How often does someone’s Italian mother fly in to cook a meal for a special event? Exactly. This Thursday December 17th, ~ACQUA PAZZA~ in San Mateo is hosting a reception and dinner with Slow Food San Francisco founder Lorenzo Scarpone to benefit the Galano Dairy Farm in Fossa, Abruzzo, decimated during the Abruzzo earthquake of April 2009. The Galano family needs help: Dina and Enzo Galano now live with their family in the side room of a barn that was left intact. Fifty percent of proceeds from the dinner benefit will be used to help build a temporary shelter for the Galano’s cows before the harsh winter snow and wind set in. The restaurant owners, Enzo, Tullio, and Valerio Rosano, are flying in their mother, “Mamma Carmela,” from Naples, Italy, to prepare an authentic Abruzzese menu for the occasion. There is an appetizer and sparkling wine reception at 6:30pm, and then guests will be seated for Lorenzo Scarpone’s presentation detailing the damage that was done to the Galano Dairy Farm. A four-course dinner will then be served with wine pairings: antipasti; homemade spaghettini with regional Abruzzo sauce; a choice of veal en croute with local truffles or branzino Acqua Pazza; and a dessert from the Collemaggio region.
Thursday Dec 17, 2009
$75 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity