Saturday, November 21, 2015

CCR Holiday Season Dinner - December 14, 2015

There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season than an elegant dinner shared with friends. Known for its fresh fish and seafood prepared in the tradition and flavours of Sardegna, our restaurant choice for this year is Ristorante Eleonora D’Arborea.

To add to the holiday spirit, we’ll be having a 'Secret Santa' gift exchange. We ask that you each bring a small wrapped gift to exchange at the dinner. Funny, silly or serious, it should not cost more than 5 to 10 euros. Just one more way to have fun!

Ambassador to the Quirinale H.E. Peter McGovern and his wife, Mrs. Sharon McGovern, and Ambassador to the Holy See H.E. Dennis Savoie and his wife, Mrs. Claudette Savoie, will be joining us.

Holiday Welcome Drink

Sea bream (spigola) carpaccio
Salmon marinated in orange
Tuna with balsamic vinegar and soya sauce
Mussels sauteed with fresh cherry tomatoes
Gateau of Sardinian crisp bread (Pane Carasau), pecorino (sheep) cheese and swordfish
Fried baby octopus 

First Courses (Primi)
Seafood risotto
Pacchero tube pasta with kingfish (ricciola) and Pachino cherry tomatoes

Second Courses
Baked sea bass (branzino) with potatoes en croute
Grilled scampi and jumbo shrimp (mazzancolle)

Fresh vegetables with Italian oil dip (Pinzimonio)

Lemon sorbet or Almond parfait
Traditional Italian Sweet Loaf (Panettone), fruit, Sardinian cookies
Digestive liqueurs

Wine: Vermentino di Sardegna

When: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
Where: Ristorante Eleonora D’Arborea, Corso Trieste 23.
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: CCR members €45; non-members €50; each person should bring a fun, wrapped gift (value no more than €5-10) for the Secret Santa exchange. 
Dress: business suit 
RSVP and Payment: no later than 12 noon Thursday, December 10. Please note that those arriving without reservations cannot be accommodated.  RSVP to Linda at 
NB:  You are financially responsible for your reservation. Payment must be made in advance. Details will be given upon reservation.
Please inform us of any dietary requirements no later than December 9th. A special menu will be prepared for people who do not eat fish or seafood, but this and other dietary restrictions must be communicated to the CCR by December 9th.
Parking: garage entrance at  29 Corso Trieste (before 8 p.m.) – 207/A Via Alessandria (after 8 p.m.).

Friday, November 20, 2015

CCR Book Club - December 16, 2015

Our December book club get-together will be very festive, as per tradition! The novel chosen for this month is "Nemesis" by Philip Roth.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Monteverde/Pamphili 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.

Benefit Cocktail for LoveItaly! - December 15, 2015

CCR is cooperating with other international groups in Rome on "A Pop Up Holiday Cocktail & Toast to LoveItaly!" Become Part of Ancient History – Enlighten Future Generations.

Come to an exclusive evening set among world masterpieces within the prestigious Palazzo Corsini’s magnificent National Galleries of Ancient Art of Rome, once home to the Queen of Sweden, which promises to uplift you with Holiday spirit  and offer the possibility of a privileged private gallery tour including the MATTIA PRETI exhibit (Caravaggio’s successor). The event will spotlight LoveItaly!…a visionary, nonprofit crowdfunding platform helping spontaneous groups of people from all countries reach out and touch the future of a specific piece of Italy’s cultural heritage, funding and following its transformation back to splendor while trendsetting by example to encourage our world’s youth.

The evening is an opportunity to get personally involved in LoveItaly’s Rome restoration project, an outstanding Imperial Age sarcophagus in critical need of repair, housed inside the Corsini Palace and on display for the cocktail. The beneficiary of the evening’s proceeds is the prestigious Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (Italy’s top stop for restoration), whose students will be responsible for carrying out the work.

By attending the Holiday Cocktail, you will be directly contributing to this effort through your prepaid ticket purchase. Get your family, colleagues, friends, and neighbors to come and be part of it, or come alone and meet new friends. 

Join the CROWD for the FUNding of it!

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Palazzo Corsini, Via della Lungara 10 
Cost: €35 pre-paid
Tickets: see here.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Toronto Comedian at Rome's Comedy Club - November 27, 2015

We'll be getting together informally to see a visiting Canadian comedian participating in this month's show at Rome's Comedy Club.

Marco Mascherin is an Italian-Canadian from Toronto and a Second City alumnist, as well as host and stand-up comic at "Spoke Laughs," a monthly comedy show at The Spoke Club. His mother is from Calabria and father from Friuli -- how could he not have a sense of humour? 

When: Friday, November 27, 2015
8:30 p.m. doors open, 9:30 p.m. show time; latecomers may lose their booked seats unless they warn the theatre beforehand.
Where: Teatro Douze, Via del Cipresso (Trastevere, near Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, off vicolo del Cinque), tel. 347 675 3522
Cost: €15 (includes 1 glass of wine, aperitivo and show); as the venue is a cultural association, first time admission requires a membership card of an additional €2 (good for a year). For the latter, please email the theatre with your full name, codice fiscale, phone number and address so they can prepare your membership card before the show and you can pick it up before the show without standing in a long line.
Note: The CCR will not be taking reservations or separate payment for this casual get-together but each participant will be responsible for their own booking: table reservations: 347675 3522,

Sunday, November 1, 2015

CCR Talk: Real Estate Investments in Canada - November 25, 2015

Ever thought about investing in the Canadian real estate market? Come to this talk by Canadian expert realtor Nicole Van Stone in order to learn more about all the tax aspects and financial benefits. Particular focus will be given to the Toronto area. A light cocktail reception will follow.

When: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. 
Where: Piazza Barberini area -- exact address sent to confirmed participants.
Cost: free to CCR members and their guests (non-members MUST be accompanied by current members)