April 13 – 15, 2018


 A weekend dedicated to the art of pizza making

April 13 – 15, 2018

  • Tour of The Hill
  • Hands-on
  • Demonstrations

Join Domencia Marchetti for a virtual tour of Italy and regional Italian food at The Inns at St. Albans! As the author of seven acclaimed books on Italian home cooking, Domenica has made it her mission to bring authentic Italian recipes into the homes of America’s cooks and is excited to bring this same passion into the kitchen at the Inns and to share it with you.

During this custom designed weekend, we will focus on the food of one of Italy’s least known regions and Domenica’s favorite—Abruzzo, where her family is from. Situated east of Rome, Abruzzo extends from the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic coast. It is a spectacular, unspoiled region with rich and diverse culinary traditions.

The weekend will kick off with hands-on class time, a cooking demonstration and a special Welcome Dinner at the Inns, featuring homemade pasta from Abruzzo and other specialties of the region.

On Saturday, after morning class time, we’ll venture to The Hill, St. Louis’s Italian neighborhood, for a walking tour and lunch with stops at select groceries and bakeries.  The afternoon is dedicated to the art of pizza making, Abruzzo style. In this hands-on class, we will roll up our sleeves and make homemade pizza dough, plus a variety of toppings. Best of all, we will enjoy the fruits of our labor with a special wood-fired pizza dinner at the Inns.

Throughout the weekend, books will be available for purchase and signing, and on Sunday, join Domenica for an Italian farewell breakfast before departing.

Price – $500

Culinary Camp, Meals & Accommodations
Includes cooking class, a tour of The Hill, Friday and Saturday night accommodations, meals (Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast).
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Price – $250

Culinary Camp, Meals with NoAccommodations
Includes cooking class, tour of The Hill, and all meals (Friday night diner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast).
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Camp begins Friday, April 13th at 3:00 PM and concludes Sunday, April 15th at 10:30 AM

A limited number of accommodations are available and will be booked on a first-come basis, payment is due at time of booking.  Contact The Inns at St. Albans to arrange for accommodations before purchasing your tickets or, purchase an all-inclusive ticket online and someone will contact you to book the accommodations that best fit your needs.

In Loving Memory JOANN ARPIANI

Joann Arpiani baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection, Thurs., Feb. 22, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Derio Arpiani, daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Gambaro; dear sister of Ben Gambaro and the late Pasquale “Lino”, Steve, Frank and John Gambaro; dear sister-in-law of Gloria and Dottie Gambaro and the late Helen and Shirley Gambaro; dear aunt of Annamarie, Joann, Frank and Carol, Eugene, Steve and Ginger, Sandra and David, Mimi and Joe, Derio and Linda, Chris and Diane, Jeff and Sharon, Greg, John and Barbara; dear great-aunt and great-great-aunt to many and ‘Aunt Nini’ to all. Joann was devoted to family and friends, and to her beloved Missouri Bakery. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Sick and Elderly Program of the Hill. Mass will be at St. Ambrose Church, 5130 Wilson Ave at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 26. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.


In Memory of Joann Gambaro Arpiani


Who turned 100 years this pat June 2017

by Marianne Peri-Sack

JoAnn Gambaro Arpiani and Derio Gambaro

JoAnn Gambaro Arpiani, the matriarch of the Gambaro family and Hill icon, turned a beautiful 100 years old on June 27. The Italians are fond of the phrase “Cent’ Anni” wishing someone to live for one hundred years and you can almost always hear the phrase at a Baptism or at a birthday party. Most people do not reach this stage in their lives but this classy lady did with much style and a great deal of grace. She has been a zealous activist in the Italian Community and is the only woman Cavaliere in St. Louis. It Italian government honored her with this title for her years of work in the Italian community and the title is the equivalent of being knighted by the Italian government.

Arpiani has been involved in many organizations and a multitude of fund-raising and cultural events. She was the first woman to be allowed to join the Italian Club and she established a scholarship in her brother, Lino Gambaro’s, memory at the Professional Businessmen of the Hill (PBM). Lino was a founding member of that organization and deeply involved in the scholarship program.

JoAnn’s family founded the Missouri Gambaro Bakery in 1923 as a wholesale outlet for her family’s restaurant on Grand called Garavelli’s. The bakery was located on the Hill and as the wonderful, mouth-watering aroma wafted through the neighborhood, people began to knock on the door and inquire if they could purchase some of the bread, etc. Thus one of Missouri’s most famous retail bakeries was born.

JoAnn worked with her brothers for many years and the current owners are her niece, Mimi Gambaro Lordo, and nephew, Chris Gambaro. JoAnn proudly states, “We did no advertising. It was all word of the mouth which is your best advertisement.” On Thursday, July 27, her large circle of friends and family members kept visiting to congratulate JoAnn and the doorbell kept ringing with florists arriving to deliver gorgeous flowers of every kind and color.

The Gambaros were gathering from all over the country. Stephen Gambaro was arriving at the airport at 2:00 in the afternoon. Sandy Gambaro arrived the day before from Chicago and took her Aunt Nini to the Chase Park Plaza with some other family members. Derio Gambaro was picking up longtime friend of the family, Monsignor Sal “Turiddu” Polizzi. That evening her close-knit family and some friends converged on her home to spend the balance of the special day with her. We all know that it is a small world, so through a Gambaro cousin who works for, Mario Batali’s cousin, Batali heard about Aunt Nini and was impressed. The cook and author extraordinaire sent her one of his autographed cook books along with a note. It read: Dear Aunt Nini, Buon Compleanno. I hope you have a fantastic celebration of 100 years with your family. I often think about the fantastic cannoli from your bakery, and I wish you another century of homemade deliciousness.

Tickets Available for Hill Wine May 12, 2018 at 11:30 am

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Hill Wine Walk 2018
Berra Park
St. Louis, MO

Registration begins at 11:30am at Berra Park (corner of Macklind & Daggett)

Enjoy wine tasting throughout the neighborhood plus receive a souvenir wine glass with the event logo. Admission includes: Souvenir sampling cup; Sample wine tasting at participating locations; Discounts and treats at many participating shops, restaurants and markets; multiple activity hubs with music and entertainment.

The Venetian Carnevale: History, Paintings and Masks

Italian Club of St. Louis February Meeting
Wednesday, February 21 6:30 pm
Favazza’s Banquet Center
$30 members/$35 non-members

The Venetian Carnevale:  History, Paintings and Masks 

Dr. Cynthia Stollhans, Saint Louis University





Venice is one of the most beautiful and unforgettable cities of the world. She has been called La Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” and “City of Canals.” And, whether one visited 500 years ago or yesterday, you quickly learn that Venice is the European capital for Carnevale celebrations.

Carnevale in Venice is like no other experience. Dr. Cynthia Stollhans, Professor of Art History at Saint Louis University, will present the origins of the Carnevale celebrations as well as examine aspects of visual culture: paintings and masks. With Venetian paintings she will illustrate the Carnevale sins of seeking sexual pleasures, gambling, drinking, and throwing eggs. Often these activities were conducted while wearing a mask to hide one’s true identity. Through the years the tradition of wearing masks, often based on Commedia dell’arte characters, evolved into a popular art form which still thrives in today’s world.

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