The food and stories of Italy: May 22 culinary workshop

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

2018 SIFF festival features 7 films from Italy

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

“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.”

Fun, food and friends at March 30 member event

The movie and dinner night on March 30 was a sell-out. Thanks to all our members and Il Punto members (our co-sponsors) who attended.

We heard rave reviews of the light comedy, “Troppo Napoletano,” and Professor Antonio Iannotta’s insightful comments about the film and its director. The dinner that followed at La Medusa was delicious and festive. Having the restaurant just for our group was a special treat — and members enjoyed getting to know each other better!


Thanks to our events planning committee, particularly Roberta Torgerson and Elisabetta Valentini. And a special shout-out to Il Punto for agreeing to co-sponsor this event with us.

Our next event will be in late May. Check back soon for more details.




Three museum exhibits in Italy cover topics from fashion to politics

If your travel plans this spring include Milan or Florence, you’re in luck. Whether your interest is in politics or in fashion, you’ll enjoy any of these recently opened exhibits.

In Milan at Fondazione Prada, you can view “Post Zang Turm Tuuum: Art Life Politics: Italia 1918-1943.” The exhibit features more than 600 paintings, sculptures and design objects from Italy’s Fascist era, by the likes of Giorgio di Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Gino Severini and dozens of unknowns, displayed amid countless historical documents that map the rise and fall of the interwar art world. The exhibit will be on view through June 25.

In Florence, there is “Dawn of a Nation,” through July 22 at Palazzo Strozzi. The New York Times calls it “a less ambitious exhibition” that offers a window onto Italian art amid postwar reconstruction. Unlike “Post Zang Tumb Tuuum,” documentary material is displayed in an initial gallery where a newsreel montage takes us from the foundation of the republic in 1946 to the “dolce vita” of the 1960s.

Read more about both exhibits here.

A more light-hearted exhibit, also in Milan, tells the history of Italy through its clothes. “Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion,” unsurprisingly,  opened as part of Fashion Week in Milan in late February.

The exhibition at Palazzo Reale runs through May 6. You can read more about the exhibit in this question-and-answer feature with the exhibit curators that appeared in the New York Times.

“Dining and Dancing: Etruscan Funeral Art”: Feb. 27 lecture

Much of our knowledge of the pre-Roman Etruscan civilization comes from their tombs. Music, dancing, feasting: All were featured in their funerary art. The famous Sarcophagus of the Spouses, for example, shows a couple sharing a banqueting couch.

Join us for a close-up look at these fascinating ritual objects in “Dining and Dancing: Etruscan Funeral Art” with art historian Rebecca Albiani. The lecture will be held Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Albiani was featured last year in Italo-Americano newspaper. Read more about her art background and her lively lectures in this Italo-Americano article: italoamericanodigital1262017_selected-pages


So if you dig Etruscan tomb art, join us at this Feb. 27 lecture. It is FREE to SPSCA members. RSVP here if you are a member.

The cost is $5 for non-members. Pay online here.

Date: Tuesday, February 27

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: 1120 8th Avenue, 4th floor, Seattle WA
Street parking is available.