The Sara Leonard Scholarship — My Florence I met Sara Leonard many years ago when I was teaching at the Italian Cultural Institute. When I left she followed me to Sentieri Italiani along with other students. She stayed with me through all the years. I really admired Sara; she was smart, … Continue reading
On May 21st, Sentieri Italiani and Bella ‘Mbriana teamed up once again for another evening of fun and games — specifically TOMBOLA, the Italian version of BINGO. Snacks and drinks were served to a couple dozen intense participants while a rotation of “tombolone” called out the numbers in Italian (and English). Prizes … Continue reading
On Sunday, March 12th, Sentieri Italiani and friends met at Via Veneto in Chicago for a specially prepared Cena Pugliese. Highlights of the dinner included fried calamari, orecchiette con rapini, risotto patate e cozze and the super tasty salsiccia Barese alla griglia which was served with fave e cicoria! Grazie … Continue reading
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… WITH ST. JOE’S! BY JACK PILIPONIS When you’ve finished being Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, move on and enjoy St. Joseph’s Day like an Italian! It is only two days later, on March 19th. Well known as the “foster father” of Jesus, St. Joseph has been honored on … Continue reading
The beautiful region of Puglia is home to the typical foods of the south with an emphasis on seafood, fresh vegetables, legumes, cheese and olive oil. All the traditions of cucina povera (the cooking of the poor) have been handed down over the centuries and were influenced by the various … Continue reading
Sentieri and friends had a fun evening of competitive card playing, drinks and antipasti on February 19th. After four rounds of intense play the new champions were declared — Sharon and Debora each won Sentieri memberships as a result of their formidable Briscola skills. Watch this website for more enjoyable evenings with … Continue reading
… IN TUTTA ITALIA! BY JACK PILIPONIS Like many countries with strong Catholic/Christian culture and traditions, Italy marks the weeks leading up to Lent with colorful, sensual, food- and drink-filled celebrations. In Italy, it’s called “Carnevale,” derived from Latin “carnem levare” — take the meats; in ancient times that … Continue reading