List of Performer at the 2016 Italian Festival

Jim Porto – Major International Brazilian/Italian recording star (living in Rome, Italy)
Sima Verzino - Was recording artist/dancer living in Rome now here in Phx.
Presenting warm R&B and jazz sounds.
Jim and Sima will perform a duet of well-known Italian songs together
To know more about Jim Porto please visit his Website jimporto.com

A’Ziarella – Traditional Folk Group performing their exciting dance and music with Maestro Giovanni DiNunzio on accordion and group members, tamburelli

Phoenix Opera Stars
Tenor Johnny Huerta Tenor Guillermo Ontiveros Tenor Marcus Smith
Soprano Lisanne Norman

Tony Putrino – accordion duet with guitar

Pietro Rainone – Guitar and voice

Flag Waiver Group of Fivizzano, Italy

Performers' Profile

Sima Verzino


Sima Verzino was classically trained in New York performing with the big society orchestras in NYC and was hired to entertain on international cruise ships. She performed in Rome, Italy performing American dance music and while there, was signed to a European record label.  She continued her music in Europe for 10 years, where she also met her future husband Chef Marcellino Verzino.  Upon returning to New York with Chef Marcellino, Sima dedicated her time to the joint venture of working with him to produce award winning restaurants in New York and in 2003 moving to Scottsdale to open Marcellino Ristorante. In November 2015, Sima reignited her musical passion bringing together outstanding musicians of notoriety with musical background similar to hers. Contemporary rhythms and a soulful voice is Sima’s signature sound