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Pizza, Peroni & Cannoli at the Pizza Festival from Naples to Georgetown

May 20, 2014

Join il Canale ristorante for The Pizza Festival on Tuesday May 27, Wednesday 28 and Thursday May 29.

Want to discuss Neapolitan style pizza with a pizzaioli champion?  Making a guest appearance tossing pies on Tuesday and Wednesday will be Naples-born Giuseppe “Peppe” Manco, who won the World Champion Italian Style Pizza 2014 title at the Vegas Pizza Expo.

Naples is where the pizza was invented,” says Peppe. “I made my first pizza when I was six years old. My aunt taught me how to make pizza in my mother’s family restaurant.

“My pizza maestro was Don Emilio Caputo, owner of one of Naples’ oldest and most revered pizzerias. After graduation, I worked in my uncle’s pizzerias where I carved my own identity.”  From there, he traveled all over Italy, working in many iconic pizza restaurants. Since those days, he has lived and worked as a pizzaioli in Miami and New York.

Il Canale executive chef Antonio Biglietto will cook alongside Pepe at the festival.

Don’t miss il Canale’s three-day special to honor the festival:

 $18 for a classic Margherita pizza, a glass of Peroni and cannoli dessert.

Il Canale’s celebration is part of theVPN Pizza Festival in Naples, Italy. It is an honor for il Canale to participate, says owner Joe Farruggio.  The Georgetown restaurant is the only DC area pizzeria doing the festival.

The festival is partly sponsored by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN), the international organization based in Italy that certifies Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas are baked with specific high-quality ingredients and in special ovens.  

Il Canale Ristorante and Pizzeria Napoletana are located at 1063 31st Street. Tel: 202.337.4444

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Arturo Sandoval Live at Blues Alley

May 11, 2014

A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Latin jazz legend Arturo Sandoval will be performing live at Blues Alley from Friday, May 16 through Sunday May 18. 

Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. He became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American jazz. Since studying the classical trumpet at age 12, Sandoval has evolved into one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

Click here to purchase tickets to the 8:00 and 10:00 pm show and more information about the artist.  

Blues Alley is located at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue.

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Mother's Day at 1789 Restaurant

May 5, 2014

Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo at the historic 1789 Restaurant will be dishing up a Mother’s Day a la carte brunch served from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 11th.

During brunch service, the first and main courses are included in the main course price, which range from $32 to $46. Guests also have a nice selection of house-made desserts created by 1789’s Pastry Chef Ryan Westover, which range from $10 to $14.

To conclude the day, an a la carte Mother’s Day dinner will be served from 5:30 pm to 10 pm For Mother’s Day Brunch, guests can look forward to first course menu items such as Asparagus and Ramp Soup with crispy purple potatoes and house-made crème fraiche; Mixed Berry Strudel with creamy mascarpone, seasonal berries and raspberry merlot sauce; Guanciale and Spring Pea Tartino with duck egg custard, Taleggio and mixed greens, andPrimavera Saladwith pickled spring onions, fava beans, white asparagus and green garlic vinaigrette.

The main course highlights includeMorel and Lobster Quiche with English peas, mixed greens and made in a cast iron skillet; Eggs Chesapeake with jumbo lump crab cakes, poached eggs, Hollandaise and home fries; Challah French Toast with Nutella, fig preserves and Virginia maple syrup, and Duck Hashwith leg confit, spring onions, fingerling potatoes and fried egg.  For dessert there is Pot de Crème with chocolate cake crumbs, hazelnut, cappuccino gelato and maple kataifi; Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie for Two, peanut butter ice cream, dark chocolate and brûléed bananas; Sweet Tea and Honey, honey and white chocolate crémeux, graham cracker tuile, mango and citrus fruit salad, Harvest Song walnuts and Red Rose sweet tea ice cream,and Monkey Bread with apple cinnamon brioche, apple ambrosia, butterscotch ice cream and butterscotch sauce. 

1789 Restaurant offers complimentary valet parking.

For reservations, or additional information please call 202.965.1789

1789 Restaurant is located at 1226 36th Street. Tel: 202.965.1789

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