Phillips Collection gala: This year with added Italian seasoning

May 06, 2013 983

There's just no escaping all things Italian in Washington! To celebrate the "Year of Italian Culture in America," the nation is occupying all the big parties in town: The Opera Ball last month, and the Phillips Collection annual gala on Friday.

Guests at the museum's black-tie fundraiser parked with valets dressed as gondoliers, viewed Italian art, and enjoyed an Italian meal curated by Italian cuisine guru Lidia Bastianich. The auction showcased a 12-carat diamond bracelet by Italian jeweler Roberto Coin, a villa rental and a Ducati. At the Italian embassy's after-party: Fiats outside, tiramisu and espresso inside.
But what's that? Booming from the loudspeakers: Tunes like "Footloose," "1999." "Where's the Italian music?" shouted Bastianich over the din. Not on this dance floor, cara.

Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger / The Washington Post

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