US Premiere: The Prince of Crime
US Premiere: The Prince of Crime
On May 14th, Casa Italiana di Las Vegas in collaboration with the West Charleston Library, proudly presented the US Premiere of the Italian movie The Prince of Crime. Inspired by true events, the film is a story of Camorra, revenge and regret. An introduction by Alessandro Piva, the director, preceded the screening. Following a standing ovation by the audience, Piva engaged in an interesting Q&A at the end of the movie.
On April 14, Casa Italiana di Las Vegas, in collaboration with the Heritage Park Seniors Facility Library, organized a fun an education cooking class. Our home chef Nicole demonstrated a delicious Ligurian Pesto Sauce that had every single guest ask for seconds!
ITALIAN KARAOKE NIGHT
On March 22 CILV rocked Trattoria Italia restaurant with the monthly Karaoke appointment. Great and not so great singers alternated on the stage following the notes of Antonello Venditti, Lucio Dalla, and Claudio Baglioni among all others.
On March 19, Casa Italiana di Las Vegas in collaboration with the West Charleston Library presented “Ciao Marcello!”, a wonderful black and white silent short film which is a tribute to Federico Fellini and his favorite actor, Marcello Mastroianni.
Beyond the Mafia: one on one with the author on the history of Italians in Las Vegas
On February 26th, Il Salotto Italiano presented political scientist Alan Balboni, author of the book “Beyond the Mafia: Italian Americans and the Development of Las Vegas”. Balboni shared insights and inspirations behind this farsighted and thoroughly documented account of the history of one of Las Vegas’ most progressive and productive ethnic minorities.
Neapolitan Pizza: History and the secrets for the perfect dough
Truffle dinner fundraising
CILV 2nd Annual Fundraiser was an amazing white truffle dinner on December 8th at Scarpetta Restaurant. A night where the guest of honor was the Diamond of the Table, the White Truffle. Guests indulged in a four-course dinner with paired wines. A silent auction opened the night with exciting items like custom wood art work, boudoir photoshoot, make up sessions and museum tickets. The event was kindly sponsored by IMT88, Johnson Brothers of Nevada, Pasta di Camerino and Urbani Truffles.
Dear Santa party
On December 16th Casa Italiana di Las Vegas hosted a Dear Santa Christmas Party. Children brought their Santa’s letters to be mailed in the red letter box. Crafts and games for all the children, followed with Italian Christmas songs in the background!
Adult language learning: mission possible
On November 7th, our guest speaker Barbara Bird, Lead Faculty for Italian at the College of Southern Nevada, took us on a journey through her own language learning experience, highlighting key moments that lead to her language learning success. Barbara provided some basic insights from research in Second Language Acquisition to show how learning a language as an adult is a mission: possible.
Fall-ing in love with truffles… A salute to the fall
On October 30th Il Salotto di Casa Italiana hosted speaker Francesco Mazzini of Urbani Truffles USA. A real connoisseur of truffles, Francesco gave a brief historical introduction on the Urbani brand as the leading company in the truffle business, and later focused on the varietals and ways of serving these rare delicacies. Guests savors truffle chips and truffle creams served over grilled polenta.
From Mitteleuropa to Westamerica, photography and art between two continents
On October 9th, Il Salotto di Casa Italiana hosted speaker Martina Zandonella, owner of Zando Photography. Martina shared how her career path of a professional photographer in Las Vegas has been influenced by her important connection to the Italian art scene. Granddaughter of renowned painter, drawer and sculptor Carlo Sbisà, and Mirella Schott Sbisà, also a famous painter and etcher, Martina has truly artistic blood running in her veins. Guests savored her favorite Pasta with Mediterranean Pesto and her homemade decadent Sacher Torte.
Sicilia in bocca… A taste of Sicily
On September 25th, Il Salotto di Casa Italiana di Las Vegas was honored with the presence of guest speaker, Pasquale D’Alba, owner of Trattoria Italia. Guests caught a glimpse into the reality of running an Italian, family-owned restaurant while Pasquale brought Sicily to the table with his infamous caponata. Everyone left a little fuller, but ready for seconds!
Italian Karaoke Night
On August 23rd Casa Italiana di Las Vegas in collaboration with Settebello Pizzeria hosted the first Italian Karaoke party. The night was a huge success. Guests sang their hearts out with traditional and contemporary Italian hits and among them we certainly discovered the new Italian Idol!
Latte Art Workshop
On June 5th Casa Italiana di Las Vegas together with Madhouse Coffee, held a Latte Art Workshop. Members learnt how to properly pour steamed milk into espresso and how to design patterned using microfoam, all the while sipping a delicious cappuccino and eating pinolata cookies. Everyone got in touch with their inner barista!
On May 21st Casa Italiana di Las Vegas members had a wonderful time at Una Scampagnata Italiana picnic. Games for children and adults, a bocce tournament, great Italian music, and plenty of food made the event a huge success. Thank you all for participating!
Benefit Dinner at Settebello
On March 29, Casa Italiana di Las Vegas in collaboration with Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana in Summerlin, Las Vegas, and Urbani Truffles, delighted his members to a benefit dinner in support of the town of Cascia, in Central Italy affected by the recent earthquakes. Master Pizzaiolo Roberto Caporuscio of Kestè Pizza & Vino, and his daughter Giorgia, came directly from New York to serve their famous Truffle Pizza featuring Urbani Truffles. The dinner has been a huge success and we raised close to $2000! Thank you all for your generosity
On February 25th Casa Italiana di Las Vegas hosted an Italian Carnevale. Children dressed up in great costumes enjoyed treats and prizes for the most original and creative one. The event included a game of piňata and everyone came home with a bag full of candies!
La Casa Italiana di Las Vegas Open
House on October 10th was an opportunity to launch our Italian language courses for children and adults. While sipping a delicious Franciacorta, we had the pleasure of presenting the President and Founder of Casa Italiana di Las Vegas, Marc Randazza, with the first membership card. We are now off to a great start!
Photos courtesy of Makayla Moser.