About 20 Seattle Perugia Sister City and Il Punto members joined Marialucia Luongo at our May 22 event at Caruccio’s Culinary Event Center on Mercer Island.
Luongo, a journalist and teacher, is originally from Naples but has lived in Perugia for 23 years. At the event, she shared her passion for food with our group, bringing a little piece of Italy to the Pacific Northwest. We learned more about each dish served, its ingredients and how to prepare it.
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
Sister Cities were founded during the Cold War, when we needed to find commonalities, build friendships and work together for peace. Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association and 18 other sister cities in Seattle are still at it, 60 years later!
Today, understanding and exchange around the world is just as important, if not more so, and has just as much impact. We have almost 1,600 members in all our sister city organizations supporting this citizen-to-citizen diplomacy. Join them and help us keep working toward peace.
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.”
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.