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Official Dinner Parties of the Savoy family

January 6, 1878 – Rome, Italy, Palazzo del Quirinale: dinnerJanuary 6, 1878 – Rome, Italy, Palazzo del Quirinale: dinner

January 6, 1878 – Rome, Italy, Palazzo del Quirinale: dinner

Court Reception of the Diplomatic Body, Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy
Written in French – International Cuisine
4 pages, letterpress and color lithograph

This menu comes from the last dinner held by Vittorio Emanuele II. Although he hosted the dinner, he was not present due to his weak condition and ended up dying three days later. This is a real rare menu, complete with incredible wines.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.05 – INV. 1937.

January 29, 1883 – Rome, Italy, Palazzo del Quirinale: lunch

January 29, 1883 – Rome, Italy, Palazzo del Quirinale: lunch

Court Reception, Umberto I of Savoy.
Written in French – International Cuisine
1 page, letterpress and color lithograph, Litografia Bruno & Salomone, Rome.

This menu has an Egyptian feel, uncommon for the Savoy family, with an international flavor.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.07 – INV. 1944.

January 29, 1887 – Rome, Italy: lunch

January 29, 1887 – Rome, Italy: lunch

Official lunch, Umberto I of Savoy.
Written in French – International cuisine
1 page, letterpress and color lithograph, Litografia Bruno & Salomone, Roma.

This menu contains a rare floral composition with the coat of arms of the Savoy family. The food itself is of the highest quality, incorporating both international and national treasures, like prosciutto of Modena.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.11 – INV. 1948.

February 27, 1897 – Naples, Italy: lunch

February 27, 1897 – Naples, Italy: lunch

Court Reception, Umberto I of Savoy.
Written in French – International Cuisine
1 page, letterpress and color lithograph, gold embossing.

This menu has a unique design.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.15 – INV. 1955.

January 31, 1898 – Rome, Italy, Palazzo del Quirinale: diner

January 31, 1898 – Rome, Italy, Palazzo del Quirinale: diner

Court Reception and Gala, Umberto I of Savoy.
Written in French – International Cuisine
1 page, letterpress and color lithograph, illustrations by Gino De Pini, Litografia L. Salomone, Rome.

In the Art Nouveau style, the menu card is mounted on a garden-like balustrade that include the coat of arms of the Savoy family. The wine list includes the mythic Castel Calatubo di Sicilia, from the area of Alcamo. This wine is no longer in production.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.20 – INV. 1960.

August 22, 1900 – Rome or Naples, Italy: lunch

August 22, 1900 – Rome or Naples, Italy: lunch

Official breakfast, Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy.
Written in French – International Cuisine
1 page, letterpress, gold embossing

This menu is from the official breakfast hosted by Emanuele III and Queen Elena, who were still mourning the July death of Umberto I of Monza. The breakfast was held in honor of Count Vandersee, who was in departure for China to command the international troops sent to quell the Boxer Rebellion.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.24 – INV. 1965.

November 18, 1903 – Berkshire, Great Britain, Windsor Castle: lunch

November 18, 1903 – Berkshire, Great Britain, Windsor Castle: lunch

Official breakfast in honor of Vittorio Emanuele III and Elena of Savoy, given by Edward VII of Brunswiek.
Written in French – International Cusine
1 page, letterpress, royal crown embossed in gold.

This menu comes from a lunch offered by the British royalty for the King and Queen of Italy in official visit. The menu features high-quality preparations, including two Italian dishes and a Consommé Victor Emmanuel III in honor of their special guest.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Official Foreign Visits of the King of Italy].
COLLOC. A.1131.03 – INV. 1978.

November 19, 1903 – London, Great Britain: lunchNovember 19, 1903 – London, Great Britain: lunchNovember 19, 1903 – London, Great Britain: lunchNovember 19, 1903 – London, Great Britain: lunch

November 19, 1903 – London, Great Britain: lunch

Official lunch in honor of Vittorio Emanuele III and Elena of Savoy, given by the City of London. 
Written in English and French – International Cuisine
8 pages, with cover and inner pages, letterpress, embossed cover and decorated by hand in watercolor.

The menu comes from the lunch given by the City of London for the King and Queen of Italy during their official visit to the British royal family. The Royal Artillery Band performed Italian music, listed inside the program. The food served was of the highest quality. This is a really rare menu.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Official Foreign Visits of the King of Italy].
COLLOC. A.1131.06 – INV. 1980.

March, 1905 – Rome, Italy, Gardens of the Quirinale: lunch

March, 1905 – Rome, Italy, Gardens of the Quirinale: lunch

Official lunch, Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy.
Written in French – International Cuisine
1 page, letterpress and color lithograph, gold embossing, illustrated by Gino De Pini, Litografia L. Salomone, Rome.

This menu comes from an official lunch held in the gardens of the Quirinale. The floral motif calls attention to the imminent spring. The list of dished on the menu is well planned.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.53 – INV. 2005.

February 26, 1906 – Rome, Italy: lunch

February 26, 1906 – Rome, Italy: lunch

Official lunch, Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy
Written in French – International Cuisine
1 page, letterpress and color lithograph, gold embossing, illustrated by Giovanni Battista Conti, Litografia L. Salomone, Rome.

This menu is a unique, fairly decorative piece for the Italian Court. It is decorated with Art Nouveau graphics and gold embossing, including the Savoy family knot printed on the image of the royal crown. In the foreground, there is an image of a young girl dressed in green, carrying a bowl of fruit. There are doves and branches of flowering peach tree surrounding the girl – a sign of the forthcoming arrival of spring. The menu also includes interesting dishes, like prosciutto with truffles alla Rossini.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.10 – INV. 2021.

May 2, 1906 – Milan, Italy: lunch

May 2, 1906 – Milan, Italy: lunch

Official lunch, Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy.
Written in French – Italian Cuisine
1 page, letterpress and color lithograph, Litografia L. Salomone, Rome.

This menu has an eclectic feel and floral motif created for an official lunch held off site. The menu was printed in Rome on card stock and includes the list of dishes.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.63 – INV. 2024.

December 22, 1907 – Rome, Italy: lunchDecember 22, 1907 – Rome, Italy: lunch

December 22, 1907 – Rome, Italy: lunch

Official lunch, Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy.
Written in Italian – International Cuisine
8 pages, with a cover and internal pages, cover made from card stock with the royal coat of arms embossed in gold, a white and blue silk cord is attached to the menu and sealed, Litografia Southwood, Burlington.

This menu has significant historical value because it is the first menu of the Savoy family to be written in Italian. Vittorio Emanuele decreed that French no longer be used for writing menu items. This change caused some difficulties, including the selection of an Italian term for “menu.” In this case, the menu presents a list of international dishes and Italian specialties, paired with high-quality Italian wines.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.73 – INV. 2035.

January 16, 1910 – Rome, Italy: lunchJanuary 16, 1910 – Rome, Italy: lunch

January 16, 1910 – Rome, Italy: lunch

Official lunch, Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy.
Written in Italian – International Cuisine
8 pages, with a cover and internal pages, the cover is wrapped in silk with gold decoration, a silk white and blue cord is attached to the menu and sealed, letterpress, Litografia L. Salomone, Rome.

This menu contains an international list of menu items with a number of Italian specialties, including oysters from Fusaro and a Venetian salad. Fine wines and musical performances accompanied the meal.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.77 – INV. 2042.

September 18, 1910 – Turin, Italy, Racconigi Castle: lunch

September 18, 1910 – Turin, Italy, Racconigi Castle: lunch

Official lunch, Vittorio Emanuele III of Savoy.
Written in Italian – International Cuisine
1 page, letterpress, gold embossing, menu items written by hand.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.79 – INV. 2044.

March 11, 1923 – Ancona, Italy: lunchMarch 11, 1923 – Ancona, Italy: lunchMarch 11, 1923 – Ancona, Italy: lunch

March 11, 1923 – Ancona, Italy: lunch

Official lunch in honor of Umberto, the Prince of Piedmont, given by the City and Province of Ancona.
Written in Italian – Italian Cuisine
8 pages, with a cover and internal pages, blue satin ribbon, letterpress, photography applied by hand, Tipografia G. M. Tilli & C., Ancona.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library – Historic Menu Collection. State of Italy – Kingdom of Italy – House of Savoy].
COLLOC. A.112.91 – INV. 2061.