Friday, March 20, 2015

CCR Book Club - April 23, 2015

NB: Change of date.

In April our adventures in reading will lead us to ponder the legal and moral dilemmas of "The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake. The New York Times review says the author "has coaxed forth a book that hits hard and pushes buttons expertly... galvanizing social issues in the service of a well-wrought tear-jerker," and that the novel is "crammed with talking points," which is precisely what we love in the CCR Book Club!

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Via Giulia 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: ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CCR Walks with Olivia: Underground at Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill - March 29, 2015

 NB: Change of  date & time.

The Basilica of Santa Sabina, a beautiful early Christian church on the Aventine, nestles quietly among the orange groves today but was once the scene of Medieval aristocratic struggles for power and first saw the arrival of the Dominican order and the changes this order helped make to urban living in Europe. We will delve under the church to see lesser-known areas not normally open to the public as we chart the area's amazing history.

Special permit. Limited number of participants.

When: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: 11 a.m., meeting point at 10:45 a.m.
Meeting point: to be sent to confirmed participants by email
Cost: €15 for CCR members, €20 (maximum 20 participants). Please bring exact change, as this will greatly facilitate the process for everyone. 
RVSP required by Thursday, March 26th:  ATTN Peter at 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, March 8, 2015

Fishy Business at the Filettaro - March 18, 2015

Since the 1950s, the "Filettaro" near Santa Barbara Church has been serving delicious Roman-style fried cod. Join us for a take-away  filetto di baccalà followed by a stroll through the sights and sounds of the historic centre. We'll surely find a cup of ice-cream and a drink along the way!

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Where: Largo dei Librari, 88
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: €5 for a very large fried cod filet, other costs depending on your choices!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CCR Talk with Olivia: How did the Italian language start? - March 13, 2015

‘SAO KE KELLE TERRE…’  We take a trip back in time and start with the first halting words of a 10th century farmer bearing witness regarding contested lands, and chart the development of a new language, forged by use, but especially by lawyers, notaries, troubadours, poets and powerful, visionary writers such as Dante. No knowledge of Italian is necessary.
Maximum 12 participants. 

When: Friday, March 13, 2015
Time: 7 p.m. lecture begins; slideshow; refreshments during break.
Where: Via Tagliamento area. Exact address will be sent to participants upon confirmation.
Cost: CCR members €10, non-members €15 - plus potluck contribution.
RSVP: by Wednesday, March 11, ATTN Peter at or Olivia at Please confirm what you will be preparing for the potluck with Peter or Olivia when you reserve.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Death by Chocolate! - March 11, 2015

Here it is! Our much anticipated "Death by Chocolate" event! Let the scent, sight and taste of the divine cocoa bean lull you into a state of bliss.

The airy loft atmosphere of "Fabrica" restaurant will be the venue for our aperitivo embraced by the food of the gods. This historic pastry factory was founded in 1923 by the Calisto family and has more recently been converted into a hip, slightly retro food venue.

Food tasters: 
Mushroom & Sage Tartlets 
Soft Chocolate & Mozia Salt Buns 
Eggplant, Chicken & Cocoa Bundles 
Mini Mud Cakes 
Chocolate & Cinnamon Truffles 
Mini Chocolate-Glazed Banana Cakes 
Mini Chocolate, Pear & Orange Zest Crumbles
Chocolate Ganache & Strawberry Cups

Beverage – choice of one of the following:
Tomka Mule (alcoholic cocktail with ginger & chocolate)
Red Daiquiri (alcoholic cocktail with chocolate & berries)
Dark Bounty (alcoholic cocktail with chocolate & coconut)

Inca Chocolate Tea (black tea with chocolate & spices)
Chocolate-Orange Roibos (roibos tea with chocolate & orange zest)
Chocolate-Ginger Roibos (roibos tea with chocolate & ginger)

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Fabrica Industria Dolciaria 1923, Via Girolamo Savonarola 8 (Prati/Andrea Doria area) 
Cost:10 euro for CCR members, €15 for non-members; includes an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink, plus savoury and sweet tasters.
RSVP: to ATTN Diana by Monday, Mar. 9, 2015. You are financially responsible for your booking.