October 2021 Notiziario

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Friday October 1st is the kickoff to the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver’s third annual Italian Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of the many contributions Italians and the Italian culture have made to our way of life. I urge everyone to participate in at least some of the many events that will be taking place throughout October – gelato social, wine tasting, movies, cooking classes, etc., etc. In this issue of the Notiziario you will find the complete list of exciting events along with contact information for making reservations and purchasing tickets. Because this year’s activities will be in person, as opposed to last year when they were held via ZOOM, Public Health Guidelines will be followed at all events. Sign up, bring family and friends, spread the word! Italian Heritage Month is the most comprehensive celebration of our Italian culture that Denver has seen in some time. Goditi un periodo meraviglioso durante il mese del patrimonio Italiano. Grazie, John Giardino


Mark November 12th on your calendar.  We will be hosting a soup exchange in conjunction with a non-perishable food or monetary donation to a local food bank.  So, start looking through your recipes for a favorite soup to share.  All the information will be in the November Notiziario.  Ciao, Rhonda


In memory of his parents, Dr. Frank J and Mary J. Giardino, Dr. Frank W. Giardino has offered a $1000 matching grant to be used for the Dante Alighieri Scholarship Program. All donations up to that amount in total will be matched. Donations to the Dante Alighieri Scholarship Fund should be sent to Carol Marsala, 1696 Garland St., Denver, CO 80215.


The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver gives a warm welcome to our new following members:  Myndi Atkinson, Marcel Ayala, Jerry Ballard, JoannaClifton, Jami Dinsmore, Marie and Frank DePietro, Domnic Donato, Chris Furst, Anthony Gentile, Ned Greenwood, Ava and Stephanie Kindvatter, Gina Lanz, Michael Lupo,Vincent Lupo, ChelsieScanlon, Gina Sirhall, Chris Vannote, Daisha Walton, and Maggie Wilson.


At our September cultural meeting, our members were treated to an excellent performance by Silvio and Rosalie Caputo of their original play "Life and Times of an Italian Immigrant Family in the Coal Fields of Colorado circa 1900".
They portrayed Silvio's grandparents, Vincenzo and Carmella, and brought to life their days in the mining camps and the various events they lived through.  Many of our members recalled similar stories of their relatives who lived in southern Colorado in the early 1900s.


SINCERE CONDOLENCES  to the Mauro family for the loss of long time member Richard.


The Society’s fall session of Italian language classes has begun. The 10-week winter session of Italian language classes will start in January 2022.  The schedule for winter classes will be posted on the Dante Society website by December 1, 2021.  The classes are taught by experienced and talented bi-lingual teachers, and include beginner, intermediate, 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 $115 for members and $145 for non-members.  New members are welcome to join the Dante Alighieri Society when they register for classes.  Please register early because classes do fill up.  For more information, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com .   To register for classes, visit the web site:


October - Italian Heritage Month

(Public health guidelines will be followed at all events)

The Dante Society may have missed a year in celebrating our proud heritage due to COVID, but we’re back this year with a wonderful lineup. October will start out with a celebration of our organization’s namesake, Dante Alighieri, and continue on with a gelato social, movies, cooking classes, an interesting view of Rome, a wine tasting and dinner at Colore restaurant. There’s definitely something for everyone. Let’s take a peek…


Friday, October 1

Dr. Seth Fabian - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall– 3549 Navajo Street, Denver - 7:30 p.m. Refreshments and beverages will be served.  Free Event – Reservations Required

Follow in the footsteps of the acclaimed medieval Italian poet, Dante Alighieri, on his extraordinary journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and into Heaven (Paradiso), as described in Dante's epic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy.

Dr. Fabian received his PhD in Italian Studies and Comparative Literature from Columbia University where he also taught Italian language.  For several years, he has taught a 30-lecture course for adults at the Archdiocese of Denver, which covers all three volumes of the Divine Comedy--Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.


Saturday, October 2

Gelato Social - 23rd Avenue Sculpture Studio – 3500 W. 23rd Avenue, Denver, 2:00 p.m.  $5 per person or $20 for a group of five (Each $5 purchase gets 2 scoops of gelato).  Tickets must be purchased in advance as NO tickets will be available at the event.

Bring your entire family! While enjoying scrumptious gelato, you’ll also be treated to the talents of Reid Belstock, a nationally touring juggler and visual comedian, balloon twisting by Michael Shaloub, and caricature drawings by Chad Straka.

Reid is a graduate of the famed Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College Program.  He has been seen at Walt Disney World, The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Hotel Juraku in Japan, Happy Kingdom theme park in Shen Zhen China and Performing Arts Centers nationwide.

Michael is an actor, known for his work in the television series Monk, Disney Infinity and Silver City.

Chad is an artist specializing in live, quick-draw caricature art. He’s drawn caricatures at Sea World, Coors Field, Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace Center, Las Vegas, and Central Park, NYC, to name a few. It’s a thrill for Chad when he’s drawing, but it’s also an exciting time for those watching and a truly unique experience for the person(s) getting drawn.


Friday, October 8

Wine Tasting with Dinner and a Tour.  Spero Winery – 3316 W. 64th Avenue, Denver, 6:00 p.m.  $40 per person.  Reservations Required – Limited Seating

All tickets must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be available at the event.

In addition to the sampling of Spero’s many wines, dinner includes antipasti, primo, secondo and dolce. Dinner is followed by an impressive tour of the winery.


Saturday, October 9

Italian Card Game – Scopa.  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall – 3549 Navajo Street, Denver, 1:00 p.m.  Free Event – Reservations Required

Learn how to play the time-honored Italian card game of Scopa, one of the two major national card games in Italy, the other being Briscola. The name is an Italian noun meaning "broom", since taking a scopa means "to sweep" all the cards from the table. Watching a game of scopa can be a highly entertaining activity, since games traditionally involve lively, colorful, and somewhat strong-worded banter in between hands. However, skill and chance are more important for the outcome of the game.  Join your fellow Italians and gain your own skills.


Friday, October 15

Movie Night - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall – 3549 Navajo Street, Denver.  Pizza will be served prior to the movie, 6:30 pizza / 7:00 p.m. movie.  Free Event – Reservations Required (We want to be sure to have enough pizza for everyone)

In guerra per amore (At War with Love).  It’s 1943 and World War II is raging in Europe. In New York, Arturo and Flora are in love, but she is promised in marriage to the son of a Mafia boss. There is a way around this, but to be able to marry Flora, Arturo needs to get permission from her father, who lives in a village in Sicily. Join us to see how this film - a mix of comedy, drama and romance – unfolds and gives us a history lesson in the process.


Saturday, October 16

Cooking Class - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall – 3549 Navajo Street, Denver, 9:00 a.m., $50 per person. Reservations and Prepayment are Required - Limit: 12 individuals

Antipasto – Roasted Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola on Phyllo Topped with a Fresh Almond and Apple Mixture

Primo –Dried Cranberry Risotto with Rosemary

Secondo – Pan Seared Italian Pork Tenderloin with a Dijon Pan Sauce, Warm Pancetta and Swiss Chard Salad

Dolce - Cannoli Filled with Ricotta Ice Cream Topped with Pistachio Whipped Cream


Friday, October 22

Dr. Roberta Waldbaum, Polo Club North Clubhouse, 2552 E. Alameda Avenue, Cherry Creek, 7:30 p.m.

Free Event – Reservations Required

The Polo Club North requires everyone entering the clubhouse to have a valid COVID vaccine card or proof of a negative COVID test taken two weeks prior to the event.

Unlocking their creative imaginations, DU students in an undergraduate course on “Roman Images in Literature and Film” completed original Cultural Projects in which they created projects that sparked their interest and imaginations. For example, they wrote original short stories or poems, created scientific, engineering, and digital inventions, produced art projects like sketches or paintings, and created musical videos.

Dr. Roberta Waldbaum has been dedicated to the study and teaching of Italian in Denver since the early 1960s. She is Teaching Professor of Italian, the Anna Maglione-Sie Endowed Chair in Italian Culture, and Associate Chair in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver (DU) where she teaches Italian language, literature, film and culture in the Italian Program and in the common curriculum.


Sunday, October 24

Dinner at Colore Restaurant, 2700 S. Broadway, Englewood, 3:00 p.m., $50 per person. Reservations Required.  All tickets must be purchased in advance as NO tickets will be available at the event. 

Deadline to purchase tickets: Sunday, October 10.


First Course – Colore Salad for the Table:

Chopped romaine, prosciutto, salame, ham, provolone, artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette

Second Course – Choice of One Entree:

Sausage & Peppers – Bell pepper, onion, spicy Italian sausage, marinara, mozzarella, spaghetti.

Penne Bolognese – Colore’s family meat sauce – ground beef, tomato, spices, parmigiana.

Shrimp Scampi & Linguine - Pan seared shrimp, shallots, garlic, chili flake, white wine lemon broth.

Vegetable Lasagne – Spinach, broccoli, zucchini, ricotta, pesto, mozzarella, marinara.

Chicken Parmigiana – Breaded chicken breast, mozzarella, marinara, linguine.

Third Course – Dessert Sampler for the Table:  An assortment of Colore’s house made desserts – Peach bread pudding, flourless chocolate torte, tiramisu, cannoli.

The dinner includes, iced tea, soda, coffee and a glass of house red or white wine.


Friday, October 29

Movie Night. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall – 3549 Navajo Street, Denver,7:30 p.m.

Popcorn and beverages will be served.  Free Event – Reservations Required

Benvenuti al sud (Welcome to the South).  A witty and very human story about how Italy’s North meets Italy’s South. A very uptight postal inspector is horrified to find himself transferred to the South of Italy. He cries on the way down and arrives full of prejudices and misconceptions, only to be warmly welcomed. We won’t reveal too much but he leaves in tears again, in fulfilment of a local saying that people cry twice when visiting, once when they arrive and again when they leave.


Saturday, October 30

Cooking Class.  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall – 3549 Navajo Street, Denver, 9:00 a.m. $50 per person.

 Reservations and Prepayment are Required - Limit: 12 individuals.

Antipasto – Eggplant and Roasted Tomato Caponata served on Rosemary Focaccia

Secondo – Skillet Seared Cornish Game Hen Served with Smashed Fall Vegetables and Pickled Zucchini Salad

Dolce – Butternut Squash Pie with Amaretto Glaze and Whipped Cream


To make reservations or purchase tickets, please call Susan Gurule at 720-484-1014, email her at susangurule@msn.com, or mail her at 2424 Stuart Court, Denver, CO 80212.

AUGURI DI BUON COMPLEANNO We wish our members a Buon Compleanno during their birthday month.

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Nancy Landolfi          October 1
Dave Puzo                  October 1
Rob Schwartz             October 4
Courtney Frola           October 5
Barbara Amato          October 10
Maggie Wilson          October 17
Dina Horwedel           October 23
Ania Chudziak            October 27

We want to include more members in this column, so please send a quick email, with your birthday month and day, to Dante Society board member, Suzanne Fasing,    at suzannefasing@yahoo.com      Grazie!

Mese del cuore                                                     Month of the heart
Sono ottobre: porto il manto                                 I am October:  I wear a mantle of
giallo, rosso ed amaranto;                                    yellow, red and purple;
son vestito con le foglie                                        I am dressed with leaves
delle piante nude e spoglie;                                  fallen from plants;
ai ragazzi porto ardore,                                         to boys I bring passion,
vino ebbrezza e buonumore.                                 wine, bliss and good humor.

TIPS ON ITALY  by Tonya Clement  Get your Italian mojo on!

There is not a day that I do not wake up and wish I had been born into an Italian family so that I could just blend in with the locals.  Every time I travel to Italy, I make a note in my journal of things to do and things not to do when visiting the country and this article represents just a few of my discoveries.

It goes without saying that the first blunder you can make is to drive slow in the left lane on the Autostrada.

While this is the case on every highway, in both Italy and France they drive really fast and of course it is easy to do in those designer sportscars (Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati). While this is a major offense, most Italians will generally let it slide and just zoom around you faster than you can blink an eye, but when it comes to food and drink watch out!  You best be on your best behavior.  As John Giardino recently said, “Americans get together and maybe have a bite or a drink as an afterthought. Italians get together for the purpose of eating.” Immediately upon our return from Italy, my husband and I always say, we really need to slow down and eat and start living more like the Italians.  What we are really saying is let’s not rush and let’s instead plan our meals ahead of time by inviting people we love and purchasing only whole and seasonal foods at the local farmer’s market.  We tend to stick to this for the first week and then we revert to our old wicked ways of fast food and eating on the run.

The first sign we have failed is when we get in our car and drive a few miles to a restaurant chain that serves breakfast dishes with names like “GRAND SLAM.”  During these meals it is a best case to order a three egg omelet stuffed with cheese and veggies and add a side of hash browns and bacon.  Of course this breakfast is usually complimented with a large glass of orange juice that is full of sugar.  This type of eating leaves us both wishing for a nap before the day has even started.  In Italy breakfast looks a little different. It begins with a nice casual walk, several blocks away, to a lovely neighborhood bar to get a cappuccino and a light and fluffy buttery croissant. These two things would be consumed on site at a small street side table or after a return hike to our apartment to be enjoyed on the balcony. Both would hold us over for many hours until we could get to a local market and prepare a fresh lunch of cantaloupe and prosciutto.

While mentioning a breakfast, it is the appropriate time to state how I rarely if ever see an Italian add any amount of milk to their coffee and certainly not in the middle of the day or after dinner. It just does not happen. If you want to give the

appearance you are local, order a caffe normale and you will most definitely score a few points.  It is safe to say the timing of every meal and what you consume at each meal is carefully orchestrated to ensure the best digestion possible.

Now when it comes to ordering, the fastest way to come off looking like an American is to request either fettuccine Alfredo or spaghetti with meatballs.  These dishes just do not exist in Italy. If nothing looks appetizing or if you cannot understand what is on the menu, I have found it best to ask the waiter for a recommendation of the special of the day.  Not once have I been disappointed with the meal that was served to me.  Do your best to refrain from always requesting cheese and bread with every meal.  If offered, graciously accept both, but if they do not offer, try enjoying the meal as it was served.  Be reminded that Italians find it offensive to put parmesan cheese on any seafood dish and while Americans consider baskets of bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar as the ideal appetizer, Italians use only a small amount to absorb the last yummy droplets of pasta sauce that remains on the plate.

Lastly there is the decision of what to drink.

In the US we tend to give our dinner guest a variety of optional drinks during dinner. We offer a wide spectrum of choices such as Coke products, types of beer or a variety of fancy cocktails etc….but in Italy you have a choice of red or white wine in a glass, ½ carafe or a full bottle. If you simply must have a anything other than wine, by all means ask for a glass and avoid drinking from the can or bottle.

In Italy, dinners are never rushed, they last well into the evening as they are meant to be a time to relax and enjoy friends and family.  The table is yours as long as you like and the bill will not appear until requested.  You will be encouraged to stay a little longer with the offering of a small chilled glass of limoncello to aid one’s digestion.  Let’s remember to embrace the Italian way of enjoying food, family and friends.  Buon appetito!


  • Colosseum  The 2000-year-old monument is once again going to have a new floor thanks to a new hi-tech project announced by the Italian culture ministry.
  • Italian Economy “Italy’s economy is growing 4.1% this year and at the end of 2022 the economy will have barely bridged the gap opened in 2020 by the pandemic” as announced by Confindustria in its latest forecast.
  • Lemon demand during Covid 19. The lemon demand is rising in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic and the Amalfi farmers are adapting to the virus. However,  the farming industry in Italy is suffering.
  • Message from Italian President Sergio Mattarella. “On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, I wish first and foremost to express the closeness of the Italian people to the families of the victims of that heinous attack and to all the people of the United States, in keeping with the deep and long-standing friendship that binds our two countries.

A special thought goes to my compatriots, and to those of Italian origin who lost their lives in those painful circumstances: lives cut short by a blind and cowardly fanaticism that struck down innocent men and women. The grief of that tragedy brought us together. The memory of the barbaric aggression of two decades ago spurs us with ever-increasing determination to protect that common framework of values which reflects the principles of freedom and peaceful coexistence among peoples”.

  • Non piu’ grandi navi a Venezia. Dal primo di agosto 2021, le grandi navi hanno smesso di attraversare Venezia e di affacciarsi con i loro alti profili sul bacino di San Marco, il via libera definitivo deciso dal consiglio dei ministri. Ora i «colossi del mare» dovranno approdare a Marghera.  “Una giornata storica” commenta il ministro della cultura Franceschini lasciando palazzo Chigi, dopo il Consiglio dei ministri che ha dato l’ok al decreto Salva Venezia, “un impegno che avevo preso pubblicamente e che abbiamo rispettato”. 

2022 Calendar


June 10


May 1 – Scholarships and awards Luncheon

May 15 – Operatic recital 





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Answer to Indovinello (riddle):  Il grano (wheat)

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