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We had a lovely Umbrian food and wine tasting last night with Chef Simone (pictured), and are looking forward to a few more days of wining and dining. So our weekend won’t exactly be relaxing, but it will be full of good smells!


Our June Book Club, which is fast approaching, gets a lovely review in the Wall Street Journal.


The Vatican is not happy about gay marriage in Ireland, but it is opening a productive dialogue about what the church stands for and how it will evolve as time progresses. This article from the Guardian delves into the complexities surrounding this issue. Italy is now the only nation in Western Europe that doesn’t recognize either same-sex marriages or civil unions, and is perhaps influenced by the Vatican’s prevailing shadow in this stance.


Car lovers – Lamborghini will produce its much-anticipated sport utility vehicles, to enter the market in 2018!


Beyonce eats at our staffer Elsa Bruno’s favorite pizzeria in Florence! Elsa and Beyonce know the good stuff.


The Creative Review takes a peek at the best Italian post-war design in print. Refreshing and delightful, these posters and advertisements take us to a golden age of Italian marketing.


We hope you user in the new month with a smile.

Ci Vediamo!

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We had a lovely Umbrian food and wine tasting last night with Chef Simone (pictured), and are looking forward to a few ...

Via Umbria Events – May 2015


You know we love a good event at Via Umbria. At the end of May, things are heating up. Take a peek at where we’ll be this month!


May 28th 7:00 PM – Umbrian Food and Wine Tasting

We would like to invite you to a special wine tasting on Thursday May 28th at the home of Sue Cimbricz. The evening will feature the wines of Giampaolo Tabarrini, as presented by Bill Menard from Via Umbria, as well as our featured guest chef, Simone Priori Pesci. Back in Bevagna, Simone runs an exceptional restaurant, Le Delizie del Borgo, featuring regional specialties and seasonal delicacies. Needless to say we are thrilled to have him back in DC, extending his knowledge of food and the power of sharing it with our community here. Prepare yourself for a night of exceptional wine and delicious Umbrian bites.

We hope you can join us for this memorable evening. You can get your tickets here. For any questions, and for payment over the phone, contact Suzy Menard at 202.333.3904 or suzy@viaumbria.com.


May 29 and 31 Chef Simone is back! 

Our beloved Chef and restaurant owner Simone Proietti-Pesci is returning to DC this month! This master of Umbrian specialties is available to cook a private dinner in your home for you and up to ten guests. Sit back and let Simone work his magic, or use the night as an opportunity to cook alongside the always entertaining  Chef. Only two dates remain – Friday May 29 and Sunday May 31, where you can host up to 10 guests for $1,250. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather to host a delightful dinner with your private Italian chef! Contact Suzy Menard at suzy@viaumbria.com or 202.333.3904 to arrange for the night of your dreams that will surely impress.


June 1 7:00-11:00 – Chef Simone hosts a seated dinner at Casa Menard

You can book a seat at on June 1st, at the home of Bill and Suzy Menard, where Simone will be working his magic for $125 a plate. Simone will cook a four course dinner paired with his favorite selections of Montefalco wines, and new friends are made and conversation flows. Contact Suzy Menard at suzy@viaumbria.com for more details about this exciting opportunity, or purchase tickets here.


May 30th 5:00 PM – PBS Dream of Italy series premiere

Via Umbria is rolling out the red carpet in our Galleria to celebrate the premiere of the six-episode travel series Dream of Italy on PBS.  Join host Kathy McCabe and Via Umbria owners Suzy and Bill Menard at the store on Saturday, May 30th at 5 p.m. for a celebration of all things Italian and Umbrian.

Dream of Italy, the PBS series, is based on the award-winning subscription travel newsletter, Dream of Italy. In the series, McCabe visits six areas of Italy, meeting the colorful locals — chefs, artisans, historians — who are deeply connected to their land, carrying on and preserving the traditions of their ancestors. The regions covered in the series include Rome, Tuscany, Puglia, Piedmont/Lake Iseo, Naples/The Amalfi Coast and of course, Umbria.The crew of Dream of Italy stayed in La Fattoria del Gelso, while filming in the region.
Our special guest is Chef Simone Proietti-Pesci, owner and master chef at La Delizie del Borgo in Bevagna. Chef Simone will conduct a cooking demonstration of traditional Umbrian delicacies and of course there will be plenty to taste. Plus, sip on some of Umbria’s best wines and watch clips from the series.
To attend the Dream of Italy party, RSVP to Elsa at elsa@viaumbria.com. See you there!


RESCHEDULED – June 9th, 7:00 PM – Book Club, Eating Rome by Elizabeth Minchilli

Elizabeth Minchilli has been eating her way through Rome since she was 12 years old. Eating Rome, based on her popular blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, is her homage to the city that feeds her, literally and figuratively. Her story is a personal, quirky and deliciously entertaining look at some of the city’s monuments to food culture. Join her as she takes you on a stroll through her favorite open air markets; stop by the best gelato shops; order plates full of carbonara and finish the day with a brilliant red Negroni. Beautifully illustrated with Minchilli’s full-color photos and enriched with her favorite recipes for Roman classics like vignarola, carciofi alla romana and carbonara.

The book is available in-store. Please RSVP to Elsa at elsa@viaumbria.com or on Facebook. This event will be a potluck – please bring a small dish from the book or a bottle of your favorite Italian wine! IN LIGHT OF RECENT RENOVATIONS, this book club will be our first event after our Grand Opening in the fall. Stay tuned and RSVP on Facebook for the most up-to-date schedule!

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You know we love a good event at Via Umbria. At the end of May, things are heating up. Take a peek ...