“I just love Italian food ever since I was a kid”, Chef David Deshaies, who is French, tells Italianfood.net. That’s one of the reasons why he and his partner Restaurateur Eric Eden decided to open L’Ardente. It made sense for the business partners to open an Italian restaurant to complement their restaurant portfolio in Washington, D.C. The partne...

Composers like Charles Gounod, Rossini, and Bellini may be best remembered for their operas, but their songs for voice and piano reveal some of their most sensitive and sophisticated inspirations.  For the last of its streamed song recitals before returning to the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in January, Vocal Arts presented bass-baritone Luca Pi...

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, the National Italian American Foundation hosted its 46th Anniversary Gala at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.—and what a memorable Gala it was! This year's Gala featured inspirational and heartfelt messages from five distinguished honorees who were saluted for their remarkable achievements, as well as inval...

Lined with outdoor eateries, this stretch of 17th Street in Dupont Circle is like an outdoor party in warm weather (and popular all year round in our post-pandemic life). Anchoring the corner of R and 17th is Dupont Italian Kitchen, opened in 1986 by two immigrant brothers, Michael and Tony. The restaurant’s welcoming vibe makes it a community hang...

Italian restaurant giant Autogrill is opening the first U.S. location of its Puro Gusto all-day cafe in downtown D.C. The company gave no firm opening date, other than to say it will open later this year. Puro Gusto will be at 1345 F St. NW, taking over space formerly the French cafe Maison Kayser, which closed in 2019. Puro Gusto has locations in...

Join us to meet Prof. Anthony R. DelDonna, author of Instrumental Music in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples: Politics, Patronage, and Artistic Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2021), in conversation with Prof. Guido Olivieri (University of Texas at Austin) as they discuss the monograph and ongoing research into the instrumental music traditions o...

The United States Congress is one of our nation’s most enduring and important institutions, but with partisan politics growing more hostile every day, and Congressional approval ratings trending ever-lower, it often feels as if the Legislative Branch is terminally ill. Perhaps the Italian American Congressional Delegation has the right prescription...

When Michelangelo the Younger commissioned a 5-month pregnant Artemisia Gentileschi to paint the Allegory of Inclination on Casa Buonarroti’s ceiling, the fee was three times that of her male counterparts. Her allegorical depiction represented just one of many 'virtues' painted to commemorate the qualities of ‘the Divine Michelangelo’. And it had A...

Flavio, a popular pick for Italian food in Georgetown, will expand to Cathedral Heights next year with plans to build a restaurant and speakeasy inside a well-established space near the neighborhood’s main strip. Co-owner Mekki Karrakchou says the outpost could open by February in the old Cafe Deluxe building at 3228 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Chef Geoff...

The Italian American community mourns the passing of Diego D’Ambrosio, an iconic figure in our Nation’s Capital. His shop, Diego’s Hair Salon, established in the sixties and located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, became a Washington institution. The signed photos of his clients — diplomats, bishops, supreme court justices, politicians, and more...