Thursday, July 7, 2016

CCR Book Club - September 16, 2016

Start reading now for the CCR Book Club's September discussion! The book chosen by group members is a hefty biography titled "The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio – Poet, Seducer & Preacher of War" by Lucy Hughes-Hallett.

Learning about the life of celebrated Italian author Gabriele d'Annunzio (1863-1938) will be of interest to anyone living in Rome, where d'Annunzio spent many creative years, and more generally to anyone fascinated with or bemused by Italian history. As one Guardian reviewer noted, d'Annunzio was a "poet and lothario who seduced Italy to wartime slaughter with his rhetoric, scandalised Europe with his writing and set up his own city state in a forerunner of fascism..." and, perhaps of great interest to present readers, this self-promoter was truly a "a pioneer of modern celebrity culture."

When: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bravetta 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, June 5, 2016

CCR Official 2015-2016 Season Closing - June 21, 2016

Let's gather to look back on the best moments of CCR's 2015-2016 Season, say farewell for the summer and start planning our events for the new season.

For our official season closing cocktail party, we will very graciously be welcomed into the official residence of H.E. Dennis A. Savoie, Canada's Ambassdor to the Holy See, and Mme Claudette Savoie, CCR Patrons of Honour.

Grilled pineapple and gruyère treats
Layered melon, prosciutto di Parma and chopped pistachios
Smoked salmon pockets
Potato, speck and provola cheese bites
Cheese and walnut crisps
Assorted canapés

Fruit skewers
Fingerfood sweets

Still and sparkling water
Assorted fruit juices
Non-alcoholic apéritif
Prosecco "Corner Superior di Valdobbiadene"
White wine "Ribolla Gialla"

When: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See, Gianicolo (Janiculum) area -- exact address details will be sent to confirmed participants only.
Cost: CCR members €30 each, guests €40 each. Advance payment required.
N.B. This event is open to guests only if accompanied by fully paid and registered CCR members.
Security: Mandatory registration of all participants. Please note that due to security requirements we will need the full name of each person attending at the time of booking. Also, it is required that you have photo ID on the evening of the event.
RSVP no later than 5 p.m. on Sun. 19th to There are a limited number of spaces and only those who have paid in advance will be sent the exact address.
Payment options: When you email us to book, please inform us which payment option you have chosen:
1. Drop the amount off in an envelope with the name of CCR's Treasurer, Marielle Lacroix, at the Canadian consulate at Via Zara 30 or the embassy at Via Salaria 243.
2. Send a money transfer/"bonifico" to: account in the name of Marielle LACROIX, Bank: Intesa San Paolo, IBAN IT79B0306903219100000801304. Please ask your bank to send email confirmation to our address.
or 3. If you can meet up with one of the members of the CCR executive who has a receipt book, you could pay them. We're in the Prati, Corso Trieste/Via Tagliamento, Via Zara, Aventino, San Paolo, Conca D'Oro and Formello areas.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

CCR Book Club - July 3, 2016

Our last meeting of the 2015-2016 season will take place on a beautiful terrace at lunchtime. It will be a truly special end to the CCR Book Club season and an opportunity to plan our summer reading!

At this get-together we'll be discussing "Telex from Cuba" by Rachel Kushner. The Guardian review calls it "epic and enjoyable: the style is lush and precise; the parties and cookouts, the drinks and affairs are beautiful and poignant, full of the pleasures of wealth overshadowed by loss." 

When: Sunday, July 3, 2016
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Piazza Cavour 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.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pranzetto all'italiana: A Lovely Italian Lunch - June 11, 2016

Come and join the CCR for an informal late spring lunch and discover a funky new bistrot and wine bar a bit off the beaten path, in the Appio Latino area. Stefano Minelli has recently opened his dream venue and has put together a nice menu just for us.

Let's enjoy the classic Italian "pranzetto" of delicious food, great wine and leisurely conversation among friends.

Mixed bruschette
Treccia of buffala mozzarella from Campania
Omelette roll with Italian salsa tonnata (tuna sauce)

Fusilli with creamy eggplant sauce and salty ricotta

choice of:
Involtini (rolls) of chicken with pancetta
Zucchini flan

Mixed salad


Choice of
red, white or sparkling wine

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Where: Via Acaia -- exact name and address sent to confirmed participants.
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Cost:  €20 for members, €25 for non-members.
RSVP to ATTN Marielle by Tue. June 7th, 2016. Please note that you are financially responsible for your reservation.

CCR Aperitivo Competition - June 4, 2016

With so many great cooks in our CCR community, what better way to showcase our culinary ability than through some healthy -- and scrumptious -- rivalry? So here's our "aperitivo competition"!

With a partner, prepare and bring your favourite appetizer (savoury or sweet) and an accompanying drink (wine, beer, liquor or non-alcoholic) for a tasting for 16. Participants will vote on the best aperitivo in two categories: best overall; and presentation/innovation. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.

To top it off, all entry fees will go towards supporting this yea'rs CCR charity, Frontier College’s Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps.

Where: Residence of CCR member (Piazza Vittorio Emanuele area) -- exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  €5 for members and €10 for non-members, plus your food and drink entries.
RSVP to ATTN Sangita by Wed. June 1, 2016. Please note that you are responsible for your reservation.