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Brightest Young Things
02.17.17

Taste Test: Via Umbria’s Bottomless Brunch

D.C. has a plethora of bottomless brunch options, but Via Umbria, Georgetown’s Italian market-restaurant-enoteca, manages to be both fun and incredibly inexpensive: $35 for three generous courses, plus bottomless sparkling wine and mimosas.

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Eat Drink Lucky
01.13.17

EAT, Chef Simone Proietti-Pesci, Washington DC

Chat with guest chef Simone Proietti-Pesci as he prepares a special, straight-from-Italy truffle dinner in Via Umbria's demonstration kitchen.

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DC Refined
01.13.17

Where to eat & drink during the Women's March on Washington

Bartender Matt Demia from True Syrups will host a class, “Cheers to Powerful Women,” focused on classic American cocktails inspired by iconic American women at the Italian café and market in Georgetown. A portion of the proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood. January 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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Bad Wolf DC
01.05.17

GEORGETOWN: January Happenings at Via Umbria

Georgetown’s Italian food emporium and café Via Umbria will kick off 2017 with various Italian dinner parties, a cocktail making class, a sausage making demo and an Umbrian beer tasting. See below for the full details and let me know if you have any questions.

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The Georgetown Dish
12.27.16

Dinner with Federico and Jennifer

Federico Bibi and Jennifer McIlvaine may have come from different places (he in Foligno, she in Philadelphia) but their roots are now firmly entwined and planted in the fertile Umbrian Valley. This couple is all about food and wine - with Federico managing the Terre Margaritelli vineyard and Jennifer operating a popular culinary tourism company.

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Bitches Who Brunch
12.16.16

Via Umbria Brunch

After a long week of travel and presidential election drama, I couldn’t have been more excited to spend a Sunday brunch celebrating one of my best girls.

I have a pretty good pulse on all of the authentic Italian haunts in Washington. A. Litteri is the best place to get an Italian sub; Centrolina is where I uncover rare Italian wines and pasta; and Via Umbria is where I go for imported extra virgin olive oil. And, now, it’s also one of my favorite places for brunch.

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WTOP
12.15.16

Local gifts for the food lover on your list - Via Umbria

Local gifts for the food lover on your list - Via Umbria

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Bad Sentences
12.05.16

Via Umbria Will Transport You to Italy

A trip to Italy is at the very tippy tip-top of my bucket list. The wine, the food, the ancient architecture – it all beckons to me on a regular basis. Until I make it there, I’ll be spending a lot of time at Via Umbria in Georgetown.

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Bad Wolf DC
11.29.16

GEORGETOWN: There Are Many Holiday Happenings at Via Umbria To Make You Feel Festive

This December, Via Umbria, the Italian food emporium and café in Georgetown will celebrate the holidays with a month full of cooking, cocktail and cookie-making classes, festive drinks and Italian dinner parties. Below are the details, but please let me know if you have any questions.

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Washingtonian
11.23.16

Where to Shop in DC on Small Business Saturday

There are over 300 small businesses in Georgetown, and a bunch of them are celebrating Small Business Saturday with giveaways and discounts, including 20 percent off at Reddz Trading, samples of Via Umbria’s Italian foods...

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WTOP
11.22.16

Capital Culture Episode 19

A shimmering, bronzed turkey is, for many Americans, the highlight of colossal Thanksgiving feasts. Although this basted bird is synonymous with the gluttonous day, vegetarians need not settle for spongy slabs of Tofurky Roast & Gravy or fill up on green bean casserole alone.

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WTOP - Foodie and the Beast
11.20.16

Foodie and the Beast Holiday Gift Guide Special

Via Umbria owners Bill and Suzy Menard join Nycci and David Nellis on their Sunday radio program "Foodie and the Beast" to pour some Italian wines and talk about gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

Listen to the program here.

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Vogue
11.17.16

How to Pull Off a Vegetarian Thanksgiving—Tips From Top Chefs

A shimmering, bronzed turkey is, for many Americans, the highlight of colossal Thanksgiving feasts. Although this basted bird is synonymous with the gluttonous day, vegetarians need not settle for spongy slabs of Tofurky Roast & Gravy or fill up on green bean casserole alone.

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WTOP
11.16.16

Put an Italian spin on the traditional Thanksgiving spread

Via Umbria is a passion project for D.C. couple Bill and Suzy Menard. After developing an affinity for Italy — and the artists who craft its food and culture  the couple launched an online business to sell imported Italian goods. That has since evolved into an expansive two-story Georgetown shop, complete with a restaurant and an art gallery on the second floor. 

Leading the kitchen at Via Umbria is Johanna Hellrigl, who whips up everything from vincisgrassi to vegetable salads to supply the cafe and intimate seated dinners. And this time of year, Hellrigl’s mind is on Thanksgiving.
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GregsListDC
11.14.16

How to Host Your Best Thanksgiving

On November 16, ‘How to Host Your Best Thanksgiving’ cooking demonstrations will be led by Head Chef Johanna Hellrigl and Butcher & Charcutier Scott Weiss who will teach guests how to prepare a juicy and decadent turkey, how to make new and inventive side dishes, and the secrets to creating the perfect signature cocktail. Guests are invited to taste their way through the demonstrations and take home copies of any of the night’s recipes. The ‘How to Host Your Best Thanksgiving’ demo will be held on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $50 per person, and can be found here: http://viaumbria.com/november-16-thanksgiving-cooking-class.html

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NBC 4 Washington
11.14.16

How to Make Italian Treats for Thanksgiving

Via Umbria's Chef Chefs Johanna Hellrigl and Jaclyn Beasley visit the News4 studio to demonstrate to reporter Eun Yang how to make pumpkin-filled pasta for a fall feast.

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Gregs List DC
11.14.16

Cashmere Sip & Shop

ust in time for the holiday shopping season, Via Umbria, an Italian market in Georgetown, will host a special two-day event on November 18 and 19, featuring Umbrian cashmere, prosecco and caviar...

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National Post
11.14.16

One flexible dough, so many possibilities for these easy homemade crackers

At Via Umbria in Georgetown, cheesemonger Alice Bergen Phillips says complex cheese platters work for large gatherings. But for a small group, a single cheese — with your snazzy crackers — just makes sense.

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The Georgetown Dish
11.13.16

Cashmere, Prosecco and Caviar at Via Umbria

Owners Suzy and Bill Menard just returned from a trip to the region, where they visited ESSERE, a company specializing in men and women’s knitwear, and providing cashmere for some of the top fashion houses in Italy.

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Bad Wolf DC
11.11.16

GEORGETOWN: Via Umbria Has a Special Two-day Event Featuring Umbrian Cashmere, Prosecco and Caviar - Nov 18/19

ust in time for the holiday shopping season, Via Umbria, an Italian market in Georgetown, will host a special two-day event on November 18 and 19, featuring Umbrian cashmere, prosecco and caviar. 

The event runs from 10am to 6p.m. on both days, and Italian cashmere sweaters,scarves, hats, blankets and more, from the region of Umbria, will be available for sale.  

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Bad Wolf DC
11.08.16

GEORGETOWN: Thanksgiving Cooking Classes and Prepared Foods at Via Umbria

Leading up to the holidays, Georgetown’s Via Umbria, an Italian retail market in Georgetown, is hosting a night of cooking and cocktail demonstrations to help equip guests with the knowledge and skills to host their best Thanksgiving yet. The store will also offer a full menu of prepared Thanksgiving foods for pre-order, from turkeys to stuffing to desserts, helping to alleviate pressure on hosts.

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Bad Wolf DC
10.31.16

GEORGETOWN: November at Via Umbria – Cheese Demos, Cocktail Clases and Wine Dinners

talian café and market Via Umbria will host various events, including demos, tastings and dinners throughout the month of November. The events all correlate to designated themes for each week, which are Seafood, Alto Adige, Umbria, andThanksgiving, respectively. 

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Washingtonian
10.24.16

Photos from Washingtonian's Taste of Georgetown

Foodies from near and far braved the rain to experience the 23rd annual Taste of Georgetown on Saturday, October 1st. Thousands of attendees enjoyed an eclectic offering of delicious dishes from over 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants. While strolling the historic streets, guests also shopped at several local retailers and sipped on beers from Georgetown local Pizzeria Paradiso and wine from Great Frogs Winery.

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dcist
10.19.16

Ten Underrated Brunches in DC

The problem with the brunch scene is that it can kind of be, well, a scene, but we've come up with a few options if you need help breaking out of your brunch rut. We've picked out places that veer from the traditional American brunch playbook, places you might not usually think about visiting quite so early or that are quite literally off the beaten path. For our previous contentious posts about best brunch, see here and here.

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Washington Post
10.17.16

Can you do better than cheese 'n' crackers? Yes, and no.

At Via Umbria in Georgetown, cheesemonger Alice Bergen Phillips says complex cheese platters work for large gatherings. But for a small group, a single cheese — with your snazzy crackers — just makes sense.

“Easiest appetizer in the world. You just have to unwrap it,” she says.

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The Georgetowner
10.16.16

Dine and Donate for Amatrice at Via Umbria

To support the city of Amatrice which fell victim to a destructive earthquake in August, Georgetown's Via Umbria hosted an earthquake relief fund gala, raising a total of $21,000. 

To reach their goal of $25,000 for the Italian American Relief Fund, the Italian market and cafe is offering a Dine and Donate promotion, where guests have the option of making a $20 donation to the Fund in-store in exchange for a plate of Spaghetti All’Amatriciana – the region’s namesake dish.

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DC Eater
10.10.16

Tracking Truffles During This Year's Season

Truffle season is back. It tends to be quick — and pricey — but fans of the rich delicacy are willing to shell out up to three figures to get a taste. D.C. restaurants are getting in on the truffle game by making truffle-specific dishes or allowing diners to shave the fancy fungi all over their food.

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Bad Wolf DC
10.05.16

Georgetown: October Events at Via Umbria

There are lots of upcoming events throughout the month of October at Via Umbria in Georgetown including a cheese party highlighting Mountain Top Bleu, a wine dinner with winemakers from Abruzzo, and a showing of Silence of the Lambs with an Italian buffet.

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The Georgetown Dish
09.26.16

Via Umbria Hosts Earthquake Relief Cooking Class & Chef Gala

Via Umbria is hosting two very special events this month to raise funds for the Italian American Relief Fund, a fund established by the National Italian American Foundation to support earthquake relief activities in central Italy.

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Bad Wolf DC
09.23.16

GEORGETOWN: Amatrice Fundraisers and More at Via Umbria - Starts Tonight

Via Umbria in Georgetown is hosting an Amatriciana cooking class on Friday, September 23 to teach guests how to make the namesake dish of Amatrice, the Italian town that was devastated by last month’s earthquake. The class will include a full demonstration as well a three-course dinner.

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Chaine des Rotisseurs
09.17.16

Via Umbria - Société Mondiale Du Vin - A Day Of Wine And Roses

On September 17, 2016, the Greater Washington D.C. Bailliage, Société Mondiale du Vin, reveled and reviewed in a day of "wine and roses, smiling and running away like a child[ren] at play, through the open door[s]" of Via Umbria, in the heart of Georgetown. Hosted by our very own Maître Rotisseur Traiteur William Menard and Maître Rotisseur Traiteur Suzie Menard at their maison de la gastronomie that reflects l'amore di tutto Italiano, a privileged group of members and guests of the Société Mondiale, gathered to learn more of the elixir of le joie du vivre of the Piedmont region of Italy, under to tutelage of Caroline Hermann.

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La Chaine des Rotisseurs DC
09.17.16

Via Umbria – Société Mondiale Du Vin – A Day Of Wine And Roses

On September 17, 2016, the Greater Washington D.C. Bailliage, Société Mondiale du Vin, reveled and reviewed in a day of "wine and roses, smiling and running away like a child[ren] at play, through the open door[s]" of Via Umbria, in the heart of Georgetown.

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Eat Drink Lucky
09.13.16

Eat, Washington DC

If you can't actually make it to Italy anytime soon, the Via Umbria cafe and market is a close second. Everything you need for a true Italian food experience is available here -- cheeses, wines, pastas, olive oils, sauces, spices, antipasti and some of the best espresso in town. Gnocchi-ding here! 

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Hungry Lobbyist
09.12.16

Georgetown's Via Umbria is Your Passport to Italy

In the last two years, Georgetown has really stepped up its food game thanks to places like family-owned Via Umbria – an Italian marketplace under one roof. 

Over the weekend, I partook in Via Umbria’s 2nd anniversary celebration that was open to the public and included complimentary tastings, specialty cocktails, and wines all day long.  

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Modern Luxury
09.10.16

Via Umbria's Two Year Anniversary

Via Umbria is turning two! Celebrate our anniversary on Saturday, September 10th, at a festive open house and Sip & Shop event complete with complimentary tastings, specialty cocktails, and wines all day long. 

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The Gerogetown Dish
09.08.16

Via Umbria Hosts Eileen Lyons' Art

“The quality of the light, those vibrant colors in A Coruña, a province in northern Spain were my inspiration,” says fourth generation artist, Eileen Lyons about her paintings and lithographs, on display Thursday evening at a party hosted by Via Umbria.

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The Georgetowner
09.06.16

Via Umbria Events Will Raise Earthquake Relief Funds

Italian emporium Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW, is planning fall events to be held in its upstairs kitchen space to raise funds for the central Italian towns hit by an earthquake Aug. 24. The magnitude-6.2 quake destroyed entire villages and killed more than 200 residents.

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Capitol File
09.02.16

Sip & Shop at Via Umbria

Celebrate Via Umbria's two-year anniversary with a festive open house and Sip & Shop event complete with complimentary tastings, specialty cocktails, wines and giveaways that guest can enjoy throughout the day.

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Bad Wolf DC
08.31.16

GEORGETOWN: Via Umbria Food Market Celebrates Two Years - Sept 10th

Via Umbria, is an Italian food market, café and wine shop located in Georgetown, and they are about to celebrate their two-year anniversary on Saturday, September 10th with a festive open house and “Sip & Shop” event complete with complimentary tastings, specialty cocktails, wines and giveaways that guests can enjoy throughout the day. The event runs from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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The Georgetown Dish
08.30.16

Turning 2: Celebrate With Via Umbria

Celebrate the two-year anniversary of Via Umbria on Saturday, September 10th. Georgetown's go-to place for all things Italian, from ceramics and textiles to wining and dining ... is holding a festive open house and Sip & Shop event complete with complimentary tastings, specialty cocktails, and wines all day long. 

 

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DC Refined
07.26.16

Transport your guests to Umbria with this Italian-themed dinner party

Need an idea for your next dinner party? Look no further than the “green heart of Italy.” Halfway between Florence and Rome, Umbria is the country’s only region without a coastline.

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The Georgetowner
07.21.16

Ciao Bella: Business Group Celebrates Via Umbria

The increasingly popular Italian store at 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW is relatively new to town, having opened last year. It sells food as well as kitchen items and pottery on the first floor, where the deli side also has seating. Upstairs, an impressive kitchen and dining space allows for special events and tasting dinners with chefs who fly in from Italy.

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The Georgetown Dish
07.21.16

Knodel Demo & Dinner with Chef Johanna

Make learning to cook is as relaxing as it is fun with Via Umbria's new Demo and Dinner series.

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The Washington Blade
07.07.16

Eat Like a Tourist

The Washington Blade features Via Umbria's Sunday Brunch as one of its top destinations for a DC "staycation," urging readers that it will "allow you to taste the good life without ever leaving the city limits."

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Bad Sentences Blog
07.06.16

Via Umbria will Transport you to Italy

If you’re looking to learn more about Italian cuisine or purchase hard-to-find Italian products, meats and cheeses you cannot go wrong with Via Umbria. Check out their July events menu for a list of upcoming wine tastings, cooking classes and special dinners.

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DCist
07.01.16

The Weekly Feed: Summer Cheese Edition

If you’re interested in learning more about the intricacies of seasonal cheese, you can visit Alice Bergen Phillips at Via Umbria Tuesdays through Sundays, where she’ll happily share both knowledge and cheese. Via Umbria’s Cheese of the Month Club offers even more opportunities.

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Let's Do Lunch
06.22.16

Meatball Mania at Via Umbria in Georgetown

Meatball Mania featured a tasting of 3 different meatballs with a hands on experience of making one of the meatballs. The class started with a meat grinding demonstration, showing that it is indeed possible to grind your own meat without having fancy pants machinery, although using a kitchen aid with a grinder attachment is still a pretty piece of machinery.

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The Georgetown Dish
06.02.16

Father's Day Brunch at Via Umbria June 19

Give Dad a break from the grill this Father's Day and treat him to a relaxing brunch in ourLaboratorio Demonstration Kitchen at Via Umbria. Choose from a delicious selection of Italian favorites and American inspired creations all paired with with a flight of Birra Perugia beers or Gordy's Bloody Mary's.

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DCfud
05.09.16

Via Umbria Melted Cheese Party

A place to enjoy all things Italy right in the middle of Georgetown, Via Umbria brought together cheese lovers to taste their way around Europe and America. The Melt Fondue Fest was created to show off some of the best international and local cheeses in the form of fondue. Upon arrival, guests were given a passport to visit five different cheese stations.

 

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Pix of DC
03.30.16

MELT at Via Umbria

Via Umbria MELT was all about melted cheesy goodness. With 5 different cheese stations celebrating a different type of melted cheese – Alpine Fondue, Italian Fonduta with truffles, American Pub/Beer cheese (with Port City Brewing Company beer), Raclette, and fried Wisconsin cheese curds.

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The Georgetown Dish
03.17.16

Umbrian Comfort Food Dinners at Via Umbria

Last chances to enjoy classic Umbrian comfort food this month! Warm the heart and stir the soul by indulging in the dishes you crave at Via Umbria's Italian Comfort Food dinners Thursdays in March.

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The Georgetown Dish
12.09.15

Experience Italy as Via Umbria Reopens

The culmination of a two decade love affair with Italy by longtime DC residents Bill andSuzy Menard, Via Umbria is a reflection of their vision of a place where people can come and experience many facets of la dolce vita,the “sweet life” long associated with Italy. 

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Swimming in Quicksand
12.06.15

A First Look At Georgetown's Rebooted Via Umbria

What a difference a reboot makes. Via Umbria has reopened in the same location at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW, but its now so much more: butcher shop, cheeserie,  wine purveyor, bread shop, deli, coffee shop, cafe, as well as all the previous staples of pasta, biscuits, crackers and table top items, and classes and travel.

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Popville
11.24.15

Via Umbria Cafe and Italian Market Soft (re)Opens in Georgetown

Discover the finest Italian olive oils, Italian pasta, delicious chocolates, succulent sauces, handpainted ceramics, beautiful linens and much more. We invite you to explore the best of Italy’s unique cuisine and crafts today!

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Hollywood on the Potomac
01.16.15

Via Umbria

We’re not sure where the truck is from, but everything else inside Via Umbria on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown is exactly that – from Umbria – ”the rustic region known as il cuore verde d’Italia, the green heart of Italy,” according to owners Suzy and Bill Menard.

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The Washington Post Online
12.10.14

Destination Design : Georgetown

The Washington Post showed aesthetic appreciation for Via Umbria's ceramics & imports when featuring Georgetown's best brick & mortars.

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The Georgetown Dish
09.28.14

A Georgetown Sit-Down with Via Umbria

Editor-in-chief Judith Beerman flagged us down on the eve of our store opening to talk shop. Enjoy.

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Hollywood on the Potomac
01.29.14

Italian Chef Experience

Our guest chef Simone Proietti-Pesci prepares a meal for the Hollywood on the Potomac guests after they visit the store.

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The Georgetown Dish
01.01.70

Via Umbria Opens Laboratorio Demonstration Kitchen

As part of their mission to Discover, Savor, and Share all things Italian, Via Umbria is opening their Laboratorio Demonstration Kitchen to the public as they host their first Sunday Social–an informal evening dedicated to creating a shared space for families and neighbors to gather together. 

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