Thursday, July 26, 2018

Italian-American Chef Amy Riolo to be on "Foodie and the Beast" on July 29th

1500AM WFED's "Foodie and the Beast" will host a segment on chef, author, and spokesperson Amy Riolo on Sunday, July 29th.  Amy is the National Spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association's new "Quick Diabetic Recipes for Dummies" cookbook. 

Amy's feature on "Foodie and the Beast" will air from 11-12 on Sunday.  Tune in as she chats with hosts David and Nycci Nellis dish over this new cookbook, its recipes, and Amy's advocacy for the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Alta Strada Mosaic!

Christmas in July at Alta Strada Mosaic!  Alta Strada is hosting an intimate Chef wine dinner in the classic Italian holiday style of a Feast of the Seven Fishes. Culinary Director Chef Matthew Adler, Head Chef David Bourne, and Pastry Chef Alex Levin are preparing 7 of our best catches, curated wine pairings, and delicious tastes of the summer season. 

The menu includes:

Poached Shrimp with chickpeas, endive and lemon
Cold Smoked Swordfish with salsa verde and fried capers
Falanghina Capolino Perlingieri - Preta - Campania - 2017

Sicilian Anchovies with bread, butter and sea salt
Calamari Salad with Calabrian chilies, pickled onions and mint
Cannonau Rose - Serra Lori - Argiolas - Sardinia - 2017

Primi Piatti
Baked Squid Ink Casserece with tomato braised octopus ragu and chilis
Gabbiano - Chianti Classico - Tuscany - 2015

Secondi Piatti
Salt Baked Branzino with heirloom tomato panzanella, cucumbers and fresh basil
Collina San Ponzio - Roero Arneis - Piedmont - 2017

Peach and Berry Cobbler Al Forno with vanilla gelato
Moscato Spumante - Annalisa - n/a- Piedmont - NV

Tickets include gratuity and taxes. If you wish to purchase separate tickets from your dining companions, please note the names of those dining together on your ticket or email with the information.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Massimo Fabbri Brings a Taste of Tuscany to DC's Shaw at San Lorenzo Ristorante + Bar

Chef/owner Massimo Fabbri celebrates the opening of his first restaurant, San Lorenzo Ristorante + Bar, with CiaoDC! Fabbri shared with us his journey from Tuscany to his new home in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood. Under Fabbri's direction, San Lorenzo brings a taste of Italy to the city's trendiest district.  Listen to our latest CiaoDC Chat to learn about his favorite dishes, his inspiration, and why your next reservation will be at this hot new restaurant. You can listen to CiaoDC's intimate interview with Massimo here.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Fabbioli Cellars Takes Us to the Old Country Next Door

Doug Fabbioli, the “Godfather” of Loudoun County wines, joined us for our latest CiaoDC chat to discuss his journey from Syracuse to Florence, The Sonoma Valley, and finally, Leesburg, Virginia. 

The founder and owner of Fabbioli Cellars shares his connection to Italy, which he cultivated on a trip to Florence during college. Since then, Doug has honored his Italian grandparents by studying the art of wine, first joining the Italian viticultural community in California before settling in Loudoun. Now, at his home at Fabbioli Cellars, Italophiles and wine lovers alike can taste his sweet vintages and see the influence of family and Italian culture here in the DMV.

 Listen to the CiaoDC chat here!

To learn more about Fabbioli Cellars, visit

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Film Viewing of "Tutti i Santi Giorni" on July 15th

Passatempo Meetup, an Italian-language meetup group, will host a viewing of Italian director Paolo Virzì's film, Tutti i Santi Giorni (Every Blessed Day), with English subtitles.  Virzì's 2012 film follows a young couple, Guido and Antonia, who work opposite schedules.  Watch as romance, drama, and comedy come together when the couple decides to have a child.   

The viewing will take place at Casa Italiana Language School on 3rd St. NW on July 15th.  Doors will open at 6pm and the film will show at 6:15pm, followed by a brief discussion at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10.  

For more information, visit  or visit Passatempo Meetup on Facebook.

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Discussion: "Life as a Journalist" with Reporter Mike Debonis

Join the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society of the Washington D.C. Area on Sunday, July 22nd for a conversation about journalism and the lives of reporters.  AMHS member and Washington Post writer Mike Debonis will share his perspective on politics and the somewhat controversial subject of journalism in today's society.

This discussion will take place on the 22nd from 1-3:30pm at the Casa Italiana Language School on 3rd St NW.  Reserve tickets online ($20 AMHS Members/$25 non-AMHS members) by 12pm on July 19th.  Lunch will be catered by Fontina Grille.

For more information, visit