A buffet dinner, two thematic events dedicated to pasta and pizza, the presentation of a recipe book entitled ‘Appetito: Taste of Italy’, workshops and initiatives co-sponsored with the restaurants of the capital is the package of events that the Italian Embassy in Tehran scheduled to celebrate the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World. From 19 to 25 November, the Mediterranean diet was illustrated to the Iranian capital’s specialised press and an audience of enthusiasts.
Michelin star-winning chef Giuseppe di Iorio (from the Rome-based restaurant AROMA), served a buffet dinner for almost 300 people in ‘The Cheese Factory’ restaurant and coordinated the organisation of two workshops on the Mediterranean diet and on Italian patisserie. For the third time in a row, also the chef from the Federazione Italiana Pizzaioli, Giuseppe Peluso, in cooperation with the Italian restaurant ILIO, was the guest star of two thematic events dedicated to pizza and pasta. He also served an aperitif-buffet for the official opening of the Benelli Lounge restaurant, in addition to holding workshops at the ILIO restaurant, at the BOOKCITY chain of bookshops and at the AVA Shopping Center.
At the Espinas Palace Hotel, a permanent space was dedicated to products of the Fiorentini and Polli brands and the Golestan Shopping Centre hosted several promotional events, including workshops on ice-cream production using Italian ice-cream making machines.
On Thursday, the recipes contained in ‘Appetito – Taste of Italy’, were illustrated by the three authors: Angelica Rossi, Teresa Maria Schutzmann and Sahar Salimian.
Throughout the Week, some of Tehran’s most popular restaurants and cafés and the Pietro della Valle Italian School, along with local importers and distributors, pitched in to help in the organisation. Lastly, an exhibition proposed by the Italian Embassy and displaying ten paintings by Iranian artists on the theme: “Espresso on Canvas” was organised in partnership with one of the city’s major art galleries.