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Special Occasion and Public Ceremonies

There are endless occasions for joining around the table: events, conferences, parties, inaugurations, electoral campaigns and post-exam celebrations, just to name a few. The menus presented in this category all have outstanding graphic design and were created for elegant multi-course meals. Many of the menus were designed by important illustrators and printed by well-known printers. The menus created by the Laboratorio Zanetti in Venice are particularly elegant and beautiful. In addition, there are menus for dinner parties that were accompanied by music, or decorated with playful caricatures, witty remarks or allusive phrases that could only truly be understood by those seated at the table that day.

April 5, 1903 – Rome, Italy, Palatino: buffet

April 5, 1903 – Rome, Italy, Palatino: buffet

Reception hosted by the Public Ministry of Education for the International Congress of Historic Sciences in Rome. Written in Italian – International Cuisine 1 page, color lithograph print, Litografia E. Salomone, Rome, illustrated by N. Leoni.

Rare, elegant buffet menu characterized by the presence of the Public Ministry of Education Nunzio Nasi (1850–1935).

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.313.04 – INV. 2494.

May 18, 1903 – Milan, Italy, Villino Hoepli: lunch

May 18, 1903 – Milan, Italy, Villino Hoepli: lunch

In honor of Professor Commendator F. D'Ovidio Written in Italian – International Cuisine 1 page, two-tone lithograph print

The list of dishes served contains interesting and playful references to Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. The graphic design is the in the art nouveau style. The lunch was held in honor of Francesco D'Ovidio (1849–1925), a well-known humanist from Molise,German literature and linguistics specialist, classics professor at the University of Naples, member of the Accademia della Crusca and president of the Accademia dei Lincei.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.322.02 – INV. 4265.

June 19, 1904 – Milan, Italy, Woman’s Technical-Liberal Arts School: lunchJune 19, 1904 – Milan, Italy, Woman’s Technical-Liberal Arts School: lunch

June 19, 1904 – Milan, Italy, Woman’s Technical-Liberal Arts School: lunch

Meal prepared by the students for the cooking class exam in 1904. Written in Italian – International Cuisine 1 page, color lithograph print, Arti Grafiche Pilade Rocco & C., Milan, designed by Gib. Strange and rare menu from the cooking course of the Woman’s Technical-Liberal Arts School of Milan.

The menu is in the form of a postcard with the list of the dishes prepared by the students and portraits of the ladies. Next to each dish you will find the name of the person who prepared it. The graphic design by Gib is enjoyable and the food itself is average, but justifiable given that the meal was a teaching exercise. The service and table setting were also part of the exam. The part with the photograph is removable and can be mailed easily.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Other: Uncut].
COLLOC. A.921.01 – INV. 1849.

December 11, 1904 – Milan, Italy, Ristorante Cova: lunchDecember 11, 1904 – Milan, Italy, Ristorante Cova: lunch

December 11, 1904 – Milan, Italy, Ristorante Cova: lunch

Lunch given by Milanese politicians to their constitutional candidates Written in French – Italian Cuisine 4 pages, color lithograph print, decorative border, Officine Arti Grafiche Pilade Rocco & C., illustrated by Aldo Mazza.

An impressive menu from one of Milan’s temples of gastronomy, the Ristorante Cova. On the cover of the menu, there is a symbolic image of Italy, with stars and a waving flag. The menu was designed by Aldo Mazza (1880–1964), a well-known designer and portrait artist from Milan. He worked for twenty years drawing caricatures for “Guerin Meschino,” the entertaining newspaper that was famous at the beginning of the 20th century.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.322.05 – INV. 1850.

May 30, 1906 – Sion, Switzerland: lunch.May 30, 1906 – Sion, Switzerland: lunch.May 30, 1906 – Sion, Switzerland: lunch.

May 30, 1906 – Sion, Switzerland: lunch.

Fêtes d'inauguration du Simplon – Inauguration parties for the Sempione train tunnel Written in French – International Cuisine 4 pages, color lithograph print, Art Istitut Orell Füssli, Zurich, illustrated by Raynard Vallaur.

A menu from one of the many parties organized for the opening of the Sempione train tunnel. The service and the wines are of the highest level. The iconography on the menu is based on the architecture and traditional costumes of the alpine region. The graphic design is in the French art nouveau style. The word Menu is written next to the drop of wine.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.311.07 – INV. 1790.

September 6, 1906 – Milan, Italy: lunchSeptember 6, 1906 – Milan, Italy: lunch

September 6, 1906 – Milan, Italy: lunch

Banquet offered by the Council in honor of the International Jury of the Exposition of Milan Written in French – Italian Cuisine 8 pages, lithograph print, Officine G. Ricordi & C., Milan, book-like, two sheets folded and tied with a cord.

A superior menu with fine food and noteworthy wines for the Jury of the Milan Exposition. Inaugurated at the end of April, the Milan Expo celebrated the new Sempione train tunnel that connected Italy with Europe and increased cultural and commercial exchange. The Expo was centered around various means of transportation and communication. It was a European and international showcase for growth, technological resources, and creativity at the beginning of the 20th century.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.312.06 – INV. 1775.

September 11, 1906 – Milan, Italy, Teatro Eden: lunch

September 11, 1906 – Milan, Italy, Teatro Eden: lunch

International Congress for Gasmen of Italy Written in French – International Cuisine 1 page, lithograph print, Alfieri & Lacroix, Milan

A nice menu for the conference of gasmen. The graphic design is a combination of a delicate floral style and rigid images of technology, as in the photograph of a plan for gas production by carbon distillation.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.313.08 – INV. 1777.

September 25, 1907 – Lido of Venice, Italy Italia, Beachside Cabin: lunchSeptember 25, 1907 – Lido of Venice, Italy Italia, Beachside Cabin: lunchSeptember 25, 1907 – Lido of Venice, Italy Italia, Beachside Cabin: lunchSeptember 25, 1907 – Lido of Venice, Italy Italia, Beachside Cabin: lunch

September 25, 1907 – Lido of Venice, Italy Italia, Beachside Cabin: lunch

VI International Congress of Maritime Law Written in French – International Cuisine 8 pages (heavy cardstock, folded like a book with folded paper, a blue silk ribbon and the seal of St. Mark), letterpress, 4 woodcuts, 3 of which are two-toned, Laboratorio Zanetti, Venice.

Precious and rare book-like menu, with splendid graphics and woodcut print illustrations. The menu was for a lunch hosted by the City of Venice to the attendees of the sixth International Congress of Maritime Law in Lido. The beautiful woodcut prints, made with two woods, that illustrate the menu were made by an unknown artist. They have an art nouveau style and include maritime symbols like propellers, anchors and the knot of Savoy. In addition to the following menu, there is another important menu in the Academia Barilla Menu Collection that was printed by Zanetti printing company.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.313.11 – INV. 1930.

September 28, 1907 – Venice, Italy, Hotel Vittoria: lunchSeptember 28, 1907 – Venice, Italy, Hotel Vittoria: lunchSeptember 28, 1907 – Venice, Italy, Hotel Vittoria: lunch

September 28, 1907 – Venice, Italy, Hotel Vittoria: lunch

Conférence internationale de droit maritime – International Conference of Maritime Lay Written in French – Italian Cuisine 6 pages, (heavy, laid paper card stock, folded) letterpress, 3 woodcut prints with two colors, Laboratorio Zanetti, Venice.

A precious and rare menu, with exquisite graphics, decorated with three woodcut print illustrations of the lion of Saint Mark and a depiction of maritime law. The menu was created for the official lunch of the International Conference of Maritime Law, held at the Hotel Vittoria. The beautiful woodcut prints were made by an unknown artist in the graphic design lab of Giovanni Zanett, ilocated “under the clocktower” in piazza San Marco like the previous menu and the other important menu held in the Academia Barilla Collection. The food and the wine are fitting of the occasion.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.313.12 – INV. 1917.

November 7-12, 1908 – Rome, Italy: lunchNovember 7-12, 1908 – Rome, Italy: lunch

November 7-12, 1908 – Rome, Italy: lunch

International Congress of Hoteliers under the patronage of S.M. the King of Italy Written in French – International Cuisine 4 pages, two-tone lithograph print and gold embossing

Elegant menu with a luxurious wine list. The menu design is in the art nouveau style for the conference of hoteliers who were called to Rome by the King.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.313.13 – INV. 2492.

May 6, 1911 – Milan, Italy, Hotel Regina: lunch

May 6, 1911 – Milan, Italy, Hotel Regina: lunch

A lunch for the lithograph printers of Milan to celebrate 50 years of activity. Written in Italian – Italian Cuisine 1 page, color lithograph print, Alfieri & Lacroix, Milan, designed by Aldo Mazza.

A special menu for the 50th anniversary of lithograph print artists. The menu is decorated with a caricature of the most important printers in Milan during the period and was created by Aldo Mazza (1880–1964), well-known Milanese designer and portrait artist. He worked for twenty years drawing caricatures for “Guerin Meschino,” the entertaining newspaper that was famous at the beginning of the 20th century.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.323.09 – INV. 1887.

October 29, 1927 – Rome, Italy, Hotel Excelsior: lunchOctober 29, 1927 – Rome, Italy, Hotel Excelsior: lunchOctober 29, 1927 – Rome, Italy, Hotel Excelsior: lunch

October 29, 1927 – Rome, Italy, Hotel Excelsior: lunch

IV International Congress of Air Travel Written in Italian – Italian Cuisine 4 pages, lithograph print in two colors, decorative border.

A nice menu with sober, institutional graphic design. The bas relief on the cover – a hint of classicism – is an image of Icarus’s wings and a symbolic reference to air travel. Rome was an obvious choice for the site of the conference after the incredible success of Italian pilot Francesco De Pinedo (1890-1933) with his double transatlantic crossing between February 8 and June 16, 1927.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.313.16 – INV. 2298.

1950 – Milan, Italy, Trattoria Bagutta: dinner1950 – Milan, Italy, Trattoria Bagutta: dinner

1950 – Milan, Italy, Trattoria Bagutta: dinner

Bagutta Award 1950 Written in Italian – Italian Cuisine 4 pages, single color lithograph print, cover designed by Mario Vellani Marchi.

The “Bagutta Award” is the oldest literary award in Italy. It was first given on November 11, 1926 at a table inside the Trattoria Bagutta of Milan. The eleven people present (Riccardo Bacchelli, Orio Vergani, Mario Alessandrini, Luigi Bonelli, Adolfo Franci, Paolo Monelli, Antonio Niccodemi, Gino Scarpa, Ottavio Steffenoni, Mario Vellani Marchi e Antonio Veretti) decided to create a literature prize and to self-elect themselves as the jury. The creation of the new prize was written on a piece of paper, the so-called “yellow paper,” by Adolfo Franci, and was immediately hung on the wall of the trattoria. Every year, an award is given to a literary essay, work of non-fiction or poetry and the ceremony is held inside the historic restaurant. The simple paper used for voting, was illustrated by a designer from Modena named Mario Vellani Marchi (1875-1979). A couple of first dishes or courses – cannelloni, maccheroni or canestrini – were listed on the paper like a menu. In 1950, the award was given to Il bell'Antonio by Vitaliano Brancati and edited by Bompiani.

[Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library - Italy – Events: Public Ceremonies].
COLLOC. A.314.01 – INV. 1909.