Winter Fun 2023 Intersession Classes

We have an extra long break between our Fall and Winter Classes, so we decided to host a group of fun, language and cultural based classes for different levels. Scroll down to see the full offerings!


Cooking Class

Mangia Come Parli Cooking Class: Neapolitan struffoli

December 1, 2023, 10:00am – 1:00pm – Virtual, All levels
Teacher: Pina Di Rosa
Cost: $60 (plus cost of groceries)
*Space is limited in this class to allow for conversation and it will fill up quickly!

Join us on December 1, 2023 from 10:00am – 1:00pm for a lively and social virtual cooking class with Pina Di Rosa and explore a Christmas staple from Southern Italy. All levels are welcome! You can learn how to prepare this dessert for your own family and learn about a piece of Italian culture. The class cost is $60 and does not include the cost of the food. A shopping list and other instructions will be provided before the class. 

Struffoli are a typical Christmas dessert from the gastronomy of southern Italy,  but are mainly associated with Naples. At Christmas, every Neapolitan home has a plate full of small balls of dough fried and then dipped in honey and decorated with colored sprinkles and candied fruit. This “Eat as you speak (mangia come parli)” cooking class involves the preparation of both struffoli and candied oranges to decorate the struffoli themselves.

A small part will be done at home the day before the meeting. Further information will be provided at the time of registration.

Gli struffoli sono un tipico dolce natalizio della gastronomia del sud d’Italia ma che, principlmente, si associano a Napoli. A Natale, non c’è casa di napoletano in cui, sulla tavola, non sia presente un piatto colmo di piccole palline di pasta fritte e poi immerse nel miele e decorate con confettini colorati e frutta candita. 

Questa cooking class di “Mangia come parli”, prevede la preparazione sia degli struffoli sia dei canditi di arancia per decorare gli struffoli stessi. Una piccola parte sarà svolta a casa il giorno prima dell’incontro. Ulteriori informazioni saranno fornite al momento dell’iscrizione.



Cultural Classes

We are offering four cultural classes this term. Note the levels of each class to determine if you should register. If it says “All levels welcome,” that includes Beginner through Advanced. If the class notates that it is for a specific level, such as Intermediate, then you will either need to be in one of our Intermediate or higher classes or you will need to do a placement test. Email to receive a placement test.

The more classes you sign up for, the more you save!

1 class = $25

2 classes = $40

3 classes = $60

4 classes = $80

Winter Fun: Book Discussion

Location: 1542 NW 14th Ave
Date: December 2, 2023
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Teacher: Cinzia Corio-Holman
Level: Intermediate or Advanced
Cost: $25

Join us in-person on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 10:00am – 12:00pm for a book discussion at the Intermediate and Advanced levels. This relaxed, conversational class focuses on books as a topic. Each student would come prepared to talk about a book they like or they just read and be able to answer questions about it. The book does not have to be Italian or related to Italy. This is a wonderful way to practice conversational talking in Italian about an interesting topic with friends! If you are a book lover and want to practice talking in Italian, this is the class for you!

REGISTER HERE Intermediate or Advanced level students only – current students or request a placement test by emailing

Winter Fun: Italian Coffee Culture

Location: 1542 NW 14th Ave
Date: December 14, 2023
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Teacher: Daniela Silvestrin
Level: All levels – Language lessons are at the Beginner/Beginner-Intermediate level, so all levels are welcome!
Cost: $25

Join us in-person on December 14, 2023 from 10:00am – 12:00pm for a deep dive into the role of coffee in Italian culture, along with specific vocabulary (Beginner and Beginner-Intermediate level) and some history. Enjoy some fresh coffee and learn about the role and history of coffee in Italy.

REGISTER HERE No need to place into this class, all levels welcome.

Winter Fun: Sports Conversation Class

Location: 1542 NW 14th Ave
Date: December 16, 2023
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Teacher: Bob Morse and Alessandro Mastrorocco
Level: Intermediate and Advanced levels
Cost: $25

Join us in-person on Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 10:30am – 12:30pm for a conversation class around the topic of sports in Italy. Our very own teacher, Bob Morse, was a professional basketball player in Italy and has a first hand account of the sports culture in Italy. Alessandro grew up a sports fan in Italy and can give insight into Italian fan culture. This exciting and relaxed conversational class will be conducted in Intermediate and Advanced level Italian.

REGISTER HERE Intermediate or Advanced level students only – current students or request a placement test by emailing

Winter Fun: Dante’s Divine Comedy

Location: Virtual on Zoom
Date: December 18, 2023
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Teacher: Beatrice Mabrey-Robson
Level: All levels – Conducted in English
Cost: $25

Join us virtually on December 18, 2023 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for a talk on Dante’s Divine Comedy. The class will include a brief introduction of the Divine Comedy and then focus on a few particularly evocative cantos and modern interpretations. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Dante, a famous Italian writer who has inspired and underpinned so much of our current culture, this class is perfect for you.

REGISTER HERE No need to place into this class, all levels welcome. Class conducted in English.