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Sun, Nov 04


Mitchell Park Community Center

Eat like an Italian | Mangia come un Italiano

From appetizers to coffee, through desserts and wine, a genuine Italian experience for those who still do not know it and a way for Italian people to feel at home and savor some traditions.

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Eat like an Italian | Mangia come un Italiano
Eat like an Italian | Mangia come un Italiano

Time & Location

Nov 04, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA


About The Event

Food can tell stories, describe entire cultures. It breaks those barriers that generate distance between a person and the experience. It has the power of attracting people and you can give so many roles to it: it can be entertainment or even the medium for communicating a message.

We have noticed that pretty much everyone, as soon as they know we're Italian, loves to share their own favorite dishes… spaghetti with meatballs, marinara sauce, secret recipes with an endless list of ingredients. But are these authentic?

Our experiences have shown us that very strong connections are made when telling the family stories of grandma and how she cooked. People love to learn about the making of our traditional recipes and the endless Italian meals, with multiple separate courses while we gather around a table for a true moment of delight. 

It’s time to share these authentic aspects of Italian lifestyle again. Carry on our culinary tradition and specific knowledge, so we don’t miss the memory of some products and dishes of gastronomic culture and - at the same time - to share something about ourselves with others.


  • Free admission for kids under 5
  • Discounted price for kids 5-12

More than entertainment:

For every event we organize, we will donate a percentage of the proceeds to a different organization. 

"Eat like an Italian" will benefit UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco.


Looks like you’re eager to know more about the secret menu we’re crafting for the event… We’re working with our amazing sponsor to give you the best #ItalianPranzo experience. We’ll release a new clue every day…

In the meantime, don’t forget to tell your bff, parents, bae, gym & yoga buddies…. (YES , everyone) that tickets are still available but prices will go up soon.  

Are you ready to eat like an Italian? Let’s start from the beginning …

CLUE #1: The antipasto platter is the answer to every host's prayers. Sweet yet salty, elegant but easy, the platter promises to satisfy all tastes and improve any occasion. An antipasto should whet the appetite—stuzzicare l’appetito—without being too big or too filling. Also, in choosing what antipasto to serve, it is important to keep in mind not only what tastes complement each other on the plate, but also what foods work well with the courses that are to follow.

CLUE #2: The section after antipasti is primi piatti, where your main course begins (but shouldn’t end). The items in this category are likely to include pastas of all shapes, sizes, and names. Primi may also include dumplings like gnocchi o ravioli. The primi make up the biggest part of the menu.

CLUE #3:Pasta (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpasta]) is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily. Also commonly used to refer to the variety dishes made with it, represents a must-have for any Italian meal. Pasta is considered a ‘Primo Piatto’ (check clue #2) so our cooked pasta samples will plated and served with a specially-crafted sauce or condiment, which will make it a perfect match with shape and the texture. No additional meat/fish (that’s a ‘secondo piatto’) or side servings (that’s a ‘contorno’). You’ll “learn” how to enjoy them at the dedicated booths. Sorry, no spaghetti with meatballs.

CLUE #4:“A tavola non si invecchia”.

"Good food keeps you young".Secondo piatto, often consisting in a protein based course following the primo piatto and before any dessert. Are you ready for something delicious, light and fresh? 

Clue #5 “Dulcis in Fundo”

The ancient Latins had a motto: Dulcis in Fundo, meaning the best, yummiest treat always comes at the end of something, usually after a meal.

Finally there is il dolce! In Italy, il dolce is not only a sweet way to end a lunch or dinner—it’s also the way many Italians start their day. The term dolci literally means “sweets,” though the French term “dessert” is also frequently used in Italy.


Aemilia Imports

Cafe' Venetia

Enoteca La Storia

Dolce Italian Sweet

Friuli Italian Wines

Girasole Imports



La Pizzeria



Vina Enoteca

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