Featured Blog / 06.12.2020

A Lucanian Hero in Washington



Chef Ambassador of Two Countries

In this “personality” interview at Expo Milan 2015, Luigi Diotaiuti was dubbed “The Chef Ambassador of two Countries, Italy, and the USA.”  The article continued to call Chef Luigi a Washington “institution” and outlined his career as a chef to celebrities and political figures as well as his role with the US Department of State’s […]


Chef Luigi Diotaiuti received “La Toque” Award.

Chef Luigi Diotaiuti received  “La Toque” Award. Presented to him by William Hinds, President of the Executive Committee, Monsignor Rossi of The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,  Chef Ris Lacoste of Ris Restaurant,  from The Washington Area Concierge Organization.


Chef Luigi appears on RAI’s Linea Verde Program

In June 2018, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti was featured on Linea Verde, one of the national Italian television’s (RAI) most popular programs to discuss his Sirino in Transumanza initiative. He created the “Sirino in Transumanza” project to protect and promote the transumanza while showcasing all of the cultural and culinary treasures that his home region of […]


Al Tiramisu Restaurant Awarded the Insegna del Ristorante Italiano

This annual award is granted to selected restaurants all of the world that have demonstrated superior achievements in the culinary arts and have acted as goodwill ambassadors of all things Italian. The Former President of Italy, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro presented Chef Luigi Diotaiuti, the 1998-1999 award for his efforts at Al Tiramisu Restaurant.  (view more) […]


Chef Luigi Diotaiuti Appears on “Buongiorno Regione” in Italy

In 2018, Chef Luigi appeared on Basilicata’s “Buongiorno Regione” “Good morning Region” program to discuss his upcoming Sirino in Transumanza event. With his niece and nephew by his side, he described the annual project which he leads with his non-profit organization, Basilicata: A Way of Living, to preserve traditional agricultural practices, culinary traditions, and economic […]


Chef Luigi Receives Slow Food Snail of Approval for Aperto

On February 25, 2019, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti accepted Slow Food DC’s “Snail of Approval” Award for his 2nd restaurant, Aperto. The “Snail of Approval (SoA) is awarded to businesses that incorporate the Slow Food ideals of Good, Clean & Fair food. When customers choose a restaurant awarded with the SoA, they know they are consuming […]

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