Sunday, May 10, 2015

CCR Season Closing Fête - June 17, 2015

The gorgeous setting of Hotel Palazzo Montemartini will welcome our fabulous fête to close the 2014-2015 season of the Canadian Club of Rome. We will also be honoured by the presence of the Ambassador to Italy, Peter McGovern, and Madame Sharon McGovern, along with the new Ambassador to the Holy See, Dennis Savoie, and Madame Claudette Savoie, at this gala evening.


The five-star Palazzo Montemartini's luxurious spaces, which are both contemporary and classic, surround sections of the ancient Servian Walls. Our delicious buffet, designed by executive chef Simone Strano, will be served in their stylish "Senses" restaurant and lounge. 

Menu:
Nori salmon with salmon roe and green apple foam
Cous-cous with vegetable confetti, almonds and Mediterranean spices
Mini beef burgers with mustard and leafy greens
Mini salmon burgers with cocktail sauce and Belgian endive with orange
Crunchy breaded shrimp lollipops
DOP parmigiano reggiano crisps
Classic panzanella (bread & tomato salad)
Sicilian vegetable caponata
Eggplant Parmigiana
Mini rice balls with saffron, peas and Primo Sale cheese
Mini rice balls with veal ragù and mozzarella
Crêpes with Cantabrian Sea anchovies
“Cacio e pepe” (pecorino romano & pepper) crêpes
Mini focaccia sandwiches with prosciutto crudo and rocket greens
Bread sticks with fennel seed and sesame
Vegetable tempura with sweet & sour sauce
Mini tartares with “Chianina” variety beef, with caper flowers and anchovy filets

Sicilian cannoli with sheep’s milk ricotta and nuts
Mini fruit salad with mint and lemon
Assorted maccarons
Passion fruit mousse and coconut crisp 

Water, white & red wines, prosecco, non-alcoholic cocktail, coffee

When: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Palazzo MontemartiniLargo Giovanni Montemartini 20 
Cost: CCR members €45, guests/non-members €60 (NB: event costs are partially sponsored by the CCR); advanced payment required. 
RSVP & Advance payment completed no later than June 12th 3:00 p.m. to canadarome@gmail.com.
Suggested attire: Best cocktail/elegant informal.
NB: You are financially responsible for your reservation: advanced payment required. Open seating -- no assigned seats except for CCR guests of honour.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Looking Rosy at Zia Rosetta's - May 20, 2015

Off we go, exploring another Roman tradition with a contemporary twist. We're going to have an unusual and informal aperitivo meet-up, checking out Zia Rosetta, a fusion of the classic Roman bun -- the rosetta -- with the latest trends in street food traditions and organic, quality ingredients, at a very cute spot in the historic Monti district. We might also sneak in some artisan ice-cream nearby afterwards!

The ideal way to explore the delicious combinations dreamt up by owner Alessandro Verderosa (he even has a rose in his surname!) is by selecting a number of "mini rosette" along with your beverage of choice. The tiny sandwiches include such mouth-watering combinations as swordfish-guacamole-cherry tomatoes-mint, chicken-green apple-endive-yogurt sauce-chives, and hummus-sundried tomatoes-avocado. Besides classic beverages such as wine by the glass and craft beers, Zia Rosetta also offers the super-healthy (and very cosmopolitan) option of freshly-blended fruit and vegetable juice drinks.

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Where: Via Urbana 54 (near Cavour metro stop)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Mini rosette are €2 to €3 each, drinks and other food choices depending on your choices!
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Friday, May 1, 2015

CCR Book Club - June 5, 2015

The CCR Book Club's last meeting of the 2014-2015 season will be at a delightful location for an early summer talk and dinner, and the book chosen is both intriguing and thought-provoking. 

British author Chris Cleave's 2008 novel "The Other Hand" (also known as "Little Bee") is, according to the Guardian, "an ambitious and fearless gallop from the jungles of Africa via a shocking encounter on a Nigerian beach to the media offices of London and domesticity in leafy suburbia. Part-thriller, part-multicultural Aga saga, the book enmeshes its characters in the issues of immigration, globalisation, political violence and personal accountability."

When: Friday, June 5, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Piazza Cavour area -- exact address sent to confirmed participants by email. 
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Nicoletta know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito


Friday, April 17, 2015

CCR Walks with Olivia: A Day at the Baths - May 9, 2015

The month of May brings with it a number of ancient Roman festive days, rituals and ceremonies, now the subject of a special exhibition at the Chiostrino Ludovisi inside the Baths of Diocletian (Terme di Diocleziano, built in 306 AD), which quietly opened in September for the first time in 30 years to reveal the restored “Natatio” (cold bathing pool), and wonderful 3D reconstructions of its original appearance. We will be exploring the baths' different areas as well as the exhibition, and their afterlife as a major Christian Basilica, a Carthusian Monastery, a Papal Granary, a museum and a hospice for blind paupers, and a cinema, amongst others.

Entrance tickets: 7 euro full price. The entrance ticket allows you to visit Palazzo Altemps and Palazzo Massimo and Crypta Balbi within the following three days! 

When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 
Time: 10am. 
Exact meeting point: to be sent to confirmed participants by email 
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 non members (maximum 20 participants), plus museum entrance fee. Please bring exact change, as this will greatly facilitate the process for everyone.
RVSP required by Wednesday, May 6th:  ATTN Peter at canadarome@gmail.com. You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NOTE: Please bring correct change, familiarize yourself with the meeting place ahead of time and make sure you are ready to depart promptly.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

CCR Book Club - May 21, 2015

The CCR Book club will be reading "My Brilliant Friend" - an Italian novel that has met with unprecedented success in Italy and abroad. The New York Review of Books recently ran a long, enthusiastic article on Elena Ferrante, who has now published several novels.


Ferrante has never been seen or heard in person and refuses to be interviewed; whether the name hides a man or a woman author is also a well-kept secret. Her novels, set in  Naples, deal with the lives of two friends, Elena and Lila, in and against a rough social context. Elena is the narrator. 

Word is that Ferrante's last novel may be one of the books running for the 2015  PREMIO STREGA, the most renowned literary award in Italy.

One of the covers used for "My Brilliant Friend"

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Via Aurelia area -- exact address sent to confirmed participants by email. 
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Nicoletta know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito 
NB: Feltrinelli International sells this novel both in Italian and in English (translated by Anne Goldstein).