Filitalia International is a non-profit organization, founded in 1987, to promote and preserve the Italian heritage, language, and customs throughout the world. The goal of Filitalia International is to solidify and expand the Italian culture, tradition, and heritage through social and humanitarian events. We offer many programs including Scholarships for younger members, Italian Language classes, networking events for young professionals, and cultural events to experience and learn about the Italian Culture firsthand.

Since its conception in 1987, Filitalia has continued to grow and has reached International status with 20 Chapters in 5 different countries and is ever expanding. Our entire organization has been built by the efforts of dedicated volunteers whose love of the Italian Culture has served as a perpetual light to communities throughout the world. The word ‘Filitalia’ means just that, “Love for Italy”. Our mission is to protect and preserve the Italian heritage and culture and encourage the study of the Italian language.

Our language classes are taught by qualified native Italian speakers who have a passion for Italy as well as teaching. The classes are taught throughout the Chapters and at our Center in the heart of South Philadelphia. The “M.Fabrizio & P.Nestico Center for Language and Culture” is located on E. Passyunk Ave and Mifflin Streets. It was opened in 2005 and is the home to our cultural events as well. We offer a variety of Italian Language Classes to accommodate all levels of learners. Currently we offer Beginners I, Beginners II, Intermediate, and Advanced classes. Our mission of providing Italian classes to all of society at affordable rates is realized through our language program at Filitalia International.

2014 Scholarship and Presidential Awards

Sunday, October 5th 2014 2:00pm
The 2014 Scholarship and President Awards Night held on Sunday October 5th 2014 at La Scala’s Restaurant in Center City Philadelphia, was an outstanding and successful event.  13 Students this year were award scholarships, ranging from elementary school to University.  3 of the recipients were from our Italian Chapters and 10 from various USA Chapters.  Dr. Nestico presented the scholarship awards to recipients ranging from 2rd grade to University Students and they were all extremely grateful.  One of the students was asked: “What is the mission of Filitalia International?”  and proudly replied, “Language, Culture and Service to others.”   Another student was asked what is the motto of Filitalia International?  And She responded correctly, “Humility, Justice and Honesty.” The event concluded with delicious desserts and coffee.  It was a heartwarming event and a positive way to acknowledge the hard work of our members and students. Filitalia International has been accepting donations through the years for its scholarship fund.  Anyone interested in donating money to establish a fund in the name of a loved one for such a gratifying cause, write

Filitalia International 2014 Gala

Filitalia International 2014 Gala Honorees: Consul General Dr. Canepari, Dr. Jerry and Lucille Francesco, Mr. Antonio Carafa

Bensalem, PA - With four honorees, a capital campaign to help support the history of Italian immigration museum and around 200 participants, the annual Gala of Filitalia International, which took place on Sunday November 16, has been a successful celebration of the Italian language and culture.  The event was opened with remarks from the Founder and President Emeritus of Filitalia International, Dr. Pasquale Nestico, and the President of Filitalia International Rosetta Miriello. Consul General Canepari has been honored with 2014 Filitalia International Citizenship Award because of his strong commitment to the preservation of the Italian language and culture. "The Italian community of Philadelphia, one of the biggest in the United States, played and still plays a fundamental role to strengthen ties between the United States and Italy: I'm honored to be awarded the Citizenship Award of Filitalia International" Consul Canepari said after receiving his award by the President of prestigious Union League of Philadelphia, Frank Giordano. Dr. Jerry and Lucille Francesco, awarded with 2014 Filitalia International Humanitarian Award of Filitalia International, are members of the Executive Leadership Cabinet of World Meeting of Families 2015 which is organizing the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, one of the most beloved public figures in Italy. "We have done nothing special than live and work following the principles of the Catholic Church and the Holy Bible" Mrs. Lucille Francesco said after she was awarded by the Chair of Fundraising Committee of Filitalia International, Paula DeSanctis Bonavitacola. Mr. Antonio Carafa has been awarded with 2014 Filitalia International Leadership and Education Award because of his commitment to the conservation of the Italian culture in Philadelphia as the President of Società San Giorgio Montecifone. "I am grateful to my wife Graziella and to my brother Ricky, my best friends. I am proud to be a part of the Filitalia International family, and I am proud to be Italian too" Mr. Carafa stated. 

Matteo Cazzulani

Filitalia International

Press Agent