The Ultimate Italian
Lifestyle Festival
Saturday September 9, 2017
Session 1: 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Session 2: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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A joint venture with Joe Bastianich, international restaurateur, TV-personality, Master Chef Italia judge and co-owner of Eataly

WME | IMG presents Italia Vera: The Ultimate Italian Lifestyle Festival

Enjoy all that makes Italy great, including delectable food and wine, luxury automobiles, cutting-edge fashion and innovative home design.  Italia Vera will bring a real Italian experience right to Long Island.  Immerse yourself in all that is Italy.


Under 21 – $9.00     (Children under 2 are FREE)
General Admission – $79

Ticket includes all tastings of over 50 Italian wines and craft beers

VIP – $129

Ticket includes all tastings of over 50 Italian wines and craft beers plus:

Special Parking

Early Entrance to either Session 1 @ 12:00 – 12:30 or Session 2 @ 5:00 – 5:30

Access to VIP Lounge and bathrooms

Special tastings and samples from Urbani Truffles and more

Group Tickets

Save now on tickets for 10 or more people.  For more information on group ticket pricing, please contact:

[email protected] or by phone at 516-231-4848

Saturday, September 9th 2017

Two Sessions

  • 12:30PM – 4:00 PM
  • 5:30PM – 9:00PM

NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Click here for directions

  • Newly Renovated Venue
  • Indoor / Outdoor Space
  • Less Than 1 Hour from NYC
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Joe and Lidia

Joe Bastianich is one of America’s preeminent restaurateurs and TV personalities, a New York Times bestselling author and a renowned authority on Italian wine.

Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning public television host, a best‐selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business.

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Taste the True Flavors of Italy

Italians know that eating well is essential to living well. Taste a variety of Italian favorites:

  • Neapolitan Pizza
  • Classic Pasta Dishes
  • Imported Salumi & Formaggi
  • Italian Seafood “Raw Bar”
  • Gelato
  • Panini

And many other regional specialties.

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In Italy, no meal is complete without wine

Sample over 50 varietals from all regions of Italy, including lesser known indigenous wines such as Lambrusco from Emiliga Romagna and Friuliano from Friuli, to well-known favorites like Prosecco from the Veneto and Chianti from Tuscany.

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The Italian art of aperitivo...
is much more than simply grabbing a drink, it is about taking time to savor a drink with friends and enjoying the present moment.

The practice of aperitivo is a routine part of everyday life in Italy.

Sip on tradional Italian cocktails such as negroni, spritz and bellini – cin cin!

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End your visit to Italia Vera...
the way Italians end every meal—with an after-dinner drink.

Sample an assortment imported Amari and Grappa from the finest distilleries in Italy.

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Discover and Learn
What makes Italian cuisine so unanimously adored?

High-quality ingredients, prepared as simply as possible. Italia Vera will feature seminars from renowned chefs and culinary professionals on everything from bread making, to olive oil tasting, to how to make a proper Italian espresso.

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Hear the sounds of Italy

Featuring performances by Italian jazz, classical, traditional and contemporary musicians, as well as distinct regional acts such as Taranta from Puglia.

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Celebrate Italian Fashion

Guests can explore the latest trend-setting fashions from Italy at pop-up boutiques, and see master craftsmen at work in shoe-making demonstrations.  Shop a variety of Italian jewelry and accessories.

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Celebrate Italian Design

High quality craftsmanship and a chic sense of style have solidified Italy as a global leader in kitchen, lighting, and furniture design.

Italia Vera will feature showrooms from some of the most innovative and sought-after Italian brands today.  Let Italian experts help you with your home design.

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Activities for All
Drive the Italian way

Experience our virtual reality test-drives of Italian luxury automobiles along side our Italian sports car exhibit.

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Italian Scooters and Motorcycles

Motor enthusiasts can view the latest bikes from Italian brands such as Ducati, or hop on a Vespa and take a ride though our indoor scooter course.

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Italian Sports and Games
For the whole family

Italia Vera will feature mini soccer courts, bocce ball courts and a simulated golf experience with leading experts.

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Hands-on cooking classes
Hands-on cooking classes such as fresh pasta and pizza making

Learn the basic principles of Italian cuisine, with seminars covering a range of topics.

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Additional Activities
  • Learn the basics of Italian glassblowing
  • Partake in Italian crafts such as Bomboniere making
  • Feast your eyes on our live Italian mural and sidewalk chalk artists during and participate in our wine sipping experience
  • Wander through our outdoor vineyard and learn how to make your own wine
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