Friday, June 10, 2011

Italian Life Expo

The Italian Life Expo opening reception came off without a hitch last night as Portlander's had a chance to sample the best from a new generation of artisans producing Italy’s finest specialties in centuries-old traditions including: hand-crafted Italian cheeses and delicate hams; exclusive regional wines and olive oils; traditional copper pans, housewares and ceramics. 
Local tasties were provided by Seagrass Bistro and Rosemont market.

Speaking of touring, Auto Europe can show you the best way to drive Italy or the continent and there are also folks to help plan your trip or guide you along the way.  Check the website for particulars!

This cheese from Tuscany was one of my favorites. Tuada is made from sheeps milk and aged 8 to 9 months. It has a mild slightly nutty flavor and would go well with any number of wines.

Proceeds of this event will support the educational programs at Spannocchia Foundation and the Institute for Italians. Studies.

Luisa De Luca, from the Institute of Italian Studies & Giuseppe Pastorelli, the  Consul General of  Italy in Boston say a few words to the crowd.

Music was provide by Al Dente's Inferno, a mandolin and piano duet.

Several local companies were also on hand to show case their wares , including Libby Margolis Pineo / Italy Direct, Auto Europe, The Rodgers Collection, (which imports much more the just Italian food items as astute readers of this blog should know) and R Bonechi Imports to only a few.

Lots of people eyed these lovely traditional copper cooking pieces from Bottega Del Rame, from Montepulciano.

Check the Italian Life Expo website for info on times and attractions for each of the different sessions. You can also buy your tickets online and save time waiting in line at the door. There is plenty of parking around the Ocean Gateway facility, just north of the Casco Bay Ferry terminal. Make a full day of it as Portland and the surrounding area has several fine Italian Restaurants Partnering with the Expo, serving both lunch and dinner.
I'll also be returning for another look on Friday, maybe Saturday?

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