Monday, April 15, 2024

IAMDC History, Planning and the Opening of The First Italian American Museum of Washington. D.C. Interview with CiaoDC!


The Italian American Museum of Washington, D.C. IAMDC has been open since January of 2021 and CiaoDC had the honor of getting "inside" the museum during this exclusive interview with the museum Director, Liz DiGregorio.  Get VIP access to the early planning stages of the museum, the inspiration and history of the Italian American experience in Washington, D.C.  
Listen to podcast here.  

Looking for group tours to IAMDC or other Italian tours of DC?  Click here.  

CiaoDC will host a tour of the Italian American Museum with Liz DiGregorio on Tuesday, May 21, 1-2:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Celebrate Italian Songs and Lunch Sunday at Casa Italiana!


Join Holy Rosary Church on a journey through the regions of Italy in 15 songs

Un Giro d'Italia in 15 canzoni​​.

Based on popular demand, on Sunday, April 14, 2024, Holy Rosary Church is hosting a Spring Concert entitled "Giro d'Italia in 15 Canzoni", travelling through the beautiful regions of Italy and singing the beautiful songs that depict those regions, its history, landscape and of course beautiful love lyrics.
Back in 2017, former Holy Rosary Church Pastor Father Ezio Marchetto embarked on a series of "Songs in my Suitcase" that continued each year through 2019 and then were suspended as a result of COVID. The pre-COVID anticipation was to continue with the next series of concerts.  With COVID behind us, we are so very happy to have had the full support of our current Pastor/Parochial Administrator, Father Walter Tonelotto, to commence the next series of concert's with the one scheduled for this coming Sunday.  A flyer for this program is attached for your convenience, and this concert has been announced for the last couple of months in Holy Rosary's weekly Bulletins, on our website, on our Facebook page, and in Voce Italiana.  The proceeds from this concert are to benefit Holy Rosary Church and the musicians and choir are all volunteering their time and talent towards this event.  The cost is $30 per person and includes lunch.

Giro d'Italia in 15 Canzoni

Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.

Casa Italiana

Concert and Lunch - Tickets $30.00

Call:202-638-0165 or visit to purchase tickets

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

CiaoDC Gets Down and Dirty with Ciao Italia's TV Host, Mary Ann Esposito on Her Latest Gardening Cook Book!

"Food is one of the foundations of the Italian's a bonding's love on a plate."

-Mary Ann Esposito, TV Host, Author, Chef

CiaoDC chats with Ciao Italia's TV Host, Mary Ann Esposito on her latest book release, Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!  Learn the secrets to starting a garden; the Italian roots of cooking; and how to keep Italian traditions alive! Listen to CiaoDC podcast interview here.  

Plus, CiaoDC followers will receive 15% off Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook! when using code: CIAODC at check out!  

Recipe from Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!

Here is a delectable and light tasting spring dish with shrimp and peas in a velvety lemon sauce.

Serves 4

Lemony Linguine with Shrimp and Peas

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 leek minced

1 garlic clove minced

Juice of 2 large lemons plus the zest

1/2 cup light cream

8 large boiled shrimp, cut lengthwise in half

1 cup fresh or frozen peas

1/2 pound linguine

Heat butter and olive oil in a large saute pan; add leek and cook slowly until it is soft and fragrant. Add garlic and cook until it softens. Stir in lemon juice and zest and cook slowly for one minute. Turn off heat.

Cook linguine until al dente; drain but reserve ¼ cup of the cooking water and add to sauce pan.

Slowly stir the cream into the sauce until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reheat sauce over medium low heat; stir in the shrimp and peas. Add the linguine and toss well until all is blended and hot.



Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Angel Studio's Film Cabrini is a Masterpiece and a Must See Film for All Americans


Mother Francesca Cabrini is sent to America to bring refuge to the impoverished Italian immigrants in New York City in the late 1800's.  She brings grit, entrepreneurial spirit and unwavering faith along with her journey creating an empire of hope to all immigrants.  This must see film is brought to you by the incredible producers of The Chosen, Angel Studios.  Plus, a pay it forward promotion is available for discerning viewers.  We hope you enjoy the movie!  

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Escape to Verona for True Love this Season

Now that's Amore! Escape to Verona this Valentine's Day with Romeo & Juliet in The Shakespeare Theatre's stage-to-screen film production at the Klein Theatre.  Get 25% off tickets by using code CIAO25 exclusively for friends of CiaoDC.

Plus, get the perfect pasta recipe for your amore!  

Tickets, recipe and CiaoDC News Here!

Saturday, April 22, 2023

A Taste of Italy comes to Kensington, MD Sunday at the 16th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival!

Two Washington, D.C. Italian Food Icons, Joe Ferruggio and Amy Riolo, will appear at The 16th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival offering book signings, meet and greets and cooking demonstrations this Sunday, April 23, 2023.  Event is Free and open to public.  Enjoy the return of the festival in the heart of historic Kensington, MD and be charmed and dined all day!  CiaoDC invites you to learn more about these Italian personalities!

If you are craving authentic Italian cuisine, look no further than Il Canale restaurant in the heart of Georgetown.  Owner Joe Ferruggio has created an Italian trattoria that will transport any Washingtonian and their friends straight to bella'Italia in just one bite! CiaoDC recently visited Il Canale with friends from Rome and fell in love with the gnocchi bolognese! Era Buonissima! An Italian  immigrant, Joe shares his experience in his book, "My Name is Joe, And I am a Pizza Man." Discover his journey from an Italian immigrant teen to an award- winning Restaurateur of one of the "World's Best Italian Restaurants and Pizzeria."  Meet Joe this Sunday to hear his story and a meet and greet plus book signing at the Kensington Day of the Book Festival, Book to Plate event at 12:30 p.m. -12:50 p.m. in Kensington, MD.  More information on festival here.

Friend of CiaoDC, Best-selling author of over 13 books, award-winning chef, TV host and Mediterranean Diet Ambassador, Amy Riolo will delight the Book to Plate audience with a live Italian cooking demonstration!  Enjoy the flavors, smells and sights of this artful cuisine from the renowned "Ambassador of Italian Cuisine in the United States." Among numerous accolades, our Maryland Pride crowd will revel in the fact that Amy is the brand Ambassador for the Maryland University of Integrative Health and the Pizza University and Culinary Arts Center in Maryland. You can enjoy a collection of artisanal Italian imported culinary ingredients dubbed Amy Riolo Selections such as extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pesto sauce.  More on products here.  Enjoy Amy's in-person cooking demo on the Book to Plate Stage, 1:00 p.m. -1:40 p.m. at the Kensington Day of the Book Festival, Sunday, April 23.  More information on festival and cooking demo here.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

CiaoDC's Private Tour of Vittore Carpaccio at the National Gallery of Art


Discover the masterpieces of Venetian Renaissance Artist, Vittore Carpaccio presented in the first retrospective outside of Italy during a private one-hour tour at the National Gallery of Art on Tuesday, January 17, 1:00 p.m.  Led by Senior Lecturer,  David Gariff.  

A leading figure in the art of Renaissance Venice, Vittore Carpaccio (c. 1460/1466-1525/1526) is best known for his large, spectacular narrative paintings that brought story to life.  Celebrated in his native city of Venice for centuries, beloved for his observant eye, fertile imagination, and storytelling prowess, Carpaccio remains little known - except as a namesake culinary dish, "Steak Carpaccio."

Some 45 paintings and 30 drawings will include large-scale canvases painted for Venice's charitable societies and altarpieces for church alongside smaller works that decorated the homes of prosperous Venetians.  The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery and Musei Civici di Venezia, also the organizers of the CiaoDC celebrated 2019 exhibition Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice.

CiaoDC's Private Tour Tickets are $10 per guest. Lunch option available for additional fee.  Meeting Location will be at the Gallery entrance of 6th Street.  
For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.