Friday, October 19, 2018

NOIAW Event at the Library of Congress - New CiaoDC Chat!

The National Organization of Italian American Women's DC Chapter will host an event at the Library of Congress this Thursday, October 25th, from 6-8pm.  This free event will feature a symposium and treasure display on Italian-Americans before and during World War II.

Constance Morella will moderate the symposium and Linda Barrett Osborne and Fr. Ezio Marchetto will present.  Registration is required, attendance is free.  Join NOIAW in learning about the journey of Italian-Americans throughout this era!

Learn more and RSVP to the event here.

Our latest CiaoDC Chat explores this symposium through a discussion with representatives from NOIAW.  Click this link to listen!

Italian immigrant history

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Amy Riolo Hosts New Baking Series at the Pizza University

CiaoDC's friend, renowned chef, and published author Amy Riolo is hosting a new baking series at the Pizza University and Culinary Arts Center in Maryland! The series is tailored to rookie chefs and bakers, but all are welcome to sign up for the entire session or on a class-by-class basis.

Classes are held on September 15th, October 12th, November 30th, December 7th, and December 15th.  $125/class.  Email to register for Amy's amazing class and get baking!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Parisian in Italy? The Stunning Corot Exhibit at NGA Opens September 9th!

Woman seated before an easel, a mandolin in her hand, 1868
Agostina, 1866

Corot: Women
 focuses on images of women that Corot painted throughout his career but rarely exhibited in his lifetime. Dressed in rustic Italian costume or nude on a grassy plain, rendered with a sophisticated use of color and a deft, delicate touch, Corot's women convey a mysterious sense of their inner lives. Corot: Women features 44 paintings created between the 1840s and the early 1870s: nudes, individual figures in costumes, and an allegorical series of the model in the studio. The National Gallery of Art is the only venue for Corot: Women, on view from September 9 through December 31, 2018.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Gelato Festival in DC This Weekend!

Gelato Festival America is in our Nation's Capital this weekend, September 8th (12pm to 8pm) and 9th (12pm to 7pm)! Buy your ticket and head to 800 P St. NW to taste the various flavors and vote for your favorite! There will also be activities and a "Gelato School" for those interested in learning tricks of the trade.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for kids.  Click here to learn more or follow them on Instagram @gelato_festival_america.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Madonnari Arts Festival in Baltimore's Little Italy!

This weekend, from September 7-10th, Baltimore will host a four-day cultural event to showcase its local artists!

I madonnari, historically, were artists who wandered through Italy to display their talents and artworks at festivals in various villages.  Although the tradition dates back to the 16th century, it first arrived in the United States in Santa Barbara, California in the 1980's.  Baltimore's own festival will honor the visual and performing arts with street performers and painting, live music, a children's chalk center, an art market, and al fresco dining. This year, the theme is "Respect" and featured artists include Flavio Coppola, Tiberio Mazzocchi, Francesca Arsi, and more.

Visit to learn more!

Photos from the 2017 Festival

Published by Maria Regina, Contributing Editor

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

We All Scream for Fresh Gelato!

We all scream for authentic gelato! We recently discovered a gelato goldmine at a quaint cafe in Occoquan dubbed Tastefully Yours, which serves fresh Dolci Gelati daily! CiaoDC’s old friend, Gianluigi Dellaccio of Dolci Gelati, is originally from Naples and has been serving the DC area with his authentic gelato for over 10 years. He is the master of gelato in DC, and now Virginians can sample his treats by the water down in Occoquan. Live La Dolce Vita this summer and take your gelato with you at Tastefully Yours Cafe!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Flavors of Italy line the streets of historic Clifton, VA

Flavors of Italy line the streets of historic Clifton, VA. Trattoria Villagio Mercato and Villagio Ristorante are hosts to fine dining, al fresco luxury and more. Escape to the countryside this summer and enjoy a taste of Italy in the beautiful garden of Villagio Ristorante followed by house-made gelato at Paterson’s iccream depot. Looking for some vino top it off? Stop off at Paradise Springs Vineyard and make a day of it.