This Italian village may pay you $2000 to move there

This Italian village may pay you $2000 to move there

This Italian village may only have 394 residents, but they are willing to welcome more with open arms and open wallets.

Nestled 50 miles from Genoa, Bormida is a tiny village with a dwindling population. To keep Bormida from becoming a ghost town while residents move to bigger cities, the town's mayor has proposed to pay new residents $2,000 to move into their storybook village.

Even sweeter than a moving bonus is cheap real estate. Homes in Bormida are renting below market value just to attract more people. For as little as $50 per month, you could rent a small home or pay only $130 for a larger dwelling.
Partnership agreement signed between Salvator Mundi International Hospital and UPMC

Partnership agreement signed between Salvator Mundi International Hospital and UPMC

An agreement was signed between Salvator Mundi International Hospital and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) to co-manage the Hospital and carry out investments and collaborations in the field of private health care that will benefit Italian and foreign patients, and with the goal to extend Rome's power of attraction to a wider area that includes Europe, the Mediterranean, and beyond.

In particular, an integrated Oncology Center will be created and linked to the UPMC Cancer Center network. In line with the professional experience of the two partners, the plan is to launch new programs and to improve the existing ones, including thoracic and abdominal minimally invasive surgical oncology, interventional radiology, and oncology interventional digestive endoscopy. The oncology clinical offer will be complemented by immuno-oncology therapies and a new oncology genomics service, indispensable to support therapeutic decisions with a personalized medicine approach. All aspects related to the prevention and early diagnosis of oncological diseases will also be developed, and a new dedicated program of Integrative Medicine in Oncology, one of the first in Europe, will be launched. The program will be managed by a team of physicians and experts, and will support patients and their families, helping them manage the symptoms of the disease and the side effects of the therapies.

The aim of the new SMIH-UPMC partnership is also to enhance and expand the offer across multiple specialties including orthopedics, ophthalmology, and plastic surgery, using new technologies and innovative approaches (such as, for example, regenerative medicine). A strong focus will also be placed on the most serious current public health issues, launching integrated and multidisciplinary programs to treat obesity and improve the management of age-related conditions.

The agreement also provides for collaborations in the field of research and development, levering on the European and international nature of the Hospital.

UPMC is present in Italy with its subsidiary UPMC Italy since 1997, with the management of IRCCS- ISMETT (Istituto Mediterraneo per i Trapianti e Terapie ad Alta Specializzazione), UPMC San Pietro FBF Advanced Radiotherapy Center, and UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme.

The clinical and research facilities of UPMC in Italy and of Salvator Mundi International Hospital will work in synergy to offer patients a wide range of care, innovative treatments, advanced protocols, and customized physical exercise and rehabilitation programs.

Bruno Gridelli, executive vice president of UPMC International, commented the new agreement: “UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is one of the largest and most advanced care and research centers in the U.S. The presence and the role of UPMC at Salvator Mundi International Hospital will allow patients coming to this excellent hospital to access the best oncology care, thanks to the joint efforts of physicians, nurses, and administrative staff in Rome and in Pittsburgh. SMIH will rapidly become on the most important private oncology centers in Rome and in Italy.”

Michele Casciani expressed great satisfaction for this collaboration, which paves the way to the development of a no longer “marginal” private health care, finally with an active role in the international – and also scientific – context. A private health care based on solid clinical safety protocols and state-of-the-art technologies and systems. Mr. Casciani underlined how UPMC is the ideal partner for this program, in consideration of its considerable experience that is not limited to technologies and “clinical excellence” but that extends towards the broadest and more complex aspects of the health industry, such as the integration of clinical facilities with the insurance companies, an area of growing interest in Italy.
The Russo brothers italian american film forum announces 2017 grant finalists

The Russo brothers italian american film forum announces 2017 grant finalists

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) are excited to announce the 2017 grant finalists for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. Spearheaded by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the Film Forum is an initiative to fund films depicting and exploring the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations.

“Our selection committee was very impressed with both the choice of subject matter, and the quality of the films submitted by the grant recipients,” said Basil M. Russo, ISDA President.

The three finalists listed below were selected to receive $7,500 each to fund their film projects. The selection committee believes each of them presents a specific vision for the exploration of truly interesting and dynamic themes. All three films will be screened during NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend, November 4 at 1 p.m., and the winning film will be announced during the Gala Awards Dinner on November 4.

The 2017 finalists are:

  • Roberto Angotti, a Film Studies major at Claremont McKenna College, whose documentary film “The Italian American Baseball Family” relates how Italian Americans assimilated into popular culture through America’s favorite pastime.
  • Kirsten Keppel, a videographer of the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society in Washington D.C., whose documentary film explores “The St. Joseph’s Day Table” and its significance in Italian and Italian American culture.
  • Margaret Sclafani, an Anthropology major at Bryn Mawr College/Haverford College, whose documentary film will examine the relevance of street and religious festivals in Italian American communities through the formation and subsequent demolishment of New York City’s Our Lady of Loreto Church.

Congratulations to all! NIAF and ISDA look forward to presenting these screenings during NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend, a special three-day event of Italian American pride at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. For more information about the weekend, please visit

For more information on The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum, please visit
Roberto Race receives The Watson Society’s Honorary Membership

Roberto Race receives The Watson Society’s Honorary Membership

The Italian communication professional Roberto Race received honorary membership from The Watson Society, an association of friendship between Italy and the United States based in Rome.

"We are honored to include Roberto Race among the members of our Honour Committee. - declares Carmelo Cutuli, President of the Association - Roberto is a young and highly esteemed professional who we know and have been following for several years and who is demonstrating a high level of leadership and professional competence that has grown over time. We are also proud of the success he is achieving abroad ".

Roberto Race is one of the most famous italian corporate strategist and a guru of public relations and communication. Il Corriere della Sera, one of the most influential Italian newspapers, wrote that Race invented the figure of the external relations director “for hire”, working with some of the most dynamic and innovative companies. Race is the founder of The Ghost Team, the first international network of ghostwriters for entrepreneurs, managers, diplomats, military leaders and politicians, made up of more than 40 professional writers around the world. The Ghost Team is a new project launched to support managers and executives who need to write compelling books, articles, speeches or blogs. The Ghost Team is actually the first multilingual ghost-writing agency. It includes more than 40 professionals among journalists, translators and designers living all over the world.

He is also cofounder and secretary-general of the Competere think tank, which focuses on innovation in the economy. Race is an Former Aspen Junior Fellow in the Aspen Institute Italia. He is also a member of RENA, the Italian network for excellence, Ferpi, the Italian network of public relations professionals, and he is on the Board of INWARD (International Observatory for Urban Creativity). He is also one of italian delegate at B20 (The Business 20) the official G20 dialogue with the global business community: the most authoritative setting for facing the challenges of the future.
AmCham Italy XII Transatlantic Award Gala Dinner

AmCham Italy XII Transatlantic Award Gala Dinner

AmCham’s Gala Dinner 2017 will be held Monday evening, December 4, in Milan in the presence of our Honorary Presidents the US Ambassador to Italy Lewis M. Eisenberg and the Ambassador of Italy to the United States Armando Varricchio.

AmCham Italy is proud this year to support the activities of the World Food Programme and to warmly welcome its Executive Director, David Beasley.

Following tradition, AmCham Italy will bestow the Transatlantic Awards upon both Italian and American companies that, through their recent operations, have distinguished themselves in the promotion and development of the transatlantic relations between the United States and Italy. The official list of this year’s Honorees will be announced soon.

Enjoy a delicious dinner signed by Chef Davide Oldani, listen to good live music and network with our business community!
A conversation with Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla America

A conversation with Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla America

Join IACC Midwest, on Wednesday October 18th, for a business talk overviewing the main trends in the American food industry. Jean-Pierre Comte, president of Barilla America will analyze the topic and explain how the main actors in the industry are anticipating and tackling new challenges.

Jean-Pierre Comte, President of BARILLA Americas is based in Chicago, IL. In his current role, JP is responsible for the North and South America operations of one of the world's largest Italian food companies.
Jean-Pierre has 25 years global experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry that began at PROCTER & GAMBLE where he held positions in Sales, Trade Marketing, Shopper Marketing, and General Management. Through his increasing responsibilities at P&G he was relocated from his native France to Italy and Switzerland. Jean-Pierre joined Barilla in March 2010, where he was Vice President in charge of Western Europe, before moving to Chicago in September 2013.

He is passionate about the Consumers, Customers and Employees he has the opportunity to serve every day.
Since moving to the United States, Jean-Pierre has been unwavering in his leadership and engagement in promoting of diversity and inclusion. He is an ambassador for activities within BARILLA both locally and worldwide, as well as several Non-Profit arenas. Jean-Pierre is an MBA graduate of NEOMA Business School (France).

The discussion will be followed by a cocktail reception along with some food pairings, exclusively prepared by Barilla chefs.

Peppino Di Capri, the italian pop legend to perform at Casa Italia in Stone Park

Peppino Di Capri, the italian pop legend to perform at Casa Italia in Stone Park

One the most popular Italian singers of all time will make a once-in-a-lifetime appearance at Casa Italia in Stone Park, courtesy of Ron Onesti and Onesti Entertainment.

Over the course of a stellar half-century career, Peppino di Capri has released nearly 250 recordings and appeared at the Festival of Sanremo more than any other singer. (See profile below.)

In October, he’ll be embarking on a 50th anniversary tour that will include a stop on Oct. 18 at the Festival Center on the Casa Campus. The show was originally scheduled for the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, but Onesti wanted to bring di Capri closer to his fans.

“Casa Italia is located at the very heart of the Chicago-area Italian American community,” he notes. “There’s plenty of parking and seating, and the Festival Center can be enclosed if the weather turns chilly.”
The setting will be the Casa Festival Center • 37th and Soffel • Stone Park. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., food and beverages will be sold from 6 to 7:30, and the show will start at 7:30. Pat Capriati will emcee and local super group Ricordi will also perform.

General admission is $40 and reserved seating is $75, with a 20 percent discount for groups of 10 or more (reserved seating only).

Tichets can be purchased in person at Casa Italia, 3800 Division St., Stone Park; online at; or by phone at 630-962-7000 (Arcada Live), 630-290-8660 (Pat Capriati), or 708-345-5933 (Casa Italia).
1st AmCham Advocacy Conference

1st AmCham Advocacy Conference

The AmCham’s Advocacy Conference first edition was held on Wednesday 20th in Milan. The initiative was focused on the advocacy activities of AmCham Italy and over 140 people, representing institutions, companies, associations and foreign Chambers of Commerce attended the event.

After the welcome remarks of our President Stefano Venturi, the Managing Director Simone Crolla and the Principal Commercial Officer of the US Consulate General in Milan Robert Peaslee, the Presidents of 4 Committees and 8 Working Groups presented their activities with a focus on the goals achieved during the last few months and on their next steps.
Moreover, two more Working Groups, M&A and Productivity, that will be soon officially launched, have been presented at the end of the event.

The initiative stressed the importance of advocacy as an important tool for the relation with institutions and decision makers with the aim to improve competitiveness and the general business climate in Italy and to foster US FDI, considered that, as for the attraction of US FDI, our Country performs less compared to the other main European Countries.
The Origins of Italian Fashion: 1900-1945 $34.95

The Origins of Italian Fashion: 1900-1945 $34.95

This fascinating book explores Italian fashion at the beginning of the 20th century, tracing its growth through two world wars to emerge as a dominant force in global fashion.

When the Lombard tailor Rosa Genoni created the first Italian fashion house, she broke free of the prevailing French style and launched a national industry. Illustrated with archival material from the design houses as well as illustrations from the earliest Italian fashion magazines, the book focuses on the most important designers from the period: Gabriella di Robilant, the Italian “inven­tor” of sportswear; Salvatore Ferragamo and his famous orthopedic shoes; and Elsa Schiaparelli, the first great protagonist of Italian style.

These are the designers who shaped Italian fashion, and their influence continues to be felt today.

click here to buy this book online.

Do You Know Your Italian Roots?

Do You Know Your Italian Roots?

In honor of Italian American Heritage Month, the Sons and Daughters of Italy is holding a contest to win a My Italian Family genealogy research project valued at approximately $2,000. Throughout the entire month of October, individuals who join, renew or gift a Sons and Daughters of Italy national at-large membership (ALM) online will be entered for a chance to win one of two available research projects. The two projects are:

Discover your family history all the way to the late 1700s! The winner of the “5 Generations Back” Research Project will learn his or her ancestors’ names, occupations, where they grew up, and many more amazing historical details. Reconnect to your living relatives! The “Living Relatives” Research Project will research the winner’s Ancestor’s descendants in his or her town of origin in Italy. A great opportunity to discover potential Italian cousins.

Complete research results will be provided in both printed and electronic versions.

The contest will run from 12:00 a.m. EDT on Oct. 1, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Oct. 31, 2017. Individuals who join or renew their at-large membership or purchase the gift of ALM for someone else, must do so online through to be automatically be entered to win*. The winner will be drawn at random on Nov. 3 and will be contacted by the Sons and Daughters of Italy National Office shortly thereafter.

Here it is the link.
Vice President of the Italian Red Cross enters the Honor Committee of The Watson Society

Vice President of the Italian Red Cross enters the Honor Committee of The Watson Society

The Watson Society recognizes every year people who distinguish for his excellence and who has had a significant positive impact on the Italian-american community.

The award was established in 2014 and since then every awarded person joined The Watson Society Honor Committee becoming an TWS honorary member.

"An honor, and a pleasure, to communicate - said The Watson Society's President Carmelo Cutuli - that this year our Association decided to appoint Vice President of the Italian Red Cross, Rosario Valastro, as a new honorary member of The Watson Society and a notable member of our Honor Committee".

Rosario Valastro is a Lawyer at the Supreme Court, being elected in 2016 as Vice President of the Italian Red Cross (CRI).

Graduated from the Law School of the University of Catania, he holds a Master's Degree in Science of Public Administration at University of Catania and a Second level Master in Law of the European Union and of Migration at University "Tor Vergata" in Rome.

In his career as a notable member of the Italian Red Cross, he have had covered many important roles. He was President of Red Cross Youth National School, Member of "Youth Steering Committee for the organisation of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Youth Meeting" (IFRC Secretariat), Red Cross representative at Youth National Council and Member of European Coordination Committee.

Don't miss NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala

Don't miss NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala

Join NIAF on the weekend of November 4, 2017, in the nation's capital, for NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend!

NIAF's Anniversary Gala is not just a gala – it's a three-day extravaganza of Italian culture and celebration! Start the weekend off right and join us on Friday night, on November 3, 2017, for NIAF's kickoff event, with stellar Italian American entertainment, open bar, dancing, and entertainment!

On Saturday, during the day, don't miss our Expo Siciliana, the largest Italian American festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.! As part of NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend, the Expo will celebrate our 2017 Region of Honor: Sicily, featuring an indoor bocce court, high-end cars on display, live music, singing, dancing, food tastings, and lots of vendors showcasing their Italian products. Free and open to the public!

On Saturday evening, you'll wine and dine the night away at NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala, benefitting the Foundation and its educational programs. For more than 40 years, the National Italian American Foundation's Gala has been the premier Italian American event, and this year NIAF is especially excited to celebrate Sicily, and an incredible list of accomplished Italians and Italian Americans.

This event sells out every year, and tickets are on sale now. Be sure to visit to purchase your tickets, become a Gala sponsor, or to learn more information about our weekend schedule!
The changing world of disinformation, a debate with Kip Knight

The changing world of disinformation, a debate with Kip Knight

Knight is the founder of the U.S. Marketing Communication College (USMCC), a pro bono organization which works with the State Department to train diplomats on marketing strategy and implementation. Kip has worked with the National Security Council and State Department since 2008 in developing CVE strategies and training, including ways to deal with the emergence and growth of “fake news”. The USMCC has trained over 500 diplomats to date. Their work continues both in and outside the U.S., with training sessions planned for Mexico City, Dubai and Singapore during 2017.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Louisiana State University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Kip Knight is Senior Vice President, U.S. Franchise, Canada and Australia at H&R Block, Inc. He is responsible for driving service delivery of tax and financial services throughout the company’s 3,500 franchise offices nationwide, and its operations in Canada and Australia. Knight also is responsible for leading the company’s new service offering (Block Advisors) designed to serve small businesses.
Knight previously served as President, U.S. Retail Operations. Prior to that, he was President, International and U.S. Franchise Operations. Before joining H&R Block, Knight’s 35-year career has included senior management and marketing positions in the U.S. and abroad with Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, YUM! Brands and eBay.

He began his career in marketing research at Burke Marketing Research and has worked in 65 countries. He spent 10 years in brand management at Procter & Gamble and worked for 10 years in PepsiCo’s international restaurant division, where he served as General Manager of North Latin America and as the first head of marketing for KFC International. Knight was also Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell.

From 2002 until 2008, Knight worked at eBay, the world’s largest e-commerce site. He was Vice-President of marketing for eBay, North America. He was also responsible for managing eBay Canada, the leading e-commerce site in Canada. He was the first head of International Marketing and served as Regional Vice President for eBay International for Latin America, Australia and Taiwan.
Help victims of hurricane Harvey

Help victims of hurricane Harvey

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA), the largest and longest-established organization representing men and women of Italian heritage in the United States, is encouraging its members and supporters to help the hurricane relief effort by contributing to local organizations helping victims in the areas devastated by the storm.

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, leaving hundred of thousands of people in the area displaced and in need of both immediate and long-term assistance. While the worst of the storm surge had ended by midday Saturday, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy noted that, “sea water pushed onto the shore…won't recede quickly,” meaning "this is going to be a long, ongoing flood event." As of press time, over 2,000 people have been rescued in the area.

This critical situation requires immediate attention; local groups and organizations already located in the affected areas are perhaps best prepared to handle those needs. In response, the Sons and Daughters of Italy encourages volunteerism and/or donations to any group assisting on the ground in the region.

OSDIA National President Vera Girolami urged members to help with relief efforts: “As the very generous Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America have always done in the past to help those in need, please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.”

It is possible to give an hand with fundraising clicking here.
Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Columbus Day!

Glad to receive Columbus Day greetings from OSDIA we'd like to share with our readers.





Celebrate his accomplishments & contributions, symbolic of the Italians who came to America that helped build this country.

Proudly Celebrate with your family, friends & lodge members.


With sincerest hopes for a wonderful happy Columbus Day,

Vera Ferrara Girolami & Judge Al Girolami
National President & First Gentleman
The America Award ceremony at Italian Parliament with the Italy-USA Foundation

The America Award ceremony at Italian Parliament with the Italy-USA Foundation

The America Award ceremony, promoted by Italy-USA Foundation, will be held in Rome on October 12, 2017, 17:00, at Italian Parliament, Gruppi Parlamentari Hall.

The jury has awarded Nerio Alessandri, president Technogym, Giovanni Allevi, pianist, composer, Alberto Angela, scientific popularizer, Mario Calabresi, editor in chief La Repubblica, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, former president Ferrari and Fiat, Valeria Fedeli, minister of Education, Veronica Mainetti, president Sorgente Group of America, Gualtiero Marchesi, president Accademia Marchesi, John Phillips, ambassador, founding partner Phillips & Cohen LLP, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former secretary general of NATO.

A special award will be conferred in memory of Gianni Versace, fashion designer. The Italy-USA Foundation, in the frame of the America Award, will also confer three medals of the Italian Parliament to three students of American universities: Kaelyn J. Barron, Katelynn C. Cunningham, Benjamin J. North.

The anchorman will be the journalist Virginie Vassart. The prize is a luxury exclusive work of art by the goldsmith Gerardo Sacco. It is necessary to send an email confirming participation before 12th October.
Sons of Italy Omaha rebuild fund

Sons of Italy Omaha rebuild fund

On the afternoon of 1/13/2017 a fire suddenly erupted at the Sons of Italy Hall located at 1238 S. 10th St in Omaha, Nebraska. This was a two alarm fire which was rapidly brought under control by the Omaha Fire Department. There was extensive internal damage to the structure which is owned by the State Lodge of Nebraska, the State affiliate of the National Order Sons of Italy in America.

It was decided that it would be cost prohibitive to remove the fire damaged building and start over. So the damaged portion will be removed and it will keep the structurally sound part and rebuild.

It was selected a contractor to do the work that began work on April 3rd. They estimate work will be completed by the end of the year. The final product will be a beautiful new Sons of Italy Hall of which both the members and the community will be proud.

Insurance covered much of the building but the interior furnishings were a total loss, mostly due to smoke damage. The kitchen received most of the damage. The hall need tables and chairs for the dinning hall. Stoves, grill, stainless steel tables, freezer, cooler, sinks and all the accessories that make up a kitchen.

It is possible to give an hand with fundraising on gofundme clicking here