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Cultural Events


Each month at Ristorante Boccaccio we present a unique culinary experience with our theme nights, based on various regions in Italy. Now, we’ve enhanced these popular events with the addition of a special cultural or lifestyle presentation. In Bocca, our culinary, culture and lifestyle series, is designed to celebrate the Italian Culinary Arts by complementing a delicious prix-fixe dinner with an engaging presentation or performance.

Buon appetito!

Friday, January 20
Calabria Night with Olive Oil Expert Angelo Tramonti

Experience the culinary specialties of the region with a prix-fixe Calabria-themed dinner, followed by an engaging presentation and tasting by certified olive oil expert Angelo Tramonti.
Dinner 7:00pm (Menu) / Presentation to follow
Tickets: $95.00 per person

Angelo Tramonti – Bio

Angelo Tramonti is a certified olive oil expert and president of Sarafino, a boutique importing and distribution company based in Uxbridge, Ontario. The company was founded in 2000 when Angelo began importing his family’s extra virgin olive oil from San Giorgio Morgeto, Calabria. Since then its offering has expanded to include antipasti, balsamic vinegars, risotto, polenta, sea salt and many more imported and domestic products. From the beginning Sarafino’s mission has always been to source natural foods, support artisanal producers, and promote traditional, sustainable farming practices.


Tuesday, February 14
San Valentino Night with Baritone Paolo Busato

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Ristorante Boccaccio!  Enjoy a delectable prix-fixe dinner, created by our Executive Chef Gino Marchetti. Acclaimed Baritone Paolo Busato will present a short program of arias and discuss San Valentino, for an unforgettable evening.
Dinner 7:00pm / Presentation to follow
Tickets: $75.00 per person
MENU (Special Prix-Fixe Menu Available from February 11-18)

Paolo Busato – Bio

Paolo Busato, ARCT, FTCL, and M. Music and a Prix D’Excellence in Paris (a doctorate equivalency) in organ performance. Paolo has toured internationally and performed concerts at Roy Thomson Hall among other venues. Paolo is a trained Baritone who studied with Dixie Ross and Bill Neill at McGill University, with Baritone, Louie Quilico, Inna Goldsband and Tomoko Okada (Interpretation) who is Jeaneane Alemeyer’s coach in Germany (Wagnerian Soprano).


Wednesday, March 8
Celebrating International Women’s Day with Gina Valle

Join us for this special event featuring esteemed cultural diversity leader, Gina Valle, PhD, who will present pieces from her powerful exhibit Legacies and discuss her work honouring women. Legacies is a photo exhibit that portrays Canadian women from twenty four different countries of origin, reflecting on their heritage through the eyes of their grandmothers.  Guests will also enjoy a wonderful gourmet dinner of classic dishes and authentic Italian cuisine.
Dinner 7:00pm / Presentation to follow
Tickets: $75.00 per person (MENU)

Gina Valle and Legacies

The Legacies exhibit is composed of photographic portraits depicting strong, wise women who, against unimaginable odds of war, poverty and immigration, rose above the reality of their existence to become extraordinary role models for their Canadian granddaughters. Legacies has travelled around the world including Asia, the Middle East and Scandinavia. Join Gina Valle, PhD, as she discusses her work in honouring these women. For more info: www.Diversity-Matters.ca


Friday, April 7
Campania Night with Special Guest Chef Nino Cioffi

Take a trip to Campania with us! Boccaccio Chef Gino Marchetti will create the delicious Campania-themed dinner for this evening. Special guest Chef Nino Cioffi from Sorrento Ristorante will then present epicurean delights from the region including olive oil and gelato for guests to enjoy. 
Dinner 7:00pm / Presentation to follow
Tickets: $95.00 per person

Nino Cioffi – Bio

Nino Cioffi is a third-generation gelato maker and restaurateur from sunny Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. After running the successful Bougainvillea restaurant with his brother and sister for many years, he emigrated to Canada in 2009 and opened the award-winning Sorrento Ristorante in Vaughan. Sorrento offers the finest cucina amalfitana, Nino’s famous gelato, and an exclusive line of fine imported products from the Campania region.


Thursday, May 4
Italian Cinema Night
With ICFF’s Cristiano De Florentiis

Enjoy an evening of culture and cuisine as Artistic Director Cristiano De Florentiis discusses contemporary Italian film and the exciting lineup for the 2017 Italian Contemporary Film Festival. A prix-fixe gourmet dinner will be served.
Dinner 7:00pm / Presentation to follow
Tickets: $75.00 per person

Cristiano De Florentiis – Bio

Cristiano is a professional journalist. For several years, he has been the Canadian correspondent for the Italian state television RAI. He has been tasked with promoting RAI broadcasts in Canada and strengthening relations with prominent organizations within the Canadian broadcasting industry. Cristiano has produced numerous documentaries, such as The Dinosaur Cemetery, Father Goose, St. Jacob, When Time Stops, The Last Cowboys, Between Europe and the New World, The Voice of Little Italy and The Italians of the Last Frontier. In 2005, Italy’s President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi conferred upon him the title of “Knight of the Italian Republic” for his commitment to the Italian community in Canada.
For more information on the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, visit www.icff.ca

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Fall/Winter 2016-17