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Primi Piatti, where Italians dine with pleasure

July 31, 2011

A charming European retreat in the heart of the nation’s capital, Primi Piatti boasts some of the most authentic Italian cuisine the city has to offer.  In operation since 1987, this white tablecloth establishment is where Italians go to eat Italian food.  A vivacious character with a love of excellent food, owner, Savino Recine, charms guests and dazzles them with a fine dining experience.

Inside Primi Paitti (Photo by: Frank Wilson) Inside Primi Paitti

The menu has an abundance of delectable offerings, and with 75% of their pasta made in-house and an imported wood burning stove for their specialty pizzas, you feel transported on a continental adventure.

For antipaste caldi (hot appetizers), try the calamari fritti.  It’s light, traditional, and a perfect start to your meal.

Moving on to the entrée, the succulent veal cutlets will impress your taste buds, and the rich, creamy risottos will leave you feeling truly satisfied.   Pair these offerings with a special wine from the cellar.

Pork (Photo by: Frank Wilson) Pork

When you come in, chances are, Savino Recine will stroll by to engage you in an energetic conversation about the signature dishes and, if you’re lucky, he might even perform some magic right at your table. 

Savino’s motto is, “Be amazed.  Be amused.  And above all, be very well fed.”  His magic is infused with his own lively brand of humor and is the perfect entertainment for a unique dining experience.  If you find yourself craving more, come back October 15, 2011 for a feature presentation, what Savino calls, “The Best Magic in Town.”

Tuna (Photo by: Frank Wilson) Tuna

For a more relaxed, but no less enchanting experience, take a seat at the bar which becomes open air when the night is just right or out on the patio.  With two private dining rooms, the Versace and the Wine Room, you can bring 60 of your closest friends and family for an evening of camaraderie. 

Mousse dessert (Photo by: Frank Wilson ) Mousse dessert

This Thursday, August 4, 2011, take part in a tasting of three wines. Select your favorite and enjoy a full glass.  On Forking Deals, $25 covers not only the tasting but a personal pizza as well.  Stay for dinner and enjoy half price bottles of wine.

Primi Piatti is at 2013 I St N.W. Tel: 202.223.3600

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Returning to Marvin Gaye's old stomping grounds

July 28, 2011

BMI's Fred Cannon (left) and Rep. Ted Deutch (Photo by: James R. Brantley) BMI's Fred Cannon (left) and Rep. Ted Deutch
Hard Rock Cafe memorabilia from the world’s greatest musicians drew D.C. fans to Capitol Hill Thursday to inspect the iconic work of the likes of D.C.-born Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and others in a special rig touring the United States.

“Awesome, this is amazing and great. I love it,” said Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R), chair of the Congressional Songwriters Caucus, who took a short stroll to the touring big rig in a brief break from what’s happening in the House on the debt ceiling, as did another music fan Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL).

Paul Miller with jacket (Photo by: James R. Brantley) Paul Miller with jacket
Rocker Paul Miller, of D.C.’s Hard Rock Cafe, as part of the entourage, showed off his black leather jacket decorated with hundreds of tiny guitar pins collected from the chain’s famous cafes located around the world.

One of the hits of the exhibition was original memorabilia from one of the District of Columbia’s own—Rock and Roll Hall of Famer singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye -- “The Prince of Soul,” who attended Cardozo High School.  On display was Gaye’s  hand-written address and memorandum book.

The Hard Rock International 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour was on a one-day, open-to-the-public stop at the foot of Capitol Hill – all done with the support from Broadcast  Music Inc. (BMI) -- and is headed to Baltimore and then to towns down  South.   

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Georgetown students dive into debt debate

July 22, 2011

The Georgetown University Student Association led by President Mike Meaney has sent a letter to President Obama imploring him and other leaders to reach a compromise on the debt ceiling debate and the country’s budget crisis, reported Vox Populi.

Over 100 college and university student body presidents representing over 2 million students signed the letter.  Similar letters will be hand delivered to members of Congress.

Meaney, who spearheaded the initiative along with other members of GUSA, explained that the idea to appeal to the country’s leadership was born out of a conversation during a bus ride about a week ago. 

“We asked ourselves: How come our leaders can’t seem to work together for the good of the country? Why do they seem to care more about the next election than the next generation?” he said. “Young people are often used as a political football, but we can’t afford to let others speak for us any longer.”

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