Dante Alighierio of Denver Notiziario


The meeting will be held Friday, September 13, 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Parish Hall 3549 Navajo St., Denver.  Our own member, Dave Puzo, will present the region of Molise along with many photos he took of towns during his recent tour of Italy. He would like to include photos of many “home/root” towns of members.  He is requesting that members with Molise ties contact Dave with names of cities and/or towns your family is from.  He will make sure to include those places in his presentation.  You may call 303-776-6526, or email davepuzo@aol.com.


The Society has a number of VHS cassettes in the library that it would like to eliminate, given the fact that they are now rarely used, having been replaced by DVDs. We have some movies, operas, and documentaries on cities and regions of Italy.  First come first served basis.


The Dante Alighieri Society, under the leadership of past-president Susan Gurule, is solidifying the final plans for Italian Heritage Month this October. You will find details of the many events planned in this issue of Notiziario, so please be sure to take note and plan ahead.  I continue to visit with the students in our Italian classes, encouraging them to take advantage of the many opportunities afforded them through membership in the Dante Alighieri Society-especially Italian Heritage Month!

We have submitted language in the form of a formal proclamation to the governor’s office asking that he proclaim October as Italian Heritage Month. As a matter of protocol, such documents wouldn’t be signed until mid-September. While we still await Gov. Polis’ signature, we don’t anticipate there to be any concerns that would prevent him from signing it. We remain confident that it will happen not only in 2019 but in years to come.”  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Grazie, John Giardino


BENVENUTI The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver gives a very warm welcome to our latest members:  Loretta DiTirro, Christine Soto, David Burgess, and Lorenz Rychner.


The next monthly meeting of the Dante Society’s Italian conversation group is on August 24, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Brew Culture Coffee Shop, 3620 West Colfax Avenue in Denver.  The conversation group is open to all Dante language students and Society members from beginners to fluent speakers, and it meets monthly.

There is no charge to meet.  This conversation group gives students and members a chance to practice speaking Italian in a welcoming and supportive environment.  It complements the very robust program of Italian language classes offered by the Society.  If you would like to participate, or if you would like more information, please contact the Education Chair, Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com


The Dante Alighieri Society will offer a 10-week fall session of Italian language classes, beginning September 23.  The schedule for fall classes is posted on the Dante Society website, and is listed below.  The classes are taught by experienced and talented bi-lingual teachers.  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, which is a modest increase to cover increased expenses.  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.   To register and pay for classes, visit the web site: https://dantealighieriofdenver.com/classes/language-classes/


Beginner Level Italian Classes

Beginner 1.  Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 25, 2020 through May 27, 2020 (Brunetti). In this class students with little or no knowledge of Italian will learn to communicate in simple everyday situations. Students will study the basic building blocks of the Italian language, including the alphabet, rules of pronunciation, basic syntax, and grammatical structures. Topics include subject pronouns, definite and indefinite articles, regular verbs in the present tense, and noun-adjective agreement.
Required Text: 
The Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 2.  Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 23, 2020 through June 1, 2020 (no class on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020) (DiMaggio). In this class students will build upon their existing knowledge while incorporating new vocabulary and grammatical structures through conversation, role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include irregular and modal verbs in the present tense, articulated prepositions, and possessive adjectives.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 3.  Tuesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 24, 2020 through May 26, 2020 (Jensen).  In this class, students will build upon their existing knowledge  through conversation, role plays, listening, reading and writing activities.  Topics include past verb tenses, prepositions, telling time, and ordering in a restaurant.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 4.  Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 26, 2020 through May 28, 2020 (Brunetti). In this class students will build upon their prior studies through role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include the past and future verb tenses, and train travel.  Required Text:  The Italian Project 1a.

Intermediate 1.  Mondays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 23, 2020 through June 1, 2020 (no class on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020) (DiMaggio).  In this class students will build upon their prior studies through role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include past verb tenses and possessive pronouns.  Required Text:  The Italian Project 1b.

Intermediate 2 will be offered in future sessions.

Intermediate 3.  Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 25, 2020 through May 27, 2020 (Brunetti).  In this class students will continue to expand their studies of increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary through listening activities, role plays, readings, education videos and written assignments. Topics include direct object pronouns, reflexive verbs and the impersonal form.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1b.


Italian Literature 202.  Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning March 24, 2020, through May 26, 2020 (Jensen).  Advanced Intermediate class on Alessandro Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi.  The book is a shortened and easier version than the original.  Students will read, listen and discuss book as well as do grammar, vocabulary and comprehension exercises on each chapter of book.  A strong knowledge of language is necessary to engage in conversation.  Students will discuss the book in present, past, future and conditional tenses. Required Text: I Promessi Sposi (ISBN: 9788853617637)  Students may purchase this book from internet booksellers, including applauselearning.com, bookdepository.com, europeanbookshop.com or by clicking this link for the publisher of ELI graded readers:     by clicking this link: 


Conversation 207.  Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning March 26, 2020 through May 28, 2020 (Brunetti).  This class will be full immersion. Students will be able to converse, understand, and write on a variety of subjects including but not limited to art and literature. Emphasis will be on becoming “linguistically flexible.”
Required Text: The Italian Project 2b.


The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver

Celebrates Italian Heritage Month in the Month of October

Details of events from October 3rd through 19th


Kick-Off Event - Wine Tasting with Antipasti and Winery Tour

Thursday, October 3rd- 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Spero Winery - 3316 W. 64th Avenue

$25 per person - Reservations and prepayment are required

Reserve your spot now! You don’t want to miss out on the kick-off event for this year’s Italian Heritage Month on Thursday, October 3rd at Spero Winery from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 3316 W. 64th Avenue. Not only will you have the opportunity to taste Spero’s award winning wines, you’ll be treated to antipasti followed by a tour of its facility. All for $25. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Call Susan Gurule at 720-484-1014 for more information, email her at susangurule@msn.com or mail your check made payable to the Dante Alighieri Society to 2424 Stuart Court, Denver CO 80212.

Spero wines have won hundreds of awards at domestic and international competitions. From Double Gold to Best-of-Show, its wines have received recognition competing against wine from all over the world. These competitions include: Taster’s Guild, Finger Lakes International, Indy International + Many More.


Saturday, October 5th - 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Gelato Social

23rd Avenue Sculpture Studio - 3500 W. 23rd Avenue

$5.00 per person / $20.00 for a group of five people
Reservations and Prepayment are Required as no tickets will be available at the event.

Gelato SocialGet ready to have some good old fashion fun with the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver’s members, guests, and friends! The Dante Society is hosting a Gelato Social on Saturday, October 5th at the 23rd Avenue Sculpture Studio to help celebrate Italian Heritage Month. Not only will you enjoy the scrumptious gelato, you’ll also be treated to the talents of Reid Belstock, a nationally touring juggler and visual comedian.

Reid, a graduate of the famed Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown College Program, currently performs as part of the two-man show, Smirk. In the past he has performed at Walt Disney World, the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, the Hotel Juraku in Japan, the Happy Kingdom in Shen Zhen, China and numerous theatres nationwide.

Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a group of five. All tickets must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be available at the event. Send your check payable to the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver to Susan Gurule, 2424 Stuart Court, Denver CO 80212. For additional information please call Susan at 720-484-1014 or email her at susangurule@msn.com.

Friday, October 11th - 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dante Alighieri’s Cultural Meeting - Book Musings – Stories About the Italian American Experience
North Park East Clubhouse - 9996 Grove Street, Westminster CO

Free Event, although reservations are required

Relax in an easy chair and listen to exerpts from books by local authors detailing the real-life experiences of a war bride, “From There to Here,” presented by Gina Oldenburg; what life was like as a child growing up in Italy, “Nonno, Tell Us a Story,” presented by Tony Lombardi; and reliving experiences as a young man in Denver’s Little Italy, “ Why Me,” presented by Fred Sabell. Come and meet the authors and enjoy these heartwarming stories!

Friday, October 18th - 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Learn more about the Small Villages of Italy
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall - 3549 Navajo Street. Free Event

While thoughts of Italy conjure up ideas of Rome, Florence, Venice or Milan; there is so much more to see. Join us on Friday, October 18th when Daniela DeGarbo introduces us to the hidden gems of Italy. There is a surprise in each of Italy’s regions and Daniela will highlight the unique festivals, products, or culture that makes each of these lesser-known villages worth a visit.

Daniela is a true Italian, born in a town just North of Venice called Sacile. Italian is her native tongue and she welcomes an opportunity to use it. Daniela has been a travel consultant for over 20 years and specializes in planning customized vacations with special interests; such as history, music, art, etc. Her goal is to show her clients a little part of the Italian life, away from the major tourist sites. Just to name a few: Daniela has arranged a visit to the "Chocolate Festival" in Perugia, tours of the Villa del Casale and the Ville Venete. She has coordinated a working visit to an olive farm and vineyard, a bicycle tour in the hills near San Gimignano, spa visits to Merano and Montecatini, and a guided tour of a small town in Molise to find distant family members. Daniela visits her family and friends in Italy often and discovers new and different places each time.

Saturday, October 19th   - 9:00 – Noon

Authentic Italian Cooking Class
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo Street

$50 per person - Limit: 12 individuals only - Reservations and Prepayment Required

Mail your check payable to the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver to:
Susan Gurule, 2424 Stuart Court, Denver CO 80212

  • Antipasti - Grilled Eggplant Caponata served with Roasted Garlic Focaccia.
  • Primi - Grilled Endive Salad Dressed with a Quick, Fresh Tomato Pan Sauce with Basil and Shallots
  • Secondi - Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin
  • Contorni - Smashed, Fried Garlic and Herb Potatoes
  • Dessert - Lemon Ricotta Cake Topped with Almond Cream

Sharing his culinary skills and talents with us will be Adam Giardino. Adam graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art Culinary School in 1998. He worked in kitchens while in college and developed a love of cooking from his grandparents, Frank and Mary Giardino. After graduation, Adam lived in the San Francisco bay area and worked at a popular, 5 Star, Italian restaurant, Prima, in Walnut Creek, CA. He trained under Head Chef Giuseppe Ferrara who taught him everything he knew about Italian cooking This opportunity also gave Adam the chance to learn more about wines from the Prima’s sommelier and he began to take an interest in the wine, beer and spirits side of the restaurant business. Although he still loved to cook and  work in kitchens, the long hours working nights and weekends convinced him to train and become a brew master. Adam brewed beer professionally for about ten years and during this time earned a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. Adam now works for a liquor distribution company but continues to cook at home for his large family.

RSVP your spot by calling Susan Gurule at 720-484-1014 or email her at susangurule@msn.com

                      Details of events from October 20 through 26 will be in the October Notiziario

       For more information visit our website :   http://www.dantealighieriofdenver.com  

Sunday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Genealogy Workshop & Dual Citizenship Presentation

Koelbel Library, 5955 South Holly Street, Centennial

Genealogy Workshop

Free Event – Reservations Required

In the Genealogy Workshop, Joe Beine will discuss his USA death indexes website, tips for finding your ancestor on ship passenger lists from Europe to the USA from 1820-mid 20th century, and on-line civil registration records from the Italian State Archives.  In the Dual Citizenship Presentation, Joe Mauro who recently completed the process and received his dual citizenship will provide insights into the procedure.

Friday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Movie Night – Noi e la Giulia

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver

Free Event

Diego, Claudio and Fausto don’t know each other, but they are all looking for a turning point in their lives, each one for a different reason. The occasion comes with an offer for an abandoned agritourism, for which they cannot afford to purchase individually. The project is joined by Sergio, a communist-nostalgic middle-aged man. Some trouble with the local Camorra will make them sort it out in a dangerous way. Comedy produced in 2015.

Saturday, October 26, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Children’s Italian Singing & Tarantella Lessons

Denver Public Library, 1498 Irving Street (2nd floor)

Free Event – Reservations Required – Limited Seating!

For children 6 years of age and older.  One parent or guardian must accompany up to 3 children.  Rosalie Caputo, who teaches Italian language to children and adults, will teach the children some Italian songs and the Tarantella folk dance.

Saturday, October 26, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Italian Card Games

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver.

Free Event – Reservations Required

Learn how to play Scopa and Briscola.


To make reservations, purchase tickets or need additional information, please call Susan Gurule at 720-484-1014, email her at susangurule@msn.com or mail her at 2424 Stuart Court, Denver CO 8021

DIVINE COMEDY LECTURE SERIES IN DENVER  I'm writing to let you know about a class I teach that may be of interest to the members of the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver. "Dante's Divine Comedy: a User's Guide to Salvation" is a 30 lecture course that will run from September to May and will cover the entire Comedy giving 10 lectures to each cantica. The class is conducted in English and the text referenced in Mark Musa's translation but with frequent references to the original Italian. This class is part of the Denver Catholic Biblical and Catechetical School and will meet Mondays 7-8:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Northglenn and Tuesday 7-8:30pm at St. Vincent de Paul in Denver.  I will be hosting information sessions to prospective students on Monday Aug 26 at Immaculate Heart of Mary and Tuesday Aug 27 at St Vincent de Paul, both from 7-8:30 pm. As to my background, I received my PhD in Italian Studies and Comp Lit from Columbia University where I also taught Italian language. I teach the text as Dante's "how to" guide for living the virtuous life and my explanation of the text is heavily contextualized in medieval Italian history.

If this is something that would be of interest to the Dante Alighieri Society, I would love to hear back from you. I would be more than happy to arrange a time to meet with your group, if you feel that would be appropriate.  Best, Dr. Seth Fabian

For more information go to: https://sjvlaydivision.org/enrichment-courses/


Over the past 2 years, King Soopers has generously donated over $1,200 to our Scholarship program based on your purchases.

Unless the bottom of your King Soopers receipt says “we are donating to the Dante Alighieri Society..” the Dante isn’t benefiting from your purchase.  You can link your King Soopers loyalty card (phone #) to The Dante by selecting BF884 from King Soopers website/community rewards.  It’s a bit complicated:  contact Carol Marsala ( clmarsala@gmail.com 303.237.0688) for information.

2020 Calendar

Cultural Meetings

Feb. Friday 14

March, Friday 13


Friday 14 - Night at the movies      



Language – Spring begin March 23, 2020


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.


Car Show

car showIt all started on July 21 with the celebration of Italian motoring presented by Ferrari of Denver.

Food and Italian music were the background to a fantastic show of Italian classic and colorful beauties including the old and the latest models of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pantera by DeTommaso, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, Lancia, and Ducati and Moto Guzzi cycles and much more.

They could have all won first prize, but the people’s choice for the winner circle was a dark red 1939 Mussolini’s Alfa Romeo.

Leonardo DaVinci: Group

group tour - DaVinciOn July 26 many members visited the Museum of Nature and Science for the exhibit Leonardo DaVinci: 500 years of Genius.  It was indeed the most comprehensive exhibition about Leonardo ever presented in Denver.  The exhibit brought to life all the ingenuity he possessed:  inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor and philosopher.  The section on the Mona Lisa could have been an exhibit all by itself.

Michelangelo's Frescoes

Michelangelo, Leonardo’s rival, had his frescoes on display at the Stanley Marketplace.

The exhibit, which is being shown around the world, consists of 33 museum-quality reproductions of frescoes at near original size including the Creation of Adam, and the Last Judgment.

Local Bocce ball 2019 DanteTo conclude the period, our members got to enjoy the well know game of bocce (and fine food), thanks to the hospitality of Jackie and Tony Lombardi.   The game is definitely part of the Italian culture. The popularity of the game spread first amongst descendants of Italian migrants but has slowly spread into the wider community.

If you are missing a large serving spoon or a covered Tupperware container, please pick them up at next cultural meeting or contact Rhonda at 720-596-4169.




 Dear Dante Alighieri Society of Denver, I have just returned from my sojourn in Siena – Wow!  What an amazing language, cuisine, and culture to experience.  Thank you so much for choosing me as a scholarship recipient.  I truly had the experience of a life time at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.  Thank you so much, Ingrid Anderson