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Upcoming Special Events

Serata d’Opera Italiana
I Due Timidi (The Shy Lovers)
Friday, March 9, 2018
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

$10 for ICCC Members and Students | $15 for Non-members
Register on Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

What happens when two hopelessly shy lovers try to connect despite the interference of their neighbors and families? Join us at the ICCC for a special performance of I Due Timidi (The Shy Lovers) by students from the University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center.

With music by the beloved Italian composer Nino Rota, famous for the soundtracks for films of Fellini, Visconti, and Zeffirelli as well as The Godfather, this one hour long comic opera will be presented in a semi-staged format with piano accompaniment with singers from the acclaimed Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston.

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Hard Boiled Quintets
Featuring Rocco Parisi and the Axiom Quartet
Saturday, March 24, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

$10 for ICCC Members and Students | $15 for Non-members
Register on Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Join us for an evening of the clarinet quintets of Arthur Gottschalk from Rice University and Mozart, featuring the Axiom String Quartet of Houston with special guest Italian clarinet virtuoso Rocco Parisi.

Rocco Parisi:

Rocco Parisi, born in San Pietro a Maida – Italy, studied in Holland with at the Rotterdam Conservatorium, where he gained brilliantly which is the Getuigschrift diploma in bass clarinet and in Italy gained “cum laude” the clarinet master degree at the Conservatorio “F. Ghedini” of Cuneo. He has been the winner of various international competitions, including T.I.M. Rome, the Orpheus Prize in Antwerpen, and the Concorso Internazionale di Stresa. As a soloist he has performed in several foreign countries (Germany, Turkey, Portugal, China, France, Switzerland, Spain) and at prestigious venues: Basklarinetdagen Gent, Strobel Studio Freiburg, Centrum Sztuki Wspolczenej Warsaw, Music Academyof Kracow, UHR kleinersaal Leipzig, Lisbon Music Conservatory and the Beijing Central Conservatory, “Festival Cervantino” Mexico. Parisi has recorded CDs for labels Taukay, Stradivarius, DDT, Nuova Era, AOC Classic – Edizioni Leonardi, Concerto Music-Media, Amirani Records. He is currently professor of clarinet and bass clarinet at the conservatory “Antonio Vivaldi” in Alessandria.

Axiom Quartet

The Axiom Quartet is a dynamic and passionate professional ensemble based in Houston, TX. The group is known for creating and performing programs that mix classical string quartet repertoire, classical transcriptions, new compositions, and popular rock, electronic, indie, jazz and pop genres. In 2017 Axiom was named Quartet-In-Residence at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Passionate for expressive music from across the Western tradition, Axiom Quartet concerts bring in a wide range of audiences; they turn classical fans on to extraordinary popular music, while serving as classical music advocates to contemporary music fans. Most recently, the Axiom Quartet signed with Parma Recordings. The quartet’s debut album will be released in March 2018. The Axiom Quartet includes violinist Dominika Dancewicz and Ingrid Gerling, violist Nina Bledsoe, and Patrick Moore, cellist.

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Date Night in Umbria
Let us transport you to a romantic evening in enchanting Umbria!
Friday, February 9, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

$50 for ICCC Members and Students | $55 for Non-members
Register on Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7
PLEASE NOTE: Ticket prices reflect the cost for one individual, not for a couple. Couples who will be attending need to purchase 2 tickets for this event.

Copies of “A Kitchen with a View” will be available for purchase at this event.

Join us for a hands-on cooking class with special guest Letizia Mattiaci, the author of “A Kitchen with a View”, acclaimed food blogger, and world-renowned culinary expert. Participants will experience Umbria as they learn about the culture and traditions while making strangozzi alla norcina con tartufo and ciambelline all’olio d’oliva e vino cookies.

Letizia Mattiacci:

Letizia Mattiacci has published two editions of her cookbook, runs a small cooking school near Assisi named “Alla Madonna del Piatto” which opened in 2003, and has been featured in press around the world, including the New York Times, National Geographic, L’Italo Americano, and the BBC. Born in Perugia, she was raised in Umbria. After completing her studies in behavioral ecology, she spent many years traveling the world as a scientist and lived in several countries including the USA. In 2001, she left her academic career to follow her dream of sharing the beauty of Umbria with the world. Over the past 15 years, Letizia has been hosting culinary workshops and sharing her passion for the food and artisan culture of Umbria in her family home.


Cucina Conversations – Hands-on cooking classes
Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford Street, Houston, Texas 77006
Registration per class $60 ICCC members | $65 Non-Members

Join us at the ICCC for these exciting hands-on cooking classes led by food blogger Flavia  Scalzitti of Flavia’s Flavors. Each class will develop around a regional theme and is sold separately.
Guests will not only learn the best techniques to prepare the dishes, but they will also enjoy a convivial evening that will start off with Italian aperitivi and traditional food bites.

June 8, 2017: Dinner in Rome
June 15, 2017: Italian Street Food
June 22, 2017: Dinner in Venice – Cocktail and Cicchetti

Flavia Scalzitti:

Flavia is the author of the food blog, Flavia’s Flavors, where she writes about Italian food, culture, and food history. She is from an Italian family where she grew up watching every meal being cooked from scratch with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Flavia has been traveling to Italy all her life where she was exposed to Italian food and culture from an early age. She was fortunate to grow up living near both sets of grandparents, who were all excellent home cooks, her paternal grandfather, Luigi, having had a long career as a professional chef in Italy, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Flavia’s cooking skills and knowledge come from starting to help in the family kitchen at the tender age of four, and continuing to learn into adulthood from her travels to Italy, cookbooks, cooking shows, and her Italian food blogging friends. Flavia believes in cooking and baking from scratch for the healthiest and most flavorful recipes, and she loves sharing the food she makes with family and friends.

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Studio Pilates
Wednesday, April 12 – Wednesday, May 10, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford Street, Houston, Texas 77006
Registration $150 ICCC members | $160 Non-Members

Join us at the ICCC for a special series on pilates and get ready to stretch your body and relax at Studio Pilates; a series of five 55-min pilates classes taking place every Wednesday, starting April 12 through May 10, 2017. Classes will be taught in English by the Italian Gymnast and Pilates Instructor Chiara Colombo.

Chiara Colombo:

Chiara was born and raised in Milano, Italy, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages. A gymnast since the age of 5, Chiara has been living abroad for the past 10 years, first in Asia where she discovered her passion for pilates and she then moved to the USA, where she got a full certification as a STOTT instructor (a contemporary approach to the original pilates).
Her passion for learning led her to a workshop on pilates for MS with Mariska Ireland and she has also collaborated with Michele Larsson. Chiara is always looking to expand her knowledge in the fitness field, and she is truly committed to spreading the importance and deep meaning of pilates.

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Birra Night:
with 8th Wonder Brewery and Chef Luca Manfé
Thursday, February 23, 2017 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:45pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford Street, Houston, Texas 77006

Ticket Prices: $60 for ICCC Members and $65 for Non-Members
Registration deadline is on February 17, 2017.

Join us at the ICCC for a beer pairing! A first-time event for the ICCC, this special tasting will offer popular local beer producer 8th Wonder Brewery‘s craft beers paired with MasterChef Winner Luca Manfé‘s bite-sized creations. Come experience this one-of-a-kind beer tasting and delight your taste buds to locally brewed beers and gourmet Italian cuisine bites, what else could you possibly want to do on a Thursday evening? Join us!

8th Wonder Brewery:

“Houston, we have beer.” Dedicated to brewing fresh, flavorful ales and a part of the local beerscape, 8th Wonder Brewery takes its name from the Houston Astrodome, dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Exploring styles across the beer world, each batch they brew undergoes strict flavor analysis and quality control. “The craft beer for the home team,” sits in a dome-like warehouse located in the shadow of the Houston skyline in East Downtown, only blocks away from the professional baseball, basketball, and soccer stadiums. Becoming one of Houston’s most popular craft beer producers, what is 8th Wonder all about? Gr8 beer! Delight your taste buds to locally brewed beers paired with Chef Luca Manfé’s gourmet Italian cuisine on February 23, 2017.

Chef Luca Manfé:

Luca Manfé, a native of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy, is the founder of “Dinner with Luca” and winner of MasterChef in 2013, becoming the first male contestant and previous season returnee to have won the title. He started to work in the restaurant business at the age of 16 at a pub in his hometown Aviano. He has lived and worked in Florida, Australia, and finally landed in New York City.
Manfé has had the privilege to work with great chefs, experiencing ingredients and techniques from different cuisines; from Japanese to French, to Modern American and of course, Italian. Moving to Houston, he brought these techniques and experiences to offer unique gourmet creations at his food truck “The Lucky Fig,” which for one year served more than 7,000 people and catered 26 events including the ICCC event “A Tavola con lo Chef” in April of 2016. Manfé will be at the ICCC for the second time on February 23, 2017 for a joint event with local beer producer 8th Wonder Brewery.

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ICCC Dine Around: Amalfi Ristorante
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – 7:00pm

Amalfi Ristorante & Bar Italiano
6100 Westheimer Rd #140, Houston, TX 77057
Ticket Price: $41*
Registration deadline is on February 17, 2017 by 3:30 pm.

*Price includes iced tea, tap water, soft drinks, American coffee. It does not include wine, beer, spirits, Pellegrino, Panna, espresso or cappuccino. These can be added and paid extra at the restaurant.

Join us for a ‘Dine Around’ at Amalfi Ristorante! Get ready to be delighted by Chef Giancarlo Ferrara’s delicious creations. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a nice evening surrounded by ICCC members and friends. This event will offer a prix fixe menu ($41* per person). You must previously register and pay in order to attend this event.

This event is hosted by the Italian Cultural & Community Center in collaboration with Amalfi Ristorante.

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Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar:

Leave your passport at the door – Chef and Owner Giancarlo Ferrara invites you to experience the tastes, aromas and passions of his homeland, Salerno in the Amalfi Coast, right here in Houston through a culinary experience years in the making. Influenced by his culinary family, Giancarlo finished first in his class at Centro Professionale Alberghiero in Salerno and his appreciation for quality, local, and seasonal food grew as well, following him in each of his culinary ambitions and becoming the cornerstones for his menus. Amalfi’s menu emphasizes fresh seafood, vivid citrus, and cozy olive oil in addition to fresh pastas, an assortment of meats, family-made cheeses, cleanly crafted cocktails, and an extensive, thoughtful wine list.

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Chocolate: That’s Amore (Valentine’s Day Workshop)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford Street, Houston, Texas 77006

Ticket Prices: $35 for ICCC Members and $40 for Non-Members

Join us for a sweet and chocolaty evening on Valentine’s Day! Come experience a hands-on chocolate dipping workshop where guests will have the opportunity to have some fun dipping strawberries, biscotti and truffles to make their very own delicious Valentine treats. Come celebrate San Valentino with your other half or with friends (chocolate dipping stations will be set up for two). This event will consist of a lecture on chocolate making and a workshop taught by Camp Waldemar Executive Chef Laura Pipkin Kramer. Sparkling wine will be served.

Laura Pipkin Kramer (Executive Chef at Camp Waldemar):

Laura is the executive chef at Camp Waldemar for girls in Hunt, Texas. She has a great passion for wine and chocolate… and the combination of both. This will be Laura’s second time at the Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC), as she presented her delicious chocolate truffles at our wine tasting last February.

Having offered her assorted hand dipped truffles as her gimmick gift at an interview for a new wine bar in Houston several years ago, she was able to professionally combine her unique recipes of chocolate with her fascination and enjoyment for wine. Her truffles were so well received that Mary Vuong, food writer for the Houston Chronicle, featured her in a holiday article about handmade candies, and her customers at the Wine Bar frequently referred to her as the “Truffle Lady.”


Una serata d’opera italiana

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Reception to follow show
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006
Ticket Prices: $10 ICCC Members/students – $15 General Admission

Secret marriages and incognito government inspectors, what could possibly go wrong?
Join us at the ICCC and enjoy an evening of laughter, a preview of what the Moores Opera Center has to offer in its 2016-2017 season. You will be able to enjoy portions of two wonderful operas: The Secret Marriage by Domenico Cimarosa and The Inspector by John Musto. You won’t want to miss this wonderful Serata d’opera italiana (An Evening of Italian Opera).

Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage) by Domenico Cimarosa:

So, you’ve secretly married your father’s assistant, your father is a fool, your sister is a harpy, your maiden aunt is lusting after your new husband, and a wealthy English count has come to enter into an arranged marriage with your sister, but decides he’d much rather marry youinstead.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
At its premiere, this opera so delighted Emperor Leopold II that he ordered dinner for the cast and commanded the opera to be repeated that evening in its entirety! You will be glad to know we are planning on doing it only once a night, but if you bought us dinner we just might change our mind.

The Inspector, music by John Musto, libretto by Mark Campbell:

Picture it: Sicily, 1930’s.
An inspector from Mussolini’s Rome is paying an incognito visit to a small Italian village, sending everyone into a frenzy of comic obsequiousness, greed, and lust for power. American composer John Musto’s very funny adaptation of Gogol’s satirical play, The Government Inspector, premiered recently at Wolf Trap to rapturous reviews.

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