Italy’s rich culinary patrimony is not the only delicious treat served up during the upcoming Week of Italian Food in the World.
Pasta, pizza, and pomodori? No, there is so much more to Italian food! To showcase what else is cooking in kitchens and restaurants up and down the Boot, the Italian Consulate General in Nice is participating in an initiative to promote its culinary traditions abroad. From November 21 through 27, the Nizzardi are invited to discover the rich variety of regional Italian cuisines, along with a series of events, conferences, tastings, and more. Local participating restaurants will offer samplings from their menus.
Monday, 21 November, 18 h – Teatro Garibaldi*
Incoming Consul General Raffaele de Benedictis kicks off The First Week of Italian Food in the World, a continuation of the series of events featuring culture Made In Italy, which recently honoured language and design. The culinary and cinematographic arts have had a longstanding love affair in every corner of the country from the Alps all the way down to Sicily, and “Il Cibo italiano in 100 films di Cinema italiano” presents a retrospective of the role food has played in Italian movies since the 1940s.
Wednesday, 23 November, 18 h – Teatro Garibaldi*
Marco Michelassi, owner of La Florentine Bistrot in Nice, shares the secrets of authentic Tuscan cuisine, followed by a film in which 21 chefs answer three questions about Italian food. Knowing that there are as many right answers as there are cooks, you understand that you are in for considerable hilarity… A typical Florentine sample menu after the screening seeks to provide its own conclusions.
Friday, 25 November, 17.30 h – Teatro Garibaldi*
It’s Piemont’s turn tonight, our neighbour on the other side of the French-Italian border. Chef Patrizia Rotondi, owner of La Petite Table in Nice, introduces the audience to bunet (also spelled bonet), a typical regional cake perfect for the cold and festive season. Event organizer Caterina Reviglio Sonnino, also author of the award-winning book “Madame est servie”, introduces us to the fine art of hosting and setting the perfect tavola all’italiana.
Sunday, 27 November, 18 h – 19.30 h – La Milesina
La Milesina restaurant (2, rue Dalpozzo, Nice) hosts the closing night of the First Italian Food in the World Week with a celebration of Italian apéro culture. Cin cin!
The initiative is sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and was successfully launched during the 2015 Expo Milan.
All events, held in Italian language, are free. Reservation is not required but be sure to arrive on time to allow for security checks.
* Teatro Garibaldi is located inside the Italian Consulate General at 72, bd. Gambetta