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Rome for Foodies Launch Party

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail kept partygoers from enjoying the Rome for Foodies app launch party, which was held at my dad’s restaurant in New Brunswick on Saturday. And those who braved the first slushy day of the year were rewarded with food and drink, including my mom’s famous manicotti.

It was such a treat to see friends and family. My mom made some of the food, dad provided the venue and chose the red, white, and green bouquets, bartender Jimmy Cronk invented a winter-themed drink called “The Dolomite” (averna, espresso, cream, liquor 43) and Chef John Durna served some great cured meats and eggplant rollatini.

The always entertaining Caldwell Banker crew was there–my mom’s real estate colleagues are a blast. It was a special treat to welcome clients Fiona and Harvey from NYC and Jake from PA. High school and college friends made the trip down from Manhattan and Brooklyn and some friends from the interweb like Nurse Meg, G.f. and Ayşegül were there, too finally allowing me to put a face to the avatar! To add a touch of romanità to the afternoon, Jessica, my first Roman friend was there in AS Roma gear to celebrate the team’s victory earlier that day. Forza Roma!

It was a joyous occasion and I am so grateful to have had everyone there! For those who couldn’t make it, we raised a glass to you and drank you share.

2017-02-17T15:20:49+00:00 January 25th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine|9 Comments


  1. Sarah May January 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I am sad and mad and jealous. You need to have a party in ROME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Chris Cirkus January 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Congrats on your new app!! So sorry to have missed the launch party. It is so lovely to see you follow your bliss!

  3. Margaret (aka NurseMegg) January 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    it was great to finally meet you and I was happy to make the drive up for the event. As always, Clydz was fantastic but your mom’s food was amazing! I can’t wait to get the recipes from her through my CB connections!
    when I get my new phone next week I promise I’m buying the app!!

  4. codecables January 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Will there also be a launch event in Rome?

  5. Marian January 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Ah, the snow kept me away. But looks like I missed a wonderful party.
    And as I am heading back to Rome this spring, I’ve already got your “app” on my Droid.

  6. ciaochowlinda January 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    I am so bummed I couldn’t make it- snow in Chicago DID keep my plane from taking off in Chicago and I finally got home on Sunday. Glad the evening was such a success. I miffed that I didn’t get to try Mamma Parla’s manicotti.

  7. Angie January 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    That party sounds fun! Congrats on the app launch! Question, I was looking at your dad’s menu and saw things like rattlesnake chilli and braised python ravioli… is that for real? Sounds good! The whole menu sounds good actually…

  8. Justine January 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    First of all you know how proud I am of you that you finished the app! Second of all, I am so psyched that your Dad has a restaurant in New Brunswick! I’ll be sure to visit when I’m back home- please let me know what I should order =)

  9. daniela del balzo February 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Ohhh I wish I was there!! Anyhow..CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    I’m sure the food was delicious, I will definit go and meet your father as soon as I come to US. See you soon in Rome!

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