SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22nd, 2:00-4:00 pm
THE TRADITIONS OF PASTA, PASTA-LAB AND TASTING
Celebrate National Pasta Month with Basilicata’s Culinary Ambassador, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti
at Aperto Restaurant. 2013 I Street, NW. Washington, DC 20006
Pasta making traditions are an important part of the Italian culinary patrimony. In honor of National Italian-American heritage month, Chef Luigi will reveal the secrets behind treasured recipes and pasta rituals on the verge of being forgotten.
Experience with us the preparation and the taste of fresh pasta. Ristorante Aperto will provide “pasta tasting” and a special price on wine by the glass.
Award winning Chef/Restaurateur Luigi Diotaiuti, owner of Washington, DC’s Al Tiramisu and Aperto, is a world -renowned authority on Italian cooking and living.
Born, raised, and educated in Basilicata, Italy, Chef Luigi trained at some of the world’s most prestigious locations before opening Washington DC’s “most authentic” Italian restaurant more then twenty-one years ago. His current culinary pursuits and consistent media presence in the United States and Italy enable him to enjoy notability and distinction in both countries. In 2017, he was named “Ambassador of Basilicata’s Cuisine in the World” by The Federation of Italian Cooks. Holding dual citizenship, Chef Luigi is passionate about giving back to both communities which he considers home. He recently founded Basilicata: A Way of Living to maintain the local traditions of the region while creating jobs and tourism. A few years ago, he also founded Pasta Lab, an event which pairs professional chefs with female home cooks to uphold the artisan pasta making traditions of the past. In DC, Chef Luigi teaches the students in the culinary program at DC Central Kitchen to make the same time-honored recipes – creating a culinary bridge between the two cultures.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 3:00-5:00 pm
WINE TASTING by Rick Bellman, Paul’s Wine & Spirits +
Slide show: VINE AND WINE, ONCE UPON A TIME, by Prof. Anna Lawton
at Ristorante Positano, 4948 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
We started off the fall season of Sunday afternoon social meetings with a program on wines of Piemonte, featuring a slide presentation by Anna Lawton. Anna grew up in a castle then owned by her family (Castello di Cortanze) in the countryside near Torino. She will speak about wine and grapevine cultivation in the 1930s in the vineyards surrounding the castle, as illustrated by photographs of the operation taken by her grandfather Achille Bologna, a prominent photographer of that era, who was the editor of Il Corriere Fotografico and books on photography as well as organizer of major exhibitions around the world.
Alberto Panella, Italian Wine Importer, will then teach and entertain us with a tasting of select Piemontese wines offered by Paul’s Wine & Spirits
THURSDAY APRIL 27th – 7:00pm, at Via Umbria Galleria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave.
and an interview with Anna, on the Paul Miller Show: http://www.wphm.net/ episode/march-29-anna-lawton
The 4th Sunday, April 23,2017 ICS Social Meeting will take place from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at the BCC-RSC 4805 Edgemoor Lane in downtown Bethesda.
- 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Board Elections
- 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Presentationby Prof. John McLucas,
- 3:30 pm, socializing and refreshments
To the Victor Go the Spolia: Reuse, Recycling, and Repurposing of Ancient Materials in Later Construction in Rome
Rome, the “Eternal City” – an ancient and ever renewing city – has been built and rebuilt over nearly 3000 years. When the Empire ended in the 5th century, the city suffered catastrophic population loss and degradation of its monumental infrastructure. This talk will highlight the thrifty and often artful reuse of surviving ancient architectonic elements in mediaeval, Renaissance, and modern structures in the city. This reuse was often driven by shifting ideological currents, theological or political, which saw the city as a locus of sacred and imperial memories.
John C. McLucas
John C. McLucas is Professor of Italian and Latin in the Department of Foreign Languages at Towson University. He received his BA in Latin Classics from Wesleyan in 1974, and his PhD in Italian Language and Literature from Yale in 1983. His scholarly work includes numerous conference papers and published articles on the Italian epic tradition, particularly Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, in journals including Italian Culture, The Italianist, and Stanford Italian Studies; his reviews have appeared in Forum Italicum and Speculum. His translations of sixteenth-century Latin documents about the first encounter between Europe and America were published by UCLA in the Repertorium Columbianum series in 2002. He is a frequent contributor to the Italian humanities journal Lyceum, with pieces on topics ranging from national identity to the Italian opera tradition. He edited a volume of Olifant, the journal of the Société Rencesvals; this volume appeared in 2003. He recently completed a translation of Tullia d’Aragona’s epic-romance, Il Meschino, altramente detto il Guerrino (1560), believed to be the first published in Italian by a woman. This translation, edited and annotated by Dr. Julia L. Hairston, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press. Several of Dr. McLucas’ recent conference papers and articles have focused on various aspects of the Meschino. His most recent publication is an article on approaches to teaching Ariosto in the journal Italica.
FRIDAY MARCH 17TH – 6:30- 8:00pm at Via Umbria Galleria – Book Signing: Letizia Mattiacci author of “A kitchen with a View: Seasonal recipes” from Alla Madonna del Piatto Cooking School in Umbria, Italy
Letizia, who is visiting Washington DC all the way from Umbria, will be signing her book A Kitchen With a View and sharing her passion about Italian food and culture. You will have the chance to meet Letizia, hear a reading of the book, and join a discussion about what makes her recipes and stories so special and authentic.
The event will take place between 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Via Umbria Galleria, and the presentation will begin at 7:00pm.
This event is organized by Via Umbria Galleria in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Society of Washington DC.
Location: Via Umbria – 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20007
FRIDAY MARCH 10TH – 6:30- 9:00pm at the Italian Embassy –
FESTA DELLA DONNA – Cocktail Party with buffet dinner and live jazz music
The association Le D.I.V.E. (Donne Italiane che Vivono all’Estero) were the main organizers of this event, in collaboration with Italians in DC and The Italian Cultural Society. In the picture: The President of Le DIVE, Antonella Discepolo Chiancone together with Francesca Casazza Director ILP – Italian Cultural Society, Catherine Flumiani – the First Counselor for Consular and Social Affairs at the Italian Embassy, Maria Fusco – director of the Education Office at Italian Embassy in Washington and Claudio Bazzichelli – President of Italians in DC.
Award winning Italian singer, songwriter Chiara Izzi, described by Jazz Times as “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated”, performed a jazz concert for the first time in Washington, DC in honor of International Women’s Day.
Straight from New York City with her quartet, this is promising to be a night to remember for all jazz and music lovers.
Chiara is currently living in New York and performs regularly around the city, having had already the chance to perform in prominent jazz clubs and venues including Iridium, Apollo Theater, Smalls, Bar Next Door, with some of the finest musicians like Kevin Hays, Eliot Zigmund, Warren Wolf, Anthony Wonsey, Pat Bianchi, Yotam Silberstein, and she has caught the attention of and received remarkable appraisals from Quincy Jones, Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Joel Frahm, Aaron Goldberg, David Kikosky, Greg Hutchinson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Dado Moroni and many others.
February 8th, 12:00 2:00 PM – Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies- 1717 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20036
The Slow Food Global Experience: High-quality products for cultural preservation and local developmentThe US-Italy Global Affairs Forum, The Italian Cultural Society of Washington DC, SAIS-Italian Society and TAYP – Tunisian American Young Professionals hosted the conference “The Slow Food Global Experience: High-quality products for cultural preservation and local development” .
The event took place at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (1717 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20036) -The Berstein Offit Building (BOB) Room 500 on February 8th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.Join the conversation! The Executive Director of Slow Food USA, Richard McCarthy together with Slow Food representatives and World Bank experts talked about the future of food sustainability, biodiversity and local development. Through the comparison of the Italian, American, Swiss and Tunisian experience, they discussed how cooperation could be essential in terms of agricultural development and community preservation. Participants also had the opportunity to learn more about Ark of Taste, Terra Madre and Presidia. It has been an inspiring and memorable event!
In case you missed the conference, watch the live video on www.facebook.com/usitalyforum
Sunday, January 15th 2017, at 3:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Society, with the support of Istituto Italiano di Cultura Washington D.C., will host:
Friendship, Language, and the City: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels
Laura Benedetti (Georgetown University), in conversation with Anna Lawton (New Academia Publishing), will lead a discussion on Elena Ferrante’s tetralogy about two friends growing together and drifting apart during sixty years of Italian history.
Refreshments and a brindisi to the new year will follow.
New location: Wisconsin Place Community Recreation Center
About the speakers:
Laura Benedetti is the Laura and Gaetano De Sole Professor of Contemporary Italian Culture at Georgetown University.
Her publications include the volumes La sconfitta di Diana. Un percorso per la “Gerusalemme liberata”, The Tigress in the Snow: Motherhood and Literature in Twentieth-Century Italy, the edition and English translation of Lucrezia Marinella’s Esortazioni alle donne e agli altri and, most recently, the novel Un paese di carta.
She was Guest of Honor at the annual meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies (2016), as well as the recipient of the Flaiano International Prize for Italian Studies, the “Wise Woman” award from the National Organization of Italian American Women, and the Gold Medal from the Federazione Associazioni Abruzzesi/U.S.A. She has published extensively on Elena Ferrante’s work and was a guest on an episode of The Diane Rehm Show devoted to the author.
Anna Lawton has earned her PhD in Russian Literature at UCLA. She worked both in academia and in government. As a professor, she taught courses in literature, cinema and visual culture at Purdue University and Georgetown University. She also worked for USIA at the American Embassy in Moscow as the Deputy Director of Public Information and Media Outreach and the editor-in-chief of the magazine Connections, and at the World Bank in Washington, DC, as the managing editor of the magazine Development Outreach.
She has served on the Advisory Film Committee of the National Gallery of Art, and directed conferences, seminars, film festivals, round tables, and editorial projects for the Kennan Institute, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, among others.
She published three scholarly books— Vadim Shershenevic: From Futurism to Imaginism; Before the Fall: Soviet Cinema in the Gorbachev Years; and Imaging Russia 2000: Film and Facts—numerous scholarly essays and book chapters, as well as two novels—Album di famiglia and Amy’s Story. She has received several awards, including the CHOICE Award as Outstanding Academic Title 2005 for Imaging Russia 2000. In 2003, she founded the publishing house New Academia Publishing, which is today a successful enterprise.
__________________________________________________________________________WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14th 2016, at Nina’s residence
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, 2016 at Friendship Heights Village Center
The Italian Cultural Society, in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura Washington D.C. and US-Italy Global Affairs Forum will host a presentation by Mr. Richard McCarthy, Executive Director of Slow Food USA.
You’ve never heard of the world-wide Slow Food Movement? Well, for starters, have a look at this website: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/about-us, click on the SlowFood logo below for a video, and then come to the Nov. 20 Social Meeting at the FHVC to meet Mr. McCarthy, who is coming from NY to tell us all about it.
Of course, there is an Italian connection. Back in 1986 when Fast Food chains were making their appearance in Rome, a protest was organized by Carlo Petrini in the form of, for example, joyful “penne parties” to give positive expression to the value of locally produced, freshly made foods as against products produced industrially.
The Terra Madre movement, which grew from this and other like initiatives, invites us all to treat foods, their production, their preparation and their consumption in a way that is respectful of our common life on this planet.
Here are some key words: Good, Clean, Fair food; School gardens, Slow meat, Biodiversity.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 at Nina’s residence
SUNDAY MAY 22, 2016 at the FHVC
FRIDAY, APRIL 8TH at 7:00pm – TALK/ BOOK PRESENTATION at the Italian Language Program in 4827 Rugby Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
by George Custodi
This book contains three newly translated Italian war diaries and memoirs, word-for-word accounts presented to the reader in two languages simultaneously: English and Italian.
The Translator is George Custodi, the son of one of the witnesses, and it is due to his loving and painstaking efforts that this book is made possible to both the Italian and English-speaking worlds.
This is not a history book presentation. It is real life at war – in all its daily horrors and struggles and tragedies. No screenplay could create the drama that was lived by these three men. They were, after all, eyewitnesses.
Three witnesses; three perspectives: a painter, a prisoner, and a peasant. In a single book, the reader is given three unique experiences of the same moment in time.
The Painter, Livio Orazio Valentini, kept his drawings from that time for the rest of his life. In stark black and white pencil sketches he preserved his memories of the Nazi death camps where he was imprisoned, along with the firsthand horrors of frontline combat. In haunting, unforgettable words and images, he carefully documented what he had witnessed as an infantry corporal in the Italian armed forces during World War II. Later, in his memoirs, he relived it all.
The Prisoner, Sub-lieutenant Angelo Luigi Custodi of the Italian army, witnessed the betrayal of his country with sickening disillusionment. Yet he endured Nazi capture and deprivation by focusing his culinary talents on his meager and pitiful food rations. Bartering, scavenging, even selling bits of clothing and treasured possessions, he created artful meals from mere scraps, and planned for the day when he would once again eat abundantly and well with his young bride and their infant son. Before his small, battered, diary came to a sudden, unexplained stop, he carefully documented all of his recipes, woven within his daily agony and observations.
The Peasant, farmer Attilio Cerchecci, barely thirty years old, witnessed destruction all around him – every hour, every day, every night. He protected the animals in his care by hiding them in the surrounding fields. He took provisions to the rest of his family and neighbors as they hid in the nearby caves. He felt the impact of the bombs and wept for the devastation and knew the anger of innocence lost. Helplessly, he could only stand and witness as friends and neighbors were murdered without pity or reason. He carefully recorded every name and every horror for posterity.
These three independent yet intertwined diaries and memoirs illuminate a part of a national betrayal the magnitude of which most of us have little awareness.
An epilogue to the book by Dr. Donald M. McKale, professor emeritus at Clemson University gives it added scale and meaning through a clearly presented and well-documented historical perspective.
The book is published by: The Design Group Press, LLC.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2:30 to 5:00pm, at the KID MUSEUM, at Davis Library
6400 Democracy Blvd – Bethesda, MD 20817
Celebrate Carnevale at KID Museum! Activities include Venetian mask-making, and a special presentation and workshop hosted by The ICS/Italian Language Program, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Washington, D.C.
10:00 – 5:00: Il Carnevale at KID all day
3:10 – 4:30 pastry sampling and creative workshop
Pictures of the Event:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 7:00 to 9:00pm, at the Italian Embassy
ITALIAN SHORT FILM DAY 2015
December 21st is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and so the day in which short films are celebrated worldwide. The first edition was organized by the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée in France in 2011. It has rapidly spread throughout Europe and today takes place in 50 countries around the world. The Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio (the Italian Short Film Center) proposes a program of recent Italian shorts of various genres and on different formats. The goal is to provide the general public with an overview of where young Italian filmmakers are heading and what the trends of tomorrow will be.
The following shorts will be presented this year:
- “L’attesa del maggio” by Simone Massi, 2014, 8′
- “La salita” by Francesca Barison, 2015, 11′
- “Eternit” by Giovanni Aloi, 2015, 14′
- “Lo so che mi senti” by Francesca Mazzoleni, 2015, 16′
- “Mamma mia,” by Milena Tipaldo e Francesca Marinelli, 2013, 7′
- “Ménage à trois” by Emanuele Daga, 2015, 13′
- “Frankie” by Francesco Francio Mazza, 2015, 19′
Shorts in Italian with English subtitles
LOCATION: Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven Street NW -Washington, DC 20008
DOORS OPEN AT 6:15PM AND CLOSE AT 6:55PM – PHOTO ID REQUIRED
RSVP to email@example.com by December 17 (Very limited seats) SOLD OUT
I Canti di Dante
The Italian Cultural Society of Washington, DC in collaboration with the University of Maryland at College Park cordially invites you to a dramatic reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy done by students of the Department of French and Italian and the School of Theater, Dance and Performance.
Wine Pairing last class Dinner at I Ricchi Restaurant
We all enjoyed a delicious dinner at i Ricchi in a beautiful setting really like a Tuscan ristorante.
The antipasto arrived quickly and include bruschetta with local ricotta and lemon mosto oil paired with a Chardonnay, Nozzole Le Bruniche 2013 DOC. This is a Toscan Chardonnay, very different from the traditional Chardonnay. Semi-dry, perfumed and mellow. A perfect match for the cheese and bruschetta and the bitter of the lemon mosto. Following the Bruschetta we had a course of Prosciutto e Formaggio (Cheese and Ham) paired with a Chianti, Frescobaldi 2013 DOCG. The Prosciutto and Formaggio dish was very large and included Prosciutto Crudo, Salame and Finocchiona, a typical fennel salame form Toscany, together with cheeses as Sottocenere, a special cheese that is put “under ashes” and so it has a very unique smoky-like taste and Taleggio. The dish included also a large quantity of grilled vegetables and different sauces. The most interesting ones were a red onion sauce and a cotognata (quince jam). The Chianti was superlative, intense but not too acidic, a perfect match with the cheese and prosciutto. Everybody agreed that this was one of the best Chianti we ever had.
Then the Pici alla Senese arrived. Pici is the name of hand- made spaghetti-like pasta typical of Siena. The sauce had tomato, basil, herbs and a little bit of cream. The wine was a SuiperTuscan Aia Vecchia, Lagone 2009. Super Tuscan wines have an interesting story. They were created in Tuscany against the rules for DOC and DOCG wines, to show that it is possible to make great wine outside DOC and DOCG laws. The wine was strong, and a bit acidic and matched very well Pici. It was interesting for the class comparing the DOCG Chianti with the Super Tuscan. Christianne came to the table at the end, greeting everybody, and we took some pictures together. Then we left with a brisk walk to the metro. A nice exercise after so much delicious food.
We’re looking forward to the next class that could have an ending at I Ricchi !!!