Thursday, June 24, 2010

Live Discussion: Summer Travel in Italy!

Join CiaoDC's live discussion on Summer Travel in Italy with travel guru and online Publisher of travel newsletter Dream of Italy, Kathy McCabe. Just returning from Italy this week, Kathy will share her off the beaten path finds on lodging, dining, touring and more! Plus, enjoy guests with knowledge of Italy travel and where to find discounts in bella Italia! Travel to Italy is just a click away with our escape to Italy discussion tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Join the discussion here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Festa Italiana's Fun in the Sun!

What fun we had at DC's Festa Italiana last Sunday, June 20 in Penn Quarter's Little-ist Little Italy on the grounds of Holy Rosary Church and Casa Italiana. Flag throwers, drummers, Commedia dell'Arte Fools, Opera singing and more filled the streets with tutto Italiano. Spit fire porchetta by Capitol Hill's only authentic Italian cafe Toscana Cafe headed by Chef Daniele Catalani; creamy gelato by DC's premiere Gelatiere Gianluigi dell'Accio's Dolci Gelati, homemade pizza, pasta, sausage and peppers, Ligurian delights, cannoli's and cappuccino were all on tap at this festive event. had a blast with Faction of Fools and Italian tenor, Marco Fiorante with wonderful moments of improv vignettes and arias. Plus, a cameo appearance and meet and greet by Antonio Iazzetti of Il Fornaio.

Hope you were able to visit our canopy and pick up some olive oil courtesy of Colavita. And get great travel tips and discounts in Umbria from Sylvia Cacciato. Special thanks to our volunteers and collaborators Faction of Fools, Marco Fiorante, Rachael Valentino and Sylvia, Dan and darling Lucca Cacciato for all their enthusiasm and Italianess. And to those to-be subscribers, "GRAZIE," you'll be pleased you joined the CiaoDC community. To those veterans of CiaoDC who want "MORE," MORE is what ye shall receive. Stay tuned for a summer filled subscriber-ship of ice cold giveaways, intimate chats and everything Italian in DC. Avanti!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fun for All Under CiaoDC's Festa Canopy

More fun under CiaoDC's canopy at Festa Italiana - Join DC's Commedia dell'Arte troupe, Faction of Fools perform vignettes from their upcoming production Tales of Love and Sausages. Plus, enjoy mask making with the 'Fools fun for the whole family!!

Meet upcoming tenor, Marco Fiorante, from Il Conservatorio in Lecce, Italy under the canopy. CD signing and an Italian aria will be served by this special talent.

Hungry for travel and food? subscribers receive 10% off bed and breakfast lodging in Umbria, Italy. Learn about travel tips, where to eat and cook in Umbria with Sylvia Cacciato from 2-5 under the canopy! Plus, meet and greet Chef Antonio from Il Fornaio at 4:30 under CiaoDC's canopy!!

Join at Festa Italiana street festival this Father's Day, Sunday, June 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 pm at 3rd & F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Celebrate everything Italian - food, dance, entertainment from Italy, cooking demos, kids activities and more! Stop by the CiaoDC table for a free giveaway from Colavita. Schedule and Festa Features here
Need a gift for Papa? Show your love for Dad with beautiful Italian songs by artist Micheal Castaldo from his not-yet-released cd, Aceto (Italian for Vinegar). The album, honoring his late father Pasquale, includes 14 classic and 2 original Italian songs whose themes evoke feelings of grace, healing, remembrance and hope. subscribers receive 5% and a personalized cd for Dad. Hurry, promotion until June 20. Order here.