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October 20, 2008


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If you're Italian and famous, chances are we saw you at the Hilton Washington & Towers Saturday for the National Italian American Foundation Awards Gala. We're neither, but still managed to party with big names like Yogi Berra and Gina Lollobrigida at the bash that always brings a crowd eager to celebrate la dolce vida Italiano.


Beloved Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, Café Milano owner Franco Nuschese, and Nancy Pelosi were all smiles at the Friday night pre-party at Franco's restaurant. Gina's played leading lady to Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner, Rock Hudson, and Alec Guinness. Naturally, she said we were more handsome and charming than all of them. (Disclaimer: We can only assume that's what she was saying as our Italian is a little rusty.)


Legendary music producer Niles Rodgers and We Are Family Foundation president Nancy Hunt. Niles, an architect of modern pop music, has produced albums for Madonna, David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Duran Duran. Chances are he's responsible for the song stuck in your head as you read this.


Yankee great, Hall of Famer, and philosopher Yogi Berra. We asked if he snagged anything from Yankee Stadium before its demolition. "Yeah, home plate." We guess when you win 10 World Series crouching behind the plate, you get to keep it. In the past, Yogi has said things like "It's tough making predictions, especially about the future," "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours," and "You can observe a lot by just watching." What's your favorite Yogiism?


Italian Minister of Defense Ignazio La Russa. It's not easy protecting 59 million people who insist they can take care of themselves just fine, thank you very much.


We're getting pretty good at throwing parties. Thursday we hosted a CEO client get-together at the posh VW lounge at RFK stadium for the DC United game. Guests networked while enjoying German (it was the VW lounge, after all) favorites—beer, bratwurst, and fußball. ITA Design's Bita and Rouzita Vahhabaghai are preparing for a tango-filled trip to Argentina.


USA Soccer and Glasgow Rangers' DeMarcus Beasley. DeMarcus was the Team USA hero in the World Cup qualifying game against Cuba at RFK. The speedy winger netted two goals in the 6-1 victory. The United average 16,000 fans, but we hear they're keeping some seats warm for you. To get your company in on the action, click here.


DC United owner Victor MacFarlane flanked by DC Sports & Entertainment's Erik A. Moses and Maurice Henderson. A happy Victor watched his team beat the New England Revolution 2-1. We're obviously good luck and should be invited to every game.


Last week, the benevolent Oprah Winfrey decided to lend Washington her personal chef, Art Smith, for the opening of his new restaurant, Art and Soul. At the Liaison Capitol Hill, it serves regional cuisine with a southern accent. The celebrity chef previously worked for former Florida governor Bob Graham before slicing and dicing for the queen of talk. Here he is with the Corcoran's Megan Ann Harmon.


The Corcoran's Kristin Guiter and Project Beltway blogger Rachel Cothran. Of course, there was some art for Art's sake at the opening: The Corcoran had selections from their Richard Avedon exhibit "Portraits of Power" around the restaurant.


Chefs are always popular with the ladies. Art and Soul Executive Chef Ryan Morgan, who opened DC Coast and TenPenh, is flanked by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Rachel Fischetti and Missy Kurek.


JASON MRAZ (Constitution Hall, 1776 D St SE): The singer-songwriter will be playing old stuff, along with songs off his new album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Three things we feel bad about immediately after we do them.

TRIVIA NIGHT (Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW): Remember Wonderland? Our former bar of the week hosts a trivia night with lots of fun questions and swearing.

Media Mavens (The Park at 14th, 920 14th St. NW, 6PM): Join Washington DC's fashionistas, socialistas and localistas tomorrow night. RSVP to Laura@Park14.com

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