Hearty Italian Dinner - A Chef’s Reminiscences of Abruzzo

  • June 11, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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A old Italian expression leaps to mind as our next dining event takes us to an old Italian restaurant in Georgetown. “A tavola non si invecchia” which means at the table with good friends you do not become old. It goes right to the heart of the notion that the Italian meal is meant to be an experience of good feelings and pleasure enjoyed with others.

Filomena, One of DC’s premier restaurant for 30 years located in Georgetown offers authentic Italian cuisine in a very elegant setting. The restaurant by Chef and Owner JoAnna Filomena was created from her reminiscence of youthful days growing up in the region of Abruzzo helping her Mother prepare for special meals for family and relatives and helping to decorate.

The ability to make an evening special, seemingly without effort, is what inspired JoAnna to create "Filomena" Ristorante. If she could recreate her mother’s special dinners on a grand scale in a restaurant setting, she knew there would be a place for the restaurant in the Washington dining arena. The entire project eventually became a living monument to her Mother Filomena.

Though the menu at Filomena features some authentic regional dishes from Italy, there is the culinary influence of her home region of Abruzzo.

Abruzzo cuisine has many facets simply because of its varied territory and local cultures: there are the traditional dishes of the shepherds, up on the mountains; peasant cuisine, on the hills and in the valleys; the cultured, middle-class enclave of Teramo's culinary traditions; fish recipes on the coast. A wide variety of tastes rooted in the region's huge patchwork of landscapes and environments.

The notable wine (DOC) in Abruzzo are the Contro Guerra, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane.

So join in for a special evening of pairing traditional Italian classic recipes with some great wine from this region and celebrating an evening with other Grapes & Grains members.

Please note, that reservations to this restaurant are very difficult to make and therefore your responsible management of RSVP’s is a must.

Though most members, particularly those that have attended prior events with us have always managed their RSVP’s well,we do have the occasional less than 5% of new members, who tend to “consistently" drop out in the last 48/24 hours of the event and hence denying those on the wait list from attending.

So once again PLEASE MANAGE YOUR RSVP’s RESPONSIBLY, and if you anticipate, that, you can't make it, Give others enough time to get off the wait list and manage their plans for attending.

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  • Peter

    Fun evening of conversation and some home-style Italian cuisine! An occasion for over indulgence!

    June 13, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    A wonderful night of Good Food, Great Ambiance and a fun mix of regular and new members that bonded very well for some fun conversations and good laughs . Perhaps as they say it's the wonderful magic of a good Italian dinner.

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    Just got here at the bar, this place is very busy tonight. Please try to be here on time so we can get seated.

    June 11, 2014

  • Brigitta

    the storm just stopped here in NOVA so I'll leave now . sorry I'll be ~15-20 min late (didnt seem save to drive earlier). look forw to see you'll

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    The usual reminder to all those members that have RSVP'd, Please update your RSVP if your plans of attending has changed, or likely to change as we do have a lot of members on the wait list. We still occasionally have a few (New) members cancelling just prior to the event and preventing others from attending and making it difficult for us to manage the reservations. Looking forward to seeing you all soon and for a fun evening of traditional Italian dinner.

    June 4, 2014

    • Mo

      I will be attending. Looking forward. Mo

      1 · June 5, 2014

    • Marga

      I will be attending :-)

      1 · June 10, 2014

  • Kelly

    Looks like a great place. I have other plans. Hope you will visit this restaurant again in the future.

    June 9, 2014

  • sharon

    one of my favorite restaurants that I don't get to very often!!!! Just had brunch there last weekend and am so excited about being able to join the group for dinner next week.

    1 · June 1, 2014

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