A cultural expo is an ideal way for anyone to learn more about a country without resorting to drastic measures such as running for president. Get acquainted with Italy the easy way with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a single-day admission for two to the Houston Italian Expo, Friday, June 3, from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4, from noon to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 5, from noon to 7 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The Houston Italian Expo, which is hosted by the Italian American Chamber of Commerce, immerses visitors in a three-day tour of the fashion, design, fare, and art of the boot-shaped nation. Amble by more than 100 displays and kiosks from vendors from Italy and the U.S., including more than 30 gourmet vendors distributing noshables of authentic Italian pasta, olive oils, and cheese. Live cooking competitions and demonstrations show off the culinary prowess of some of Houston’s top Italian chefs, hailing from such restaurants as Arcodoro, La Griglia, and Valentino. The expo also honors Italy’s rich history of design with fashion shows from such designers as James Martinez, Danny Nguyen, and Simran Rihal, as well as displays from all the country's regions that display handcrafted items, luxury cars, motorbikes, and sculptures of Sophia Loren made out of mashed gnocchi. In addition to admission, this Groupon entitles guests to wrap their teeth around two complimentary pizzas.