FALL 2017 I talian A merican D igest Community Partners reward AICC members T he American Italian Cultural Center of- fers its members discounts at selected local Italian businesses. We’re excited to strengthen our Ital- ian American ties in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Show your AICC 2017 membership card and this page to receive perks! The AICC is proud to present the following Community Partners: Andrea’s 3100 19th St. Metairie, LA Free appetizer with purchase of an entree Monday- Wednesday. Angelo Brocato’s 214 N Carrollton New Orleans, LA Free espresso or cappuccino with pur- chase of an individual pastry (one per visit per member). Fausto’s Bistro 530 Veterans Memorial Blvd Metairie, LA 10% off the check or a complimentary dessert to the membership card holder. Gendusa’s Italian Market 4525 Freret St. New Orleans, LA AICC members receive complimentary beverages with their meal. Piccola Gelateria 4525 Freret St. New Orleans, LA 10% off your purchase. Reginelli’s 930 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA Free glass of Italian wine for our Italian Friends: one free glass of Citra Pinot Gri- gio or Straccali Chianti Classico with any entree purchased (one per member). Spirit Wine 3500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 10% off six bottles of Italian wines. If you would like to become a mem- ber or partner with the AICC, email us at questions@americanitaliaculturalcenter. com, call us at (504) 522-7294, or visit our website at www.AmericanItalianCultural- Center.com. PAGE 3 L o c a l I t a l i a n A m e r i c a n N e w s Bell’Italia trip to Italy set for May 22-June 2 Experience the beauty of Italy with the AICC next spring. On this 7-day, 6-night trip, we will visit Venice, Bologna, Florence, and Rome. Trip highlights in- clude a special tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, a cooking class in Bologna, a wine tasting in Florence, and a tour of the Vati- can within Rome. The trip is $1900 per person for double occupancy and $2250 per person for single occupancy. Accommodation in 4-star hotels, train transportation between cit- ies, a free AICC traveler’s Italian Language Class, tickets to attrac- tions, and an English-speaking tour guide are all included in this price. Airfare is not included. This trip has an optional exten- sion to the Amalfi Coast (June 2-4). Spend three extra days in Naples, where a private driver and guide will take you along the Amalfi Coast, making stops in the beautiful villages of Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi! (+$600 per person double occupancy/+$700 per person single occupancy) Call the AICC at (504) 522- 7294 for more information or to request a detailed itinerary. LAISHF scholarship applications now available Each year at the Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala, the American Italian Renaissance Foundation awards college scholarships to current high school seniors of Italian descent who have excelled ath- letically and academically. The scholarship application is now available on our website, Ameri- canItalianCulturalCenter.com or upon request at (504) 522-7294. The application must be filled out by the student, and the deadline is November 15. In bocca al lupo — good luck! Kenner church to serve feast honoring St. Rosalie In honor of St. Rosalie, The Catholic Daughters of America #1626 will be selling Italian sausage and meatball dinners on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. The dinners are $10 each and will be served from 10am-3pm, dine-in or to go. Italian cookies and bread will also be available from 8am- 3pm. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church is located at 1908 Short St. in Kenner. The devotion to St. Rosalie was brought to Kenner by Sicilian im- migrants, who carried her statue through the streets of Kenner and prayed for a miracle to end the anthrax epidemic that threatened their cattle. The miracle hap- pened, and the Sicilian Americans vowed to have a Mass and proces- sion every year in her honor. This is their 119th year honoring St. Rosalie. Nor-Joe Imports hosts Muffuletta Festival The first ever Muffuletta Festi- val will promote and preserve the legacy of that iconic New Orleans sandwich on Sunday, Sept. 10, from noon-9pm at Nor-Joe Im- ports in Metairie. The free festival will feature traditional muffuletta sandwiches and other Italian dishes plus music, bocce ball, cooking demonstrations, history and video presentations, dance performances, and more. The term muffuletta originally refered to round Sicilian sesame bread. Forerunners of today’s muffuletta sandwich first ap- peared in the French Quarter area among Italian immigrants as early as the 1890s and were commonly found in hundreds of Italian gro- cery stores throughout New Or- leans. This makes the muffuletta sandwich even older than New Orleans’ beloved po-boy. Today’s muffuletta consists of layers of marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami, ham, and provolone. “This sandwich is totally unique to New Orleans, and that’s worth celebrating and preserv- ing,” said Mark Subervielle, festi- val founder and owner of Nor-Joe Imports, a specialty Italian food market. Nor-Joe Imports is located at 505 Frisco Ave. in Metairie.