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In Memory of NIAF Chairman Kenneth Ciongoli

Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli, the Chairman of the National Italian American Foundation recently passed away after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Mary Ann offered the following condolences:

NIAF_logo_Memorial "The entire Ciao Italia family was saddened to learn of the passing of National Italian American Foundation Chairman, Dr. A Kenneth Ciongoli.  Ken lived and loved life to the fullest, cherishing his family, his work, and his Italian heritage.  He was a wonderful friend and supporter of the series and appeared in several episodes cooking his favorite recipes.  May he riposa nella pace and may his family find comfort in the rich legacy he has left for future generations."

Dr. Ciongoli was a frequent contributor to Ciao Italia and joined Mary Ann on set to prepare Thick Spaghetti Amatrice Style.  The recipe is available at  The video portion is normally for Premium Subscribers only, but because we want everyone to be able to enjoy and remember Dr. Ciongoli's terrific sense of humor and love of authentic Italian cuisine, we are offering it for free to all visitors.

The video is also available by itself on Ciao Italia's YouTube Channel.


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