taste of italy


Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

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Crystal Gateway Marriott - Skyview Atrium 
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202 


Car Free Diet LogoEasy and convenient transportation options are available to get to the Taste of Italy at the Crystal Gateway Marriott:  Metrorail: Blue or Yellow Line to Crystal City Metro Station
Metrobus: 9AE, 9S, 10A, 13FG, 16GHK, 23AC
Bicycling:  The Crystal City Connector Trail and the Four Mile Run Trail.

For detailed information on bus and rail transit options to The Taste of Italy please use the Metro Trip Planner at: http://www.wmata..com/. For bicycling information go to: www.bikearlington.com to download the Arlington County Bike Map.


MAE IMAGE 2Bid on a chance to cook with Chef/TV Host, Mary Ann Esposito at the Taste of Italy cooking demonstration!  A personal meet and greet, cooking partnership, signed copy of "Ciao Italia Five Iingredient Favorites" and photo op included.  Hurry, bidding closes Tuesday, August 2!  BID HERE.


Taste of Italy - Italian Chef Tasting & Marketplace Expo

MAE IMAGE 2Welcome to Taste of Italy, the premiere chef tasting, marketplace expo!  Sample authentic Italian cuisine from local Washington, DC metropolitan chefs, meet and greet PBS' Ciao Italia host, Mary Ann Esposito, sample wines, fashion, commedia dell'arte theatre and more!  Plus, end your evening with a live auction - Trips to Italy, Prvate Wine Tastings, Private Concerts, a Chance to Cook with Featured Guest, Mary Ann Esposito and more!!  Bid here!

Come join CiaoDC.com and UNICO National, the Nation’s largest Italian American service organization, for Taste of Italy, an Italian Chef Tasting and Marketplace Expo! Open to the general public, this day of Italian culture, art, and cuisine will feature:

  • A meet and greet, book signing, and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest running cooking show in history – PBS’ Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito
  • Wine tasting with Guy Esposito, Ciao Italia Official Gardener and Husband of TV Host/Chef/Author, Mary Ann Esposito
  • Gelato from Gianluigi Dellaccio, Gelatiere and owner of Dolci Gelati
  • Meet and greet and cooking demonstration by Food Personality and Host of Cooking with Nonna, Rossella Rago.
  • Live entertainment by DC’s Commedia dell’Arte group Faction of Fools, classical tenor Elio Scaccio, Italian singer-songwriter Giada Valenti, and award-winning songwriter/producer, recording artist, Micheal Castaldo
  • A luxury Italian car display featuring Ferrari and Maserati of Washington,DC
  • Artist demonstrations, children’s entertainment, an online to live auction, and more

Taste of Italy is part of the weeklong 2011 UNICO Convention, which runs from August 3 through August 7 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. This convention takes place in different locales around the country each year and brings together UNICO dignitaries, officers, and delegates representing over 130 chapters.
Taste of Italy’s participating sponsors include Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, Cooking with Nonna, International Gourmet, Lavazza, Daniel's Boutique, Campagna Pasta, Tutto Italia, Paul Sorvino Foods, Dolci Gelati and Ferrari and Maserati of Washington, DC. Click here for more information on sponsorships.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.   Children 10 and under are FREE.

 Thank you Taste of Italy Sponsors!

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