Bella Casa

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Ambassador Castellaneta enjoys an espresso while attending to business in his den.

Ambassador Castellaneta enjoys an espresso while attending to business in his den.

The Castellaneta’s Bijon Frisee, Cocolino Picolino.

The Castellaneta’s Bijon Frisee, Cocolino Picolino.

Later, sitting in his wood-paneled study, the Ambassador shares his wife’s enthusiasm. “Americans are so charming,” he observes, “and very open to discussion and to sharing different views, so it has been a great pleasure for us to be here. This is especially true in Washington, where so many doors have opened to us, even more than I could have expected.”

This was exemplified when Castellaneta’s presented his credentials to the President, a ritual that marks every new ambassador’s official acknowledgement by the government of his host nation, but one which is often fraught with delays. “We arrived in Washington from Italy on a Saturday, and we were staying in a hotel, because our things had yet to arrive from Italy and my predecessor had only left on Friday, but to my surprise, first thing on Monday morning I was invited to present my credentials to the State Department, and then, late Monday morning, to present them to the President, whom I like very much. That was the warmest welcome I could think of!”

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