Il Canale restaurant hostess Rosalia Acampora did what most soccer fans only dream of.
She met one-on-one with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, whose Italian connection is playing for club team S.S.C. Napoli, as their Argentine national soccer team was in Washington, D.C. training for exhibition games.
She did it all for the love of her life: musician Pasquale DePandi, who has a pop-rock band i-Talians in D.C. He is a huge fan of soccer, of course.
When Rosalia learned that Argentina's national team was staying at a hotel in D.C.'s West End and working out in the gym there, she did what any enterprising girl would do: as a surprise she arranged for her and Pasquale to meet the world-famous players.
Naturally, mobile phone pictures were snapped. If you don’t believe it, ask Rosalia to show them to you at il Canale.
The team scrimmaged for a week at Georgetown University’s soccer field with some of the Hoya players and where dozens upon dozens of fans gathered to watch.
We wonder how many other fans got pictures with the players. We wager very few did.
Kudos to Rosalia.
American actress and film producer Jennifer Garner dined on pizza and salad at at il Canale in Georgetown on Tuesday evening (March 24).
She is married to mega-star Ben Affleck who was not in attendance but one of their children was.
Garner gained fame for her performance as a CIA officer in ABC's spy action drama series "Alias." The TV series aired for five seasons from 2001 to 2006. For her work in that series, she won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
She had roles in "Pearl Harbor," "Catch Me If You Can," and "Dallas Buyers Club."
Garner graciously took a picture with il Canale staff, General Manager Vittorio Rosso, hostess Rosalia Acampora, and Crystal.
Outreach time was on the table for the Mayor’s office on Sunday as her representatives made it clear that she would be travelling not only in Chinatown where she visited Sunday but also courting Georgetowners on a regular basis.
On the occasion of the 2015 Chinese New Year celebration, activist Jeanny Ho hosted a brunch at Ming’s restaurant. Attendees included David Do, executive director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, and the Mayor’s Ward 2 (Georgetown, etc.) liaison John Fanning.
Fanning and others in Bowser’s political network have emphasized that the Mayor would make it an ongoing policy to visit events in Georgetown to demonstrate her inclusiveness and to win over those residents. Bowser and Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans were at the Chinese celebrations on Sunday.
Georgetown was not a Bowser stronghold in the 2014 mayoralty election.
Also at the main table at Ming’s were Ward 4 candidate for City Council Brandon Todd, who Bowser has endorsed, accompanied by his key campaign staffer Daryl Levine. Photograph shows some attendees holding up four fingers, indicating Todd's Ward 4 candidacy. Later, Todd led a contingent of supporters parading in the Year of the Sheep festivites.
An abundance of Asian media snapped photographs for various outlets. The Ming’s brunch, which featured a banquet of Asian cuisine, was attended by dozens of VIPs in the Chinese community, including William Chang, president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and well-known business advocate Alex Chi.