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This edition: February 2010

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 23, 2010.

First on ITALICS, we take you to a lecture by the Honorable Francesco Maria Talo, Consul General of Italy to New York. From Pizza to Ph.D., From Dante to DNA, a presentation delivered by Consul General Talo to the Coccia Institute at Montclair State University, New Jersey, updating the image of Italy, a modern country, that has shaped today’s world, and is a “global player” in/for the 21st Century. A large audience of students and staff participated in a lively question and answer period after the lecture. At a Luncheon following the event, ITALICS spoke with Cav. Joseph Coccia Jr. namesake of the Coccia Institute like its, and its Director Mary Ann Re, along with the Hon. Andrea Barbaria, Consul General of Newark, and members of New Jersey’s Italian American State Heritage Committee. 

Next ITALICS goes to a dinner honoring Gianfranco Fini, President of The Italian Chamber of Deputies. A Tri-State Coalition of Italian and Italian American Organizations and Entities sponsored the event honoring Minister Fini on the occasion of his recent visit to Washington DC and New York City. More than 800 people jammed the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Regency at Grand Central Terminal to celebrate Minister Fini and hear his comments. The Honorable Guilio Terzi di Sant’Agata, Ambassador of Italy to The United States, introduced Minister Fini to the audience. During his comments, Mr. Fini stated that the ties between the people of Italy and America were deeper than politics and that as a nation, Italy supported many of the strategic endeavors of the United States, and that their collaboration would exist well into the Century.

Then ITALICS goes to a panel discussion that poses the question Why (and exactly how) New York Simply Loves “Italian” at New York University. Sponsored by NYU’s Food Studies program, panelists include restaurateurs, critics, scholars and other “Foodies” discussing and preaching New York City’s collective belief in the gospel of la Cucina Italiana.

Guest List

Richard Bilotti Chairman, NJ Italian and Italian American Heritage Comm.

Chris Cannon Manhattan Restaurateur, Alto & L’Impero

Cavaliere Joseph Coccia Jr. Founder, The Coccia Foundation

Anthony DiGaetano Legislation Creator, New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission

Hon. Gianfranco Fini President, Italian Chamber of Deputies

Lucia Grillo Italics Correspondent

William Grimes Lead Obiturarist, The New York Times

Louis Manna Food Photographer

Hon. Dominic Massaro Justice, New York State Supreme Court

Fabio Parasecoli Author, Italian Food Future

Jerry Pecchia Arts Program Associate, NYSCA

Mary An Re Executive Director, Coccia Institute, Montclair State University

Hon. Francesco Maria Talo Consul General of Italy to New York

Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. Dean and Executive Director, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Hon. Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata Permanent Representative of Italy to The United Nations

Clark Wolf Director, NYU Critical Topic Series, Founder Clark Wolf Company