by Stephen Garner

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET), the Italian Consulate General in New York, the Italian Trade Agency, and the Italian Cultural Institute celebrated the closing of The Medici: Portraits and Politics 1512-1570 exhibition at the MET with a fabulous dinner party Thursday night.

Held at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan, the gala dinner, dubbed “Italian Cuisine and Its Roots in the Era of the Medicis,” celebrated the Italian Renaissance and its impact on the art of the table in a theatrical choreography of utensils, decorations, and gestures.

“We wanted to salute New York’s rebirth and the MET exhibit with a great event,” said Consul General Fabrizio Di Michele. “An event in which, in the best Italian tradition, food, and culture blend together at the highest level, celebrating our county’s art of living.”

“This event dedicated to the Medicis represents a journey through time, starting from the Renaissance, the era that marked the beginning of the success of Made in Italy cuisine and gastronomy, based primarily on the excellence and variety of and respect for the ingredients,” added Antonino Laspina, director of the Italian Trade Agency in New York and coordinator of the USA network. “An era that also represented the dawn of the Italian lifestyle.”

And, as pointed out by the director of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, Professor Fabio Finotti, “The gala dinner on the roots of Italian cuisine is the culminating moment of three days of seminars focused on the Medici era, which will be dedicated to art and restoration, alchemy and poisons, cuisine, the art of the table, and ‘Galateo.’”