Eventi italiani per tutti!

Our central Ohio Italian family tree has many branches. One active and very inclusive bough is the Columbus Italian Language Meetup. Italia in Ohio and this Meetup have worked and played together for years, and we have two more co-sponsored events this spring.

In 2 weeks the Meetup will hold its annual potluck at the Wild Goose Creative at 2491 Summit (just 100 ft from the Vespa dealer!) on Sunday 12 March, 12:30-3:30. Go to the Meetup site (follow the link below), register, cook your Italian favorite dish, and join us for a great time!

A second event, held for the first time last year, was a full-house. Great food, craft beers, and a room full of people practicing Italian at all levels. We again will take over the back room and bar at Cafe Napolitana at 40 North High on Monday 8 May from 7-ish (coming earlier is OK).

Chef Palmo makes his own impasto so the pizza and breads are yeasty and delicious. The sauces must cook for days attended by somebody’s nonna. Want to join in the fun? Then sign up on the Meetup site (https://www.meetup.com/italian-289/) or contact Sergio@ItaliaInOhio.com (we want to ensure there is enough of Palmo’s Italian delicacies for all.)

So: March 12th potluck and May 8th Cafe Napolitana: ci vediamo li?

Cibo di Strada!

Max Mariola viaggerà attraverso l’Italia da nord a sud alla scoperta dei locali migliori selezionati da Gambero Rosso e delle loro specialità street food.

Guardate: Street Food con Max


Destinazione Roma: La Fontana di Trevi

La Fontana di Trevi

Rome’s Trevi Fountain lies at the convergence of three roads (tre vie, in Italian, from which its name is derived), is the endpoint of two ancient aqueducts,  Aqua Virgo and Acqua Vergine, and was the site of an ancient Roman city water source.

Constructed in 19 BC, the aqueducts are said to have been named for a beautiful virgin who led thirsty soldiers to a spring that once existed at the very same spot. The aqueduct provided a vital source of water for the bustling center of Rome and its many public baths.

The Trevi Fountain, which was built in the 1700s, is perhaps one of Rome’s most iconic structures. It is built of the same material (travertine stone) as the Colosseum. It has appeared in films like Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

Much like the Sagrada Família church in Barcelona, the original architect of the Trevi Fountain, Nicola Salvi, died before he could ever live to see his plan come to fruition. In 1730, when Pope Clement XII ordered a competition to find an architect for the fountain, Salvi lost to competitor Alessandro Galilei.

However, the citizens of Rome decried the fact that a Florentine had won, and ultimately the project’s commission went to Salvi. Construction began in 1732, and Salvi died in 1751. Following his death, sculptor Pietro Bracci oversaw the progress until its completion in 1762.

It is said that during the fountain’s construction, a local barber was constantly annoyed by the noise and debris. Day in and day out, he’d pester Salvi with his dismay. Spitefully, Salvi erected the “Ace of Cups” sculpture at the left of the fountain so that the barber would never have a view of the masterpiece once it was completed.

The 1954 movie Three Coins in the Fountain established the tradition of tossing spare change into the Trevi Fountain.

Legend has it that one coin thrown with the right hand over the left shoulder will guarantee you a safe return to Rome in the future, while a second coin will have your return met with romance.  And a third? The wisher would be granted a Roman wedding.

Wishes aside, since 2006 the Roman Catholic charity Caritas has sorted through the roughly €3,000 a day and used it for food and social programs worldwide.

Ci vediamo lì !