Celebrating 50 yrs of Italian Cuisine in New York City

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Fifty years ago today the Accademia Italiana della Cucina Delegation of New York was founded by Hedy Giusti Lantham. It was the first Accademia to be created outside of Italy. Now, on its 50th Anniversary, it is one of 40 such delegations around the world, and they are still growing! Plans for more Accademia Italiana della Cucina delegations include Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East, as Italian foods and preparations become recognized world-wide as the universal cuisine.


As part of the celebration, I attended an event by the Italian Government Tourist Board recognizing the Province of Macerata, in the Marche Region, for its culinary, history and cultural achievements. President of the Accademia, Giovanni Ballarini, stated that “New York City is the core of Italian Cooking outside of Italy.” During the course of the past weekend, Italian restaurants, food journalists and specialty store owners were honored for their part in preserving Italian cuisine, and for sharing their passion for “all things Italian” with New Yorkers.


President Provincia di Macerata, Franco Capponi (left) and Director
Italian Government Tourist Board North America, Riccardo Strano.


In addition, the Province of Macerata, and the Marche Region as a whole, were recognized as embodying all of Italy. “Of all the provinces, Macerata has everything: cuisine, scenery, the highest quality of living . . . it is all of Italy in just one region.”


The event ended with a delicious buffet catered by Restorante Amarone (between 47th & 48th Street on Ninth Avenue) and wines and liquors from the Distilleria Varnelli, of Macerata.

The Italian Government Tourist Board
Director North America: Riccardo Strano (pictured above)


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