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This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from Ristorante...

This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from Ristorante Trippi in Valtellina as well as text from the winery websites for some of the many Italian Wines on the shelves @MetroWines. Andiamo! (let's go!)


Violante Ferroni Webinar


June 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET


Rediscovering Historical Women Artists from Florence

( Zoom Webinar )

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Violante Ferroni, Saint John Of God Heals Plague Victims, detail, 1738

Are we the ones really preserving art through conservation or is it a mutual relationship where art preserves us as well? 
The concept of displaying art in hospitals may seem to be a modern idea, but humanists truthfully believed that art and beauty possessed intrinsic healing powers for both the body and the soul. A great example is the oval depicting St. John healing victims of the plague painted for the Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio in Florence by Violante Ferroni, a woman who bent all rules at a time when large scale public commissions were reserved for men.

Through the joint efforts of Italian institutions such as the Uffizi, the Fondazione Santa Maria Nuova and the US organization Advancing Women Artists (AWA), often-forgotten women like Violante Ferroni are now being rediscovered and their works exhibited once more.

During the webinar, Linda Falcone, Director of AWA, and Elizabeth Wicks, Conservator of Fine Art, will enlighten us on the works of Plautilla NelliArtemisia GentileschiViolante Siries Cerroti and Violante Ferroni. Through the fascinating journey of the restoration of their pieces, we will learn about the historical women artists of Florence and their role in the ‘Art of Healing’.

LOCATION: Zoom Webinar (registration required) 
WHEN: June 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET

This program is organized in collaboration with

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Caravaggio and Wine

*** BIG DEAL of THE WEEK ***

Barbera is a vigorous and productive variety requiring management 
through pruning and planting density. The clusters are big and compact, 
and the grapes are rich in sugar, acidity, soft tannins and color. 
Vallana’s viticultural philosophy is sustainable farming. 
Grapes are ready for harvest mid-September. Handpicked and placed in small boxes. 
Fermentation takes place in large cement tanks and lasts for about one week. 
The wine is unoaked and rests in large cement vessels for up to one year before bottling.
The wine is perfect to drink young, but suitable for medium to long aging.

*** $12.99 ***

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Find Your Italian Roots

Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m. EST

Get all the tips of how to begin researching your Italian family through this first webinar from NIAF's virtual three-part Genealogy Series.

In the first session, we will answer both Genealogy and Dual Citizenship Questions; it is free but you must register to attend! 


Bianca Ottone, founder of My Italian Family will explain how to start and navigate your family research. My Italian Family has helped people of Italian origin to trace back their roots, reconnect to their living relatives, follow their Ancestors' steps onsite in Italy and become Italian Dual Citizens. 

If you'd like to have your question answered during the Q&A portion of the session, please email your question to no later than Tuesday, May 19, at 5 p.m. If we cannot get to your question during the session, we will send you a response via email. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We can't wait for you to join us! Register here.

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Allegracore: Big Deal of The Week

Big Deal of The Week

With restaurants closed, sales are down for Asheville Wine Distributors.
That means that some of those wines destined for menus are now on our shelves.
We can help our Distributors and at the same time, provide a great wine opportunity for you!
This wine is one we might not have purchased due to the price but now.......

2017 Allegracore Etna Rosso DOC - Cavinona

A blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio but primarily Mascalese.
Winemaker Chiara says that Cappucio gives color and boldness,
while the structure comes from the Mascalese
From Fattorie Romeo del Castello in Randazzo in Etna, Sicily

Burgundian style wine with wild strawberry fruit, fresh with a sweet core.
From a 14 hectare vineyard close to Etna that lost half its vines to the 1981 eruption.

** The Winemakers **
Interview with Winemakers:

$26 @MetroWines
This is What Sicily Can DO!

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The Dreaded 2 Wine Bottle Dilemma

** The Dreaded Two Bottle Dilemma **

While some businesses are opening, restaurants are not yet back on radar.
One of the great pleasures of a restaurant is pairing each dish to just the right wine.
If you have a crab salad for an appetizer and a steak for an entree,
you probably don't want, nor should you, a bottle of Red Bordeaux for the entire meal.
At a restaurant, you could select just a glass of wine for each course.

But now we are playing DIY restaurant at home
and without a party of four or more, we are facing:

The Dreaded Two Bottle Dilemma!

MetroWines To The Rescue! 

** Solution: Half Bottles!**

Half Bottle Wine Stock Photos And Images - 123RF

Tiefenbruner Pinot Grigio Alto-Adige, Italy $6.79
Catena Malbec Mendoza, Argentina $10.99
Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano Abruzzo, Italy $8.99

** Word is Out. Limited Supply **
Call (828) 575-9525 and stake your claim!

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Mt. Etna and Wine

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department

Making wine on Europe's largest active volcano doesn't come easy.
Frequent changes in topography, elevation, and weather influence each vintage
and every winemaker has an interpretation of the evolving volcanic landscape.
This is part of what makes Etna so exciting. The wines are as inviting as the terrain. For millennia the mountain served as a backdrop in the development of Europe. Today, the UNESCO Heritage Site is a destination for the world.
American wine expert Benjamin Spencer goes beyond the vines to explore
the history and rebirth of the region that has everyone talking about Sicily.

Your Read it With Wines
But of course, from Mt. Etna

2018 Tascante Buonara Etna Bianca 2018 Caricante

Newton Wines & Spirits Tascante Etna Bianco Buonora 2018
Buonora is Tenuta Tascante’s white wine from Mount Etna’s indigenous
Carricante grape variety. Historically prized for its high acidity
and abundant productivity, Carricante is a multi-facited grape that ripens late
 gains complexity with aging.  Grapes for the Tenuta Tascanate Buonora
are sourced from cool-climate vineyards on the north and east faces
of the volcano’s slopes.
 Really great bottle!

More about the Winery:
$21 @MetroWines by the bottle everyday all day!
As always, 10% off when you buy 6 of anything
and 15% on a case of regularly priced bottles!

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Does wine have an expiration date? Some wines, even white wines
are bottled to age and,in fact improve with age. Coenobium, an orange wine
from Italy is such a bottle. Coenobium wants time in bottle.

$26 @MetroWines. Best price stateside.
Less in Europe but shipping is a dealbreaker!

Coenobium, Bianco | Astor Wines & Spirits
Built to last. Brett Watson says you can drink it now. But if you do,
uncork and let it breath for a day. If you choose to wait, 2-3 years
from the vintage date,2018 in this case, would be optimal.
Coenobium is highly allocated meaning limited distribution to each retailer.
Brett tells me MetroWines has every bottle in NC!

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Pizza, Pacino and Dolcetto

 Neapolitan PIZZA ***

Like so many of the country’s most prized gastronomic delights like wine,
olive oil and cheese, the quintessential pie from Naples, where pizza was born,
has become so cherished that it’s now worthy of its own Designation of Controlled Origin (DOC).
The city’s pizza-making tradition even received 
Unesco recognition in 2017
as an intangible cultural heritage item.

Your Bake it With and Serve it With Wine

Pierino 100% Organic Dolcetto  
The delight of this wine is due to the terroir and the suitability of the grape to the area.
Dolcetto d'Asti is known for its softness, a wine "of all meals" typical of this area.
Delicate and fragrant red wine. Short aging from May to June,
 Ruby red color with violet highlights. On the nose it offers fruity notes of cherry and raspberry.
On the palate, the wine is dry, with evident tannin and good structure.
Pierino Dolcetto d'Asti Borgo Monacato 2018 
Importer Notes:


*** More News From Ciao Asheville ***
Al Pacino turned 80 yesterday!
Watch The Godfather, all 3 of them, even the weak one.
Or indulge yet again in my personal favorite,
"Dog Day Afternoon." Attica!

Girolamo Russo a Rina Etna Rosso | Binny's Beverage Depot
2017 is 95% Neurello Mascalese and 5% Neurello Cappuccio
'A Rina' is an earthy and red-fruited Nerello Mascalese dominant Etna Rosso,
marked by flavors of scorched earth, cherries, and tobacco. Russo's wines are rustic
and harmonious, marked by zesty acidity, volcanic-influenced flavors,
and a distinct sense of place.

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Regaleali and Balconies

The Power of the Balcony!

BBC - Travel - Why do balconies inspire us?
But What's a Balcony Without Rosé?

Tasca D'Almerita Regaleali Le Rose 2017 :: Rose
Deep salmon-pink in color, Le Rose offers delicate aromas of cherry, raspberry,
blackberry, and-appropriate to its name-rose petals.  Rich on the palate
with refreshing acidity and a long, flavorful finish. Sicily in the summertime!

And What's a Balcony with Rosé Without Italy?
Dream of Italy with Kathy McCabe of PBS
Recommended as one of the 13 best podcasts for wandering souls.

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In the Beginning!

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ALL THINGS ITALIAN: Gail Rampersaud, left, and Gina Trippi co-founded Ciao Asheville, an Italian cultural forum. “We want to bring the Italian cultural experience to Asheville," says Trippi. Photo by Thomas Calder 

You don’t have to be Italian to join Ciao Asheville. The new cultural forum only asks interested members to bring their passion for the country’s cuisine, language, wine, film and literature with them to the monthly meetings at Metro Wines. “The mission of the group is to try to address all of those aspects,” says Gina Trippi, co-owner of Metro Wines and co-founder of the forum. “We want to bring the Italian cultural experience to Asheville.”

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the group will host its inaugural meeting. Strada Italiano will supply pizza, and Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man will offer a brief presentation on Chianti wine. In addition, Gail Rampersaud, the group’s event coordinator, will discuss plans for the forum’s future and upcoming programs, which include presentations on the slow food movement and travel ideas when visiting Italy.

Along with monthly presentations, the group intends to host free Italian films at Metro Wines. Trippi and Rampersaud also hope to develop an Italian language speaking group to meet more frequently than the forum’s current monthly gathering.

“We really want to serve the needs of the people that are interested in this,” says Rampersaud. “The inaugural event is about bringing folks together, getting their feedback and figuring out the future direction of the group. We want our courses to be driven by our members. We want to provide what people want.”

Ciao Asheville: An Italian Cultural Forum will host its inaugural meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St. The event is free to attend. To learn more, visit

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You've Got Time to Read or Re-read 
"A Room With a View" by E.M. Forster 

A Ciao Asheville Recommended Read!
WSJ Review:

Lucy Honeychurch travels to Florence, Italy, with her cousin and they were assured
they would receive a room with a view of the River Arno, but instead are given a room overlooking
a dull courtyard. A one Mr. Emerson and his son George offer their room, which as the desirable view,
to the two ladies. From this opening sequence, A Room with a View sets off following young Lucy
as she navigates through the proprieties of Edwardian-era society.

Ciao Asheville Suggested Read it With Wine:
Martoccia Toscana 'Poggio Apricale' | Wine Info
2018 Produced in Montalcino,Cinigiano, this blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot  5% Colorino, 
spends up to 3 months, a part in Slavonian oak barrels and a part in French oak barrique. 
Ruby red in glass. Fresh and young red wine with hints of cherry, raspberry and black fruit. 
Medium bodied. Always a shop favorite.

$19.99 and the book takes you to Tuscany

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Organic and Biodynamic, this 2017 wine is a blend of 90%Sangiovese
and 10%Cabernet Sauvignon from Fabrizio Pratesi.
 Wine producers in the Carmignano
near Florence have been blending Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon since the 1600s! 
Pratesi has brought attention back to a region The Medici Family prized for their table.

Bold aromas of ripe cherry, dark raspberry, and Bordeaux-like lead pencil
leads to a juicy, ripe, palate of dark red fruit, tobacco and spice. The wine is full of fruit,
but not really “fruity,” and finishes with layers of savory graphite and earth. 
The wine works for a casual dinner or a sophisticated table. 

Wine Spectator: 91 Points
“Leads off with an intense graphite aroma
and flavors of cherry, currant and mineral.
Fresh, fruity and saturated on the long, firm finish.
Drink now through 2024.”


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Learn Italian Online

Dear Ciao Asheville members,
We certainly hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!
Since we are all stuck at home, Ciao Asheville has been thinking about how we can offer virtual Italian language classes and have come up with a plan. We are going to use Coffee Break Italian, which has free podcasts on their website. They have a beginning Italian series that includes 40 podcasts, with each podcast being about 20 minutes long. You can access the podcasts here to check it out. They also offer some other supporting materials which are free, plus a more comprehensive language program and materials for a fee.
We plan to use Zoom Pro and once per week in a one-hour time slot we will broadcast 2 of the audio podcasts back to back. Those interested would need to download Zoom (free; you do not need to pay for an account) onto their phone, tablet or computer to listen in and participate. Listening to the podcasts would take up about 40 to 45 minutes of an hour-long session. The remaining 15-20 minutes would be to practice, discuss, ask/answer questions, etc. via the Zoom session. Everyone participating would be put on mute for the podcast broadcast but then we would open up the lines so we could hear everyone for the discussion portion of the class. Note that the podcasts are *FREE* and we are offering this experience at no cost to members. We are hoping that this will give everyone something to focus on and we can all be ready with some basic Italian phrases when COVID-19 has cleared and we can plan (reschedule?) our trips to Italy. I know that I personally am really looking forward to that day!!
At this time, we would ask a couple of things from you. For those who are interested in participating, please do the following:
(1) Reply to this email (please do NOT reply all) to let us know you are interested.
(2) Let us know what day of the week and 1-hour time period you would prefer for the classes. Note that when we planned our language classes last fall that subsequently got canceled, we were going to have those classes on Thursdays starting at 5:30PM. 
If you are interested, please respond to us by Wednesday, April 8.  Feel free to email us if you have any questions.
Honestly, we are not sure how this will all work out but we are going to give it a good try!  We look forward to hearing back from you.
Gail Rampersaud
Events Coordinator
Ciao Asheville
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Leverano 5 Liter Rosé

From The MetroWines Book Review Department
No Better Time to Bring The Outside IN !!

*** Broken Glass by Alex Beam ***
Tells the Story of the Building and the Builders of The Farnsworth House.
WSJ Review:

So bringing the outide in is not just about the fresh air and greenery,
it's about all that goes on outdoors. Maybe back yard parties. Maybe picnics.

Leverano Vechia Torre Rosé
Quality in a 5 liter Bottle holding over 6 bottles of wine!

80% Negroamaro with Malvasia Nero, 

Tasting Notes:
Color: bright pink with violet highlights
Bouquet: intense and delicate
with hints of raspberries
Taste: soft and tangy
Serving Temperature: 8-10°C
Pairing: an ideal companion to all kinds
of meals, to first courses with tomato sauce,
white meat, fish soup and roast prawns.

All over Europe but not widely available
in this country.

$29 for what is over 6 bottles of wine!
bring all that is the outside IN!

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Ghibello Sangiovese

Ciao Asheville Alert
Canceled events:

Olive Oil and Wine Tasting
Set for March 26th

Film Discussion
Set for Sunday, March 29th 

Do Red Wine in the Bunker Instead!
With something about Leonardo, but of course, to read:
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2015 100% Sangiovese is an intense ruby red color with a very concentrated red berry bouquet
that finishes with hints ofvanilla. On the palate, it is well-balanced and smooth with delicate tannins
and a persistent finish. This Chianti is made for pizza, pasta with red sauce, charcuterie,
grilled meats, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Spaghetti Carbonara.

*** $11.99 ***

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NIAF Relief Efforts

NIAF Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Dear NIAF Members and Friends, 

In just the last week the numbers of those afflicted by COVID-19 have increased dramatically both here and in Italy. The National Italian American Foundation's (NIAF) goal at this unprecedented time in our country's history is to connect and help our Italian American community here in the United States while we work with those who can help the people of Italy.


I want to thank NIAF's Management, Executive Committees and the Board as a whole, for their responsiveness as together we look at viable ways to meet this goal. 


In terms of Italy outreach, I particularly want to thank Peter Arduini, Anita McBride and Joseph Del Raso, who are working with Italy's Ambassador to the United States Armando Varricchio, to focus on priority needs. The Ambassador is very appreciative of NIAF's help. NIAF Board Member Peter Arduini, is a member of the board of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and is working with Advamed CEO Scott Whitaker and the Ambassador to identify resources available to meet urgent needs for Italy.

There are ways for you to help right now. Hospitals in Italy are overwhelmed treating and caring for the infected. Their lack of resources and beds force them to turn the sick away and hundreds are dying daily. 


We encourage those who want to help Italy, especially those with family there, to consider donating to one or more of the following relief campaigns. Each campaign is supporting a specific hospital in Italy. The funds raised will go directly to the hospital so it can secure the urgent resources needed.


Papa Giovanni XIII Hospital in Bergamo
Cesvi, an Italian charity founded in Bergamo, is raising money for the Papa Giovanni XIII Hospital and for home assistance for the elderly living in Bergamo and Milan, the area with the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in Italy to date:


San Raffaele Hospital in Milan
There are two opportunities to support the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Donations can be made directly to the hospital: Donations can also be made through a GoFundMe campaign created by the Ferragni family; the funds raised will be directly donated to the hospital to strengthen intensive care:


Spallanzani Hospital in Rome
The Spallanzani Hospital is the most important infectious disease hospital in Italy and during this coronavirus outbreak it was the first hospital to isolate the virus. Umberto Mucci from We The Italians has launched this fundraiser to support this hospital:

Celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito has joined the Foundation in this effort by sharing NIAF's website that lists these relief campaigns on her Ciao Italia website for her fans to support as well. 

In terms of what we are doing for our Italian American family, some of us had the opportunity to listen to a unique "Telephonic Town Hall Virtual Meeting" with Dr. John Rosa and Dr. Angelo Falcone on the facts about the coronavirus on Sunday, March 22. It was informative and also provided tips for getting through this crisis. They are planning to expand and continue this conversation and we will let you know when this will be scheduled.


As you know, there is a critical shortage of surgical masks and supplies for our local hospitals and emergency rooms. If you have access to a trusted site that is dedicated to filling this need, we will post on our website.

For the most up to date and factual information, visit the CDC's website,, and the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, For further updates on all of the initiatives and campaigns mentioned, visit:


Patricia de Stacy Harrison

NIAF Chairman

The National Italian American Foundation

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Stand in Solidarity with Italy

Stand in Solidarity with Italy
Country wide lockdown in progress to stop spread of virus.
Italians learning to adapt.

We can help by supporting Italian Culture!
Image result for selvapiana chianti rufinaSangiovese (with a small amount of Canaiolo) is vinified in thermo-regulated
stainless steel tanks at a fermentation temperature of 28° C. It then spends time
in steel tanks (30%), Sessile oak casks (50%) and barriques (20%).
After blending, the wine is refined in French oak casks for two to three months.
Pairs well with pasta dishes, pizza and appetizers.
90 Points Decanter - Delicate aromas of subtle herbs and oak.
The palate is elegant and fresh with flavours of red berries,
liquorice and plum to finish. Balanced, ripe, smooth tannins. $19.99

Ciao Asheville Presents
Sunday, March 29th starting 1pm

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*** Olive Oil and Wine Tasting ***
with Jessica Gaydos from "Olive This" @MetroWines
March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30

Sign up here:

Meanwhile: In Memoriam: Joyce Gordon
For those of you who joined us for "once Upon a Time in the West"
and were certain the voice was Claudia Cardinale who must certainly
have mastered a fast class in English, not so! As Robert Formento assured us,
the movie was dubbed. And now we know who it was at the mic!

Joyce Gordonknown as "The Girl with Glasses" passed away at 90 this week.
She said of the movie: "It's an anonymous kind of gratification."

Ciao Asheville extends posthumous membership to Joyce Gordon!

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Olive Oil, "Olive This" and Wine

Ciao Asheville Presents
"Olive Oil and Wine Tasting"
Thursday, March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30


Hosted by Jessica Gaydos of "Olive This" on Biltmore.

Different Olive Oils have different tastes and purposes.

Taste for yourself!

Image result for olive this asheville*** RESERVE YOUR SEAT ***

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Rome Open City Discussion


Ciao Asheville Presents

"Rome Open City"

Sunday, March 29th, 1pm @MetroWines


Notes from Robert Formento

Ciao Asheville Film Coordinator

This next movie, Rome Open City, was directed by Roberto Rossellini and is considered a film classic. Filming started in January 1945, only a few months after the Allies forced the Nazis to evacuate Rome. There was destruction in the city from Allied bombs, Cinecittà was turned into a homeless camp for thousands of Italian refugees and therefore not available to film makers. Money for production was hard to come by. Even film stock was difficult to find. As a result, filmmakers were forced to become creative. But, Italian filmmakers were ready to leave behind the happy, Hollywood type movies that Mussolini favored during his regime. “Necessity is the mother of invention” and thus began the Italian Neorealism era. Directors would show the reality of Italy without Cinecittà, with very little money and mostly with unprofessional actors. As a result, neorealism films would have almost a documentary feel to them.  In fact,  Rome Open City shows wartime Italy though the eyes of those who actually lived through it, starting with Rossellini (Director), the screen writers, and all of the actors. (including German POWs as the occupiers)


Rome, Open City is considered the first of this new style of film making. The story takes place in Rome during the 9 month occupation by the Nazis. (The occupation took place after Mussolini was deposed and the new government sided with the Allies.) Hitler was furious with Italy and vowed to make life miserable for Italy, especially the resistance leaders. They would go to any length to smash those in the resistance or anyone providing them assistance. And this is a story based on true events of the resistance. 

Although Italian neorealism films used mostly non professional actors, this film has two professional actors who provide standout performances; Aldo Fabrice who plays the priest Don Pietro and Anna Magnani, who plays the fiancee of one of the resistance leaders both lived through the occupation and this is the film where Anna Magnani became a star. She would go on to work with Visconti, Jean Renoir, Pasolini, Fellini, Tennessee Williams, etc. 


This is Rossellini’s tribute to Italy’s resistance fighters and it is a masterpiece. Given that the film was shot a few short months after the occupation, while the rest of Italy was still occupied, it is highly realistic. There are some scenes with violence, but those scenes are hardly gratuitous. 

Film time - 105 minutes


Event is "on the house"

$7 for a glass of Red or White Italian Wine

Save your seat by calling (828) 575-9525


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Corzano e Paterno Interview


5:05pm when I arrived and Winemaker William Goldschmidt of Corzano e Paterno already had the crowd whipped but good into a wine frenzy. He looked just like his picture. "Easy on the eyes," just like his importer, Jay Murrie of Piedmont Imports said. Correction! Strike that! Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: it was not what Jay said but what Jay said women said!  Anyway, William has a head full of black hair. Olive complexion. Very Italian looking. But that name, William Goldschmidt? What's up with that?
I had promised "Ciao Asheville," the cultural forum in town, that I would get to the bottom of what seems to be a glaring inconsistency! All I got was that William's mother is British. Well that explains the William. Long line of British Kings sporting that one. But the Goldschmidt? Still working on it. Get back to you as the story develops. 
Amidst all the bottle signing, shopping and talk, talk, talk, I found myself running interference between William and a group of women of a certain age who threatened to lock him in their respective basements! I may or may not have been one of them. At times, I could see the silliness of this idea but then.... In any case, once I advised everyone that William was a new and very proud father, everyone settled down.  I do, however, believe that if William returns, which he PROMISED to do, he may face the threat of kidnapping with a renewed vigor.
We did find out that Corzano e Paterno has 700 sheep on the property as well as acres of olive trees. So, putting this in its rightful "what else is there?" perspective, Corzano e Paterno makes cheese, olive oil and wine. Better to hold up in his basement! Oh yeah, and if you go, you can stay on the property. You know what they say about possession.

From Website: GUEST HOUSES

Fattoria Corzano e Paterno stretches out over two hills covered with vineyards, olive trees and woodland. It is set in the very heart of Chianti near the main road from Florence to Siena. The historic Villa Paterno, acquired from the Machiavelli family, together with the farm houses on the property, have been restored with great care to their original form.

The AGRITURISMO is comprised of four country large houses for holiday rental, positioned in pristine locations amid cypresses, olive groves and vineyards, views that have escaped the passage of time, and are reached by unpaved country roads. Their restoration has maintained, with the exception of modern kitchens and baths, the original structures of beamed ceilings, open sit-in fireplaces and large, airy rooms. Situated in this classic Tuscan landscape, near fields of our grazing sheep, the houses overlook the verdant valley that lies between the two distinctive hills of the farm.

The restoration of the buildings was undertaken by the architect Wendelin Gelpke himself, who tried to change as little as possible in the layout of the structures and to integrate modern facilities unobtrusively.

Florence 32 km – Siena 56 km – San Gimignano 37 km – Pisa 104 km – Lucca 101 km

Additional information concerning each house or flat can be found by using the links of the specific house/flat page in question.

General Facilities: Fireplaces, DVD, BBQ, washing machine, iron board, hairdryer, dishwasher, free parking, pools, equipped garden, microwave, toaster, wine and cheese tasting, fans, farm shop, reception, wi-fi area outdoor,mosquito screens, cot, highchair, toaster. Pets welcome

Services included in the price: Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, gas for the kitchen, electricity, weekly change, final cleaning, welcome basket, wine and cheese tasting at our farm

Extra costs: from 1 March Local Tourist Tax, 1,50/pax/night up to max. 7 night
Children under 14 do not pay
Extra costs to be paid according to use: heating upon consumption

Upon request and not included in the price: domestic help, cook, cooking classes, baby sitter, taxi service, welcome dinner, horse riding, watercolour lessons, massages. Bookings can be secured by credit card. A deposit is required for larger groups.

And the women so don't need to know that one of the guest houses is called 
"The Gina!" And, apparently, "The Gina" comes with a dog!! Review: Cheese, olive oil, wine and a dog. Pretty well sums it up for me.
Anyway, back to the tasting... Once the crowd dispersed, we went on a tour of our Italian collection of wines @MetroWines. William was impressed. And he knew, I mean really knew, everybody. He knew Arturo Cordero de Montezemolo. He knew the gang at GD Vajra. He knew Paitin! William says they all kind of live close to each other.
Corzano e Paterno wines serve up exceptional quality for the price. I particularly like the 100% Sangiovese Rosé. We still have one bottle of this most magic elixir until the ship comes in, and I mean that literally, the ship carting bottles from Italy. Probably about 2 to 3 weeks for white, reds and this rosé to hit town. 

More about the Winery from the Website: The vineyards of the Fattoria Corzano e Paterno lie on the steep and stony slopes surrounding the fortified farmhouse “Corzano” in San Casciano Val di Pesa. Roughly seventeen km south of Florence, the property runs along the ancient Via Cassia and the River “Pesa” which separates our land from the “Classico” region of Chianti.

Corzano sits like a natural stone outcrop, a serrated edge along the hilltop horizon. The building was constructed centuries ago from fieldstones as a watchtower overlooking the valley leading from Florence to Siena. It grows up out of medieval foundations, possibly even Etruscan, as nearby tombs testifies to their presence in the area. In 1969 the property changed hands for the first time in seven hundred years. 

Six hectares of the farm’s one hundred and fourty were planted with vines in the very best positions around Corzano. At the altitude of three hundred meters they form a natural amphitheatre facing south-southwest in soil gravely in structure and rich in clay and lime. The farm’s herd of milk sheep supplied the natural manure; traditional local wine making techniques were modified and enhanced by the skills learned by the young winemakers in the Swiss wine school at Wädenswil, near Zurich. 

Our first wines were bottled in 1972. Today we have seventeen hectares of vineyard and produce more than 80.000 bottles. Grapes varieties run from the usual Chianti selection of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia, Trebbiano, to the foreign varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. In a normal year the farm will produce one white wine, four reds and a sweet wine. 

The vineyards and cellars are the domain of Aljoscha Goldschmidt and Arianna Gelpke, both enologist, the nephew and daughter of the founder Wendel Gelpke.

You should try Corzano e Paterno! You won't be disappointed. But get your mind off the basement thing. You have a very long line ahead of you!

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