Parliamo e Meetup da Cafè Napolitana

Lunedì, 14 maggio, alle 7 di sera.
The annual gathering of Italophiles will take place again at Cafè Napolitana, Monday 14 May at 7PM, hosted by owners Palmo and Dee Aracri.  Attendees will include Italia in Ohio, the Columbus Italian Language Meetup, OSU, Columbus State, and more. We will take the entire back room for an evening of eating (cibi fatto a casa), drinking (large selection of craft beers), and conversing (wide variation in fluency).
The Cafè is 40 No. High; enter from High or Pearl Alley. Park in lots at Gay&High, Leveque Tower, or the statehouse.  Early arrivals might even score a street meter. Or arrive by CBus.
Peek at their menu: Cafè Napolitana  So that Palmo could be prepared please indicate your coming: e-mail to or link to the Meetup Website
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A presto!

Art History in Tuscan cities of Lucca, Siena, and Pisa

Noted art scholar Rosa De Grottole will follow-up her presentations on Florence, Rome, and Venice with an exciting new series.  Beginning this Sunday 11 March Rosa will take us on a stroll through the smaller but notable cities of Lucca, Siena, and Pisa.  Who were the artists, what were their notable creations, and whose wealth funded their work?

The 90 minute presentations will be in English with plenty of Italian terminology to give you that “almost being there” feeling. Have a glimpse of what is offered in this short video:  Lucca Siena Pisa video

To register click HERE.

Ci vediamo presto!

Where could you use your knowledge of Italian?

If you have lived in cities with an ethnic population that arrived from the mid-1800’s to early 1900’s then you have encountered the Italian language and culture.  Industries heavily populated by Italian immigrants include stone masonry (the Lincoln Memorial was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers), canal construction, agriculture, the arts, and naturally foods and restaurants.  Today although most of these industries use English as the common language the traditional Italian terms remain for music, for architectural features and for food preparations. Lear Italian and you will learn more about the country in which we live.

Italian is still spoken in some established Little Italy locales from San Francisco through Chicago, Cleveland, to New York City – just a way to keep up traditions and family memories.  A similar situation is found throughout the Americas from Canada south to Argentina where there is a large Italian-American (in the broader sense of American) population.  But where is a knowledge of the language crucial to everyday interactions?  Throughout the world there are over 60 million people who use Italian as their preferred language of choice: Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City, and areas along the Adriatic that were once ruled by Italians.

A bit more about these Italo-phonic geographies is given here:  Italian official language