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Festa Gioia July and Limoncello Making


always opened by appointment in Los Gatos.
Call Kathy
 408.640.6628 or
Contact at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com.
And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com

RSVP by return email or call 408.640.6628 or contact Kathy at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com


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Festa Gioia July 2017! 

Let's Make Limoncello!

Lee with lemons in SorrentoOur first introduction to limoncello was in Sorrento, Italy after we parked our car in an orchard, under a tree producing lemons the size of grapefruits. We were told it was a special variety unique to the region combined with the fine volcanic soil at the foot of famous Mount Vesuvius that made the lemons so big.

Limoncello is the Italian word referring to an intensely lemon-infused liqueur most famously associated with and produced in Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and the island of Capri, but also very popular throughout all of Italy. (Click here for a  map of the Amalfi Coast.)

Limoncello bottlesLimoncello is made from lemon zest of a particular variety of lemons in Italy. It is known as a digestivo and served most often after meals. but is a perfect drink for every occasion. Combined with a prosecco, it is an aperitivo, a before dinner drink, and alongside of a cup of coffee, it can be an anytime specialty.  It is always served in iced cups for best flavors. Especially in summertime, it's a favorite refresher. It takes several weeks to prepare!

As in the best tradition of Italian hospitality, limoncello is referred to in many scripts for books, movies, and television stories set in Italy. 

Sorrentini, Amalfitani, and Capresi all claim limoncello originated there and was passed on by generations.

The stories of limoncello date from the beginning of the 1900s, but Its history is not exactly known. Some say its origin is from the island of Azzurra, where the lady Maria Antonia Farace took care of a bountiful garden of lemons and oranges. During the post-war period, her nephew opened a bar nearby. The specialty of that bar was the lemon liquor made with nonna’s old recipe. In 1988, her nephew’s son, Massimo Canale, registered the first trademark “Limoncello.”

Another legend tells at the beginning of the 1900s, the big families of Sorrento would always ensure that their illustrious guests get a taste of limoncello, made according to their traditional recipe. In Amalfi, some believe that the liquor is older in its origins, linked all the way back to the origin of the cultivation of lemons. And it is also said for centuries peasants and fishermen’s custom of drinking a little lemon liqueur in the morning to ward off the cold. Or were monks preserving the pleasures of life between prayers back when roads were hazardous and seas filled with plundering invaders?  

ArtistAlong with the colorful stories of the origins of limoncello are the beautiful, colorful, ceramic bottles and cups made and painted in Sorrento, Capri, and Amalfi. These decorate our tables and make serving of this liquor the art it is deserving of. You can learn to make limoncellousing a particular recipe of the family of Valentina Cirasola of Puglia, Italy by coming to our Limoncello-Making class and luncheon at Gioia Company. If you cannot make the class, purchasing her book, Sins of a Queen, Appetizers and Desserts online at by clicking here to access Gioia's web page.                   

Our Limoncello Class is Sunday July 30th. Join us For Festa Gioia on  July 29 and 30. See calendar below for details.

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Gioia is always open by appointment, Contact Kathy 408-640-6628.




Festa Gioia July
Celebrate summer with us and enjoy a summer luncheon Italian Shopping Experience at Gioia

Date: Saturday, July 29
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Place: Gioia, 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos      
RSVP Kathy: 408-640-6628

Limoncello Making Class at Gioia
Lemoncello MakingEnjoy an Italian limoncello making experience at Gioia. Our luncheon will be all about lemons and oranges. Spend the afternoon with Valentina Cirasola of Puglia, Italy. Click here for more info about Valentina: https://www.facebook.com/valentinadesigns or click here to access a flier with more information about her.
Date: Sunday, July 30
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court, L.G.
RSVP Kathy 408-640-6628
What to Bring: 
  • Spirit of an Italian Adventurer
  • 8 fragrant lemons or oranges
  • 1 peeler
  • 34 oz. Everclear or Vodka...
  • Container to hold the mixture and rinds with tight lid
Click here to obtain a flier listing what to bring.

They host many Italian Cultural Events each month:
For more information click this link: http://www.iahfsj.org/#!events/cfvg
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Italian Family Festa  August 26 and 27th, 2017 in San Jose, California:
Click this link for more information: https://www.italianfamilyfestasj.org/

Boss of the Sauce Contest
Date: June 25 Sunday
For tickets and Information click here.


CapriFestivals for Ferragosto ...
UPCOMING Festivals for Ferragosto ...
Italian Cultural Society Sacramento Festival
Date: August 5 and 6
For more info click http://festaitalianasac.com/festa-italiana.html

San Francisco Italian Athletic Club Festa Coloniale
Date: August 19
For more info click http://www.sfiac.org/calendar/details?event_id=31184699


This event is a FUNraiser for continued efforts to build a museum and cultural center.
The growing Little Italy San Jose Area is in downtown San Jose near the San Jose Arena and Guadalupe Park THEY INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE EFFORTS. Check out the projects and follow the news by clicking this link. http://www.littleitalysj.com/

Click here for the Pasquale Esposito Italian Tenor 2017 Tour Schedule 

GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS always opened by appointment in Los Gatos. Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or Contact kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com

And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2017!! Save the Dates!!

Casa Ida Vietri sul MareCAMPANIA

Thinking of staying in the Vietri sul Mare region? Here is a B & B owned by one of our friends in Italy, check it out.  
CASA IDA Historic House Rental & B&B Italy
Campania, near Vietri sul Mari, 
Cava Dei Tirreni, Campania, Italy
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Sorrento and CapriITALY FOR THE SPRING
Sorrento Emotions and Dreams
Italian Specialist and Local Residents
Luxury, tailor made vacations
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri and all of Italy
Enjoy holidays, short breaks, weddings, honeymoon, dining, cooking, shopping, scuba diving, water activities, coastal excursions with personal crew.
Contact Signore Tonino Pepe,pepetonino2@gmail.com, and tell him Gioia Co. sent you.

Puglia, Italy

Puglia, Italy with Valentina
Fall 2017.
Travel through the Puglia region
A step into real Puglia with Valentina,author, designer, artist and native

UMBRIA/TUSCANY-- Right on the border

Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contactinfo@gioiacompany.com or 408.640.6628 for a special introduction to the owner. Sleeps six or 12. Two stories. Separate units. Beautiful view. Organic olive grove. Walking trails. Full kitchen. Swimming pool.

Carol Firenze

Carol is the author of the Passionate Olive and takes her guests to meet her friends in the olive business and to visit the ceramic artists of Deruta.
To learn more about the Passionate Olive, click here: https://thepassionateolive.com/speaker-educator-olive-oil-benefits/olive-harvest-adventure/

Multiple tours available from Christina Mifsud from Florence. For more details on the various opportunities, click here.

This club offers ongoing tours in Italy especially their Thanksgiving trips. Check them out here and tell them Gioia sent you! http://www.italiancenter.net/

See you soon...

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