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Savor Sicilian Seafood Favorites in DC

August 19, 2016
Celebrate Mediterranean Cuisine with a Sicilian Series of Events

Next week, step into Sicily through a series of events at Via Umbria that highlight the unique flavors and cuisine of this Mediterranean island paradise.

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Explore Northern Italian Cuisine at Via Umbria

July 16, 2016
Via Umbria will take guests on a tour of Alto Adige, one of Italy’s most culinarily diverse regions

Via Umbria is dedicated to the mission of bringing authentic and little known Italian cuisine to the heart of Washington through cooking classes, dinners, and wine tastings. Throughout the summer months, guests can go on a tour of Italy week to week as they explore the culinary and oenological histories and traditions of its different regions. 

During the week of July 25-31, Via Umbria will take guests on a tour of Alto Adige, one of Italy’s northernmost and most culinarily diverse regions. With unique dining events from Thursday July 28- Sunday July 31 guests will have several opportunities to experience the distinct Bavarian and Austrian inspired culinary culture of this region. 

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Via Umbria Celebrates the Island of Sardinia

July 15, 2016
Series of Cooking Demonstrations and Dinners to Highlight Sardinian Cuisine

Next week, Via Umbria celebrates the Mediterranean cuisine and culture of the mystical island of Sardinia with a series of events, including an intimate Demonstration Dinner, a CYOB (Choose Your Own Bottle) Dinner featuring Sardinian staples, a Bottomless Brunch with a Mediterranean-inspired menu, and week long Sardinian wine specials in the café. There’s no better way to discover and celebrate the beautiful island province, shaped by its own language and traditions and steeped in its own cuisine and culture!

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Via Umbria Celebrates Lambrusco Week July 12-19

July 12, 2016
Menus Featuring the Cuisine of Emilia Romagna

This week, Via Umbria celebrates all things Lambrusco, featuring everything from wines to the cuisine of Italy’s Emilia Romagna region.

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Via Umbria Teaches You the Secrets of Summer Entertaining

July 12, 2016
Wednesday Demonstration Series in July reveal the tips and tricks of outdoor entertainment

Looking to be the hit of your next block party, backyard barbecue, or family get-together? Via Umbria’s got you covered.

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Discover the Cuisine of Naples at Via Umbria

July 05, 2016
Enjoy favorite dishes from the historical coastal region of Naples

This week, Via Umbria is exploring Neapolitan cuisine with a series of dinners and events dedicated to showcasing the rich flavors of this historical coastal region. 

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The List Are You On It?

"Pizza Making Class: Battle Of The Sauces At Via Umbria"
June 2017

Via Umbria will host an interactive pizza-making class in their upstairs demonstration kitchen. The class will teach you how to roll pizza dough and how to create different flavors using various sauces like classic marinara or even dessert pizza using melted Nutella.

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Washingtonian

"Things To Do in DC This Week (June 26-28): A Capitals Fundraiser, Financial Advice for Millennials, and an Ai Weiwei Installation"
June 2017

COOKING A great pizza begins with a great sauce, and Via Umbria is hosting a pizza making demonstration called “Battle of the Sauces.” Flavors range from a traditional tomato sauce to a melted Nutella. $35 (advanced reservations required), 7:30 PM.

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Bitches Who Brunch

"This Week in DC: June 26- July 2"
June 2017

Spend the night at Fresco d’Estate at Via Umbria, fresh for the summer menu. For their Italian Dinner Party series, they serve a single fixed menu and have one seating at 7 p.m. All guests sit communally at one table.

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Experts in All Things Italian

Meet our founders and in-house experts.

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Your Umbrian experts:

Via Umbria owners Bill and Suzy Menard, informal ambassadors of Umbria and its many splendors, fell hard for the rustic charm of this still relatively obscure region and were compelled to introduce its unspoiled beauty and rich heritage to fans of Italian culture. Through their longstanding relationships with local artisans, the Menards have access to the very best indigenous products straight from the source.

Bill and Suzy Menard - Founder & Owner
Email: suzy@viaumbria.com
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Your In-house experts:

Jessica lives and breathes small business, and is our logistics mastermind.

Jessica Dixon - Manager
Email: jessica@viaumbria.com
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Your wine and food connoisseur:

DC Chef and Sommelier, Johanna Hellrigl Assad joins Via Umbria’s new kitchen in her role as head chef.

Johanna Hellrigl Assad - head chef
Email: Johanna@viaumbria.com
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Email: sabrina@viaumbria.com
Phone: 202.333.3904