Business Expert Channel’s webinars for Italian companies

In the framework of the Business Expert Channel program (, the IACCSE has organized a series of webinars about the US market with the participation of our BEC experts as panelists.

The IACCSE has established a partnership with different Chambers in Italy to promote the webinars among their local companies. The confirmed appointments are the following:

On September 16th‘Stabilire una rete vendita negli USA. La contrattualistica con i distributori americani’, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Chieti and Pescara (Italy).

On September 23rd‘Stabilire una rete vendita negli USA. La contrattualistica con i distributori americani’, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Vicenza (Italy).

On September 30thIl settore della meccanica negli Stati Uniti: informazioni strategiche per l’ingresso sul mercato. Il caso del cluster italiano in Georgia, hosted by VenicePromex the Agency for International trade of the Chambers of Commerce of Venice, Rovigo, Padova, Treviso and Belluno (Italy).

For further information about the program of each webinar and the speakers, please visit


Travel Restrictions to the United States: What is a National Interest Exception and how can it be obtained?

By Canero Lammers Immigration Law Group

As of January 31, 2020, several presidential proclamations were implemented restricting the entry into the U.S. of travelers who were physically present in certain countries within the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the country based on economic and public health considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, in March 2020, the Department of State (“DOS”) suspended routine visa services around the world and on July 14, 2020, DOS announced that US embassies and consulates entered a phased resumption of visa services and shall continue to provide only emergency and mission critical visa services. These Presidential Proclamations continue to be in effect maintaining COVID-related travel bans for the Schengen AreaUnited KingdomIreland, BrazilSouth Africa, and India. All proclamations shall remain in effect until terminated by the President.

On March 2, 2021, the Secretary of State reviewed the National Interest Exception (NIE) guide, confirming that the certain individuals are exempt from the travel ban. It is worth noting that unless otherwise stated, that if a person obtains a NIE, such exception shall be valid for 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries if they are used for the purpose under which they were originally granted.

A complete list of individuals who are exempt from the travel ban can be found here.


1.- Department of State:

2.- AILA Doc. No. 20091704 (posted 08/18/21)




2021 Annual Meeting

On September 22, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast met its members during the 2021 Annual Meeting.

The online event gave the opportunity to IACCSE members connected from different cities such as Miami, Charleston, Atlanta, Tampa and also from Italy, to attend and actively participate in the discussion about results achieved and future objectives.

Discussion revolved around on how the IACCSE is reacting to Covid-19 impact, reorganizing its activities and programs, planning a restart for in-person events.

The Financial Statements showed that the IACCSE has managed to keep its accounts in balance and is step by step returning to a path of growth while new projects for the last quarter 2021 and for 2022 are ready in the pipeline.

In 2020 The IACCSE suffered a contraction of its membership base, but in 2021 both new memberships and renewals are returning to grow

The meeting had the presence of Consul General Cristiano Musillo and was also an opportunity to welcome Carlo Angelo Bocchi, new Trade Commissioner of the Italian Trade Agency office in Miami.

Thank you to all the members that have supported us during these challenging months and to those that participated actively to the Meeting.


Local gourmet stores mapping

In the frame of the Extraordinary Italian Taste project, the IACCSE has started to map local gourmet stores selling authentic Italian products.

They will join an international directory curated by the network of the Italian Chambers around the world.

The first two stores acknowledged by the Chamber with a certificate of appreciation for the work done to promote Italian products among American consumers are:

If you represent an Italian gourmet store and you want to know more about this initiative promoted by Assocamerestero (Association of Italian Chambers in the World), please contact us at



Renewal of Marchio Ospitalita’ Italiana for local restaurants

On September 14th, during the event Italian Grapes in Miami, the IACCSE presented the 2021 Certificate Renewal to a first group of restaurants that have been awarded with the Marchio Ospitalita’ Italiana in the past years and kept the high standards required.

The criteria, Italian restaurants must follow to ensure the authenticity of the Italian cuisine, include: offering traditional Italian dishes in the menu, using genuine ingredients imported from Italy, having at least 30% of the wine list formed by Italian wines, and employing a chef who has been trained in Italy.

The following restaurants have been recognized with the 2021 Certificate Renewal:

ITALIAN GRAPES IN MIAMI: Executive tasting and meeting


On September 14th, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast presented the event “Italian Grapes in Miami”, that took place at the Miami Culinary Institute.


The initiative, organized both in-person and online, gave the audience an overview of the many different aspects that revolve around the wine industry with a particular focus on the presentation of 11 Italian wine labels ready for the Florida market.


Selected wine experts of the hospitality industry were invited at the Miami Culinary Institute for the executive tasting and in-person meetings, while wine lovers could attend the live broadcast online.


“Italian Grapes in Miami” was really an innovative B2B event format focused on a specific target of wine directors from some of the top hospitality groups in Miami. The IACCSE put this event together under “The Extraordinary Italian Taste” campaign promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Assocamerestero.


Wine is in Italy’s top 5 of goods exported to Florida. Therefore, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce is very much involved in giving its contribution with the organization of B2B events that can facilitate the connection between winemakers, importers and wine purchasers from local restaurants and hotels.


The event took place as following:


3:00 – 3:45pm          ROUNDTABLE (livestreamed)

A panel of influential wine experts from hospitality groups and cruise industry discussed about current and upcoming trends in the wine market and consumers’ demand in South Florida.

The influential wine experts were representatives from top hospitality groups in Miami:

  • Adam Cass, Lead Sommelier at Hakkasan – Fontainebleau Miami Beach
  • Dave Gerardu, Director of Wine at 50 Eggs Hospitality Group
  • Filippo Visconti Di Modrone, Purchasing Director at Casa Tua Cucina 
  • Jen Schmitt, Sommelier Consultant at Meta Somm Solutions and Consulting Wine Director at Zuma 
  • Jim Carroll, Wine Expert and Director of Operations at Miami Culinary Institute 
  • Juan Bernardo Kferman, Buyer Food, Beverage & Supplies at Club Med
  • Juan Carlos Horta, Advanced Sommelier at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
  • Juan Carlos Santana, Beverage Director at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – The Bastion Collection
  • Lucas Scudeler, General Manager at Lure Fishbar – Loews Hotels
  • Oscar Amaya, Beverage Director at The Rusty Pelican Miami
  • Tommaso Morelato, Founder & CEO at Toscana Divino

The panel was moderated by the James Beard Award-winning wine and food writer, WSET Certified Educator, Lyn Farmer.


3:45 – 4:45pm          WINE PRESENTATION & EXECUTIVE TASTING (livestreamed)

Wine representatives will present 10 Italian wine labels, ready for the Florida market, to the panel of wine experts. During each presentation, wine will be served to the wine experts for a real time executive tasting.



  1. Peninsola Spumante Brut  
  2. Prosecco Zero 
  3. Valdo “Cuvée 1926” Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Docg
  4. Valdo Marca Oro Prosecco Doc Rosé Brut, 2019 
  5. Casa Farive Cuvee Brut


  1. Famiglia Staiti Prosecco Doc
  2. Cipresso Pigreco Super Tuscan, 2018 
  3. Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino Docg, 2015 
  4. Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Docg, 2016 
  5. Alauda Toscana Igt, 2016 
  6. Spiaggia Spritz – Aperitivo Italiano – Ready to drink


4:45 – 5:00pm          “MARCHIO OSPITALITA’ ITALIANA” CEREMONY (livestreamed)

IACCSE presented the 2021 renewal certificate of the “Marchio Ospitalità Italiana – Italian Quality Seal” to local restaurants serving genuine Italian cuisine in Florida. The renewal certificate identifies and endorses those restaurants that truly promote authentic Italian culinary traditions and products abroad.

During the event, the following restaurants received the “Marchio Ospitalità Italiana – Italian Quality Seal” renewal certificate:

Selected gourmet markets also received a Certificate of Appreciation as ambassadors of authentic Italian products:



The event opened its doors to selected restaurateurs, representatives of wineries, gourmet stores and catering companies invited to taste 30+ wine labels ready for the Florida market.


Watch here the full Zoom recording of the event


Download here the technical sheets of the signature wines presented.

Download here the list of restaurants and gourmet stores where you can buy the wines for the real time tasting.


Thank you to our partners


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Atlanta’s housing market is booming thanks to relocations

By Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Georgia packed on another 1 million residents between 2010 and 2020, climbing up to 10.7 million people overall. Just 10 states have more than 10 million people, according to the U.S. Census data.
The migration to Georgia is boosting the Peach State’s economy, as metro Atlanta’s booming housing market shows.
  • The median home price increased nearly 16% between Nov. 2019 and Nov. 2020.
  • The number of homes listed for sale dropped 34.9% from January to November 2020.
  • The average days on market fell from 57 days to 36 days in that same timeframe.
  • Rental occupancy jumped to 94.7%.
Atlanta is one of ten U.S. cities classified as an “alpha-world city” among those that are considered the primary nodes in the global economic network.
Several Fortune 500 and national and international companies headquartered within city boundaries have a presence in the Atlanta area including: The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, United Parcel Service, Delta Air Lines, and AT&T Mobility which are interested in having a physical business office in the metropolis and that contributed to the growth of the city’s real estate market.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, with more than 1,300 locations throughout the United States, is one of the largest real estate brokerage franchise networks in the country that provide services from first-time homebuyers to high-end residential markets and to middle market communities to commercial real estate. The company, with a strong presence in the Georgia area, boasts among the most professional corporate relocator experts who provide full services to families and companies that are interested in rent or buy properties and realize a successful real estate transaction.
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