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"Eating is a serious business, but not too serious"

With the participation of:

Fabio Picchi, chef at Cibreo and Teatro del Sale, Florence,

Maria Cassi, actress,

Patrick Pacheco, journalist.


Readings from Fabio Picchi's books:

Papale Papale, Thoughts and recipes to nourish your soul


Florence. Walking through food and culture. Guide into the heart of Florence

by Giunti Publishing House


Fabio Picchi was born, Fiorentino Doc, 22 June 1954. In 1979, in the heart of his home town, opens his restaurant, the renowned Cibrèo; this temple of cuisine, over the years, has been joined by Caffè Cibrèo, the Cibreino and the teatro del Sale (Theater of Salt), founded with his wife, actress Maria Cassi. Still today Picchi lives between the kitchens, his restaurants and the stage, mainteining a leading role in the city’s cultural panorama. Very well known to the Italian public for his frequent television appearances: he collaborate on a weekly basis with Sveva Sagramola in "Geo&Geo" broadcast on Rai 3, and several other tv programs, and tours the world with "Cooking Lesson no. 0", a lesson explaining the loving and attentive gesture of "making a meal”.

From November 15 to November 20,  Caffe’ Storico, the restaurant at the New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), will feature on its menu some of Fabio Picchi's famous recipes.


After her studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Maria Cassi based her preparation on the lessons of Jacques Lecoq at the Alessandra Galante Garrone theatre school in Bologna and continued her training with clown Pierre Byland. In 1986, she began a world tour of over one thousand performances of A Saintrotwist, produced by Av Produzioni. Other productions followed: The Beatles' Song Book, La follia della libertà, Portraits and Zavattini, Galateo.

In 2003, Cassi and Fabio Picchi founded the Teatro del Sale Association in Florence. As chairman and artistic director, she oversees programming of music, dance and theatre, interweaving her own performances for which the stage at Teatro del Sale is ideal. In 2004, she was nominated Councillor for Culture in the provincial government of Florence. In 2005, the Italian president, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, invited her to the presidential palace to represent Italian theatre. In 2006, she was invited to be the sole performer to inaugurate the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. She also founded the Maria Cassi Company in 2006. In 2007, the company produced La Porta Aperta, inspired by Peter Brook's essay, and Crepapelle.
In 2008, she met Peter Schneider and that encounter landed her, with Crepapelle, onstage at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse of Los Angeles. At the twenty-fifth Villa Faraldi Festival in Imperia she was awarded the prize for best soloist author/performer. In 2008–2009 she authored, directed and performed two musical shows: Suoniemozioni, inspired by Lucio Battisti's songs, and Concertino d'amore. In 2009, she took Crepapelle to Théâtre du Rond Point in Paris, directed by Jean Michel Ribes, and created a stir. Le Monde published two special reports with moving comparisons of her work to that of Jacques Tati, Jerry Lewis and Charlie Chaplin, while Le Figaro ranked her as one of the top two successes of the Paris season.

My Life with Men—and Other Animals, written in collaboration with P. Pacheco, and directed by P. Schneider, premiered at the Spoleto Festival in 2010 and on stage off-Broadway at 45th Street Theater in New York in March 2012, with M. Cassi as protagonist. She narrates an autobiographical monologue of her life in Florence and New York, reciting each phrase in Italian, with its simultaneous translation in English, or vice versa. More recent productions are: 2013-2014 the play “Attente al lupo”, and in 2016 her new uproarious show “Schegge. Era una notte buia e tempestosa”, which sees her as author, director, and interpreter.


Patrick Pacheco is a New York journalist whose profiles have appeared in The New York Times, “he Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Esquire. He recently branched out into writing plays and screenplays, including his collaboration with Maria Cassi on My Life with Men—and Other Animals, which premiered at the Spoleto Festival in 2010. In 2012 his revisal of the musical theater classic Pal Joey had a well-received world premiere at the Arkansas Rep. He also wrote the 2010 Disney documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty. Pacheco is a regular contributor to the television programs, “Theater Talk” and NY1’s “Onstage” and his blog, “Play by Play” appears at




Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York