Italian cuisine and its roots in the Medici era


An evening celebrating Italian cuisine and culture? Count us on! Last Thursday at Cipriani on 42nd Street, the Italian Commercial Agency in New York, the Italian Consulate General in New York and the Italian Cultural Institute hosted a spectacular dinner to celebrate the closing of the exhibition dedicated to the Medici Dynasty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The gala dinner was dedicated to the Italian Renaissance and its legacy in Italian cuisine and the roots of the Italian lifestyle. The evening welcomed notables from the world of Italian culture, fashion, art and business.

The ornate table landscapes wowed guests as they entered the venue’s dining room. Long tables sported candelabras transporting the guests back in time. The ITA team participated in the sumptuous decoration of the room. A centerpiece of the room included some of the best known and beloved Italian dishes, such as salami and cheese. Live music featured violinists and a harp player.


“We wanted to greet the rebirth of New York and the MET exhibition with a big event,” said Consul General Fabrizio Di Michele.

Antonino Laspina, Fabrizio Di Michele, Prof. Fabio Finotti

“The event dedicated to the Medici represents a journey through time, from the Renaissance, the era that marked the beginning of the success of Made in Italy cuisine and gastronomy, based mainly on excellence, variety and respect for ingredients. Antonino Laspina, director of the Italian Trade Agency in New York and coordinator of the USA network. “An era that also represented the dawn of the Italian lifestyle.

Guests returned home with Made in Italy delicacies such as Afeltra pasta, almond cantucci and Sicilian blood orange marmalade. Bravossimo!

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