Be a part of this entertaining afternoon for those curious about or already in amore with Italy and its cultural and culinary gifts. Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University—a collection of essays about Italian film, art, history, fashion, food and so much more—will lead the event. Please join the fun and bring your inner Italian!
Test your knowledge about the country that has had so much
influence on Western civilization.
Sunday, June 10, at 4:00pm - Refreshments at 3:30pm – Larchmont Public Library
Carla Gambescia is the author of the new book, "La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z." Barely larger than the state of Arizona, the Italian peninsula has exerted an outsized force on the world, Western culture and the popular imagination over the course of centuries. The book explores the special cultural DNA that has made Italy not only so influential, but so beloved. La Dolce Vita University is a unique lifestyle compendium of all things Italian: food, wine, history, architecture, art, film, style, and more.
Carla Gambescia’s passion for Italy began early—with her mother’s love of the Renaissance masters and her father’s discourses on Italian geniuses of every calling. In the ensuing decades she has toured every region of Italy (often by bicycle) and immersed herself in its astonishing array of cultural treasures. In recent years Carla has combined her passion as an Italophile and writer with her skills as a career marketer and branding expert, acting as a consultant to and a collaborator with boutique tour operators. She conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour, winner of Outside magazine’s “Best Trip in Western Europe.” In 2008 Carla founded Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria, in Mount Kisco, New York, with the ambition of creating a unique environment and dining experience that would enable guests to feel as though they had stepped right into Italy. Via Vanti! quickly won plaudits not just for its innovative Italian cuisine, extraordinary gelato (named “Best Gelato Shop in New York”) and dazzling jewel box interior but also, under Carla’s direction, for its active program of culinary and cultural events. It is Carla’s conviction that all of us, regardless of our inherited ethnicities, share an “inner Italian”—that part of our nature, which is most expressive, festive, spontaneous and fun—just waiting to be unlocked. La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z is the natural outgrowth of Carla’s work and play in both the restaurant and boutique travel industries, as well as a lifelong love affair with the land of her ancestors.
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