Enjoy a ‘Taste of Rose’ on Sunday

It was a year ago that Greenwich officially marked its “sister city” relationship with the Italian city of Rose and this weekend it will be marked with a special event.

Greenwich and Rose are connected by the relationship which was established last year with the formal exchange of flags at a Town Hall ceremony. It celebrated the arrival beginning in the 1880’s of skilled artisans from Rose who were hired to create the stonework and elaborate gardens of the “great estates” in Greenwich. They later built stone walls and the bridges over the Merritt Parkway.

To celebrate this anniversary on Sunday, May 18 from 3 to 7 p.m., The Society Figli di Rose (Sons of Rose) will offer “A Taste of Rose” in the former convent of St. Michael’s Church at 471 North Street.

This open house will share the traditions, language and culture of the town of Rose in the southern area of Calabria.

For only $10 per person, there will be demonstrations of how to make three different kinds of pasta: fusilli, laganeddra with chickpeas and cavatelli. This pasta will be served with a traditional side dish of Swiss Chard with potatoes and samples of twisted loaves of Rosetano bread. For dessert, there will be home-made biscotti.

Other displays will feature examples of traditional carpentry, folklore, photos of Rose, names of fallen soldiers and veterans from World War I and World War II, the agricultural production and the dialect of the region.

For more information, contact Luciano Siciliano at 203-610-3680 or Yolanda Smeriglio at 203-253-1342.

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