April Notiziario 2019

Dante Alighierio of Denver Notiziario


On Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Professor Wayne Ambler from the University of Colorado in Boulder will present “The Disunited Unification of Italy”. Wayne will introduce the fascinating cast of characters at the forefront of the Risorgimento, the movement that led to the birth of modern Italy in March of 1861. He will note not only their critique of Italy as it was before unification but also the main disagreements among those who did the most to bring about the new nation. These disagreements remain important today, for they bear some responsibility for divisions that still exist in Italian politics. Please see page 4 for a little background for the April cultural presentation.
As always, the presentation will take place at Mt. Carmel Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo St., Denver.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS La prima domenica in April will be on the 7th, at 9:00 a.m.

at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver. The Dante Society is once again sponsoring the breakfast following the Mass, so mark your calendars. Help will be needed before and after the Mass. If you would like to offer your time, please contact our coordinators Nina and John Incampo at 303-423-4811. Grazie.


The Annual Scholarship Luncheon is only a month away. Hopefully you’ve already marked your calendar for May 5 to celebrate the awarding of scholarships to deserving students who will be studying in Italy, to be entertained by our music scholarship winner(s) and to share a delicious meal with other Dante members. Attached you will find the reservation form for the event again being held at the Arvada Center. According to past attendees, the excitement, the entertainment, the food and the camaraderie are well worth the price of admission! Please submit your reservation, here enclosed, by April 30 so we can inform the caterer of the number of people who will be attending. If you have any questions, please contact me at johnsadlermd@aol.com. Grazie, John Sadler.


There’s a lot happening at the Dante Society right now. With the beginning of the spring session of Italian classes, we have seen a large number of students signing up as Dante members. I want to personally welcome them to the Society and, in fact, I will be visiting each class to introduce myself and talk more about the benefits of membership. Secondly, applications are currently being submitted for both Academic and Music scholarships. Plan now to attend the annual Scholarship Luncheon on May 5 at the Arvada Center. Finally, the Society is drafting a survey to go out to all members, seeking input on what changes the Board should consider that would encourage wider participation and increased value to membership. The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver is alive and well and moving forward into the future! As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact me. John Giardino, johncgiardino@comast.net , 303-378-9736.


The Dante Alighieri Society is currently offering the 10-week spring session of Italian language classes, which begin the week of March 25.  The summer session of classes will begin in June, and registration information will be provided in the May Notiziario. The classes are taught by experienced and talented bi-lingual teachers, and include beginner, intermediate, advanced, and conversation classes.  Each class meets for 90 minutes, once a week, at 3549 Navajo Street, Denver, in the parish offices of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.  Cost is $100 for members and $130 for non-members.  New members are welcome to join the Dante Alighieri Society when they register for classes.  For more information, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com or call 303-810-9042.   Information about the classes is also available on the web site:  http://dantealighieriofdenver.com/classes/language-classes/



Italy surpasses France as the Italian language becomes the fourth most studied language in the world after English, Spanish and Chinese.


Italiano is spoken in more than 30 countries around the world. It is the 20th most-spoken language and, at the moment, is the world’s fourth most studied language.   Italiano is useful in many economic areas. And, even if it is less spoken than English, Spanish or French, many Italian speakers live in different countries. For more or less 63 million people in the world, Italian is their mother tongue, while 3 million people speak it as second language.
In the United States about 700,000 people speak Italian at home, and Italiano is the fourth most studied foreign language. In Europe it is very popular in other countries, in addition to Italy.  (Italian Side)



The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver gives a very warm welcome to the new following members:  Mihaela Ciocanu, Silvio Cipro, Rebecca Colgate, Alie Cunavelis, Kerri Drumm, Karen and Roger Haden, Lori and Anthony Marcello, Holly and Trevor Mertens, Renato Noal, Sue Presta,and Sarah Voight.

The Society encourages all new members to join us on the second Friday of the month for our cultural presentations.  In April we will have Professor Wayne Ambler from C.U. presenting the events that preceded the unity of Italy as a country and referred to as the Risorgimento.  See you there.  Ciao.



Lamont School of Music is presenting Puccini’s Il Trittico on April 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 2:30 p.m.  In an all-new Lamont production Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi create a journey from despair to laughter, building to an unforgettable experience in opera and in theater.  For further information contact the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at 303-871-7720.  Tickets $16 - $35.                                                                                                                   



Dante discount card

The agreement between the Vatican and the Dante has been renewed once again for the year 2019.   It allows us to visit the museums at a lower price and get in front of the long lines simply by presenting the Dante Society membership card.  The cost to visit the Museums is 16 euros per person, and 1 euro if you decide to purchase the Art and Faith DVD on the Treasures of the Vatican.   The Dante membership card may be obtained by contacting Rhonda Hopkins at 720-596-4169, rhop626@gmail.com, or Gianfranco Marcantonio at 303-494-3080 glm3942@yahoo.com .

For additional privileges for Dante members while in Italy, please visit the following site: http://ladante.it/diventa-socio/le-convenzioni


Nancy BGETTING TO KNOW YOU   Nancy Bucci.

  1. What region in Italy were your ancestors from?  If you do not have Italian ancestors, what is the ethnic background of your family?  Have you ever been there and what was your experience?

 My father was from Catania, Sicily. I have been to Sicily with my father to celebrate his birthday with his childhood friend. 


  1. When did your ancestors arrive in America, and where did they settle originally? Did they come right to Colorado?

My ancestors migrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1959. I came to the United States for university to get an education, play sports and to learn how to fly airplanes


  1. If you had to describe yourself in one word, what word would that be, and why? 

Feisty, because I will protect and fight for what i think is right every single time.

  1. Who was most influential to you growing up, and why?

I do not have one specific person who influenced me growing up. 

I have gained knowledge from a number of people growing up and take those lessons to heart on a daily basis.


  1. Tell us a little about you, employment, family, interests and so on.

My name is Nancy and I moved away from Toronto, where I grew up, at a young age. I decided to go to university in another country in order to pursue a career in aviation. I was able to study exactly what I wanted and am now a pilot for United Airlines.  My family still lives in Canada. My father has passed away and my mother lives Toronto.   My interests are hiking, skiing, water skiing, traveling and exploring the world, having fun with friends.

 creative art - italy related

  1. How would you most like to be remembered? 

I would like people to remember me as being a thoughtful and loving person.

  1. What attracted you about joining the Dante Alighieri Society?

I wanted to take Italian classes and learn more about Italian culture.


Risorgimento, (“Rising Again”), 19th-century movement for Italian unification that culminated in the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. The Risorgimento was an ideological and literary movement that helped to arouse the national consciousness of the Italian people, and it led to a series of political events that freed the Italian states from foreign domination and united them politically.

Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872) was a writer and political activist who strived to found a unified democratic republic of Italy. Throughout his life, he founded and supported revolutionary groups who sought to free Italy of foreign powers and unite the different states. During his lifetime, his aspirations were only partially fulfilled, and he considered himself to have failed. But, when Italy was finally united, Mazzini was credited with playing a significant role.



Giuseppe Garibaldi (4 July 1807 – 2 June 1882) was an Italian general and nationalist. A republican, he contributed to the Italian unification and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy. He is considered one of the greatest generals of modern times and one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland" along with Camillo Benso, Count of CavourVictor Emmanuel II of Italy and Giuseppe Mazzini.





Camillo BensoCount of Cavour (10 August 1810 – 6 June 1861), generally known as Cavour  was an Italian statesman and a leading figure in the movement toward Italian unification. He was one of the leaders of the Historical Right, and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, a position he maintained (except for a six-month resignation) throughout the Second Italian War of Independence and Garibaldi's campaigns to unite Italy. After the declaration of a united Kingdom of Italy, Cavour took office  as the first Prime Minister of Italy; he died after only three months in office, and thus did not live to see Venetia or Rome added to the new Italian nation.




Victor Emmanuel II Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia); 14 March 1820 – 9 January 1878) was King of Sardinia from 1849 until 17 March 1861. At that point, he assumed the title of King of Italy and became the first king of a united Italy since the 6th century, a title he held until his death in 1878. The Italians gave him the epithet of Father of the Fatherland ( Padre della Patria). The monument Altare della Patria (or Vittoriano) in Rome was built in his honor. (Wikipedia)


In Italy, Pasqua (Easter) is an important religious celebration. The more religious Italians participate in a procession on Palm Sunday and the Easter Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and ends on Easter Sunday. Good Friday is a fast day.

Easter Sunday dinners often have baby lamb or baby kid as the main meat. However, there are plenty of antipasti and pasta. Depending the region of Italy, dessert can be an Easter cake, pie or special dessert bread like La Columba (the dove).

Unique to Italy is La Pasquetta or Easter Monday holiday. This is when Italian families really get out and have some fun.  Pasquetta means Italian families celebrate with special dinners picnics or other outdoor activities. Again, there is always plenty of food. You can bet with a late April Easter, baring showers, and most Italians will be out enjoying the food and sunshine.


  1. Colomba - While its tradition does not go back further than the 1900s (notwithstanding the many legends), today it has become one of the traditional Easter foods consumed in Italy. Developed as the Easter equivalent of the Christmas panettone and pandoro, Colomba pasquale is a dove-shaped Italian cake, as a symbol for peace. Its dough is similar to that of the panettone, but with candied peel instead of raisins, and topped with almonds and pearl sugar. Like panettone, it is rather time-consuming to make, as the dough must ferment and rise very slowly so as to triple its original volume. Therefore, it is one of the few products that is not usually home-made, but bought at the bakery or store, even in Italy. It is consumed at breakfast during the Easter holidays or as a merenda (afternoon snack).
  2. Lamb - Traditionally the main dish of the Easter meal consists of lamb. A traditional Easter dish in Rome and the Lazio region are, for example, crispy lamb ribs, known as abbacchio a scottadito (literally meaning “burnt finger”) with fresh artichokes, which are the seasonal vegetables par excellence at that moment.

Another typical Eastern dish is cosciotto al forno con le patate (roast leg of lamb with potatoes), popular in Piemonte, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Campania and other regions of Italy.  Cutturidd, a typical Easter dish from Puglia and Basilicata, originally prepared in a terracotta pan in the fireplace, is a stew made from lamb with various vegetables and spices.  In Trentino there are also the polpettine pasquali (Easter meat balls) made with ground lamb meat, parsley, shallots and rosemary.

In Rome, another traditional Easter dish is abbacchio alla romana, baby lamb cooked in wine, anchovies, rosemary and garlic. In Molise and Abruzzo the typical Easter dish is agnello cacio e uova, lamb with cacio (a semi-soft cheese) and eggs, uniting two of the most symbolic ingredients of Easter.


  1. Easter eggs - Easter eggs, boiled and chocolate. Symbolizing rebirth, Easter eggs are everywhere in Italy, either as chocolates or as decorated boiled eggs.


  1. Fresh beans - On Pasquetta, fresh beans (broad beans or fava bean), are consumed with pecorino cheese as a snack or appetizer in Lazio and the southern regions of Italy. The tradition goes back to Ancient Roman times.


  1. Salami with boiled eggs - A plain dish served for Easter as an appetizer are salame e uova sode (salami and boiled eggs) known as fellata di pasqua. Symbolically the eggs represent rebirth and the salami the fortune of the farmers, who awaited the festivities to put the salami on the table.


  1. Pastiera napolitana - Pastiera napoletana is a typical Easter cake made of a short crust pastry with a filling of ricotta cheese, eggs, and cooked wheat berries, flavored with orange flower water. It is traditionally prepared on Holy Thursday or Good Friday to ensure that the ingredients have enough time to infuse and rest before it is consumed on Easter Sunday. In the original Neapolitan recipe the pastry is made with lard instead of butter, which renders the cake extra soft.                                                                         (continued)


  1. Casatiello napoletano - Popular in Lazio and Campania the casatiello is a rustic cake stuffed with cheese, pancetta, salami and whole eggs. It is traditionally eaten on the evening of Holy Saturday, but remains soft for several days thanks to the presence of suet in the mixture.


  1. Pizza di Pasqua - Also known as crescia di Pasqua or torta al formaggio, Pizza di Pasquais a salt cake typical of central Italy served for breakfast on Easter or as antipasto during the Easter meal. It is made with flour, eggs, pecorino, parmigiano.


  1. Torta Pasqualina - A salt pie made of 33 layers of phyllo sheets (the number of years of life of Christ) following an ancient recipe believed to date back to 15th century Genoa. It is stuffed with chard or artichokes, eggs and seasoned with marjoram or other herbs.

The cheese used in the traditional recipe was Prescinsêua (a soft curd cheese with a slightly sour taste, halfway between ricotta and kefir), but it is now often replaced with ricotta, as Prescinsêua is becoming increasingly rare.


  1. Scarcella and Fiadoni - Scarcella is an Easter cake originating from Puglia, but known in all of Southern Italy. It is made of shortcrust pastry decorated with Easter motives. Fiadoni are typical Easter pastries served in Abruzzo. (SlowItaly)


Cultural Meetings

Apr 12


April 7 – Prima domenica

May 5 – Scholarship Banquet


Language – Spring begins March 25

NOTE: Cultural meetings, movies, and cooking classes take place at Mt. Carmel Church Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo St., Denver.

Language classes are taught at Mt. Carmel Church Office.

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