your Appointment with Lauren Hopkins

Navigating the Italian Consulate system in America is probably just as complicated as obtaining your Italian dual citizenship and now with the COVID-19 pandemic, the process has become even more confusing. But don't lose hope! In this fourth session of NIAF's Virtual Dual Citizenship Series, Lauren Hopkins, founder of Your Italian Passport, explains the ins and outs of setting up an appointment, how to prepare for it and communicate effectively with consulate personnel during it and what to expect after it. Registration fee: $25.

REGISTER

Lauren Hopkins, founder of Your Italian Passport, is a practicing attorney, licensed in New York, Florida and Washington, DC, of Italian American descent with a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of the Italian dual citizenship application process, including collection of U.S. vital records, the research and procurement of naturalization documents, and the affixation of apostilles required for recognition of foreign records by the Italian government.

Not able to join us on Zoom, but want to tune in later? If for whatever reason you are not able to join the webinar, all paid and registered attendees will automatically receive a recording of the session no later than two business days after the event.  
Refunds will not be issued.

We can't wait for you to join us!

Missed a virtual event? Check out all NIAF Virtual Events

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Montessori and Ampeleia and the Vespa

From the Ciao Asheville "Who Knew" Chronicles
Maria Montessori was Italian
and started her education method in Rome!

Studying Maria Montessori for Women's History Month in the Montessori  Classroom - NAMC Montessori Teacher Training Blog
August 31st marks the 150th anniversary of Dr. Maria Montessori’s birth! (1870-1952)
She was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator, and acclaimed for her educational method
that builds on the way children learn naturally. She broke gender barriers pursuing her education
and opened the first Montessori school, the Casa dei Bambini, in Rome on January 6, 1907.
Today, the Montessori method is in use in thousands of public and private schools globally.

Lets celebrate with some of my favorite wines by Elisabetta Foradori!
Ampeleia was born in 2002 from the collaboration and friendship between Elisabetta Foradori,
Thomas Widmann and Giovanni Podini. They saw Ampeleia as a place to not only develop
an agricultural project but also fulfill their commitment to shared values and experiences.
Elisabetta's Wine Story: 
https://www.bowlerwine.com/producer/foradori

Ampeleia | David Bowler Wine

 

This lively fruited blend of Grenache and Mourvedre makes a great everyday quaff. From vines growing happily along the cool Tuscan coast, ripe cherry aromas and flavors lead to rustic mineral tannins. Easy, clean finish.
A wine that will place you under an olive tree overlooking the clear blue of the Mediterranean. $24


80% Carignano, 20% Alicante Nero (aka Grenache).  All concrete.
Low alcohol, salty, with a hint of welcome tannin. Certified biodynamic. $26.

I don't know if I have mentioned this lately, but THIS is my favorite winery. This Rosé is to die for!

VESPA UPDATE: SCOOTEROMA! 
A Rome based tour company does it on Vespas!
Must have accessories: helmet, sunglasses and RED lipstick!

https://scooteroma.com

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Nero Di Troia and Pizza

Ciao Asheville Presents

** The Ultimate Pizza Wine **

Welcome to Greyhound Adoption

More than 1200 Pizza Hut restaurants are up for sale.
Closure looms. This is another American icon down. Sad.
Who does not have a Pizza Hut memory?
A lot of us probably had our first glass of red wine there!
Let's reminisce with a pizza
and a wine that brings out the best in the pie!

Barbanera Nero di Troia Puglia | Wine Info

Wine critic Luca Maroni gave 94 points to this intense Nero di Troia from Puglia,
the heel of the Italian boot. Here, Barbanera makes the most amazing wines according to their philosophy of offering value for money. And it is certainly
the case with this wood-ripened power wine.

"An iron fist in a velvet glove." This is how the Barbanera wine house describes
this powerful Nero di Troia, which is palate rolling thanks to silky-smooth tannins. Starting with an intense deep red color with purple reflections, the wine rolls into a sultry nose of violets, ripe black blackberries and berries, herbs, with hints of balsamic vinegar and tobacco.

The wine is made from the native Nero di Troia variety that grows only in Puglia.
It produces dark, fruity, solid wines with a silky smooth texture and Italian spices.
The grape ripens very late. This longer ripening time requires more courage
because the winemaker is at greater risk when harvesting. In this case,
the grapes were picked at the right time, in a perfect condition.

$9.99 (red tag)
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Ventisei in Tuscany and Pets

Finally, Pets Really Are Part of the Family!
Some Big Companies are offering Dependent Benefits!
https://www.wsj.com/articles/pets-company-employer-
perks-coronavirus-adoptions-11596993137

Calls for a Family Wine!
A wine where you can sit around the table with family
and friends and a second another bottle!
2017 Ventisei, Toscana Rosso, Organic

Rosso Toscana IGT - Cover
91 Points from James Suckling
2018 Silver Tuscan Masters

Blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Organic. Vegan.

Fermented in stainless steel tanks with the use of indigenous yeasts,
Ventisei Rosso receives partial carbonic maceration, which adds that candied-fruit flavour we all love. It’s all about fruit and elegance, it dances on your palate
like an artful acrobat who always lands on his feet, precisely and smoothly. 

Rosso is the wine you want for long talks and big thoughts, the ideal one
to wash away all the heavy matters from your heart. Fresh raspberry notes,
delicate underbrush hints and sweet spice aromas from the first sip.
Juicy with mineral finish will call for another glass straight away. 

$17.99 @MetroWines. Ask for 2! 

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Earthquakes Relief in Italy

Join Us Virtually
MONDAY, August 24 | 6:00 P.M. EST
NIAF Relief Efforts -- Post-Earthquake Norcia
with Dr. Richard Mollica

On August 24th and October 30th in 2016, two devastating earthquakes struck Central Italy killing 297 Italian villagers, dislocating tens of thousands, and destroying areas of Norcia's ancient village. NIAF raised $450,000 through its Earthquake Relief Fund and partnered with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) and the Italian National Trauma Center (INTC) to build a new multi-purpose community center in Norcia and to provide on-going training, mentoring, and support to the local medical community. Join Dr. Richard Mollica'sdiscussion to learn more about what the HPRT and the INTC have done in Norcia for those impacted by the disaster. Following Dr. Mollica's discussion, there will be a brief Q&A session. Registration is free.

REGISTER

Dr. Richard Mollica is the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and a faculty member in the Counseling Psychology and Global Mental Health program at William James College. In 1981, Dr. Mollica co-founded the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic (IPC). Over the past two decades HPRT and IPC have pioneered the mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture. HPRT/IPC's clinical model has been replicated throughout the world. He and his team have cared for over 10,000 survivors of extreme violence worldwide. Through his research, clinical work and trainings he is recognized as a leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatized people and their communities.

Not able to join us on Zoom, but want to tune in? All free NIAF virtual events will be streamed simultaneously on Facebook Live and posted on NIAF's Youtubepage approximately one business day after the event has taken place. 

We can't wait for you to join us!

Learn more about all NIAF Virtual Events

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

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All Things Roman and Wine

*** All Things Roman ***
https://www.wsj.com/articles/cant-travel-to-italy-this-summer-
read-this-book-instead-11596030002

I asked Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
if there was a wine from Rome. And he said:
"If you went into a cafe in Ancient Rome and asked for the good stuff,
you would be brought wine from Compagna and that's Aglianico!"

Tired but true: When in Rome.....................

FontanaVecchia Aglianico, 2015 17.99

Company - Fontanavecchia

To recount the origins of Fontanavecchia is like telling the story of Torrecuso and its people.
An old register from the Bourbon era mentions that already more than 160 years ago,
the excellent wine of this area was produced by the Rillo family, attentive caretakers of the vines
and guardians of the antique traditions of the magical city of Benevento. The Fontanavecchia company
is considered one of the most important and historic wine-producers of the whole Samnium region.

And FontanaVecchia Aglianico Rosé, 2019 15.99

Aglianico del Taburno Rosato

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Virtual Trip to The Veneto

RoundNOIAW
 
National Organization of Italian American Women
Connecticut Region presents
 
A VIRTUAL TASTING AND TOUR
Viaggio nel Veneto 
Prosecco & Tiramisù!
 
 
Travel with NOIAW from Home for
A Taste of the Veneto and Prosecco Region!
 
Enjoy a virtual viaggio to the Veneto & Prosecco region with three of the region's leading experts and NOIAW! 
 
Ortensia Blu Italian Adventures travel advisor Laney Sachs will be our guide as she escorts us to Valdobbiadene where we will be treated to a live-from-Italy wine tasting with Italian sommelier Elisabetta Berra. The evening will be capped off with a special sweet ending—a Tiramisù demonstration from the Connecticut kitchen of Treviso native, Maria Pietrobon, Chef and Founder of Caffè Bon.
 
The wines which Ms. Berra will talk about include:
Bisol Prosecco Jeio Superiore DOCG
Montresor Valpolicella Ripasso Capitel della Crosara
Pieropan Soave Classico Veneto
These wines are available at Total Wine for purchase before or after the program, or ask your wine seller for something similar.Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email the day before the program.
ABOUT OUR SOMMELIER
 
Elisabetta Berra was born in England to Italian parents from Veneto. "Wine has always been on our table," she says. "I remember the gatherings with Italian friends with many Italian dishes and of course wine. I wasn't a big wine fan until I moved to Valdobbiadene when I was 21 and where it is just impossible not to drink prosecco! I later became more and more interested in the wine world and therefore became a sommelier in 2013. I work as a Tour Leader and often take tourists to the local wineries. I love tasting different wines from other parts of Italy and learning directly from the producers how their wines are made and listen to their amazing stories."
 
Wednesday, August 19th, 2020, 7-8:30PM 
 ONLINE via ZOOM
Registration - $10.00
 
Gentlemen always welcome!
 
 
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