Italy's PM treated to festa

After Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s address before a joint session of Congress yesterday, about 200 of his paisans from Congress, the diplomatic corps and local business feted him outside the Senate Foreign Relations Committee room.

After Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s address before a joint session of Congress yesterday, about 200 of his paisans from Congress, the diplomatic corps and local business feted him outside the Senate Foreign Relations Committee room.

The enthusiastic members — some of Italian descent, some less so — included Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziHouse panel to mark up 2019 budget Overnight Defense: Top general defends Afghan war progress | VA shuffles leadership | Pacific Command gets new leader, name | Pentagon sued over HIV policy Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA MORE (R-Wyo.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Senators 'deeply troubled' military lawyers being used for immigration cases Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (D-Vt.), and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), the co-chairman of the Italian-American Congressional Caucus.

Leahy, who got some face time with Berlusconi off the House floor, said it was a good speech but confessed to a bias because his mother’s side of his family is Italian. And he pointed out the pin on his lapel, marking him as a Grand Official of the Republic of Italy — the only one in Congress, he said.

He also brought along his chief of staff, Ed Pagano, whose last name leaves no doubt as to its provenance.

After sipping Chianti and munching on bruschetta in the Hugh Scott Room (what, no linguine in clam sauce?), well wishers, including U.S. News’s Michael Barone and Caf