October 28 2022 Reception at Villa Firenze in Washington, DC

Dear friends, first of all: happy Italian Heritage Month! I am writing this editorial excited by the fact that after three very long years, in a few days I will finally be back in the US. I will be in Washington DC for events, meeting and presentations, If you will be able to be in Washington DC on October 29 at 10.30 AM at the NIAF Gala Forum, or...

It’s no coincidence that National Pizza Month falls in October, a month that the US celebrates Italian-American Heritage. The ritual of pizza-making (along with pasta and sauce making) is much more important than a means to satisfy hunger — it’s a link to our past and a patrimony to pass down to future generations.  When we bake, we also lose our w...

August is for holidays and time spent with family and friends - not the time for lengthy recipes and long cooking times. When you’re looking for a tasty dish that can be made in less than 20 minutes and is elegant enough to serve for company, turn to one of my favorite pasta creations of all time. Each time I prepare it, it calls to mind the quote...

Ciao from Rome!   Dear friends, during our first gala last June 20, we announced two partnerships. The one with the Transatlantic Investment Committee (TIC) is particularly dear to us: this is an excellent project that will concretely improve economic and financial relations between Italy and the United States. A few days ago we attended the first...

The second in-person program for 2022 at Casa Italiana on May 15 was a successful and fun event.  About 80 AMHS members and guests enjoyed a lively panel discussion on why Italian cuisine is not only delicious but nutritious and healthy too. The event was organized by AMHS, with the Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center Inc. and the Casa Italiana Lang...

This interview is a collective one. Or maybe not. We’ll talk with a chef, a television star, a food historian, a culinary anthropologist and a Mediterranean Diet advocate. All in one person, a wonderful Italian American woman. Amy Riolo has such a beautiful and contagious smile, in a time when contagious is not a word we use lightly. Luckily for us...

The Italian Cultural Society held its Gala Awards Dinner 2022 “Beyond the Runway” at the Italian Embassy on June 10. The evening began with a cocktail reception, both indoors and on the sun-dappled patio to the sounds of a jazz trio. Ambassador Mariangela Zappia welcomed guests and lauded the ICS for its Italian language instruction, which opens th...

In Washington DC, May has been proclaimed International Cultural Awareness Month. The observance celebrates global diversity with unique opportunities to experience other cultures. “There’s no better way to initiate dialogue than through cuisine,” says international chef Amy Riolo, “and cookbooks provide the perfect windows into all cultures.” In I...

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 1:00PM, Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center (in-person) 595 3rd Street, N.W., Washington DC 20001: Panel discussion with Luigi Diotaiuti, Al Tiramisu; Stefano Ferrari, Cibo Divino, Francesco Marra, Marra Forni; Matteo Venini, Stellina; and Diane Welland, National Pasta Association. Moderated by Amy Riolo, award-winning, best-se...