Runaway Spoon

Hey, Isn't That the Italian Rock Star?

August 18, 2014

Luciano Ligabue, one of the most successful Italian rock stars ever, dined with his family at il Canale Saturday night.

 Ligabue’s presence at the Georgetown restaurant made quite an instant impression on the young Italian and international staff, as well as global-minded customers, since in his native Italy he is considered to be in the musical realm of Madonna. 

His hits include Balliamo sul Mondo (Let’s Dance on the World) and Ho perso le parole (I’ve Lost Words).  His most famous song of all, Certe Notti (Certain Nights), was voted Italian song of the 1990s in a poll by a popular music magazine. He also directs films and writes literature.

il Canale group wth Ligabue (2nd from right) (Photo by: il Canale) il Canale group wth Ligabue (2nd from right)

At il Canale, Ligabue dined on paccheri (Artisan large tube pasta with meat sauce and a touch of ricotta cheese) and Neapolitan-style pizza.

Naturally, Ligabue agreed to a group photograph with the staff, all of whom speak Italian. Greeting Ligabue in picture are from left assistant chef Roshan Ashiq, manager Giorgio Greco, Stefano Ferrari (in back), Ligabue and hostess Rosalia Acampora.

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'The Girls Of Real Estate' Join Beasley

July 27, 2014

Heidi Jerakis, Candace Moe, and Chelle Gassan have joined Beasley Real Estate, it has been announced.

Heidi has a decade of experience in real estate sales within the Commonwealth of Virginia and 12 years of corporate management. 

Candace brings over 30 years of marketing and sales experience, and was formally the vice president of marketing and sales in the recruitment industry and senior living properties. 

Chelle also has a background in marketing and sales, therefore practices good customer service and attention to detail. 

“The Girls of Real Estate” join Beasley with a combined array of background experiences and designations.  All three have the prestigious designation of Top 1% of Real Estate Agents in the Nation.

Giving back is very important to “The Girls.”  Thus far they have focused their efforts on the “War on Breast Cancer.” Each has personal stories of family members, dear friends and clients who have had to fight breast cancer.  

Annually, “The Girls” sponsor an event where all proceeds collected are donated to end breast cancer.

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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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