Portland, Maine, March, 2011—The 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy – from a collection of independent city states to what eventually became the modern Republic of Italy – occurs in March 2011.  Italia 150 Portland, to be held Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at The Portland Company at 58 Fore Street, celebrates Italian tradition and the influence modern Italy has in the USA and Maine through quality farm to table food, drink, art, fashion and design.

The event begins with a cocktail hour and dinner prepared by Chef Lee Skawinski of Cinque Terre (named by as one of the “Top Ten Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the U.S.”) and Vignola , features Italian and Italian-inspired art installations, fashion and design products, and culminates in an Italian-inspired dance party with DJ Todd the Rocket.

The event is sponsored by Cinque Terre and Vignola, CIEE Study Abroad, Tri-Sports/Vespa of Topsham,Gorgeous Gelato, Golden Apple Design by Diana Duane, Ponomo, The Spannocchia Foundation, Institute for Italian Studies, The Italian Life Expo and Turina Italian Wines.