La Cena Pugliese – A tasty time was had by all!

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

It’s March – FOLLOW UP ST. PAT’S…

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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 Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine of Puglia

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

February 19, 2017: A good time was had by all at Sentieri’s Briscola Tournament at Bella ‘Mbriana!

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

Celebrate Carnevale …

… 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

How to Make the Real Ragu !

What you call Bolognese sauce in America, we call ragù in Bologna, home to one of the most popular meat-based pasta sauces the world over. Don’t be fooled by those tourist-trap menus baiting you with “spaghetti with ragù alla Bolognese”: ragù is to be consumed chiefly with tagliatelle. Other pasta … Continue reading

Celebrating « La Pasquetta » in Italy.

“Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi.” (“Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you like.”) So goes the saying that Italians like to invoke on Easter weekend and, specifically, on Easter Monday or Pasquetta (literally: “Little Easter”). A national holiday, nearly everything shuts down and Italians go fuori … Continue reading

Carnevale di Venezia!

Put on your masks because today begins the world-famous festival Carnevale! But just what is Carnevale, exactly? Like Mardi Gras, Carnevale is an annual festa that takes place during the two weeks before Lent and is one last chance for a sensory blowout before the Lenten fast begins. Not to be confused with … Continue reading

Italian Teaching Methods

Recently, we came across a journal by the ALL (Association for Language Learning),  to which Dr. Daniela Cavallero (president of Sentieri) contributed an article about her experiences as an Italian professor.  What she wrote defines her teaching approach: When it comes to teaching a language, teaching the culture must follow.  Even … Continue reading