Casa Italiana

Weekly Newsletter

Lingua e Cultura classes begin this week!

Livello I with Kelsey Andrychuk -- Wednesday, September 11th

Livello II with Ryan Morano -- Tuesday, September 10th

Livello III with Lino Pizzolanti -- Thursday, September 12th

Livello IV with Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander -- Monday, September 9th

Please contact us for more information or to register!

Tuesday, September 10th, 6:00 PM

"Incredibly Italian!" Cooking Class with Bob Calcagno


Please call Casa Italiana at (585) 389-2468 to register for our class on October 22nd!


-Cold Antipasti
-Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

-Pork Tenderloin alla Milanese

-Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

-Sicilian Orange and Fennel Salad

-Panna Cotta

Wednesday, September 11th, 6:00 PM

Cinema Vitti

Respiro (Breath) Emanuele Crialese, 2002

"An intense film about the freedom to be oneself."

Welcome to Lampedusa, a Mediterranean island paradise as mysterious as it is beautiful, a tropical heaven where ocean waves pound deep mysterious caverns into the rocky seaside cliffs and the emerald-blue sky is rivaled only by the crystal-clear water below. Grazia is a carefree mother of three who soon becomes the focus of her neighbors' gossip.

While her fellow Lampedusians work and live hard -- oblivious to their native paradise -- Grazia alone is courageous enough to blissfully embrace life's treasures. Her wild, sensual, and free-spirited behavior reflects the unrivaled beauty of her heavenly seaside village. Will she drive her friends and neighbors crazy or draw them into her topsy-turvy, wonderful world? The story comes to a dramatic climax at a local religious festival, as flames from bonfires burn brightly on the beaches.

Friday, September 13th, 6:00 PM

"Images of Southern Italy" Presentation by Angela Possemato

Please join us in celebrating the opening reception of photographer Angela Possemato's exhibit, "Images of Southern Italy." Her evocative photos capture the character of three of Italy's southern regions: Puglia, Basilicata, and Campania. Follow in her journey to find her family's roots in Benevento, to explore the mysterious and magical city of Matera, and to wander among the sun-baked trulli of Alberobello. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, September 14th, 5:00 PM

Italian Major/Minor and Study Abroad Reunion Dinner

Nazareth alum who studied Italian or who studied abroad in Pescara or Florence are invited to Casa Italiana to reminisce on your experiences at an evening of wonderful food and music. We will serve an authentic Italian dinner catered by Mamma G’s, co-owned by alumna Lisa Sprague ’11, Alessio Troiano, and the Troiano Family.

Cost: $20 per person

Fall 2019 Opera Trip

Registrations are still open for Casa Italiana's Opera Trip to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City! This year, we will be seeing Puccini's Turandot -- which features the famous aria, Nessun dorma -- on October 3rd. We will take a bus together to New York and spend the night at the Salisbury Hotel, conveniently located right down the street from Lincoln Center. Please contact us here at Casa Italiana for more information or to register!

La Scuola Italiana for Children begins Saturday, September 14th!

There is still time to register for all three of our classes:

Level I: Ages 4 to 6, 9:30 am-10:30 am

Level II: Ages 7 to 10, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Level III: Ages 11 to 14, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

La Scuola offers age-appropriate activities and curriculum. The classes are for beginners to advanced beginners and use authentic Italian school textbooks. This engaging program focuses on Italian language, traditional children's music, and games. La Scuola will also include hands-on learning activities, watching video clips, role playing, and projects. Students are required to bring a 2" binder or folder and writing materials; all other class supplies are provided.


-$120 for Casa members

-$145 for non-members

(Casa members may register a second child for $100.)

Host Family needed for Sicilian Folk Group Akragas

Sicilian folk group Akragas will be in Rochester from October 7th to 13th and we are looking for families to host them during their stay. Please contact Casa Italiana for more information if you are interested.