• Pauline Adams and Antonella Salpietro

    Pauline Adams and Antonella Salpietro

  • John and Mimma Memmolo

    John and Mimma Memmolo

  • Milena Selivanov, Piera Carroli and Roberto Prosseda

    Milena Selivanov, Piera Carroli and Roberto Prosseda

  • Joseph Falsone, Ivonne Thomson and Roy Carbone

    Joseph Falsone, Ivonne Thomson and Roy Carbone

  • Sergio Tovar Moreno, Nathan Callaway and Andrea Biggi

    Sergio Tovar Moreno, Nathan Callaway and Andrea Biggi

  • David Fricker and Paloma Lopez

    David Fricker and Paloma Lopez

  • Matt Trinka, Melinda Jameson and John and Liz Santolin

    Matt Trinka, Melinda Jameson and John and Liz Santolin

  • Teresa Gambaro, Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo and Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

    Teresa Gambaro, Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo and Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

  • Tino Di Placido, Fiona Tunnecliffe and Rob and Heather Salafia

    Tino Di Placido, Fiona Tunnecliffe and Rob and Heather Salafia

  • Carolina Sanchez and Paolo Milanesi

    Carolina Sanchez and Paolo Milanesi

  • Chunchi and Joe Giugni

    Chunchi and Joe Giugni

  • Singer Rocco Speranza from Naples

    Singer Rocco Speranza from Naples

  • Yvonne Scali, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo, Louisa Pastrello and  Nick Scali

    Yvonne Scali, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo, Louisa Pastrello and Nick Scali

  • Lena Silva and Franco Foti

    Lena Silva and Franco Foti

The display of Italy’s best bling – Ferrari, Masserati and Lamborghini - with pride of place at the entrance to the embassy’s residence was a hedonistic reminder that many a sensual pleasure is the product of this country. We the guests shuffled past the cars, the men visibly enjoying the display and the women just a little lustful, to walk the red carpet and be greeted by the newish Ambassador Pier Francesco Zazo and his stylish Ukraine born wife Svetlana Sharapa Zazo to the reception for the Italian Republic Day.

It was a ‘full-house’ of an eclectic mix of locals, especially representative of the big Italian born community instrumental in much of Canberra’s early building, a Neopolitan opera singer with an appreciative circle of fans despite the chattering crowd in the back stalls, a couple of Italian/Australian MP’s, Nick Scali, his daughter Yvonne with Luisa Pastrello the GM of Etihad Airways in Australia and New Zealand and too many more to count.

 
So lost in the crush I did find Joe Giugni and his wife Chunchai. She was catching up with Thai friends to get the latest on that country’s political unrest while Joe boasted a new battery for his pacemaker and feeling better since a slightly problematic heart flutter. Carolina Sanchez had news of a new restaurant opening in Braddon soon and Joseph Falsone is pleased and on track with changes to Gorman House.


So I got to thinking about all things Italian to love and lust for besides the cars, the parmesan, the mozzarella and a ragout or two and can’t go past Armani, Emilio Pucci, Tod’s and sometimes Versace and D&G. But always am transported back with memories of a perfect pizza, a peach gelato and that view to Vernazza from the Cinque Terre where both were enjoyed, as well as Lucca my favourite town where men are men and women are meant to ogle.