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

Individual Italian Grammar Classes Summer 2016

Grammitalia: Summer 2016 June 29, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm Presente dei verbi (Basic) July 6, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm Articoli, Sostantivi e Aggettivi (Basic) July 13, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm Pronomi diretti, indiretti, combinati, particelle (Intermediate/Advanced) July 18, Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm Preposizioni semplici e articolate (Basic) July 19, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 pm Sequenza dei tempi al … Continue reading

Early Registration for Summer 2016 Italian Classes

Registration is now open for the Summer quarter’s Italian courses. From now until June 1st there is an early registration discount, so hurry and register today to sign up for your next Italian class! There are classes at all levels.  For absolute beginners, there’s a “Basic 1”.  For returning students or new students with prior … Continue reading

Victorious Vino: Italy Takes the Lead in Becoming the World’s Largest Wine Producer in 2015

Italy is known, of course, for its delicious cuisine, its rich history,and its beautiful art. But let’s not forget its magnificent wine. 2015 was a banner year for Italian wine as Italy surpassed France in becoming the world’s largest wine producer, according to European Union data How did it happen? In … 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