Bella Casa

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Ambassador Castellaneta’s den

Ambassador Castellaneta’s den

A dessert plate from the residence’s chef

A dessert plate from the residence’s chef

Giovanni Castellaneta possesses a humility that is at once refined and completely unscripted. For centuries, the Castellaneta family owned wheat farms in the southern Italian region of Puglia. “I grew up in the country, and spent a lot of time outside when I was young. I never expected to join the diplomatic service, but after returning from a year of practicing law in Brussels, I decided to take the [foreign service] exams,” (which, in Italy, as in much of Europe are extremely competitive), “and I was accepted, which was an honor.”

Twenty years and three continents later, he holds his country’s most coveted diplomatic post, and Lila makes no effort to suppress her admiration for him. “In Italy,” she explains, “every young man who enters the diplomatic service wishes to become the Italian ambassador to Washington … This post is a dream for any diplomat.”

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