Casa Italiana

Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, January 22 at 6:00 PM

Cinema Vitti

Vittorio de Sica, Umberto D., 1952

Umberto D. is the story of an old man and his dog navigating the complicated world of post-war Italy. Umberto Ferrari, a retired professor, confronts the challenges of housing, healthcare, and poverty in a world that is rapidly changing, and sometimes leaving him and his dog Flike behind. A masterpiece of Italian neo-realism, Umberto D. addresses the difficulties faced by the poor in Rome in the years after the war.

Thursday, January 23 at 12:00 PM

Study Abroad Informational Session for Nazareth College Students

Ever thought about studying in Italy? Come learn more about our opportunities to study abroad in Florence or Pescara for a summer, a semester, and even a full-year! We offer possibilities to take classes and do internships, travel to places like Pompeii, Venice, Siena, and more! Don't know Italian? Not a problem! We have plenty of courses offered in English.

Lunch will be served, and we will be happy to answer any of your questions about studying abroad in Italy.

Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 PM

Leonardo da Vinci's Canal Lock Invention and the Erie Canal

Thomas X. Grasso of Erie Canal Consulting and former president of Inland Waterways International will present his research on the influence of Leonardo da Vinci's designs for the canals of Europe on the construction of the Erie Canal right here in Rochester. Mr. Grasso has extensive experience giving tours of European canals and will present the influence of da Vinci on the history of these important waterways.

Tuesday, February 4th at 6:00 PM

Incredibly Italian! Cooking Class with Bob Calcagno and Susan VanBuskirk

Please join us for another lesson in our cooking class series here at Casa Italiana! Registration is now open by e-mailing Casa Italiana at


- Crostini con cipolle dolci (crostini with sweet onions)
- Stracciatella (Italian egg-drop soup)
- Parmigiana di melanzane con ziti (eggplant parmesan with ziti pasta)

- Insalata di rucola con gorgonzola e pera (arugula salad with gorgonzola cheese and pear)

- Budino di riso (rice pudding)