Francesca Arsi, a Madonnara artist (street artist) from Florence Italy, and her chalk masterpiece of an Italian donna at the Little Italy Baltimore Madonnari Arts Festival in October 2015.
The Little Italy Madonnari Restaurant Group will celebrate La Festa Della Donna during the week of March 7 through March 13 with special menus, including a complimentary Mimosa for the women. The participating restaurants include Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano, Amicci’s of Little Italy, Chiapparelli’s Italian Restaurant,Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant, Germano’s PIATTINI, La Tavola Ristorante Italiano, Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant and Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop. Cabaret at Germano’s features cabaret performances throughout the month celebrating women, including Mary Claire Curran in “Kiss Me, I’m Irish,” a cabaret dedicated to her great grandmother, Roseann Riley (3/11), Karen Collins and the Backroads Band: Honky-Tonk Country Music (3/13), Maureen Kerrigan in “A Woman’s Worth” (3/17), An Evening with Broadway Actor, Singer/Songwriter Carla Bianco (3/18), and Charisma Wooten in her one woman show, “A Night With Jackie Moms Mabley (3/19).
The 8th of March is La Festa Della Donna — International Women’s Day — and Italian men are going to celebrate it with the traditional gift of yellow mimosas to Italy’s lovely women. This civil holiday was born as a political event, and over the course of years has became an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them. Women’s Day has its roots in two events that took place outside of Italy. On March 8, 1857 a strike by garment workers in New York led to the formation of the first women’s union in the United States. Sixty years later, Russian women led a strike calling for “bread and peace” during the twin horrors of World War I and the Russian Revolution. In 1945 the Union of Italian Women declared that this special date, March the 8th, should be set aside to celebrate womanhood across the country. In the United States, the month of March is National Women’s History Month.
Additional details are posted on the websites of the respective restaurants and at littleitalymadonnari.com.