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Italian Heritage Month by Courtney Kamm

October is Italian Heritage Month. The national holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of the month — landing this year on Oct. 10. Italian American Heritage Month is celebrated every year to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes, and valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans. A few ways to celebrate Italian Heritage Month: - Host an Italian potluck with friends and family. - Learn how to make a new Italian dessert. - Try an aperitive: a pre-meal drink specifically meant to stimulate your appetite.

Ravioli: A STL Legacy by Courtney Kamm

Brittany Abernathy and Matthew Fuller didn’t know what to expect when they started a food business in May of 2022, but after just four short months they have been met with immediate success and are ready to take their ravioli to the next level. 2020 was a hard year for a lot of people including this husband and wife team. Matthew Fuller was the victim of a serious car accident causing him to pivot career paths, which is when the duo decided to create STL Toasted, a St. Louis

ravioli brand located in a food stall at City Foundry. Within their first year of business, they are outgrowing their small space and have decided to make the leap to something bigger. The couple has signed a lease on the building at 2201 Macklind Avenue which formerly housed Mama Toscano’s on The Hill. This comes at the perfect time as the Toscanos are stepping away for retirement and decided to close after 100 years. With their current lease at City Foundry, they are unable to open a second space right away, but the couple is okay with that arrangement. They plan to use the building as a production space for their current stall and hope to eventually include a retail market and continue serving the St. Louis ravioli legacy.

NIAF Recognized as the Italian American Organization of the Year in Boston

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) was honored to have been recognized as the Italian American Organization of the Year by the Madonna Del Soccorso Society, the organizers of Boston’s Fisherman’s Festival. The annual award is presented to an organization that demonstrates efforts to preserve and support the Italian American heritage and culture. The ceremony took place on the first day of the 112th Annual Fisherman’s Feast

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in Boston on Thursday, August 18. “I’m thrilled to be here to receive this award on behalf of the National Italian American Foundation at this iconic feast which is so representative of what makes Italian culture great: food, family, friends and faith,” said NIAF President Robert Allegrini. “You are very fortunate in Boston to have this North End which remains one of the few intact, vibrant Italian neighborhoods left in the country.” Boston’s mayor Michelle Wu, Massachusetts State Representative Paul Donato and City Councilor Gabriela Coletta attended the ceremony. In order to further support the local Italian American community in Boston, NIAF used the occasion of the award ceremony to announce a new $5,000 scholarship for the 2023 academic year to an Italian American college student who is specifically a resident of Massachusetts. For more information on how to apply visit The Fisherman’s Feast is Boston’s oldest continuous Italian festival. Since 1910, the festival takes place in the city’s historic North End. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca, Sicily to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). NIAF is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and protecting the Italian American heritage and culture. To learn more and become a member, visit

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Oct. 1

Four Seasons Concert Series

Italian Serenade - Nicholas Huff ; Piazza Imo on The Hill; gates open at 5:15 p.m.; concert starts at 6:15 p.m.; more info at or call 314-614-0557 for tickets

Open Air Market

Shaw School on The Hill; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Oct. 2

Italian Mass

St. Ambrose on The Hill; 11 a.m.

Blessing of the Pets

St. Ambrose on The Hill; 1 p.m.

Oct. 3

Italian Face Frame + Color Wear Gloss Toner 10 a.m.-noon; tickets at

Oct. 8

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wix & Wax Candles; more info at

Oct. 9

Italian Heritage Parade and Festa

The Hill, St. Louis; 12:30 p.m.; festival at Berra Park

Oct. 10

Italian Night

6:30 p.m.; Leclaire Christian Church (Edwardsville, IL)

Oct. 13

Meet The Winemaker: Mauro Molino Wines

VOM FALL STL; 6-8 p.m.; tickets at

Celebrating Italian Excellence: A Gala & Ca’Marcanda 5 Course Dinner 6:30-10 p.m.; Blood and Sand; 1500 Saint Charles St., St Louis, MO, 63103; more info at

Oct. 15

Behind Bagatelle: A tour with the Collector

1 p.m.; Reservations must be made in advance through Eventbrite, by calling the Museum at 314-421-4689, or by emailing

America’s Last Little Italy

The Westport Playhouse; 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets at

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The Westport Playhouse; 2 p.m.; doors open at 1:30 p.m.; tickets at

Oct. 22

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wix & Wax Candles; more info at

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Oct. 25

Dine Out for Kennerly

11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Liliana’s Italian Kitchen

Oct. 26

Dine Out for Kennerly

11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Liliana’s Italian Kitchen

Nov. 5

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wix & Wax Candles; more info at

Nov. 20

Sunday Supper

5 p.m.; La Verona at the Marketplace; tickets at

Nov. 26

Four Seasons Concert Series

Christmas at the Piazza on The Hill - Gina Galati; gates open at 5:15 p.m.; concert starts at 6:15 p.m; more info at or call 314-614-0557 Please check events as they may have been canceled or postponed after publication

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A Look Back at Summer 2022


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Experience the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis and the House of Don Alfonso Getaway The Ultimate Mediterranean Adventure Awaits With Culinary Exploration and Luxurious Accommodations

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is pleased to offer guests the ultimate Mediterranean adventure in partnership with Italian restaurateur Mario Iaccarino and his family’s world-renowned boutique hotel and restaurant. The House of Don Alfonso Getaway grants guests behind-the-scenes access to experience this extraordinary hospitality with a curated itinerary beginning in St. Louis at the hotel’s signature dining concept, Casa Don Alfonso, and traveling to the historic Don Alfonso 1890, tucked away in the charming village of Sant’Agata, near Italy’s Sorrento Coast. The Iaccarino family has been prominent within the hospitality industry for four generations, and the Mediterranean-based menus found at both properties incorporate treasured family recipes that have been passed down through the years. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis and Iaccarino hand selected each component of this decadent package for guests to indulge and delight in culinary turismo at its finest. Guests will begin their journey in St. Louis with luxurious, signature accommodations designed to help unwind and prepare for the exciting journey ahead. Two evenings will be spent in The Ritz-Carlton Suite, complete with personalized butler service to help guests select from a list of curated activities including intimate, customized, beverage and culinary experiences at Casa Don Alfonso. These highly personalized experiences offer guests the opportunity to learn firsthand from the talented team of baristas on the elegant art of espresso; hands-on pizza making with skilled pizzaiolos; and even shaking up spirited libations to coast into the evening. Each evening will conclude with a tailored chef’s

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counter experience with exclusive wine pairings from the restaurant’s extensive bottle collection. Off-site excursions are also available to be arranged, including a hot air balloon ride over neighboring Forest Park or a private helicopter tour and tasting of Missouri’s finest vineyards. Additional amenities like in-room massages and signature Ritz-Carlton tea service can be arranged to help guests relax prior to their travels. Upon arrival in Sant’Agata, guests will be whisked away to a superior suite at the landmark Don Alfonso 1890 property for four days and three nights filled with one-of-a-kind custom culinary adventures. Guests will be treated to Michelin-starred tasting menus and wine pairings nightly, a Mediterranean cooking class, a special kitchen tour with family culinarian Ernesto Iaccarino, and a private tour of the historic wine cellar. A guided tour of the family’s organic farm, Le Paracciole, will also be arranged in the enchanting landscape of Punta della Campanella overlooking Capri Island. Airport transportation and flight recommendations can be conveniently arranged with Ritz-Carlton concierges for streamlined air travel and ground transportation service. This deluxe experience is open to all individuals and arrangements can be made in person at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis or by sending an email to Available during the Don Alfonso 1890 booking season, April – October. For media inquiries surrounding The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, please contact Chelsea Calhoun, Green Olive Media, at For reservations & more information, please call (314) 719-1433. With an unwavering commitment to service, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is widely recognized as the gold standard in hospitality. Already one of the city’s most luxurious destinations, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has elevated its experience with extensive renovations across the hotel. The Club Level, members-only Cigar Club, Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 and a variety of meeting rooms now feature a fusion of contemporary and classic styles, a reflection of the hotel’s location in downtown Clayton. The perfect backdrop for guests’ special events, The Solarium is a breathtaking garden terrace that draws its influence from thriving greenery and extravagant charm. Aside from the spacious guest rooms and its state-of-theart fitness and massage center, the iconic property is also home to Casa Don Alfonso, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that opened in early 2021. The Forbes Four Star/AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel is located in the heart of the business and shopping enclave of Clayton, just minutes from downtown and in close proximity to the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. An upscale, highly walkable neighborhood surrounded by beautifully-landscaped parks, Clayton is a charming oasis in the city that boasts more than 80 shops, restaurants, and boutiques within an easy stroll of the hotel. For more information on the 299-room The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, visit or call 1-800-241-3333 to reserve.

NIAF Congratulates Board Member Anita Bevacqua McBride on the 2022 Lewis L. Gould Award

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) congratulates Anita Bevacqua McBride, board member and Vice Chair National, as the 2022 Lewis L. Gould Award Recipient. McBride accepted the award on August 22, 2022 for her distinguished contributions to the field of First Lady research and education, and her commitment to excellence while furthering the study of American First Ladies. The annual award is presented by the First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE). She served in three presidential administrations including her role as



the former Chief of Staff for First Lady Laura Bush. Today, McBride serves as the Executive in Residence and Director of the First Ladies Initiative at American University’s School of Public Affairs. In addition to her work promoting the legacies of America’s First Ladies, she serves on the board of the White House Historical Association. McBride is a frequent news contributor as a leading expert on White House History and First Ladies. “On behalf of NIAF and the entire Italian American community we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Anita Bevacqua McBride on receiving the 2022 Lewis L. Gould Award,” said NIAF President Robert Allegrini. “NIAF would also like to take this time to thank McBride for her ongoing support to promote, protect, and preserve the Italian heritage in America.” Both of McBride’s parents immigrated to America when they were teenagers. Since 2011, McBride has served on the NIAF Board and previously served as the Chair of the Education and Scholarship Committee. Currently, McBride is a Co-Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.

More Than Maiale: Francesco Pontoriero submitted by Francesco Pontoriero

It’s 7 a.m. on a Saturday: I groan at the sound of my alarm and suddenly remember why the heck I woke up so early. It is ‘nduja weekend. I eat a Stella D’Oro cookie, drink a cappuccino and depart on the half hour pilgrimage down Route 78 to the house of Vincenza Pontoriero, my nonna. The weather is cold and overcast. I feel winter’s aggressive breeze as I stroll through the Ironbound. I step along the dirty, tobacco-filled sidewalks to the only house with a tile roof on Garden Street: number 96. I open the black, rusty gate and walk up the bluestone steps. I ring the old, deteriorated bell of the home as my grandmother waddles towards the door. It opens. Bello mio! Come ti senti? Sei tanto grande! I’m flooded with the aggressiveness Continued on page 8



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Continued from page 6 and excitement of an old, Italian woman that I know like the palm of my hand. Facciamo la‘nduja oggi! At this point it is about eight o’clock as I walk down into my nonna’s basement in Newark. The basement’s kitchen is dilapidated. An old long table in the middle of the room is accompanied with dusty, lightly stained cabinetry with an encyclopedia’s worth of pictures within its drawers. A massive pig lays on the table wrapped in a large translucent bag. My nonna opens it, holding a footlong knife beginning to butcher the animal: piece by piece, cutlet by cutlet. This goes on for hours until there is no longer a pig, but mounds of pink pork and white intestines along the table, not one piece of meat to go to waste. My nonna then brings out a steel machine to grind the pounds of meat into one large mound. My nonna turns on the machine as I hand her the pink filets she had just butchered. She throws the large lumps of meat into the machine. The machine eternally spewed out ground pork, letting out a groan upon each cutlet inserted in it. It had been roughly six hours since the start of the day when there were pounds of ground meat on my grandmother’s sturdy wooden table in place of a pig. The second day of labor in the creation of ‘nduja started with filling sausage liner (the pig’s intestines) with the ground meat from the day before, then tediously tying it up using withered string from my nonna’s cabinets. After tying, the meat was hung in a smokehouse in my nonna’s backyard for a few weeks in preferably cold, dry conditions. The smokehouse is dark and cold with blackened walls and the remnants of newspaper, cardboard, and pork on the floor. I grabbed the piece of ‘nduja to place in the smokehouse, strategically based on its length and girth. Longer in the corners, shorter in the middle, since the shorter ones are further from the fire, I remembered my godfather tell me. I put the ‘nduja on a twoby-four hanging in the cinder block hut. It swung. POOMPH! The two pound piece of raw ‘nduja fell down from the ceiling of the smokehouse and hit me straight in the face with its foul odor and cold, mushy feel. My uncle ran towards the smokehouse with the sound of the falling pork. He stared at me, said nothing and put on a grin. He started hysterically laughing at my facial expression upon a piece of sausage suddenly slapping me. After going through the tedious process of hanging the meat and hoping that it won’t fall, it is ready to eat. Throughout the ‘nduja process every year, 80’s Italian music blares into worn speakers while my uncles make vulgar jokes about each other, their childhoods, and society. The tradition of making sausage in my family holds such a great value that not many can see. Most just take it at surface value: your family makes sausage out of a pig for fun every year. What most don’t understand is that although the process of making sausage may come off as gross, it unites my family every year and gives us pride in ourselves, our origins, and each other. At this point you may be wondering: what is this “‘nduja” that my nonna mentioned? ‘Nduja (pronounced an-doosha) is a spreadable sausage that my

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family makes yearly in early January. ‘Nduja originates from my town in Italy, Spilinga, and is an extremely underground and underrated cured meat. It has only become popular recently in the United States, and what is sold in supermarkets is far less authentic than what my family makes, which was brought directly from Spilinga in 1971. While my family makes ‘nduja, we bond like no other family in any other circumstance. Whether your sister is working the press or your uncle is pretending to be productive while watching a soccer game, my family connects through work. Although making ‘nduja takes hours out of a weekend that I could be spending with my friends, I make lifelong memories with my family that are only made while spending long hours together. Not to mention, making ‘nduja reminds me of my origins. It reminds me of the rolling hills of western Calabria, where clocks roll at a slower pace and the elderly that reside there are refreshed by the ocean breeze rolling through the leaves of olive trees. When I eat ‘nduja it reminds me that Spilinga in the province of Vibo Valentia is my home, even though I’ve only been there once. Making ‘nduja reminds me of the sacrifices my nonni made in 1971 trekking to the United States with nothing but a bag’s worth of clothes. It reminds me of the conditions that my dad, uncles, and grandparents endured living in a one-room apartment in Newark, opening up a pizzeria and praying for its success. When I taste ‘nduja’s I remember my family’s accomplishment of the American dream- coming from nothing and becoming something. Making ‘nduja doesn’t just serve as a family bonding experience for the unnecessary murder of a pig. It’s my past. Like my family, families all over the world share intimate and important traditions from their homelands. Unfortunately, many of these sacred traditions fade away through generations, as people get caught up in their daily lives and seemingly important activities. Yet, in reality, preserving traditions is one of the most important and beautiful things a family can do. It reasserts the importance of a connected family, the value of knowing one’s origins, and gives people a sense of pride and belonging that no job or school can fulfill. Wherever I go, I consistently seek to show others the importance of traditions, and encourage them to maintain their own family traditions, no matter how frivolous they may seem.

The 70th US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chef & Emmy Award Winning Television Personality Giada De Laurentiis among the Honorees Headlining the NIAF 47th Annual Gala Gala will also celebrate Tuscany as the Region of Honor



The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will celebrate its 47th Anniversary Gala at the elegant Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 29, 2022. This year, NIAF will salute its 2022 Region of Honor, Tuscany, the birthplace of the Italian language and Renaissance. NIAF will also celebrate six distinguished Italian and Italian American honorees for their exceptional achievements and leadership roles in their respective fields. These honorees include: The 70th U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in recognition of his service to our country; Congressman serving the 9th Congressional District of New Jersey and Co-Chair and Dean of the Italian American Congressional Delegation Rep. Bill Pascrell; Chef & Emmy award winning television personality Giada De Laurentiis known for her Emmy award winning series Everyday Italian on the Food Network; Visionary automotive designer, strategist, innovator and disruptor Jason Castriota; A trailblazer in the pharmaceutical industry Chief Operating Officer for the International division of Walgreens Boots Alliance Ornella Barra; and Paolo Scaroni Deputy Chairman Rothschild & Co, Chairman of Giuliani S.p.A and Chairman of AC Milan - a premier Italian football team and championship winner of the 2022 Serie A. Giada De Laurentiis will curate the menu for NIAF’s 47th Gala inspired by Tuscan cuisine. Hosting the black-tie event will be Maria Bartiromo, a NIAF Board Member, Anchor and Global Markets Editor for FOX Business Network and FOX News Channel; and Joe Piscopo, one of America’s most popular comedians and the former Saturday Night Live star. The evening celebration will commence with NIAF’s Campari Aperitivo where guests will enjoy a selection of Campari products while mingling with some 750 guests expected to attend the gala. Preceding the gala will be the NIAF Forum, a series of seminars relevant to various aspects of the Italy- U.S. relationship, that will take place throughout the day. General Jack Keane, US Army, Retired and Chairman, Institute for the Study of War, will speak at the Forum Presentation Luncheon. At a subsequent date, NIAF will publish a weekend schedule with details for each seminar. NIAF’s Campari Aperitivo begins at 5:30 p.m. and the Gala dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with an After-Hours party with entertainment. To see the entire NIAF Gala weekend schedule, please visit To purchase tickets, please visit

Collinsville Library Shines Spotlight on Calabria

The Collinsville Library is now welcoming visitors to its 15th Annual Italian Exhibition honoring Collinsville Italian Fest and Italian History Month. Through the years (in September and October), Italian exhibits have taken many forms, explored all the regions of Italy, and Continued on page 9


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Continued from page 8 partnered with local organizations, cities, and groups in the U.S. and Italy. One of Collinsville’s first and largest exhiibits was “Showcase Italia” featuring an extensive exhibit of Italian products from The Hill and the Metroeast in the display windows of the Miners Theatre in downtown Collinsville. This was a special partnership between the Hill Association and Collinsville area merchants, More than fifty Italian products were featured (under lights). “I will always be grateful to Chris Saracino and The Hill merchants for their kindness and support,” said Annette Graebe, exhibit organizer. This year, visitors can enjoy pieces of past exhibits and film events in a library display case and learn more about this year’s exhibit at the Collinsville Italian Fest website ( Library visitors are always eager for the “trip to Italy.” This year features a special walk-through exhibit on Calabria with its miles and miles of extraordinary coastline, beautiful, teal-blue waters, and sky-high rock formations with roads on top waiting to be explored. Calabria is full of secrets and surprises. It’s home to the world-famous Riace Warriors pulled from the water’s depth years ago in the Ionian Sea. Now they stand side-by-side in a local museum celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Learn more about them, Calabria’s wonderful festivals, villages, churches, food, special activities, and more. Exhibit curators are Annette Graebe and Barbara Klein, with special assistance by Marty Cavanaugh, Sharon McAley, Kyla Waltermire and the Collinsville Library Staff. Library hours are Monday - Thursday (8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.), Friday & Saturday (9 a.m.-6 p.m.). Closed Sunday. For more information, call (618) 344-1112.

St. Louis Taco Week

Because Taco Tuesday isn’t enough! St. Louis Taco Week returns in just two weeks! The Taco Week app and passport will guide foodies through the city for unique $5 taco specials. Your taco journey will take you through soft tacos, hard tacos, dessert tacos, and more! This is a great time to visit

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restaurants you have been wanting to try to taste each their exclusive taco special… take time to visit some of your old favorites too. “STL Taco Week brought a city together to celebrate one of our favorite types of food, and quite frankly, that’s awesome!” - Taco Buddha The Taco Week app has a map with all participating restaurants and their specials, check-in opportunities for points, and exclusive contests with great prizes. The app is currently available for download in the App Store and Google Play. Through push notifications you can follow Taco Man and the Taco Week Street Team around the city for photo opportunities and prizes. Sponsored by Brown & Crouppen & Modelo Beer For more information about St. Louis Taco Week and to view participating restaurants, visit Event info: October 10-16, 2022, $5 taco specials Age: This is an all-ages event; some locations may be 21+ Media Contact:

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Italian Citizenship Expert

A St. Louis native is headed home for a visit. Jennifer, who for over 20 years owned boutiques, The Time, Annata, and the Stork’s Nest, which catered to local and national clients such as Michelle Obama and Madeline Albright, has been living a new life on the opposite side of the world in Sicily, Italy as a dual U.S. and Italian citizen. Jennifer moved to Sicily over two years ago and launched Italian Citizenship Concierge, a bespoke agency that helps people searching for Italian citizenship through jure sanguinis. Jennifer feels that her move to Italy was about so much more than a new passport, but about a new life. Jennifer knows what her clients are going through, since she’s been through it firsthand. Jennifer also has degrees in social work and social and behaviorial science, which set Italian Citizenship Concierge apart. Jennifer is with her clients every step of the way through the ups and downs of the process. Learn more, schedule a call, chat online, read how it works and subscribe to the newsletter at The site is availble in English, Italian and Portuguese. Italian Citizenship Concierge accepts a limited number of clients each month.

Serie C Italian Soccer Available Across the World on 196Sports Platform for Two More Years Lega Pro and 196Sports have renewed their agreement for the 2022-23 season to broadcast the third-tier league of Italian professional soccer, called “Serie C.”

After signing a contract for the 20212022 season, Lega Pro, the Italian soccer league that owns the rights to the third-tier league of Italian professional soccer (Serie C), and Eleven Sports, the Italian distributor of Serie C, renewed their agreement with Mister C, whose goal is to maximize the distribution of Serie C matches across the world. Beginning this season, and for two more years, Mister C will broadcast more than 1,100 Serie C matches, including play-off matches and play-out matches, via their app, 196Sports. This will allow Italian soccer fans across the world to follow their favorite teams. In the upcoming season, Serie C will see teams that, in their history, artistry, and traditions, are at the heart of a competition steeped in passion and loyalties. Historic teams will face new teams playing at a professional level for the first time in their history. A great league will now be available to thousands of fans outside of Italy who will be able to cheer for their beloved teams thanks to Lega Pro, Mister C, and Eleven Sports. The 196Sports streaming platform takes up the broadcast of Serie C with renewed energy to become the go-to platform for every fan of Serie C abroad.

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196Sports, owned by Mister C, is an over-the-top (OTT) platform for streaming live and on-demand soccer and other sporting events. It is available via a proprietary mobile app to subscribers on iOS, Android, and Smart TV devices as well as via a set-top decoder from Italian TV streaming platform CIBORTV (, which is owned by the same corporate group as Mister C. “196Sports promises to do its utmost to provide the experience Serie C gives its fans living in Italy to those living abroad,” said Enrico Romagnoli, CEO of Mister C. “196Sports’ mission is to become the largest venue for Serie C outside Italy, beginning with the next two football seasons but also looking ahead to seasons yet to come. We believe that the American market will be particularly passionate about soccer, including the various protagonists of Italian Serie C. The popularity of soccer has exploded in the U.S. in recent years, to the point that it has become the country’s fourth most popular sport, surpassing hockey. Furthermore, 14 Italian soccer teams have been bought by American investment funds over the past few years. The 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be played in the U.S., will be a further boost to the growth of the soccer movement there.” “We are preparing to experience a new season full of emotions; it is nice to be able to share them with Italians who live abroad but whose hearts remain in Italy. Our goal is to reach an ever-increasing number of fans of Serie C around the world,” said Francesco Ghirelli, President of Lega Pro. For information or to subscribe to 196Sports, visit

National Italian American Foundation Announces Lecture Series Intended to Rectify Columbus’ Legacy NIAF will host a series of lectures featuring Dr. Mary Grabar author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce this year’s Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli lecture series that will examine the basis of distorting Columbus’ legacy. It will take place on select college campuses through the NIAF on Campus program. NIAF has partnered with Mary Grabar, Ph.D., author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America, for a speaking tour. Dr. Grabar will challenge the false Howard Zinn narrative and set the record straight on Columbus. She will present her audiences with a fair and truthful assessment of history based on facts, not on a political agenda. “As an organization devoted to promoting and preserving Italian American heritage, NIAF strongly supports honoring the legacy of the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus,” said NIAF



President Robert Allegrini. “We believe that Christopher Columbus’ courageous 1492 voyage was the catalyst that initiated over 500 years of immigration to the Americas by people from every corner of the Earth— all of whom were seeking a better life for their families.” The 2022 Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli lecture series schedule: University of Florida on Monday, October 3 in Gainesville, FL Florida State University on Thursday, October 6 in Tallahassee, FL For more information, please email: The lecture series is made possible thanks to the endowment fund of Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli to honor the late NIAF Chairman Emeritus and the generous support of NIAF members. The endowment’s purpose is to focus on Western civilization’s global contributions, including the role Italian Americans have made throughout our society. Mary Grabar earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and taught college English for twenty years. Since 2014, she has been a resident fellow at The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York. She has published many articles and two books, Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America (2019) and Debunking The 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America (2021). She founded The Dissident Prof Education Project in 2014. Mary was born in Slovenia, then part of Communist Yugoslavia, and grew up in Rochester, New York.

Discover Italy’s Endless Contributions to the Contemporary World at the NIAF Forum NIAF FORUM, a series of free seminars, will take place prior to NIAF’s 47th Anniversary Gala

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host NIAF Forum; a series of seminars that are relevant to various aspects of the Italy- U.S. relationship. Learn more about Italy’s role in transatlantic commerce with Luiss University and the Transatlantic Investment Committee; understand what makes Italy the second largest manufacturing country in Europe with ItalyUntold; plan a oncein-a-lifetime trip to Italy with Perillo Tours; explore the importance of Italy-US relations with The European House- Ambrosetti. All the NIAF Forum seminars are free and open to the public and are a way for Italian Americans and Italophiles to connect with the Bel Paese. “We invite everyone who is interested in Italy to learn more about what the country has to offer in today’s society by participating in the NIAF Forum,” said NIAF President Robert Allegrini. “NIAF is pleased to partner with each institution to showcase the best of Italy and the Italian American community.” Here is the schedule for the NIAF Continued on page 12



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Continued from page 10 FORUM for Saturday, October 29, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.: Doing Business within the Transatlantic Community Join Luiss University and the Transatlantic Investment Committee for a stimulating discussion regarding the unique aspects of doing commerce across the Atlantic. Medical Conference: Italian and American Perspectives on Cancer Care This seminar will focus on the oncological research collaboration between Italy and the United States and the challenges of providing cancer care to underprivileged communities. Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO) and the Giovan Giacomo Giordano Foundation are the presenters. Luiss America Foundation Launch Learn about the launch of the newly founded Luiss America Foundation and the commensurate scholarship partnerships with NIAF. The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum

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NIAF in conjunction with the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) will present the top three grant finalists for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. View all three film projects and participate in a Q&A with the filmmakers after the showing. The winner will be announced during the gala dinner. Italian American Reputation Lab - 2022 Report Organized by We the Italians and Zwan, the Italian American Reputation Lab (IARL), will be discussed. The IARL is an initiative to monitor and assess the reputation values of Italy and Italian Americans within the United States of America. Italy’s Untold Excellences: The Mission of ItalyUntold Come discover some of the Italian excellences, which make Italy a country much more advanced and better than it is commonly perceived. This seminar is organized by ItalyUntold, a think tank based in Brussels. Luncheon: America’s Global Security Challenges featuring General Jack



Keane (*This is a TICKETED EVENT; to purchase please visit: General Jack Keane, the keynote speaker, will deliver remarks. Perillo Tours Taking NIAF Clients to Italy and Beyond Steve Perillo (CEO of Perillo Tours) and Mina Amendola will share what to do in Italy and how Perillo Tours can take you there! The Strategic Importance of Italy-US Relations in the Changing Geopolitical Scenario Italy has proven to be an important historical partner of the U.S., playing a crucial role in guaranteeing transatlantic security and Western values. Learn more about NIAF’s position paper written in collaboration with The European House- Ambrosetti. To learn more, visit niaf-47th-anniversary-gala

2022 Halloween Happenings by Courtney Kamm

Looking for something spooky, supernatural, and spectacular to do this Halloween season? St. Louis is packed with haunted (and friendly) events each October perfect for all parts of the family. Here are some upcoming events we are most excited about: Boo at the Zoo: October 14-30 from 5-8:30 p.m. 2022 Monster Mash Dash (1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2): October 22 Halloween Masquerade Ball: October 28 at 7 p.m. Halloween Costume Cruise with Riverboats at the Gateway Arch: October 29 Freakfest “A Night at The Museum” at City Museum: October 30