Cultural Italian American Organization 144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240 Auburn, New York 13021
Cultural Italian American Organization144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240Auburn, New York 13021


Wednesday, June 7, 2023 6:30 pm

Presentation by SU Professor Jackie Sorci

on Italian dialects

Father Nacca Hall, 303 Clark Street

Auburn, NY



Meetings are held the 

1st Wednesday of the month. 


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Most recent newsletter available here


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Membership Dues 

Membership dues are payable in January and are $25/person, $40 couple. Please mail your check payable to CIAO to 144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240, Auburn, NY 13021





PASTA MAKING NIGHT - March 20, 2023

About 30 members enjoyed an evening of learning, making and eating pasta, under the leadership of CIAO member and Executive Chef Filippo DePaolo. The evening was a great success!

Congratulations to the 2022 CIAO Scholarship Winners 

CIAO is pleased to announce our 2022 Scholarship winners, pictured above with Scholarship Committe members Toni Colella, Tony Gucciardi, Arlene Ryan and Mary Ann Mucedola.


Left to right: Toni Colella, Tony Gucciardi, Bethany Lorenzo, Arlene Ryan, Iris Rodriguez, winner of the Tom Grasso Memorial Scholarship, Michael Villano, and Mary Ann Mucedola.


This year's essays can be found here. 



San Giuseppe Festa celebrated Sunday, May 1

“Feast of St. Joseph the Worker”


On Sunday, May 1, 2022, CIAO celebrated the day with about 100 people who attended this special event. This event took the place of the festivities from the traditional St. Joseph’s Day on March 19 (note: on March 19, the San Giuseppe Festa, in Italy celebrates Father’s Day).  This year’s celebration was after a two year absence due to Covid, but it all came together in a grandiose festa, grand feast, to pay tribute to a fine artisan from the region of Calabria, Italy. CIAO honored Raffaele "Ralph”" Rotella, a shoe repairman in Syracuse, where he owns and operates “Discount Shoe Repair.” From his store, since 2007, during the Christmas season, thousands of pairs of shoes are collected by Ralph. Through the assistance of the Rescue Mission, many thousands of needy individuals receive these shoes. Last year, 34,000 pairs of shoes were distributed. CIAO proudly honored Ralph in the presence of his family and friends from Syracuse, and now Auburn as well. Ralph, a very kind, simple and humble person, graciously accepted the plaque presented to him. Bravo! Bravissimo, Calabrese!


Membership Dues

Annual dues are payable in January every year. Dues are as follows:


Individual - $25.00

Couple - $40.00


 Please keep your membershp current and mail a check to:



144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240

Auburn, New York 13021


Carosello Italiano

Every Sunday from 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, tune in to WDWN 89.1 FM or 99.7 on the radio, or visit to stream live audio of Host Paolo Saltarello as he offers a variety of Italian American melodies and classic American songs in Italian.


The program also includes sharing information on Italian culture, including historical stories of Italian American pioneers to present day stories of men and women in political life, industry, the financial market and more. Call in number during the show is 315-253-0449.




"C.I.A.O.", the Cultural Italian American Organization, was formed to promote and enhance Italian American Heritage and Culture in Cayuga County, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York state.C.I.A.O.'s motto is culture and caritas (charity) and to recognize Italian American achievements in our community.


We have grown and hosted several successful events since our first official meeting in June, 2014. We will continue to host different traditional events during the year ahead, and invite you to join our group!


We are also on Facebook; Like our page below for updates.



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