Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pizza Buonissima in Georgetown: Il Canale

Ciao Amici!

I just returned from 2 weeks in Italia for my honeymoon, and it was wonderful. Being there reminded me that amazing Italian food doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, especially when it comes to pizza. Although I wouldn't normally recommend getting pizza anywhere other than 2 Amy's, Paola Buffa and Enrico Sautto have started serving up very authentic and delicious pizza at Il Canale, 1063 31st St. in Georgetown. Upon entering you see the wood-fired oven where all the magic happens and move into their sleekly decorated downstairs dining room and bar. The upstairs dining room is slightly more spacious, and when it's warm you can dine al fresco on the "terrazza." I can't attest to their pastas and other dishes, but the mixed antipasto platter is a great starter, and their wine selection provides plenty of options. With a glass of red wine in hand and the Pizza Margherita in front of me, I could almost close my eyes and pretend I was back in the Bel Paese. Buon Appetito!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Escape to the 'Light' this Spring

Passion, love and simplicity are the shining stars in Arena Stages' Light in the Piazza. Dressed with illuminated images of Botticelli's Primavera, juxtaposed by an orchestral quintet, Arena's stage brings Italy to life during this magical chamber musical. Lovely leading lady Clara and her 'oh so handsome' Fabrizio embrace you with flutters of butterflies in a love at first sight crush. The Naccerelli family epitomizes La Famiglia -- demure, dramatic and fiercely loyal. Through the eyes of Clara's mother, Margaret, the audience is guided by a refreshing perspective of old world charm where love is the highest honor and art is uncovered in the unique. Light in the Piazza is a pure delight. This Spring, follow your heart to Arena Stage where Italy is just a theatre ticket away!

Congratulations to Monique Quesada. She is the winner of CiaoDC.com's Count Down til Spring Theatre Giveaway. She and a guest will enjoy tickets to Light in the Piazza TONIGHT!

"Grazie mille ragazzi di CiaoDC.com, not only for the tickets to "Light in the Piazza" (che fortuna!!), but also for making me feel like the best of Italy is only a click away," says Monique.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

CiaoDC's Count Down 'til Spring Theatre Giveaway

Escape to Tuscany for one night when you enter CiaoDC.com's Count Down 'til Spring Theatre Giveaway contest. Send us a comment below about something Italian you'll be doing this Spring and be eligible to win two (2) tickets to the Arena Stage Production of Light in the Piazza on Friday, March 12. Entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 7. Winner will be announced on Monday, March 8.

In bocca al lupo ("In the mouth of the wolf." An Italian expression for good luck!)

Read CiaoDC.com interview with Light in the Piazza's Signora Nacerelli played by Mary Gutzi. Read here.