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Welcome to Coffee Chat at Casa

A pause from the daily grind that will transport your imagination to “La Dolce Vita” in Italy……be sure to have an espresso in hand and enjoy!

Live Coffee Chats •• Satuday Mornings at 10am

Join live coffee chats with our Program Director Beatrice Alecci. During this Zoom chat, we will share conversations, meet with other people and drink caffe’ from home.

Italian Hand Gestures and Greetings

Italian Hand Gestures and Greetings

Italian Hand Gestures and Greetings

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Italians are blessed with a colorful culture, and are famous for expressing themselves with dramatic flair. That includes hand gestures that accompany a wide range of expressions, everything from friendly to crude. Italians talk with their hands – literally. If you ask an Italian to sit on their hands while speaking, it would likely be a very short experiment.

Nonno's Garden

Italian Hand Gestures and Greetings

Italian Hand Gestures and Greetings

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Food sourcing is one of many challenges being faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are experiencing local markets with empty produce shelves, which makes the idea of bringing back “Nonno’s Garden” more relevant than ever before!

The role of mothers in Italy

Italian Hand Gestures and Greetings

The role of mothers in Italy

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Many mothers in Italy embrace their matriarchal roles of creating a loving, stable home for their children, and maintaining traditions that revolve around culture, religion, – and food.

Italy's Car Culture

Celebrating Easter in Italy Amidst a Global Pandemic

The role of mothers in Italy

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Italy's reputation for fabulous food and magnificent art dates back many centuries, but in the past 100 years, Italy has also earned a respected reputation for creating some of the world’s most evocative automobiles.

Experiencing the Arts during the COVID-19 Crises

Celebrating Easter in Italy Amidst a Global Pandemic

Celebrating Easter in Italy Amidst a Global Pandemic

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Connection is at the very core of how we appreciate the arts. As we gather in front of a painting, or to enjoy a play or musical performance, we meet others while also relating with the art form itself. The pandemic, however, has paused the world as we knew it, putting a halt to visiting museums or enjoying many other arts and cultural experiences and attractions.

Celebrating Easter in Italy Amidst a Global Pandemic

Celebrating Easter in Italy Amidst a Global Pandemic

Celebrating Easter in Italy Amidst a Global Pandemic

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Easter in Italy is a fervently celebrated holiday, second only to Christmas in its importance, and commemorated on a much grander scale compared to other parts of the world. It’s a holiday marked with striking rituals and traditions, from the Holy Week observance of solemn processions and masses, to the Easter Vigil, to the celebration of the Easter Sunday Mass, said by the Pope at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

La Bella Figura

Italy's Coffee Culture

Italy's Coffee Culture

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A Strong Influence in the Italian Culture

Italy is a country where the ‘bella figura’, ‘making a good impression’, is extremely important. But for those outside of Italy it’s hard to grasp, as it can mean many things. From emphasizing outward visual beauty and aesthetics, to exhibiting proper behavior and etiquette, to always striving for perfection. But always, at its core, is passing the test of judgement by the “social eye”.

Italy's Coffee Culture

Italy's Coffee Culture

Italy's Coffee Culture

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Invigorating sounds of spirited conversations, the hissing of the milk steamer, the thumping of filters being emptied, the clatter of the cups and saucers uniting, the clinking of tiny spoons, the shaking and stirring of sugar packets, and the heavenly aroma of fresh ground coffee beans…..You must be at an Italian “Bar” right now? 

St. Joseph's Day

Italy's Coffee Culture

St. Joseph's Day

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Whether you’re of Italian origin or not, if you grew up in an Italian neighborhood, you know that Italians have lots of traditions, favorite dishes and coveted recipes for every special occasion, birthday, holiday, Saints Day, etc.