Castello di Gabbiano, the classic Italian winery in Tuscany, and the not-for-profit, Arts Fighting Cancer (AFC), have joined forces to present the outdoor movie-screening series “Gabbiano Nights” at the Santa Monica Pier. After the flick, Chef Claud Mann, co-creator and host of TBS’s “Dinner and a Movie,” will be on hand for a live demonstration, preparing signature dishes inspired by America’s favorite Italian films. Each recipe will be paired with a Gabbiano selection.

In case you’re inspired to plan an Italian-themed movie night of your own, here are Mann’s tips:

1. Choose your favorite Italian recipe: Your dinner will be the focal point of the night’s festivities.

2. Pick a “mood movie”: Pick a favorite classic Italian movie. It can serve as the backdrop to your dining experience. Moonstruck, Roman Holiday or Big Night are a few favorites, but the sky’s the limit.

3. Select an Italian wine: In Italy, the wine is made to go with food – and no meal is served without it. Remember don’t get hung up on what wine traditionally pairs with what food. You’re the expert. If you like the food and wine combination that means it’s correct! 4. Invite friends. Nothing says Italian like a big meal together. Invite your favorite pals members and the most colorful people you know.

5. Save room for dessert: It would be a sin not to cap off your lovely evening with a decadent treat like chewy almond Ricciarelli or some bittersweet chocolate “Lost Kisses,” inspired by Cinema Paradiso.

A portion of the proceeds from the “Gabbiano Nights” screening series will go towards the Cancer Relief Fund (, which provides direct financial relief to cancer patients to improve their quality of life.

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