Italian Food festival held


The second edition of the “Week of the Italian cuisine in the World” started on the 20th through the 26th of November and hosted events promoted by the Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia, with the support of institutional and private partners, both Ethiopian and Italians. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation had organized, together with the Embassies, Italian Trade Agencies and Cultural Institutes, more than 1,000 events in over 100 countries around the world to promote the “Made in Italy” with particular focus, for this years’ edition, to the agro-industrial sector.
In Ethiopia, around 30 restaurants, hotels and ice-creams shops were involved in the Italian culinary tradition and have joined the initiative presenting special menus for the entire week. The main supermarkets in Addis Abeba (Gara Mart, Novis, Shoa and Safeway) were also presenting Italian products for the occasion with degustation events in the “Italian Corner” inside their premises.
The programme, which included restaurants owned by Italian and Ethiopian nationals, embraces also famous Hotels such as Sheraton Addis, Radisson, Marriott Executive Apartments, Ramada Addis and Saro Maria, delighted their customers and clients with ad hoc menu prepared for the occasion.
Aside from the participation of the single restaurants as Abucci, Agnese Ristorante, Antica Bar and Restaurant, Belvedere, Castelli, Cavallino Club Ristorante, Dok, Effoi Pizza, Gusto Ristorante, Il Posto, Mamma Mia Italian Bar and Restaurant, M.C Wine Bar and Pizzeria, Linda Restaurant, Tivoli, Vaccari, Villa Verde Restaurant, Emerald Resort and Lodge, also the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa presented its Italian specialties with different Italian menus in the two restaurants inside the UN compound.
A Special culinary event took place on the 21 November at the Italian Juventus Club, which saw the involvement of 7 chefs from the ENAIP (Institute for vocational training of Padua, Italy) who worked together to present their exceptional dishes from the “Veneto” and “Lombardia” Regional Cuisine.
The Embassy had also promoted a special kids’ entertainment day for Friday 24 November at the Juventus Club with pizza and fresh pasta preparation courses by the School of Chefs.
A culinary book of Italian recipes, translated into the Amharic language, will also be also launched by the Italian cultural Institute which includes 20 Italian regional dishes thought for the Ethiopian public.