Tuesday, August 14, 2018

We All Scream for Fresh Gelato!

We all scream for authentic gelato! We recently discovered a gelato goldmine at a quaint cafe in Occoquan dubbed Tastefully Yours, which serves fresh Dolci Gelati daily! CiaoDC’s old friend, Gianluigi Dellaccio of Dolci Gelati, is originally from Naples and has been serving the DC area with his authentic gelato for over 10 years. He is the master of gelato in DC, and now Virginians can sample his treats by the water down in Occoquan. Live La Dolce Vita this summer and take your gelato with you at Tastefully Yours Cafe!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Flavors of Italy line the streets of historic Clifton, VA

Flavors of Italy line the streets of historic Clifton, VA. Trattoria Villagio Mercato and Villagio Ristorante are hosts to fine dining, al fresco luxury and more. Escape to the countryside this summer and enjoy a taste of Italy in the beautiful garden of Villagio Ristorante followed by house-made gelato at Paterson’s iccream depot. Looking for some vino top it off? Stop off at Paradise Springs Vineyard and make a day of it.


A Chat with Lucia's Restaurant in Herndon, VA

We recently chatted with Herndon's beloved Italian restaurant, Lucia's!  Learn about this family-owned goldmine nestled in a beautiful Herndon neighborhood.  Lucia's features a scratch kitchen with a small-town vibe.  To get close and personal with one of the owners in our latest CiaoDC Chat, click here. To learn more about Lucia's, visit http://www.lucias-italian.com/herndon  or check out their Facebook.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Amy Riolo on "Foodie & the Beast" - Program Recording

Follow the link below to hear our friend, Mediterranean lifestyle advocate, and chef Amy Riolo's segment on Foodie & The Beast.  Amy sat with hosts Nycci and David Nellis to discuss her new cookbook Quick Diabetic Recipes for Dummies and the importance of a diabetes-friendly diet.

Live recording of the 7/29 program here. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Celebrate Festa di San Lorenzo on August 12th in DC

The Feast Day of San Lorenzo – typically celebrated on August 10 – is a grand celebration of food and wine in Florence, Italy.  Here in D.C., it's a reason for us to indulge in the best Italian delicacies around!

San Lorenzo Ristorante + Bar (click here for our CiaoDC Chat on the restaurant!) is named after Chef Massimo Fabbri's favorite neighborhood in Florence – Borgo San Lorenzo, as well as his 4 year old son, whose name honors San (or Saint) Lorenzo, the patron saint of chefs.

Chef Massimo will continue Florence's grand tradition of honoring San Lorenzo by hosting his First Annual "Festa di San Lorenzo" on Sunday, August 12th at the restaurant! See the celebratory three-course prix-fixe menu below.

Prix-Fixe $55 per person.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
PRIMI (choice of)
Watermelon Salad, Buffalo Mozzarella, Balsamico, Cherry Tomatoes
Chilled Cantaloupe Melon Soup, Crab Meat, Crispy Prosciutto
Tuna Tartare, Burrata, Roasted Tomatoes, Yuzu, Lemon Vinaigrette
SECONDI (choice of)
Pappardelle, Tosca-style Rabbit Ragu, White Wine, Herbs, Olive Oil
Seared Halibut, Corn, Chanterelles, Tuscan Salmoriglio
Roasted Baby Chicken, English Peas, Baby Chard, Shallots, Black Truffle
DOLCI (choice of)
Chocolate Mascarpone Truffle Torte, Orange Liqueur Sauce, Raspberries, Candied Pistachios
Thyme, Honey & Robiolina Cheesecake, Black Raspberry Compote, Graham Cracker Streusel
Selection of Cheeses
San Lorenzo Ristorante + Bar
1316 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Italian-American Chef Amy Riolo to be on "Foodie and the Beast" on July 29th

1500AM WFED's "Foodie and the Beast" will host a segment on chef, author, and spokesperson Amy Riolo on Sunday, July 29th.  Amy is the National Spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association's new "Quick Diabetic Recipes for Dummies" cookbook. 

Amy's feature on "Foodie and the Beast" will air from 11-12 on Sunday.  Tune in as she chats with hosts David and Nycci Nellis dish over this new cookbook, its recipes, and Amy's advocacy for the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Alta Strada Mosaic!

Christmas in July at Alta Strada Mosaic!  Alta Strada is hosting an intimate Chef wine dinner in the classic Italian holiday style of a Feast of the Seven Fishes. Culinary Director Chef Matthew Adler, Head Chef David Bourne, and Pastry Chef Alex Levin are preparing 7 of our best catches, curated wine pairings, and delicious tastes of the summer season. 

The menu includes:

Poached Shrimp with chickpeas, endive and lemon
Cold Smoked Swordfish with salsa verde and fried capers
Falanghina Capolino Perlingieri - Preta - Campania - 2017

Sicilian Anchovies with bread, butter and sea salt
Calamari Salad with Calabrian chilies, pickled onions and mint
Cannonau Rose - Serra Lori - Argiolas - Sardinia - 2017

Primi Piatti
Baked Squid Ink Casserece with tomato braised octopus ragu and chilis
Gabbiano - Chianti Classico - Tuscany - 2015

Secondi Piatti
Salt Baked Branzino with heirloom tomato panzanella, cucumbers and fresh basil
Collina San Ponzio - Roero Arneis - Piedmont - 2017

Peach and Berry Cobbler Al Forno with vanilla gelato
Moscato Spumante - Annalisa - n/a- Piedmont - NV

Tickets include gratuity and taxes. If you wish to purchase separate tickets from your dining companions, please note the names of those dining together on your ticket or email info@altastrada-mosaic.com with the information.