In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue and
discovered the Americas on October 12.

On August 24, 2016 an earthquake rocked the town of Capodacqua di Arquata del Tronto in Italy.

In celebration of Christopher Columbus Silvio’s Organic Ristorante e Pizzeria in conjunction with Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan and Slow Food, is organizing a dinner event to provide reconstruction support funding for the town of Capodacqua di Arquata del Tronto devastated during the recent earthquake in Italy.

Once again chefs Dan Vernia and Silvio Medoro are teaming up to bring to Ann Arbor a themed dinner, which includes pasta Amatriciana and dishes inspired in those aboard Christopher Columbus’ ships - Santa Maria, Niña and Pinta.

The Medieval Menu will include:

  • Appetizers
    • Sliced meats and cheeses including:
      • Prosciutto
      • Mortadella
      • Salame
      • Pancetta
      • Primo Sale
    • Fried cod fish
    • Tripe
    • Gallette, and more…
  • Soup
  • Entree’s
    • Pasta all’amatriciana
      made the way was cooked before and after Columbus introduced the tomatoes
    • Pork tenderloin cured in brine with vegetables
  • Dessert
    • Ofelle and black currant marmalade crostata
    • Beverages
    • Period matching wine
    • Soft drinks

Recipes will be replicating those mentioned by the famous Renaissance chef Bartolomeo Scappi on his 1570 book “The Opera”.

Ticket Price: $110.00 – Reservation is required, click here, and includes entertainment provided by Trio Jazz – Front Porch Swing.

(70% of the proceeds will be donated to the restoration projects)

Throughout the night you will be able to make additional donations towards restoration projects for historic art that was damaged during the earthquake. The restoration projects will be announced during the event.



The Dante Alighieri Society – Michigan Chapter promotes Italian language and culture through education and cultural event, Il Mosaico newsletter, and other cultural resources. In addition to Italian courses, the Dante Alighieri Society maintains La Biblioteca Italiana, a substantial Italian-language collection held at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak for members and the community at-large and a DVD lending library for members. For younger members and student members, there is the Gruppo Giovanile, which organized activities with the interests of the youth in mind. For the past 92 years, the Dante Alighieri Society has aimed to be the “face” of Italian culture in southeastern Michigan.



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