Need something meat-free for dinner tonight? Go with the easy, Italian classic: aglio e olio! #FoodFriday

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Lost Italian: It all starts with Pasta Aglio e Olio
Yesterday's NIAF Board of Directors meeting was the final gathering under the chairmanship of Joe Del Raso, Esq., and saw the election of Co-Chairs Pat Harrison and Gabe Battista.

All three have dedicated a great deal of their time and energy to the Italian American community, and we on #TeamNIAF look forward to the continued success in our service to Italian people everywhere.
Today’s #ItalianADays are a featured “Paesani” couple from the recently-released Spring 2017 edition of our Ambassador magazine:

Bill and Suzy Menard “fell in love with the Italian lifestyle” about 20 years ago while on studying abroad in Florence with Georgetown Law School. Since then, the couple has turned their infatuation with la bella vita into Via Umbria, a unique store and restaurant...
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Rossella Rago, honored last night at our NIAF 2017 New York Gala, and Nonna Romana recently appeared on Good Morning America to do a pasta test!

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Italian grandmothers taste test pasta at 3 price points
Find out how a group of American students from Georgian Court University: Official are saving a small, Italian village through the power of social media. #NIAFblog via Villa Tre Angeli

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A Cry of Help from an Italian Village

Giulietta Masina (1921-1994) was an Italian actress who appeared in a number of award-winning films, and was known to be the wife and muse of the famed Italian director Federico Fellini. Although born in a town just outside of Bologna, Masina spent most of her childhood in Rome, living with her aunt. She attended a religious Ursuline school, where she learned to sing, play piano,...
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"If there is one thing I've learned on this journey, it's this: we need our nonnas' love and guidance now, more than ever, because as the world changes so rapidly around us, the values they teach us are timeless. Unlike the ingredients they cook with, these ladies have no expiration date."

- Rossella Rago , founder and host of Cooking with Nonna , receives the NIAF Special Achievement Award...
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Maria T. Vullo, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), receives the well-deserved Mario M. Cuomo Award in Public Service.
“Tell your younger daughters and sons, nephews, and nieces, to push [the Italian] culture and Italian language. It is so beautiful. “ - Matilda Cuomo, wife of the late Mario M. Cuomo, presents the Mario M. Cuomo Award in Public Service, and stresses the importance of carrying on Italian traditions in our younger generations.
"It has been the luckiest thing in my life to be born Italian, to grow up Italian, to have Italian grandparents, to eat Italian food, and to have the pride we all have."

#NIAFNYgala honoree Anthony Scaramucci speaks to the crowd after receiving the Special Achievement Award in Business & Financial Services.
Alfio never disappoints with the classics, making sure that everyone is always entertained at our NIAF galas!
Congratulations to #NIAFNYgala honoree Vincent Cino, Chairman of Jackson Lewis P.C., on his Special Achievement Award in Law.
Our 2017 #NIAFNYgala honorees, Shirley and Vernon Hill Ii, who is the Chairman & Founder of Metro Bank, receive the One America Award.
NIAF is proud to honor Anthony Cammarata Jr., Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, with the Special Achievement Award in Business & Real Estate. #NIAFNYgala
Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Consulate General of Italy in New York, addresses the #NIAFNYgala crowd, speaking of his gratitude for the love and support Italy has received from Italian Americans, and thanking our community for supporting Italy in earthquake relief.
The Sicilian Tenors are bringing down the house! #NIAFNYgala
The one and only Joe Piscopo is kicking off our NIAF 2017 New York Gala!

Follow along with the hashtags: #NIAF and #NIAFNYgala on Twitter and Instagram. We're looking forward to an exciting evening of Italian American celebration!
Soon our NIAF 2017 New York Gala will be opening the doors to our cocktail and reception hour! Stay tuned for exciting updates throughout the night - and if you're here with us at Cipriani be sure to tag #NIAF in all of your photos and use the hashtag #NIAFNYgala!
We don't want to embarrass any non-Italians here, but you've totally been pronouncing these Italian foods wrong. #WordWednesday

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You're Pronouncing These Italian Foods Completely Wrong
NIAF President John M. Viola had the opportunity to meet the interns of our i-Italy-#NIAF media internship in New York.

"Had a blast with the super impressive interns of the NIAF/i-Italy internship program!" Mr. Viola said, "They made me feel great about the future of the Italian American community...and they made me feel old."

You can learn more about NIAF's exciting internship and...
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