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Cortina D’Ampezzo showcased in Los Angeles (April 17, 2013)



Cortina D’Ampezzo showcased in Los Angeles (April 17, 2013)

Not far from Austria in the mountains of Veneto you can find a jewel; well known to Italians yet somewhat undiscovered by American called Cortina.   Yet the appeal of Cortina is unique and has been the backdrop of many movies by Cinecitta’ and Hollywood: from Blake Edwards back in 1962 with the “Pink Panther to Roger Moore as he portrayed a James Bond who was making a speedy get away in “For your Eyes Only”. After Bond came Vittorio De Sica with “Gli Amanti”, Sylvester Stallone in “Cliffhanger” and “LadyHawke” with Rutger Hauer and Michele Pfeiffer. The  beauty of Cortina was kept hidden by Hollywood becoming a favorite getaway for Stars as a vacation destination (from L’Italo Americano).

The multiple aspects of Cortina were presented from April 16th to the 18th at the Italian Cultural Institute  in Westwood during three evenings dedicated to the Dolomite region. The idea of such a project began with Chris Mariotti, a musician who resides in Los Angeles but originally from Veneto, who wanted to share with local audiences the beauty and cultural heritage of his home region. The initiative, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, was made possible thanks to the cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute, the Cortina Tourist Board, Dolomiti Unesco and the Veneto Region.
The cultural program hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute opened with a wine class by Diego Maraviglia, Vice Presiedent of the North American Sommelier Association on April 16, dedicated to the wines of northern Italy, amongst them  Berlucchi Franciacorta, Suavia Soave, Buglioni Valpolicella, Montecariano Amarone Classico and Recioto della Valpolicella. Tour operators were the focal point in a private meeting held on April 17, where they were offered specials and deals from Veneto and the Cortina Region. The doors later opened to the general public to come and experience first-hand live musical entertainment, screenings and regional cuisine, presented by Laura Fantuzzi with the participation of the Edgar Allan Poets, Chris Mariotti’s band, musician Jeffrey Swann and the artistic director of the quartet Accademia Ciani.
The Consul General made remarks to underline Cortina’s special appeal and point to its similarities with the city of Los Angeles, both Olympic venues, both engrained in the movie business and both multicultural and truly international centers.

On April 18 the project closes with a cooking class held by Chef Simone Reatti sharing with the public some secrets of the most famous venetian dishes. Chef Simone Reatti is today chef partner of Campo de’ Fiori, reknown as one of the best Italian restaurants in Vail, Colorado.