Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dine out Locally and Give the Gift of Education to a Child.

Dine out at Osteria Marzano, local modern Italian restaurant and bar in Alexandria, VA on Thursday, January 29, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and help give the gift of education for an orphan in Guatemala.  Osteria Marzano; Charity Partner, Arbonne; and non-profit organization, ”For the Love of Mateo” have joined forces to host a charity fundraiser to raise money to build a school for orphans in Guatelmala.  

“ Osteria Marzano is thrilled to be partnering with “For the Love of Mateo" because Guatemalan orphans hold a dear spot in our hearts. My youngest brother, Gianluca, was adopted and when we went through the whole process, we were heartbroken at the number of children that didn't have a roof over their heads and lived in poverty. This event will contribute to building a school for orphans of Mateo.  This charity is near and dear to our hearts, ” says Elena Bruzzo-Pouchelan, Manager and Co-owner of Osteria Marzano.
Raffle tickets available for spa services, jewelry, restaurant gift cards and more!  Osteria Marzano will donate a portion of dinner sales to the benefit. Osteria Marzano, 6361 Walker Lane. Suite 140 (Metro Park VI) Alexandria, VA 22310
Free and Open to the public.  Raffle sales available and from 5-9.  Seating is limited, please RSVP at 703-313-9700.

About “For the Love of Mateo”

For the Love of Mateo is an official 5013C Non For Profit. For the Love of Mateo’s mission is to provide financial support as well as experiences for the children of Hogar Luz De Maria, a Hogar in Guatemala City through a monthly sponsorship program as well as bi-yearly mission trips to visit the children. Valerie, the founder of For the Love of Mateo primarily wanted to start her non for profit to support the children at the Hogar where her son that she adopted, lived until he came home. Although as For the Love of Mateo has expanded we have added a few other missions to our giving. For the Love of Mateo also supports two other organizations in Guatemala, The Bunk Bed Project and Ninos Con Bendicion. The Bunk Bed Project provides beds for families that wouldn’t otherwise have one and Ninos Con Bendicion provides financial support for education as well as educational programs for the children of impoverished families in San Antonio Aguas Calientes.

If Music be the Food of Love, Play On.

What's Valentine's Day without a romantic Italian serenade? Local Baltimore tenor/Romeo, Elio Scaccio is getting New York in the mood for Love with two special Valentine Concerts on Friday, February 6 and Friday, February 13 you do not want to miss!  Get your tickets today!

Elio's Valentine Dinner Concert
02.07.15 | 7pm-11pm
Italian American Community Center
150 Dimino Way, Rochester, NY
For Reservations, call 585.594.8882.
Valentine Dinner Concert
2.13.15 | Time TBD
1913 Bronxdale Avenue
Bronx, NY
For Reservations, call (718) 792-5926 or go to for further information

Friday, January 23, 2015

Be a fool for a day! Commedia dell'Arte Workshop and Acrobalance!

Join the Fools for either day or both days of a February Two-Day Training in COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE TECHNIQUE and ENSEMBLE ACROBALANCE!  February 7th & 8th, 2015, at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
Day One: Saturday, February 7th, 10am-4pm
A one-day intensive in the characters, history, theory, and techniques of Commedia dell’Arte.  Learn the characters, study the masks, train, and perform.  Led by Faction of Fools’ Associate Artistic Director Paul Reisman, who holds an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting and performed in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s A Servant of Two Masters.
Open to beginning and advanced students.  No prerequisites, but the work will be physical.  Come dressed to sweat and move.  Participants are encouraged to bring water and snacks.  (There will be a short lunch break with food options nearby.)
$125 for Day One Only
$200 for Both Days
Day Two: Sunday, February 8th, 10am-4pm
A one-day intensive in acrobalance and ensemble physicality.  Jumps, lifts, carries, and comic acrobatics; aka, “Things to Do Onstage Other Than Standing Around.”  Learn how the human body carries weight—your own or someone else’s!  Create scenes and lazzi based on ensemble physicality and weight-sharing.  Led by Faction of Fools’ Managing Director Toby Mulford, who holds an MFA in Ensemble-Devised Physical Theatre from the famed Dell’Arte School and recently performed in 1st Stage’s One Man, Two Guvnors.
No previous training in acrobatics required.  The class will begin, literally, from the ground up.  Open to beginning and advanced students.  No prerequisites, but strong backs and knees required.  Come dressed to sweat and move.  Participants are encouraged to bring water and snacks.  (There will be a short lunch break with food options nearby.)
$120 for Day Two Only
$200 for Both Days
Dates: February 7th and/or 8th, 2015 (Attend Either or Both Days.)
Times: 10am-4pm
Where: Eastman Studio Theatre – Elstad Annex
Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE, WDC
* Free Parking * Metro: Red Line, NoMa-Gallaudet U *
Click here for directions.
Price: $120 for either day or $200 for both days
Spots are limited, so register now at

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Special: Lovers Cooking Class with Chef and Wife Team

Chef Carmine Marzano and wife/Restaurateur
Deborah Bruzzo at Ristorante Luigino in Washington, DC 1997.
Osteria Marzano presents an intimate cooking class with Chef Carmine Marzano and his wife/Restaurateur Deborah Bruzzo for a "Lovers Cooking Class," Saturday, February 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Featured dishes on display include Blue point oyster gratinee, homemade tagliolini pasta with mushrooms and sea scallops paired with Italian wine and lots of amore!  For those lovers and fans of the former Ristorante Luigino and famous Luigis in Washington, DC, you are no stranger to the fabulous due of Carmine and Deborah.  Their claim to fame is serving years of authentic down-home Italian cooking and warm hospitality to the district.

Graced with the Marzano/Bruzzo presence, Osteria Marzano is thankfully in my backyard of Alexandria, VA and here to stay!  With the same authenticity of the later Marzano/Bruzzo restaurants mixed with urban elegance influenced by the younger generation of managing co-owner, Elena Puchelon-Bruzzo.  Enjoy an afternoon of love with this fun-loving family - a perfect treat for the Italian lover in all of us!  Happy Valentines day!  Now, that's amore!

February Cooking Classes:

Lover's Cooking Class: Feb.7, 2015, 11-2, $85 pp, RSVP with name and # of participants to:
Toscana Cooking Class: Feb. 28, 11-2, $85 pp, RSVP with name and # of participants to:

Osteria Marzano
6361 Walker Lane, Ste. 140 (Metro Park VI)
Alexandria, VA  22315