So, What’s really on the mind of an Italian American woman in New York City?

The National Organization of Italian American Women is thrilled to announce the launch of our new, regular column in L’Italo-Americano. As editors and writers of “Le Donne di New York,” we will be the publication’s female eyes and ears in New York City and beyond, keeping readers informed on the news, events, and culture that brings Italian New Yorkers together.

This column is part of a new partnership between our two organizations. L’Italo-Americano and NOIAW share a legacy of uniting the Italian American community throughout the United States, through a celebration of Italian culture, language, and heritage. With its national headquarters in New York City, NOIAW is well situated to report on the highlights of Italian culture in this city – all from a feminine perspective, of course! 

“Our organization was founded over 36 years ago in New York City by some of the city’s most pioneering and prominent Italian American women. Their goal was to create a national network to support women of Italian heritage in all of their professional and educational aspirations,” said NOIAW National Board Chair, Maria Tamburri. “As we look to the future, we are excited to carry forward our significant history and share the rich Italian culture in New York City in the pages of L’Italo Americano.”

The “Donne di New York” column will be penned by a collection of Italian American women who call this city their home. The column’s content will reflect their sophisticated tastes and urbane sensibilities. You can expect to find the most authentic “Little Italy” neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, exclusive events for Italophiles on the east coast, interviews with fascinating Italian American women living in the city, and lists and reviews of the buzziest new Italian eateries, all told, of course, with a metropolitan woman’s take on living, working, and playing in one of the most diverse cities in the world. 

NOIAW is a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, empower, and connect women of Italian heritage throughout the United States and the world. We accomplish this mission through frequent educational and networking events that celebrate Italian culture; through special events that inspire and promote the professional achievements of women of Italian heritage in the workplace and community; and through investing in our young women through mentorship, and cultural exchange programs; and through fostering alliances with Italian and Italian American organizations in support of our history, culture and language.

“There’s no better way for us to represent our strong existing network, reach new audiences, and connect with even more Italian American women than through this exciting new relationship with L’Italo-Americano,” said NOIAW Media & Partnerships Coordinator Teresa Alessandro. “We’re ready to make history reflect HERstory. ”

In our inaugural column today, we wanted to bring you a quick look at some of the great upcoming events we’ll be attending here in New York City in celebration of Italian Heritage Month!

Meet Camilla Trinchieri, Author of Seeking Alice

Thursday, October 27, 2016,  6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Irvington Public Library

12 S. Astor Street, Irvington, NY 10533

Free to the general public. Advance RSVP required.

More information/RSVP: 212-642-2003 or

Join author Camilla Trinchieri as she speaks about her new novel, Seeking Alice. The novel is a haunting story of love, loss, and the disintegration of an American and Italian family caught in Europe during World War II. Through alternating passages narrated by Alice and daughter Susie, readers shuttle back and forth between war-torn Europe and 1950s Massachusetts to search for answers and unravel the mystery about what really happened to Alice during the war.

Light refreshments will be served. Signed copies of Camilla’s book will be available for purchase. 

Book Award: The Bridge

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:00 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Free to the general public. RSVP not required.

More information: (212) 879-4242 or

This evening celebrates the second year of the book award “The Bridge,” aimed at reinforcing the mutual understanding between Italy and the United States by presenting to the reading public the best works of fiction and nonfiction recently released in each country. The publications in English of last year’s Italian winners will be presented, and the winners of this year’s award will present their winning work.

Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved? – A screening and guided discussion

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 PM

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

25 W 43rd St, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036

Free and open to the general public. RSVP not required

More information: 212-642-2094 

In 1956 the MS Stockholm rammed into the Italian luxury ocean liner SS Andrea Doria. For the 1,706 passengers and crew, the incident could have been a catastrophe on the scale of the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, but it was not. Media reports at the time downplayed the crew’s heroism and Captain Piero Calamai’s stewardship, and he felt disgraced for the rest of his life. Calamai’s words form the title of this docudrama, which delves into the case, uncovering new information on the infamous incident. Pierette Domenica Simpson, a survivor of the disaster, wrote and produced the film, which dramatizes her experiences during the collision and her arrival in New York City. It features interviews with maritime experts and survivors and archival footage.

Post-screening discussion with the director led by Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY.

Discussing the Present: Looking to the Future

Friday, October 28, 2016, 3:30PM

Hunter College, North Dining Room, 695 Park Avenue, Manhattan

Free and open to the general public

More information: 718-262-2687 or

The Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance (ILICA) in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute present a roundtable discussion and symposium which will explore the present state of education and competition during the present period of technological foment, the greatest since the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth century. The focus will be on entrepreneurial practices in the United States and Italy. The symposium will be followed by a reception featuring wines and foods from Italy. This kicks off ILICA’s gala weekend, which continues October 29 with its at its 12th Annual Cultural Event and Gala Dinner at Hunter College, featuring music by acclaimed violinist Matteo Fedeli.

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