The New York delegation of the Italian Academy of Cuisine has a new president: Roberta Marini-De Plano. Marini, a communication expert born in the USA with Abruzzo origins, took the reins from the previous president, the architect Peter Lombardi. During an evening at the “Il Mulino” restaurant, in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan, the delegation took place and the monthly dinner was held. The chosen restaurants –– rigidly Italian –– change at each meeting, during which each dish gets marks (including appetizer, bread and wine) based on different criteria, such as presentation, flavor, etc.
At “Il Mulino” macaroni with asparagus and prawns were served as a first course and olive oil cake with lemon and pistachios as dessert, with a choice of three starters and two main courses. All accompanied by three types of wine. The Academy's New York delegation was born in 1959, six years after the Academy's formation in the Milan headquarters. As such it was the first delegation to be born outside Italy; the US with delegations in 10 cities boasts the highest number of locations, followed by Australia with six.
The New York delegation has 30 members and Marini-De Plano aims to expand the knowledge of the role that the Academy plays in promoting Italian cuisine, in addition to increasing the number of members. Marini has been a member of the Academy since 2008 and is the only member of the Abruzzo region. The duration of the office of president of a delegation varies from two to 10 years; Marini's predecessor has been in office for four years.