Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Join CiaoDC's Verrocchio Tour & Lunch at National Gallery of Art!

Verrocchio Tour & Lunch:
Take a lunch break to Renaissance Florence, Italy with CiaoDC as we explore the masterpieces of Sculptor and Painter Andrea Del Verrocchio (c.1435-1488.) Private guided tour and Italian box lunch offered. Prices vary, limited registration and more information here.

About the Artist

Verrocchio dazzled Florence with his mastery of one medium after another. Trained as a goldsmith, he achieved fame as a sculptor, creating works in marble, clay, silver, and bronze, while also excelling as a painter and draftsman. Verrocchio nurtured younger artists, including his prize pupil, Leonardo da Vinci. Verrocchio's works are remarkable for their variety, namely the huge copper globe that crowns Florence Cathedral.

Florence's booming economy in the fifteenth century kept artists very busy filling great demands for sculptures and paintings to adorn churches, homes, and civic buildings. Verrocchio's skill and ingenuity won him the patronage of the wealthiest and most powerful family in Florence, the Medici, who came to dominate the city's political and cultural life.

The exhibition is the first in the United States devoted to Verrocchio's career. It includes works by his students and collaborators - Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Leonardo da Vinci - attesting to his profound impact on the art of the Renaissance.

This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art in collaboration with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Pasta and Wine Tasting Highlights at The Italian Place!

The Italian Place hosted another Taste of Italy event on Sunday, September 15, 3-5 offering Southern Italian Wines and Pasta in Box sampling with RED, WHITE and GREEN sauces!  Patrons enjoyed house-made sauces of marinara, alfredo and pesto with sparkling, crisp white and robust red wines.  It was a beautiful afternoon at The Italian Place and looking forward to next months complimentary tasting!  I stocked up on dolci gelati and pizzelles for dessert while I was there!  CiaoDC in collaboration with the Italian Place have created these boutique style monthly tasting events to offer a "taste of Italy" to everyone!  Stay tuned for more tasting events coming soon!

Monday, July 29, 2019

"La Dolci Vita" Desserts, Wine and Coffee Tasting at The Italian Place

Live "La Dolci Vita," this summer with  dessert, wine and coffee tasting at The Italian Place, Sunday, August 18, 3-5pm. FREE. 621 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA  22314. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A Taste of Naples at The Italian Place!


Savor the Taste of Naples at The Italian Place this Sunday, July 14, 3-5.  

Enjoy a guided wine tasting through Southern Italy; Italian delicacies from the Italian Place and seasonal flavors of gelato and sorbetto!  This complimentary tasting is open to the public and is located in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria at The Italian Place on 621 Wythe Place, Alexandria, VA.  

Plus, CiaoDC followers receive 10% off in-store and online purchases - use code CIAODC!


CiaoDC chats with The Italian Place owner, Adriana Pinachio-Sifakis on what's being served! Listen here! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Giada Chats with CiaoDC from Venice with Love!

CiaoDC chats here with Singer/Songwriter Giada Valenti from her hometown Venice, Italy on true love;  her musical journal; her boutique tours of Venice; food; and her beloved fans!

"My Nonna Maria always told me, if you are blessed enough to have a singing career always remember the fans that made you who you are."

- Giada Valenti, Singer Songwriter, Venice, Italy

TRAVEL TO VENICE WITH GIADA!
Learn more about her boutique personalized tours to Venice.  Discover Giada's Venice with live performances; cooking classes; wine tastings and her favorite restaurants and shops!  Tour information here.


TOUR DATES
Sergio Franchi Memorial Concert
Sat, Aug 24 @ 10:00AM

Giada Valenti - Celebrating Italian & Hispanic Culture
Thu, Oct 3 @ 8:00PM
Giada Valenti is celebrating Italian and Hispanic heritage and culture month. The singer will take her audience on a romantic journey with songs written by Italian, Italian-American and Hispanic songwriters, or made famous by Italian, Italian-American and Hispanic artists. A natural storyteller, Giada shares anecdotes and personal tales from her past, creating a genuine connection with her audience.

Giada Valenti - Celebrating Italian & Hispanic Culture
Fri, Oct 11 @ 8:00PM

Giada Valenti is celebrating Italian and Hispanic heritage and culture month. The singer will take her audience on a romantic journey with songs written by Italian, Italian-American and Hispanic songwriters, or made famous by Italian, Italian-American and Hispanic artists. A natural storyteller, Giada shares anecdotes and personal tales from her past, creating a genuine connection with her audience.




Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Catch The Finale of Unexpected Italy With Superb Swiss-Italian Pianist Francesco Piemontesi

Unexpected Italy Finale!
Music Director Gianandrea Noseda continues the Kennedy Center's spring celebration of his home country! In his NSO debut, superb Swiss-Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi lends his depth, intensity, and sincerity to Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninoff's well-loved homage to extraordinary Italian violinist Niccolò Paganini. The program also features Respighi's charming "Ancient Airs and Dances" and Casella's Symphony No. 2—one of Noseda's favorite symphonies of all time. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture.  Thursday, May 30, 2019 - Saturday, June 1, 2019.  Concert Hall. Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20566.   More information and tickets here. Use code: CIAODC for 15% off!


Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor
Francesco Piemontesi, Piano

RespighiAncient Airs and Dances – Suite No. 2
RachmaninoffRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Casella: Symphony No. 2
To watch live stream.  The concert will begin at 7 pm EST and will feature the following program.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CiaoDC Chats With The Visionary Behind The Italian Place!

CiaoDC Chats with the visionary and owner of The Italian Place, Adriana Penachio-Sifakis on the recipes behind the Italian storefront; her vision to bring the flavors of Boston's North End to DC and the celebrities that frequent her store.  Plus, learn about upcoming special events, future locations, gifts and the perfect bites for Father's Day!  Listen to interview here.  

The Italian Place, Bringing a Taste of Italy to Old Town, 6 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA  22314. www.theitalianplaceofoldtown.com

"Growing up...my Grandma (Nonni) would spoil me and cook for me everyday and teach me how to make pizza and Italian subs...a lot of these recipes (at The Italian Place) come from my grandma"...The two most popular subs are the "Eva" Italian Sub and the "Nonni" Meatball Sub named after my grandma...If you grew up Italian or in the North East, you'll find yourself at home at The Italian Place."  
-Adriana, Owner, The Italian Place