More than two dozen people gathered around Piazza Perugia at Julia Lee’s Park in Seattle’s Madison Valley to hear the words of esteemed architect Paolo Lattaoli. Over pastries and coffee from nearby Essential Baking Company, the attendees listened eagerly as Lattaoli spoke. Translated by Honorary Consul of Italy in Seattle and Perugia native Elisabetta Valentini, Paolo Lattaoli’s melodic speech was pithy but profound: he shared with us his belief that piazzas give us something far more than simply aesthetic enjoyment, but also a sense of camaraderie and community.
He was also sure to mention how much he enjoyed exploring Seattle and the kindness he was shown in the two weeks he spent here. He informed the crowd that this was his first trip to Perugia’s sister city, but we have a feeling that it will not be his last—let’s hope the weather is just as beautiful next time as it was for this occasion! Sadly, he departed March 17 to return to Italy, but his visit here is something that SPSCA and its supporters will not soon forget.
Board member Mike James concluded with some parting words, including a call for ideas on how we might utilize this space more often to gather together. Hopefully, as we come up suggestions, this will not only give us even more opportunities to enjoy ourselves but we will also be honoring the words of Paolo Lattaoli in the process.
Thanks to Danielle Hayden for this post.
Editor’s note: To read more about the origin of Lattaoli’s trip, click here for “A Story of Adventures and Partnerships” from the Civita Institute newsletter.
Seattle ceramist Lynne Hobaica is winding up her three-week residency in Perugia as the 2018 De Poi Award recipient. She is the third artist to participate in the exchange program.
A presentation and discussion of her work will held June 11 in Perugia at the library of the Accademia delle Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts). We thank our many partners in Perugia who hosting Hobaica during her residency. Partners include the Academy of Fine Arts, Perugia-Seattle sister city association, City of Perugia, Antica Deruta and Chiara De Poi.
The De Poi Award brings together artists from Seattle’s Pottery Northwest, the region’s premier pottery facility, with artists selected by the Accademia delle Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in Perugia. The sister cities alternate hosting artists each year for three-week residencies.
Hobaica, below, a native of Phoenix, received a BFA from Syracuse University, N.Y., and an MFA in sculptural conceptions/ceramics from the College of Fine Arts in Linz, Austria.
Join journalist and Perugia resident Maria Lucia Luongo on May 22 as we celebrate the food and stories of Italy, and Naples in particular. A professor of the history of Italian cuisine at the Pieve International School in Umbria, she is originally from Naples.
From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Luongo will lead a discussion about Italian food. We’ll enjoy a delicious four-course dinner with recipes drawn from her book, “Cucinaria: Letters from the Kitchen,” a bilingual salute to the home cooking of three Neapolitan families who shared their recipes, stories and friendship with the author.
The event will be held in Caruccio’s Culinary Event Center on Mercer Island, owned by SPSCA members Lisa Caruccio and her husband Rino, a native of Italy. The event center forms an elegant backdrop for Luongo as she talks about the background and preparation for each course. A few copies of her cookbook will be available for those who wish to purchase them.
The menu includes light appetizers; first course (two kinds of lasagne, tomato-based sauce/bechamel); second course (polpette di carne/polpette di pesce); vegetable side dish (zucchine trifolate) and custard with fresh berries for dessert. Two glasses of wine, taxes and tip are also included.
This event is being co-sponsored with Il Punto Italian Cultural Center. Register today! Space limited to 45 guests.
Date/time: Tuesday May 22, 5:30-9 p.m.
Location: Caruccio’s, 2441 76th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040 Cost: $100 SPSCA and Il Punto members $120 nonmembers
This year’s Seattle International Film Festival offers seven films from Italy, along with a few others that were directed by Italians. See the full line-up here. You can search by country, genre, day, time and several other search filters. Tickets go on sale to the general public May 3.
Our group sponsors one film each year. This year the sponsored film is “The Place,” directed by Paolo Genovese. Born in Rome in 1966, Genovese directed dozens of commercials and then made his film deput in 2002 with A Neapolitan Spell (2002). He has also directed The Immature (2011) and Perfect Strangers (2016), the latter winning the Award for Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Best Film at the David di Donatello Awards.
“The Place” tells the story of a mysterious restaurant patron who grants strangers their greatest wishes as long as they complete the peculiar task he assigns them. The film premiered in Rome in 2017 and was loosely based on the American TV series “The Booth at the End.”