Italian Dual Citizenship Interview with Minnesota Italian American Monica Zontelli - March 2018

  Although Mondo Italiano is a Florida based magazine our founding roots are in Minnesota so occasionally we will interview local Italians and Italian Americans residing there.  If you've ever wondered about the benefits of obtaining Italian citizenship and how to go about the process you may find the article interesting.  Read More ->>
 BIJOUX! Norton's Annual International Art Jewelry Exhibition is Set for March

  The Norton Museum of Art presents the seventh edition of BIJOUX!, an international art jewelry exhibition and fundraiser that offers the chance to purchase unique art jewelry from its creators. Once again, about 40 artists from around the world, including Israel, Italy, and The Netherlands, will be represented. Artists from Norway and South Korea are represented
for the first time. BIJOUX! runs Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, March 4, 2018.  Read More -->>
Il Circolo of the Palm Beaches - February 2018 Update

  Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society, had a banner week-end from February 2 through the 5 th . Events included participation in a program called Italy in Transit sponsored by Florida Atlantic University; the 3rd annual Italian Fest, a street fair held at Sanborn Park in Boca Raton; an opera concert by the Palm Beach Opera Apprentice Program held at Palm Beach Atlantic University and an Aperitivo, (social gathering) at Eau Palm Beach.  Read More --->>
La Centrale Miami - Florida's Italian Food Hall Set to Open Feb 16th
  Miami’s highly anticipated food hall concept, La Centrale – Italian Food Hall(pronounced Chen-TRAH-leh), will open to the public Feb. 16 at Brickell City Centre, the city’s newest retail, dining and entertainment epicenter in the heart of Brickell located at 701 S. Miami Avenue. The opening of the Miami location will mark the brand’s first food hall in a national expansion to cities such as Atlanta and Boston.  READ MORE ---->>>
Saint Wolfentino the True History of Valentines Day

  In Roman times priests and certain soldiers were  known as wolfmen because they protected their herds from wolves.  The wolfmen known as Luperci created a festival to honor Juno who was the queen of the Roman Goddesses and herself known as the Goddess of Marriage and Fertility.  The festival became known as Lupercalia.  Lupercalia was created to purge the city of evil dieties by sharing burnt offerings and sacrified goats and dogs.  Click Here to Read More --->>>

Cirque Italia - The Italian Water Circus Comes to Miami in February 2018

Did you know Cirque Italia has TWO traveling shows?! For the first time ever, The NEW GOLD UNIT IS COMING TO NORTH MIAMI, FL with the state of the art water show you DON’T WANT TO MISS!!!

Cirque Italia has grown to the point where the next logical step can only be to expand operations and double our presence at the national level. In response to our wonderful fans all over the U.S., and with over 90% of shows being sold out, NOW is the perfect time for a substantial investment.

Beginning in 2017, Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, introduced a second unit, the Gold Unit: a luxurious experience where technology and preforming arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. Now for 2018, a brand-new performance has been created.

This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Audience members can expect to see words and beautiful patterns as the water falls to the ‘lagoon’ below. Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent - the result is simply out of this world!   

The latest trends of the industry are challenged with every Cirque Italia appearance and this 2nd unit is not going to be any different. A careful casting selection has united the best artists from all over the world. This production will feature acts all the way from Russia to Mexico. Cirque Italia believes in multi-culturalism as one of our strongest assets.

Packed full of incredible acts, there is no room for boredom. The variety presented is exceptional. For those who enjoy whimsy, we have an Avatar and not one, but two mermaids. There is almost no bodily limit for our contortionist, Ricardo, as he bends in ways you never would have imagined. Our incredible wheel of death performance features a front summersault flip, something you will be hard-pressed to see anywhere else. If that doesn’t get your head spinning, perhaps our 5 roller skaters and their incredible tricks and turns will. And although Cirque Italia does not use animals in our performances, this year we will be featuring amazing lifelike elephant puppets. They are so well made, you might just think they are real. Whether it’s a futuristic laser act or mesmerizing aerial performances, the show has something for all tastes and expectations. One thing Cirque Italia sets out to accomplish is to create a type of world-class entertainment suitable for all age groups. 

This new second unit also follows the same strict animal-free policy that makes the Water Circus stand out from other circus entertainment shows.

The “magic touch” of the Italian entrepreneur Manuel Rebecchi, President and Owner of Cirque Italia, added to the flawless direction of the COO, Chanté DeMoustes, and has turned this once romantic project into a successful production known and acclaimed all over the country. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to be amazed and transported to a fantastic realm where your deepest dreams can -and will- come true. 

For more information visit and make sure to check all our social media accounts. Tickets can be purchased now starting at $10.00-$50.00 depending on availability.  Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals. Please call 941-704-8572 to find out the promo code for this location.

When: February 9-18

Where: 1860 NE 123rd St., North Miami, FL 33181

At: Across the street from LA Fitness Plaza


—Under the stunning White & Blue Big Top Tent


·                     February 9 – Friday7:30pm

·                     February 10 – Saturday1:30pm4:30pm, & 7:30pm

·                     February 11 – Sunday1:30pm4:30pm, & 7:30pm


·                     February 12 – Monday7:30pm

·                     February 13 – Tuesday7:30pm

·                     February 14 – Wednesday7:30pm (Valentine’s Day)

·                     February 15 – Thursday7:30pm


·                     February 16 – Friday7:30pm

·                     February 17 – Saturday1:30pm4:30pm, & 7:30pm

·                     February 18 – Sunday1:30pm4:30pm, & 7:30pm



Box office hours:

The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.

Non-show days: 10am – 6pm

On show days: 10am – 9pm


You can purchase tickets through our website ( or by phone: (941) 704-8572. We also respond to text messages.

Non vediamo l'ora di vedervi allo spettacolo! Let Your Imagination Wander...and come DIVE into the Magical world of CIRQUE ITALIA

Holiday Hangover Raises $20,000 for Historic Stranahan House Museum

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (February 13, 2018) – 2018 started with a bang for the Historic Stranahan House Museum as its fourth annual Holiday Hangover drew more than 300 guests and generated more than $20,000 for Broward County’s oldest and most historic home.

Proceeds from Holiday Hangover and all Historic Stranahan House Museum events are used to support its preservation and continue its educational outreach efforts, which provide reduced-rate and free school programs to local students.

“In just four short years, Holiday Hangover has become one of our most popular and lucrative events, bringing a younger crowd to the House through music, entertainment and epicurean food and drinks from Fort Lauderdale’s favorite spots,” said Historic Stranahan House Museum Executive Director April Kirk. “It’s exciting to see how different generations of our community come together to celebrate Holiday Hangover. At the end of the day, it inspires a universal interest in preserving and upholding our city’s legacy.”

Presented by Broad & Cassel, Holiday Hangover offered food tastings from American Social, Aussie Blends, Beehive Kitchen, Bob Roth's New River Groves, Colada Cuban Eatery and Coffee House, Georgia Pig BBQ, Gran Forno Pronto, Riverside Market South, Sidecar Kitchen, Smoke BBQ, Temple Street Eatery and Temptations Catering.

Liquor was provided by Ocean Wine & Spirits and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Beer was donated by LauderAle and live music was performed by Chris Monteleone of Sosos. Guests also enjoyed a photo booth sponsored by Memorial Healthcare System.

Ashley Boxer and Mike Gossman served as Holiday Hangover co-chairs alongside committee members Lilia Ciciolla, Whitney Dutton, Alyse Gossman, Maggie Gunther, Chris Haerting, Jené Kapela, April Kirk, George Kress, Michael Lessne, Peter Neirouz, Everett Osceola, Anne Reilly, Mitch Taylor, Ashley Turner and Alexandra Valier.

Additional sponsors of Holiday Hangover include Cocktails for Humanity, Wells Fargo, Publix, EDSA, MSL CPAs & Advisors, TrippScott, Adventures in Voluntourism, CycleParty, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, Dutton Real Estate Services / Whitney Dutton, Ms. Doris Cotnoir, Clay Wieland Photography, Premier Digital Events, Royal Restrooms, DJ Iron Mic and the Riverside Hotel.

“We are incredibly thankful for all of our wonderful sponsors, volunteers and supporters, whose contributions have undoubtedly propelled this year’s Holiday Hangover to new heights,” said Kirk. “The impact of Holiday Hangover goes far beyond just benefitting the House. Local businesses, artists and entrepreneurs market their goods and services by participating in the silent auction, restaurateurs gain exposure and interest from prospective customers by offering food and drink samples, young professionals make valuable connections, and residents and visitors enjoy some of the greatest assets our community has to offer.”

About Historic Stranahan House and Museum

The Stranahan House was built in 1901, when Broward County was no more than a bleak southern frontier supposedly unsuited for human habitation. The existing residents were the Seminoles who traveled down the New River to Frank Stranahan’s trading post to do business. Over the years as Fort Lauderdale grew and developed, the house became a post office, boarding house, restaurant and home to the “Founding Father” and “First Lady” of Fort Lauderdale – Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Today it stands as the oldest house in Broward County and an epicenter of Fort Lauderdale’s long and fascinating history.

MIAMI, Fla (October 13, 2017) "The Cruise Industry Claims Seminar" Over 100 maritime attorneys, cruise line claims managers, in-house counsel, defense/plaintiffs counsel, including the finest admiralty attorneys in Florida, maritime litigators Stefano Ghibellini of Studio Legale Ghibellini (Genoa) and Attilio Costabel, maritime law students from UM Law, St. Thomas School of Law and the Miami Law Post Graduate LL.M. in Maritime Law attended the seminar hosted by UM School of Law, Maritime Law Society. The Passenger Claims Panel, comprised of Andrew L. (Andy) Waks, Michael Duke Erickson, John H. (Jack) Hickey, Curtis Jay Mase, and Kassandra D Taylor was moderated by Tyler J. Tanner, Vice-Chair, FL Bar Admiralty Law Committee. The Seafarer Claims Panel included Robert D (Bob) Peltz, Tonya J. Meister-Griffith, Carlos F. Llinás Negret, Arbitrator and Mediator Honorable Norman S. Gerstein and William F. Clair, and was moderated by Carol Finklehoffe, Florida Bar Board Certified in Admiralty Law. The Robson Forensic panel on Flag State Regulation/Daubert issues consisted of Lawrence C. Dinoff, AIA, NCARB and Kyle F. McAvoy, Captain, USCG (Ret.) Marine Safety Expert and was moderated by Barbara A. Kreitz Cook, Florida Bar Board Certified in Admiralty Law. The program sponsor was Robson Forensic. By: Chair, Robert L. Gardana, FBALC/Chair-Elect, ABA-TIPS AMLC  
Carlos DeAntonis Performed at Arturo's Ristorante in Boca Raton, FL last Friday

Argentine Italian Opera Singer Carlos DeAntonis performed for UNICO on Friday September 1st 2017.  UNICO was founded in 1922 and is the largest Italian American service organization in the U.S.  Frank LoRe is the Florida Governor for the organization. Carlos is an up and coming opera singer who was recently on "Americas Got Talent" and he resides in Miami.
Arturo's Ristorante was founded in 1983 and is home to Florida's only underground wine cellar and a winner of Golden Spoon, Zagat and many other prestigious awards. To get involved in UNICO simply visit and the venue is located at:
Gioia Restaurant Hosts Italian Socialite Night Every Wednesday

Join Luxury Chamber & friends for wine, conversation and philanthropy. As of August 30th 2017 Gioia is now hosting a weekly event benefiting NOIAW - National Organization of Italian American Women which is an organization that donates scholarships to those in need.  Ladies who register at: will receive complimentary admission to the event plus a glass of vino on the house as well as flatbread.  Those who stay for dinner will be pleased to know that a portion of proceeds will be donated directly to the charity.  Guests will have an opportunity to mingle and converse with Italians from Italy and Sicily, Italian-Americans as well as people of Italian heritage from Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and Canada.  Non-Italians who love Italian culture are also strongly encouraged to attend the event as well as spouses of Italians. The event takes place from 6-9pm and there is no valet parking.  Be prepared for metered parking via coin, cash or credit card.  Dress code is cocktail chic.  Men can also attend yet will not receive the complimentary vino!

Florida Mediterranean Fest 2017 Scheduled for 7-17-17

Design, Travel, Cuisine & Cultural Event benefits Food for the Poor 501(c)3

Contact: Jay Shapiro, President / Phone: 561-376-0033  Email:

Pompano Beach, FL  Luxury Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its first annual Mediterranean Fest taking place July 17th at La Vie Lebanese Restaurant in Pompano Beach, FL.  The event celebrates the finest in Mediterranean design, cuisine and travel. Attendees will include luxury purveyors of fine olive oils, wines, Mediterranean travel, handbags, fine art and cultural dignitaries from countries such as Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel & Greece.

La Vie is a large luxury restaurant with a 5-star rating by every source, vaulted ceilings, full liquor bar and ample free parking. The design is Moroccan and Mediterranean, the food is Lebanese & Mediterranean.

Attendees will mingle with celebrity guests, enjoy a complimentary cocktail as well as hors d'oeuvres, wine and olive oil tasting and have the ability to join in on a multicultural high-end business networking affair.  Guests will know that they have done a good deed by attending as a percentage of proceeds goes directly to: Food for the Poor which is managed by an Italian-American & with a Greek Outreach Coordinator.

Tickets to Mediterranean Fest are available at:

Luxury Chamber Members attend FREE, to become a member visit:

Food for the Poor is located at:

The 10 Commandments of Italian Cuisine


Coffee and cappuccino are the pride of Italy in the world; but if the first is usually consumed at the end of the meal, the second, more substantial, is sipped at breakfast, usually accompanied by some pastry. You can ask for a cappuccino at the end of a meal, just know that most Italians don’t.


The organization of courses in the Italian dining is unique and requires pasta and – most of the time – risotto to be served by themselves (apart from specific recipes such as Ossobuco milanese-style). The presentation of pasta as a side dish to others is widespread in several countries, but in Italy is seen almost as a sacrilege.


Oil should not be added to pasta cooking water! Pasta dressing (and oil too) must be added only after you have drained it from its cooking water.


This is one of the combinations that most shocks Italians; although ketchup may have some similarities to tomato sauce, pouring ketchup over pasta in the “Bel Paese” is considered a real gourmet crime. Keep ketchup for your french fries or hot dogs, please!


While probably being the world’s most popular Italian recipe, you will not find any restaurant in Bologna to eat it. That’s because the original Italian recipe is “Tagliatelle Bolognese” (not spaghetti). Although this may seem a minor detail, in real Italian cuisine the pairing of the right kind of pasta with the right sauce is considered almost sacred.


Speaking with American friends, one of the most frequent requests is the advice for a typical Italian recipe for pasta with chicken. It’s always rather embarrassing to point out that in Italy there are no hot dishes featuring pasta and chicken.


This salad, which bears the name of its supposed creator, Caesar Cardini, is a part of the long list of recipes devised by chefs of Italian origin, but in fact is almost unknown in Italy.


For some strange reason, these tablecloths are universally associated with our food and with the stereotype of the "spaghetti-eater", and abroad almost all the restaurants that want to play typical Italian use them. Probably, tourists who come to visit Italy remain somewhat disappointed when they discover that the checkered tablecloths are almost never used (only restaurants for tourists do!)


This is perhaps the most curious in this top ten. The fettuccine Alfredo is both the most famous “Italian” food in the United States and the least known dish in Italy. These noodles, seasoned with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano, are in fact actually been invented in the “Bel Paese”, specifically by Alfredo Di Lelio, the owner of a restaurant in Rome, but in Italy have never been imposed as a traditional dish. Overseas, however, have become increasingly popular and in time became a symbol of the good life in Rome. For this reason legions of American tourists coming to Italy hoping to enjoy the fettuccine Alfredo at every restaurant on the peninsula remain very disappointed.


She knows from her mamma, who knew from her mamma who knew from her mamma and so on. It's been tried and tested. And what a mother teaches at her daughter while they are cooking? That love is the center of all. We must share Italian food with your loved ones. It is what life, love and family are all about.

Brickell City Centre to Host La Centrale - Miami's First Italian Food Hall

The three-story culinary endeavor will open in Miami this fall in a 38,000-square-foot space, introducing a “restaurant-forward concept,” per the press release, including Italian-inspired restaurants and cafes, an enoteca, a culinary school, and retail space, all inspired by 20 regions throughout Italy.

The first floor will feature a “multi-sensory convivial vibe driven by true Italian hospitality, where they can find fresh-brewed espresso, breads, house-made pastas and other culinary staples” in addition to an eatery for a communal dining experience.

The second floor will have original restaurants for lunch and dinner, an Apulian-inspired indoor garden, and a gelato shop.

Floor 3 will house interactive wine tastings, pairings, and food programs, in addition to the culinary school.

“La Centrale’s design delivers a multifaceted experience energized by the delight of a trip to Italy, all under one roof,” says Jacopo Giustiniani, managing partner of La Centrale – Italian Food Hall. “It’s chic, lively, effortless, and one hundred percent authentic. We are importing products straight from Italy and serving fresh, local produce. Our goal is to share the heart, spirit and soul of Italy with Miami locals, providing Brickell residents and visitors from around the world with the best of Italian cuisine and hospitality.”

Italian Food & Beverage Corp Enters Florida Market

2016 witnessed two very important accomplishments for IFBC: 1) a profitable restructuring of its food and beverage operations in Europe and Asia, namely, Singapore, in which several existing locations are now into consideration, and 2) the grand opening of IFBC's first food outlet in the US.

This latter achievement is especially noteworthy in that IFBC, which now operates on 3 continents, has finally established a base of operations in the US market. This first, fully-functional food outlet, operating under the brand of Mio Cafélocated in The West Shore Mall of Tampa, a prime, highly- trafficked retail location, this flagship food outlet affords IFBC the necessary exposure for the possible entre into other affluent venues throughout Florida, such as The Channel side Bay Plaza in Tampa, FloridaSiesta Key in Sarasota, Long Boat Key (outside of Sarasota) and Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida.

Consistent with its mission of delivering the taste and traditions of authentic Italian food and beverages, as well as the genuine atmosphere of the "Italian café experience," IFBC will continue to offer fresh, healthful food, such as fresh-baked focaccia, low-fat, low-carb sandwiches and tramezzini, freshly-brewed coffee, delicious pastries, wholesome pizzas, light, low carb pastas and low calorie pasta chips.

Pietro Moschini, Director-in-Charge of IFBC's Florida operations, has stated, "It is time to reacquaint a new generation of Americans to the high-quality culinary standards for which Italy is well known, as well as to introduce the latest innovative Italian products that many tourists discover while on holiday overseas."

About Italian Food & Beverage Corp. Italian Food & Beverage Corp. establishes and develops brands committed to fulfill customer needs throughout the world while providing the finest experiences based on the Italian wine and food culture. IFBC operates as an importer, exporter, merchant, distributor and dealer of fine wine and food products. The Company and its subsidiaries have established wholesale distribution headquarters, offices and warehouses in several countries including ItalySingapore, and the UK.

Forward Looking Statements This release contains "forward-looking statements" and information provided by Italian Food & Beverage Corp. such as online, printed documents, publications or information available via its website. It may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, which, if they do not materialize or prove correct, could cause the Company's results to differ materially from historical results, or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. These statements may also include plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements regarding proposed new products, services or developments; any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance; statements of belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. There can be no assurance that the negotiations being considered by the letter of intent will be completed.


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