Saturday, January 14, 2017

¡La vida es un tango! Concert Evening - January 23, 2017

Off we go to South America again! Well, not literally, but this will still be a journey through the sounds and movements of Argentina to brighten our Roman winter. And our friends at the Vitala Festival have even reserved a special discount for CCR members to attend this evening of live music and dance.

The story of tango actually has its roots in late-19th century France, Germany and Italy, developing in Argentina with the arrival of immigrants from these nations. It then returned to Europe via the cafés of Paris and throughout Europe, to re-interpret the classical repertoire of Argentinian tango, in the 1920s with Gardel, Troilo and Di Sarli, and later with the tango nuevo of Rovira and Piazzolla.

The ensemble Tango Creación is considered among the most solid and complete performers of Argentinean tango on the national scene. This wonderful group can captivate all audiences, from tango experts to tango discoverers, with great  energy, elegance and passion. The Vitala Festival welcomes their fifth performance at Teatro San Genesio. They will be joined during a number of pieces by a pair of tango dance masters who placed third at the Argentinian Tango National Championship in Italy.

There will also be an optional buffet offering light dinner dishes, while your first drink is included in the ticket price.

Michela Tintoni, violin
Francesca Perrotta, piano
Massimo de Stephanis, double bass
Fabio Santarelli and Sara Paoli

When: Monday, January 23, 2017
Time: Performance in theatre starts at 9 pm; optional light dinner/aperitivo in foyer starting at 8 pm.
Where: Teatro San Genesio, Via Podgora 1 (near Piazza Mazzini)
Cost: €13 for CCR members, €15 for guests; ticket price includes your first drink (wine, beer, water or soft drink). Light dinner options available starting at 8 p.m. ranging from €4 to €6 per dish.
RSVP: ATTN Diana at by Jan. 22nd.
NB: Please be responsible when reserving.

Monday, January 9, 2017

CCR Wine Tasting: The Age-Old Story of Chianti, Part 2 - January 28, 2017

Chianti Classico is one of the best known wines in the world and with a production of over 35 million bottles we needed more than one tasting to explore the many styles of this fascinating red. Join us for Part 2 of the story of Chianti.

Where: Residence of CCR member (Corso Trieste area -- details will be sent to registered participants)
When: Saturday January 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: €25 for members (€35 for non-members)
RSVP to Linda and Paul by Wednesday January 25 at Please note that you are financially responsible for your reservation.

Each session is given in French and Italian and focuses on a specific theme relative to Italian wines.

Daniele Maestri, well-known Italian sommelier and a favorite among CCR members for his knowledgeable and lively presentations, will again lead this lecture and wine-tasting. For those interested in ‘wining and dining’, Daniele writes in-depth articles on Italian wines and food for “Bibenda – Vini D’Italia” produced by the Italian Sommelier Foundation and he is a major contributor to their wine guide.

Friday, December 30, 2016

CCR Book Club - January 25, 2017

The CCR Book Club's first reading of the new year will be "The Optician of Lampedusa" by BBC reporter Emma Jane Kirby. This extended description of the often tragic flow of desperate migrants towards Europe via the Italian isle of Lampedusa, just 70 miles north of the African coast, is laid out through the experience of one local resident who, along with family and friends, unexpectedly found himself striving to save as many migrants as possible from a horrific death in the Mediterranean. The Guardian review describes it as "an ambitious and important book that goes far beyond the voyeurism of 24-hour news to identify something timeless and troubling."

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Member's home (near Piazza Bologna); 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.

CCR Talks: Artemisia, A Woman Painter in a Man’s World - January 13, 2017

Arguably the best-known female painter of her time recognized today, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656) is equally renowned for a notorious trial concerning her rape, at age 18, by Agostino Tassi, a well-established colleague of her father, the painter Orazio Gentileschi. This incident inspired a number of novels and films. Despite this scandal early in her life, her painting career took off. During her lifetime, she traveled to Florence, Genoa, the English court and Naples and exerted a remarkable influence on a whole generation of painters. A recently opened exhibition at Palazzo Braschi, focusing on her work and influence, will be on until 8 May 2017. It charts Artemisia's career as a follower of Caravaggio, and compares her work to that of other followers of the ill-fated genius.

We take this opportunity to offer a lecture on Artemisia for those who would like a bit more information on the artist and her struggle for recognition before viewing the exhibition. This lecture will be accompanied by a potluck dinner to which all attendees will be asked to make a contribution.

When: Friday, January 13, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Quartiere Trieste area – exact location will be sent to confirmed participants.
Cost: CCR members €10, non-members €15 – plus potluck contribution.
RSVP: by Wednesday, Jan. 11, ATTN Joe/Peter at

Thursday, December 29, 2016

CCR’s New Year Drinks: Verão Brasileiro in Roman Winter! - January 10, 2017

You know it’s the middle of summer in Brazil, right? And did you know Brazil hosts the biggest Japanese community outside of Japan?

We’re taking the first opportunity in 2017 to wish CCR members and friends a Happy New Year by having an informal aperitivo/early dinner that explores the flavours of Brazil’s verão (summer) and one of its foremost fusion cuisines in the midst of a Roman winter. The fun yet chic SambaMaki location in Prati prepares gorgeous and delectable Japanese-Brazilian sushi rolls (maki) and other scrumptious tasters (Nikkei Burajiru jin – or Japanese-Brazilian cuisine). And their cocktails? Think maracujã (passionfruit), lime, mango, pineapple and other tropical fruits meeting spirits like Brazil’s popular cachaça (distilled from sugar cane) and Japan’s sake (rice wine)!

Stroll into the tropics as we explore another Roman aperitif and light dinner venue. Drink in the sun in the middle of winter. And dream of Japan and Brazil all at once!

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. on for aperitivo or early dinner
Where: Via Vittoria Colonna, 17/19 (Prati, near Piazza Cavour), tel. 06 323 51 78. Parking area nearby.
Cost: A la carte, no-host/pay-your-own; approx. cost of a drink + sushi roll €15-20 depending on your choices.
Notes: RSVP to to let us know whether to save space for you.
RSVP: by 9th Jan. 2017 to Reserving will ensure you are included in the CCR's seating area.