Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Spartans and Olympians Family Owned Greek & Italian Make Your Own Meal Kits to Go!

Pizza Kits include Dough, cheese, and tomatoe sauce
with pizza making instructions
The family owned duo Olympians (Kingtowne) and Spartans (Burke) is a trusted go to for family meals since its inception in 1995 by the Sarantis family.  Authentic Greek, Italian and American specialties are made to order daily.

Now you can pick up Easter Platters; Gyro Kits and Pizza Making kits perfect for family dinners and kids activities!  Everything you need is included in the kit.  Fun and delicious for the whole family!  Supporting this business means so much to my family personally as we have grown with their legacy - always promising great service and delicious food at affordable prices.  During the Covid-19 caution, both locations are offering curbside and Grab and Go service.   
Gyro Kits includes:
 Gyro Meat
4 Whole Pitas
Tzaziki Sauce
Feta Cheese
Chopped Tomatoes
Chopped Red Onions
Foil Sheets (to wrap your pita)
Directions to Make Your Own Pita
& a link to watch a video on how to build it!
Simply contact your desired restaurant and dinner will be served.  Buon Apetito!  Spartans: 9542 Burke Rd, Burke, VA  22015. Olympians: 6430 Landsdowne Ctr, Alexandria, VA  223145. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Dolci Gelati Pints Curbside!

Springtime means one thing in Washington, DC - Gelato!  Now you can enjoy it in the comfort of your home with curbside pick up of Dolci Gelati Pints. Dolci Gelati is an artisan gelato company founded by our friend and Pastry Chef, Gianluigi Dellaccio in Washington, DC in 2006.  As a native of Naples, Dellaccio uses an authentic Italian recipe that has been in his family for generations using local ingredients to create seasonal magic flavors.  

Seasonal flavors include cherry blossom gelato and strawberry lavender sorbet.  Flavors vary every day but typically include sorbet, vegan flavors such as limone (lemon) and mango and standard gelato favorites like chocolate, salted caramel and vanilla.  Grab your authentic gelato pints for $8.88 and order online or call.  Available at two Dolci Gelati locations: Old Town Virginia at, 571-290-0684, 107 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA  22314 and Takoma Park at, 301-920-0804, 7040 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD  20912.  Buonissima!  

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Escape to Clifton for Italian Cuisine, Wine and Nature While Social Distancing!

Living just a short distance from Clifton, VA I love escaping to this countryside of winding, rolling hills, colorful barns and horses and old town charm. Just at the end of the journey you'll find a vintage main street treasure filled with antique shops, artisanal boutiques, cafes, restaurants, an old ice cream depot and an old town railroad station. When the world seems out of our grasp, a quick drive to this quaint town seems to reset everything.  

I was relieved to know that our favorite family-owned Italian restaurant in town, Trattoria Villagio is offering curbside pick up and delivery with amazing authentic dishes from Pizza Rustica (wood burning pizzas), main entrees to a fabulous Family Style Specialty Package including a choice of entree, salad and dessert serving 4-5 people for $59.99.  12-9 pm, 703-543-2030.  7145 Main Street, Clifton, VA  20124.

Top this deal with wine at a nearby vineyard, Paradise Springs with curb-side, on-site orders or delivery of their seasonal wines including white, blush and reds to name a few The Moment 2017 (Bordeaux,) Norton 2017 and Mentage 2019 Governors Gold Cup Case Winner, L'Orange D'Viognier.  Picking up curbside?  Take a moment to hike down the Bull Run Occoquan Trail just steps from Paradise Springs.  Enjoy fresh air, rocky terrain and water views before heading back home.  This respite while supporting local businesses will be sure to make you and your loved ones smile.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dinner and Toilet Paper to Go Per Favore!

The Italian Place in Old Town has your back - literally, with dinner to go and  a roll of toilet paper (while supplies last) as an appreciation of your support!  Now, that's Italian!  Curb-side service will bring you everything from Italian subs, salads and pastas to lavazza coffee, soups, specialty dinners and desserts.  Order at outside kiosks, online or by phone and pick up at to go window.  The Italian Place, 621 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.  571-777-8981.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Chefs/Cafes and Restaurants Bringing Italian Cuisine to Your Fingertips and Doorsteps

"Sharing a meal is an essential part of our culture and service to our DC community is the foundation that our restaurants are built upon. During these turbulent times, we are extending our offerings to serve the DC, Maryland and Virginia community..." - Masseria

In moments of crisis, sharing a meal with a loved one is oh so important - especially if you are Italian!  CiaoDC has your grab and go and delivery options vetted from the best Italian bites in town.  

As Publisher of CiaoDC, I have worked closely with several of these restaurants and chefs and understand first hand the heart and soul of these businesses - touting the food industry as one of the hardest, perfectionistic industries in our city - and country.  The details, the cleanliness and the love that goes into creating a meal for a customer is the driving force behind their passion for being a chef, a sommelier, a hostess, a bartender, a cafe owner, a gelaterie, a server, a general manager, etc.  These are the businesses that have our back through the seasons, the holidays and the special events in our lives.  This is a testament to the dedication is takes to be in the food business.  

CiaoDC would like to spread the love to our followers by making these amazing offers available at your fingertips and doorsteps.   Enjoy our favorite Italian Restaurant or Cafe during this pause in our great DMV. Everyday we'll be featuring specials from local chefs/cafes and restaurants to get us through these social-distancing measures.  Mangia e Buon Appetito!

Today's Restaurant Special is: Masseria 

Masseria is Chef Nick Stefanelli's latest masterpiece with flavors from his native Puglia. Masseria won three stars from the Washington Post and one Michelin star. Masseria offers Italian boutique style dining with Italian gourmet specialties at its finest. Now the DMV can get these luxury meals right at its doorstep, with Masseria a Casa. A weekly menu is curated by Masseria's culinary team. Each evening a special dinner for two will be offered with the option to add on a hand-selected wine pairing from our Sommelier, right to your door.

"We’ll be putting our team to work, deploying our own chefs, and managers to get these meals to you, ensuring we can keep our people working during these uncertain times. You might even have Chef Nicholas Stefanelli himself deliver your meal!"

Please place your orders for same-day delivery no later than 3 pm that day. Delivery times are from 4pm to 7pm. For any questions, please call (202) 747-5222 or email
A message from the staff here: "Sharing a meal is an essential part of our culture and service to our DC community is the foundation that our restaurants are built upon. During these turbulent times, we are extending our offerings to serve the DC, Maryland and Virginia community. While we have always held our restaurants to the highest standards of sanitation, we would like to promise our valued community that we are taking extra precautions to ensure your safety, as well as that of our staff."

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Gallery Tour Postponed upon opening of The National Gallery of Art!

Bella Italia Gallery Tour
Featuring Two Italian Tours at The National Gallery of Art
Raphael & His Circle  &  
The Masterpieces of The Italian Galleries 
Indulge in Italian Art with CiaoDC at the National Gallery of Art featuring two private tours: Raphael and His Circle and The Italian Galleries led by Senior Lecturer, Erik Denker. Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Raphael's Death with Raphael and His Circle and the Italian masters featured in the Italian Galleries including central Italian artists from the 14th to the 16th centuries such as Giotto, Fra Angelico, Leonardo, and Raphael along with Venetian art of the 15th and 16th centuries including works by Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and Tintoretto.
Join CiaoDC on an intimate gallery tour led by NGA's Senior Lecturer, Erik Denker, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art.  Lunch is provided with registration.  Space is limited.  Registration Required.  

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Raphael and His Circle at The National Gallery of Art!

Raphael and His Circle is on display at The National Gallery of Art now through June 14, 2020.  This brilliant and quaint exhibit features four of the artist's drawings with additional drawings by Raphael's closest followers -- Giulio Romano, Perino delVaga, and Polidoro da Caravaggio.  

In commemoration of the five-hundredth anniversary of Raphael's premature death at age thirty-seven, this exhibition is part of a worldwide celebration.  The National Gallery of Art is fortunate to have the most significant group of paintings by the master outside of Europe, four of which are on permanent display on the Main Floor of the West Building -- brilliant works and a must see visit!  The Gallery's collection is also rich in drawings and prints by or directly related to Raphael.

Listen to CiaoDC Chat with Jonathan Bober, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art on Raphael and His Circle.

Join CiaoDC Private tour here on April 1, 11-1 pm.  Registration is limited!

Born Raffaello Sanzio in 1483 in Urbino, Italy, Raphael is recognized by many as the first and foremost figure of the classical tradition in Western painting.  His art, featuring balanced composition and idealized beauty, epitomizes the Italian Renaissance and was tremendously influential in his lifetime and after.  Raphael moved to Florence at age twenty-one, and from 1508 on he worked in Rome.  There he became the preferred artist of the city's leading patrons, including successive popes Julius II and Leo X, who commissioned Raphael to create frescoes and other works for the Vatican.  During his later years in Rome, Raphael broadened his activity to create designs for other media, such as tapestries and prints. 
Raphael and His Circle
On display Through June 14, 2020
The National Gallery of Art
West Building, Ground Floor
401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20565