/Spotlight on Lazio Charity Benefit

Spotlight on Lazio Charity Benefit

In spite of Saturday’s tragic events, 35 people gathered in Il Bacocco in Trastevere to celebrate Lazio’s enogastronomic bounty. I co-hosted this food and wine tasting with Hande Leimer of Vino Roma and we are so appreciative of everyone’s participation. We raised €250 for A Chi Serve, a brand new food rescue charity in Rome.

Some participants risked serious danger to be there; Irene De Vette, Walks of Italy, and Revealed Rome faced burning vehicles and a smoldering Defence Ministry annex to make it. Wired2theWorld, Moscerina, Rome the Second Time, and NYC/Caribbean Ragazza were also in attendance, as well as many old and new friends.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Vincenzo Mancino of DOL-Di Origine Laziale (if you haven’t been to his alimentari specializing in products from Lazio, go asap). He generously donated cheese and cured meats for the event. Some people asked for a round-up of items. Here they are: we tasted capocollo, lonzino, and two types of prosciutto. The cheeses were caciotta di capra (a goat cheese from Viterbo), caciocchiato (made from the milk of high-altitude grazing cows), and re tondo (a bufalo milk cheese with a thin white crust). Since DOL mainly sources from small producers, you’ve got to go there to find the same products!

Hande did a brilliant job presenting the wines and Massimo and his team at Il Bacocco did a stellar job serving them. We drank Marco Carpineti’s “Capolemole” Cori Bianco and L’Olivella’s “Quaranta/Sesanta” Rosso Lazio IGT.

2017-02-17T15:25:01+00:00 October 17th, 2011|Categories: Food & Wine, Katie Parla Events, Rome & Lazio|8 Comments


  1. Amanda October 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the shoutout, Katie! Smoldering vehicles are nothing in the face of my commitment to good wine, food and people…

    Great event all around, and can’t wait for the next one. Alla prossima!

  2. Mamma Parla October 18, 2011 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Congrats on raising funds for your charity! Glad everyone arrived there and back safely.

  3. nyc/caribbean ragazza October 18, 2011 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Complimenti on a great event. It was fun, delicious, and for a good cause.

  4. Sarah May October 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    I am a huge fan of Marco Carpineti and visit the winery regularly. I drank a Capolemole tonoight with dinner! Glad you had success!

  5. Kristina October 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for this event. We were thrilled to be in Rome at just the right time to be able to attend.

  6. Erica October 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I am now obsessed with Re Tondo, and will do my best to get out to DOL as soon as I can. You have done a great job and I look forward to the next event.

  7. thishumbleabode October 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    So lovely to meet you! We followed several of your recommendations during our trip and were consistently pleased. I posted some images from the wine tasting here. http://thishumbleabode.blogspot.com/2011/10/litalia-pt-4.html

    By the way, when you come to SF, I would be happy to give you a long list of places to eat and drink. Just let me know.

  8. […] night we took the tram over to Trastevere where Katie Parla was hosting a charity wine tasting event. The crowd filled this little wine bar called ilbacocco, mostly with expats, some tourists, and […]

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