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’...

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...

In September 2020, the Foundation will place five outstanding Italian American college students and recent graduates in the offices of members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) to encourage and support the next generation of Italian American leadership. NIAF will award fellows with a stipend of $1,000 to aid with travel and li...

When you are the child of an immigrant, you grow up with stories of the other country. No matter how proud you are of your own homeland, there is always the other. It is in your food, it is the way you feel when you hear the language too often forgotten, it is in your traditions, it is in the faces of your cousins, it is in your heart. Each day I r...