Runaway Spoon

Ride To Expansion & TV's House Hunters

July 22, 2014

Il Canale, georgetown, owner Joe Farruggio sits on a classic Italian Vespa scooter in front of the former Cannon’s Fish Market after inspecting the imaginative window treatment that portrays the historic C&O Canal. 

The window treatment, which will be replaced when the project is completed, has been admired by many passers-by and fans of il Canale on 31st Street NW. 

Farruggio, a native of Italy, is expanding il Canale ristorante and pizzeria by taking the old fish market space.  The market has been closed for months.  Both buildings are adjacent to each other. 

Il Canale is slated to remain open for business throughout the extensive interior construction and decoration.

Enjoying the brief ride is il Canale hostess Rosalie Acampora.

Julie in red; Ariel 2nd from right back row; Vittorio Rosso, far right back row. (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Julie in red; Ariel 2nd from right back row; Vittorio Rosso, far right back row.

Speaking of  expanded digs, this time on a national showcase level, il Canale was given considerable airtime Sunday in HTV's "House Hunters" featuring a young professional D.C. couple -- Ariel and his fiancee Julie. 

The Home & Garden Television crew, a charming and fun-loving lot, filmed the couple discussing their housing options over a Sunday lunch at il Canale.  Vittorio Rosso, il Canale's general manager, took over the on-camera duties of serving them lunch.  The engaged couple toured properties in D.C. At first, they didn't see eye to eye on their housing options.  She wanted a house with a yard and was open to renovate.  He wanted a modern move-in-ready apartment or a condo close to work.  They compromised.  They bought a Watergate condo with a spacious balcony and a kitchen they plan to remodel.

The show with Il Canale aired twice on Sunday, July 20, 2014.

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Come for Free Popcorn at Free Summer Movies

July 16, 2014

Your friends at Beasley Real Estate invite you to join them for their free, outdoor summer movie series.  Bring your friends, a picnic and come have fun.

Complimentary gourmet popcorn and bottled water provided by Beasley.

July 17 in Woodley Park

Woodley Park—Embassy of Switzerland

2800 block of 29th St., NW (west side of street)

Screening: Homeward Bound


July 23 on Capitol Hill

Lincoln park –SW corner of the park

East Capitol & 11th, NE

Screening: Airplane


August 7 in Logan Circle

St. Lukes Episcopal Church

1514 15th St NW

Screening: Pitch Perfect


August 14 in Bethesda

4800 Hampden Land, Bethesda, Md.

Screening: Transformers


August 21 in Palisades

Palisades Park – Palisades Field 1

5200 Sherier Place NW

Screening: The Sandlot


August 28 in Georgetown

Rose Park – Baseball/Softball Field

2609 Dumbarton St., NW

Screening: Frozen


September 4 in U Street Corridor

Harrison Playground – basketball court

1330 V Street NW, between 14th & 13th

Screening: The Money Pit


September 19 in Old Town Alexandria

John Carlyle Park

300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, Va.

Screening: The Lego Movie

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What A Swell Party: Italian Style

April 27, 2014

Rosalia Acampora & singer Pasquale DePandi (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Rosalia Acampora & singer Pasquale DePandi

The 350+ partygoers at Celebrazione della Cura, a party and elegant Italian market to benefit the Washington Home & Community Hospices, were greeted by a fun cool guy – sprayed in gold glitter and dangling bunches of golden grapes.  He set the atmosphere for the rest of the evening: upbeat and joyful.

He didn’t say a word and barely moved on his pedestal, but he didn’t need to. (see photo above)

The gala, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the organization in northwest DC, was held at the Italian Embassy Saturday evening. About $100,000 is expected to benefit the hospices once the final figures come in, said Tim Cox, chief executive officer. 

Attending were many familiar social faces.  To name a few: Singapore's Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri; Netherlands' Ambassador Rudolf Bekink,  Esther Coopersmith, Aniko Gaal Schott, Didi Cutler, Marlene

Tim Cox & Esther Coopersmith (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Tim Cox & Esther Coopersmith
Fred Malek, Donna Shor, Judith Terra, Alexandra Villard De Borchgrave, Barbara Hawthorn, Christine Warnke, and Sharon Collins Casey (chair of the board).

Although he didn’t make it because of prior campaign commitment on educational issues was mayoralty candidate, Councilmember David Catania, who was on the honorary host committee along with Councilmember Mary Cheh.

Part of the proceeds from the sales of elegant jewelry, women’s clothing, and men’s ties and shirts will go to the hospices, which provides care for patients. Eduardo DePani Napoli in Chevy Chase displayed gorgeous men’s ties and shirts. Also displaying upscale merchandise for the cause were Neo Shop, Rome; Melitta Paterni; Vivian Cavalieri; D & M Design; Francesco Marra (pizza); and Paul’s Wine & Spirits.

Donatella Verrone (Italian embassy social secretary) left, & Barbara Hawthorn (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Donatella Verrone (Italian embassy social secretary) left, & Barbara Hawthorn

As guest arrived in the main ballroom, they were greeted silently, although with a mischievous grin, by the hulk in gold paint, a Romanesque fountain in room-center which was surrounded by dish after dish of catered cuisine, and an Italian band featuring upbeat songs played by pop/rock band i-Talians.

Opera singers Chrissellene Petropoulos and Rolando Sanz, with violinist Rafael Javadov, filled the huge room with jubilance. Taking the stage to give a talk about her native Italy was Rosalia Acampora, hostess at il Canale restaurant in Georgetown.

Highlighted in the program booklet were words of wisdom gleaned from residents and patients of The Washington Home & Community Hospices.  A sampling;

Wear lipstick every day.

Clap for others.

Hold hands.

Sleep less.

See the world.

Don’t get crotchety.

Be around children.

Stay curious.

Plant a garden.

Bake from scratch.

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