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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Recently, CiaoDC had the pleasure of dining for a second time at Eastern Market/Capitol Hill's Acqua al 2. Acqua al 2 is a restaurant that has its original roots in Florence, Italy, in the heart of Tuscany. DC's location is only the second international location for the Florence favorite, after San Diego. As someone who spent several months living in Tuscany, with frequent visits to Firenze, I promise this is one of the few places in the area that does not disappoint on the authenticity front.
Ok, enough with talk, now onto the real reason why you're all reading this - the food and the wine. We began our meal with an item that is not on the menu - the Burrata - which was a "thank-you" from the chef because we waited a bit beyond our reservation time for our table. I was so pleasantly surprised that I forgot to take a picture! But for those of you who are unfamiliar with the creamy deliciousness that is Burrata, check out this picture and description from BelGioioso.
On top of the exceptional food, the service was wonderful, and we will certainly be dining there again in the near future.
Grazie mille, Acqua al 2!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Congratulations to Christina Tufaro! She is the winner of CiaoDC's Festa Italiana giveaway: NIAF Gala Weekend Package including two (2) tickets to Friday Night's Salute to the Martini Cocktail Event and two (2) tickets to Saturday's Celebrity Auction and Luncheon featuring Festa Italiana's Master of Ceremonies Elio Scaccio. Welcome to CiaoDC and enjoy your gift for subscribing!
Thank you and welcome to all of those new subscribers of CiaoDC.com. It was a pleasure meeting you at Festa Italiana - and what a great day!! Did you try the gelato popsicles? What about the juicy porchetta? And that stilt walker oh my! Special "Ciao" to six-year old Ashlyn Holtzapple and her Mommy, Lauren (photographed above) for representing Kensington Parkwood Elementary's Italian language program in Kensington, Maryland sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute. Ashlyn sported the "Fratelli d'Italia" tee shirt, spoke some Italian and ate the yummy gelato made and scooped by our friends of Dolci Gelati. We took great pride in being the media sponsor of this fabulous annual event and can't wait for next year!
Didn't get a chance to come out to Festa or just need a quick CiaoDC and all things Italian fix? Visit us at the end of the month at the National Italian American Foundation's Expo Italia on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at the Washington Hilton and Towers. More here.