When you remember that the unification of Italy only happened in the1860s, it's easy to see why regionalism is still so strong.

Just imagine if Ogden and Provo had started out as different countries. They could be even more different.

Nine hundred years of developed culture and tradition don't erode in just 150 years.

Lucky for us.

Because that means instead of just one kind of Italian food, we have dozens of regional Italian cuisines to enjoy.

And two great opportunities are coming up. They're both after Sundance, so their delicious authenticity could be a perfect antidote to a fortnight of hype.

Sunday, January 30 is the date of Lugano's 4th Annual "Evening in Piemonte" dinner. A super-special evening, when chef Greg Neville brings over guests from Italy-this year, it's Aldo Vacca, Director of Produttori del Barbaresco and chef Maurizo Albarello of Trattoria Antica Torre.

The six-course dinner starts at 6:30; $59 per person for food; $39 per person for wine. Reservations are a must.

Here's a peek at the menu:

Ricevimento

Grissini assorttiti

Baccala fritto

Arancini Piemontesi

**Cortese, Castelvero, Piemonte, 2009

Cena

Bagna Cauda

**Nebbiolo Langhe, Produttori del Barbaresco, Piemonte, 2009

Vitello Tonnato

**Nebbiolo Langhe, Produttori del Barbaresco, Piemonte, 2008

Duetto di Rocchetta e Cagna

**Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco, Piemonte, 2006

Tajarin al Sugo di Cinghiale

Agnolotti del Plin al Nebbiolo

**Barbaresco, "Montestefano", Produttori del Barbaresco, Piemonte, 2005

Il Grande Bollito Misto alla Piemontese

**Barbaresco, "Montefico", Produttori del Barbaresco, Piemonte, 2004

Dolci

Bonat e "brutti ma buoni"

 

On February 2, it's Trio's turn. The Cottonwood location is hosting "A Night in Venice" with Chris Zimmerman, regional manager of Vias Wine Imports, leading a tasting tour of 4 different wines from the northeast region of Italy. Sips will be paired with hors d'oeuvres; party goes from 6 to 8 and costs $50 per person.

For reservations e-mail natalie@triodining.com or call 801-944-8746 x 11