Paolo Soleri Serves Dinner at Annual Italian Night

Arcosanti's Italian Night dinner and performance on July 19, 2008 features a family-style Italian meal served by founder Paolo Soleri.

Mayer, AZ, June 26, 2008 --( The Cosanti Foundation presents its annual Italian Night concert and dinner at Arcosanti on Saturday, July 19th, 2008. This Arcosanti tradition celebrates the heritage of its founder, Paolo Soleri, who was born in Torino, Italy.

The Night is highlighted by a family-style Italian meal served outdoors under the dramatic Arcosanti Vaults. Among Italian cypress and olive trees, Paolo Soleri, who turns 89 this year, serves the pasta from festive wheelbarrows in honor of the construction culture at Arcosanti.

The concert performance is titled "Serata Italiana: Opera and Songs by Verdi, Puccini, Leoncavallo and Tosti." Soprano Suzan Hanson, bass-baritone Dean Elzinga, and pianist Victoria Kirsch will perform major works of these great Italian composers. Pictograph, a light and music show with light images projected onto the side of a cliff facing Arcosanti, ends the evening.

Reservations required. Tickets are $40 each for dinner and performance or $20 for the performance only ($10 Students). Please call 928-632-7135 for tickets and information. A complimentary Arcosanti tour will be offered at 5:00 p.m. in the Visitor's Center. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.

Dinner Menu
Antipasto - bread and olive oil, prosciutto wrapped melon, and Arcosanti olives
Insalata con Condimento "alla Soleri" - fresh green salad with Paolo Soleri's own dressing recipe
Pasta Estiva - penne pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic
Piccata di Pollo "per i Peccatori" - Chicken Piccata
Melanzane Ripiene - (Vegetarian Entree) Eggplant stuffed with grains and vegetables
Fagolini con Rosmarino - Beans with rosemary
Gelato al Limone e Biscottini - Lemon ice with cookies

Arcosanti is located 65 miles north of Phoenix. Take exit 262 off I-17 and follow the signs for Arcosanti. Maps and other information are available at or by calling 928-632-7135.

Arcosanti, a project of the Cosanti Foundation, is an urban laboratory under construction in the high desert of central Arizona that seeks to reduce humankind’s ecological impact on the earth. Visitor tours are available every day (except major holidays) on the hour from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Visitor’s Center is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Meals and overnight accommodations are also available. Famous Soleri ceramic and bronze bells are produced and sold on site.

Cosanti Foundation
Erin Jeffries