Traditional Italian Mid Summer Celebration
Wednesday, August 15
Massimo Di Vuolo, proprietor of Due Lire Vino & Cucina, is pleased to announce he has planned a traditional, Italian mid summer celebration for Wednesday, August 15. DiVuolo carries fond childhood memories of “La Festa di Ferragosto,” a time when businesses closed and much of August was taken as a holiday. In present days, Ferragosto is a short holiday when Italians take brief vacations to the beach or countryside and enjoy deliciously large meals. A special menu, offered from 5-10 p.m., has been crafted by Di Vuolo and Executive Chef Kevin Abshire. They invite families and friends to dine and enjoy Due Lire’s feast, all while sharing good times and good food before the end of summer (note: bottles of wine are half-priced Wednesdays in August).
The Ferragosto menu (three courses, paired with wine) is $31 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Seating is offered in the cozy dining room or outdoors in the enclosed backyard garden patio.
La Festa di Ferragosto is an Italian holiday celebrated on August 15. The Catholic Church celebrates this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—the real physical elevation of her sinless soul and incorrupt body, into Heaven. Before the Roman Catholic Church came into existence, however, this holiday was celebrated in the Roman Empire to honor the gods—in particular Diana—and the cycle of fertility and ripening. The present Italian name of the holiday derives from its original Latin name, Feriae Augusti (“Festivals of the Emperor Augustus”).
La Festa di Ferragosto Menu
$31 per person
Insalata di Anguria
Watermelon Salad with red onions, mint, bulls blood micro greens, Saba and ricotta salata
Paired with a glass of Insolia Case Ibidini from Sicily or Pinot Noir Salvalai from Veneto
Grilled calamari steak, petite arugula, fresh garbanzo beans, radish and tomato caper vinaigrette
Paired with a glass of Soave Classico Pra from Veneto or Morellino Rocca delle Macie from Toscana
Torta di Ricotta
Ricotta tart with maple whipped ricotta and stewed blueberries
Paired with a glass of Torrontes Villafane from Argentina or Grangia Moscato Elvio Tintero from Piemonte