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Washington celebrates Italian cuisine with a focus on sustainability featuring Michelin Green Star chef Stefano Pinciaroli

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(Washington, November 16th). With a focus on sustainability and well-being, a gala dinner hosted by Ambassador Mariangela Zappia at Villa Firenze was part of the eighth annual Week of Italian Cuisine in the World. The star of the evening was Stefano Pinciaroli, the chef of PS Ristorante in Cerreto Guidi, Tuscany, a Michelin Green Star chef and part of Villa Petriolo’s sustainability project, conceived by Daniele Nannetti, present at the event.

Among the guests were members of the United States Government and Congress, high-ranking officials from the White House, the Pentagon, and the Department of State, as well as representatives from the scientific, diplomatic, business, cultural, and media communities in the United States.

At the beginning of the event, Ambassador Zappia praised the chef, the restaurant, and the Villa Petriolo project as Italian excellences in sustainability and examples of the ability to reconcile tradition and innovation in cuisine, following the “from farm to fork” philosophy. The Ambassador took the opportunity to promote the candidacy of Italian cuisine as UNESCO Intangible Heritage, highlighting the values it carries on cultural, scientific, and economic levels.

Italian Cuisine Week in Washington kicked off on November 13th with a seminar at the Italian Embassy for middle and high school students on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, featuring the participation of the Italian Ministry of Health, the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità), and the Future Food Institute. On the sidelines, Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister Gonzales, awarded the title of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy to Italian-American chef and writer Amy Riolo. Events dedicated to schools on the Mediterranean diet were also organized at other venues in Washington and Philadelphia on November 14th and 15th. On November 14th, the Embassy hosted a seminar on sustainability in olive oil and pork production.