Thursday, July 31, 2014

Scrivi una recensione e vinci!

Scrivi una recensione e vinci!

Write a short review in Italian (max 200 words) about a movie that you saw and liked; send your text to or to PO Box 91637 Victoria street west Auckland 1142 by August 30th. Don’t forget to write your name and your level of Italian.

The author of the best review (judge by Dante Team) will win a double pass for the Italian Film Festival at Berkeley Cinema in Takapuna!
(Sorry...Italians are not allowed to participate!)
The Italian Film Festival in Auckland will open on 24 September at Rialto Cinemas, and 25 September at Berkeley, Takapuna.
The Festival will run in Auckland until 12 October 2014.

Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cheese Workshop with Il Casaro - Saturday 23 August 2014

Cheese Workshop with Il Casaro 
Saturday 23 August from 10.00am to 12am and form 1.00pm to 3.00pm
North Shore - 1/27 Ashfield Road 067

Get ready to put “le mani in pasta” (literally: put your hands in the dough)!

We are really pleased to present you a unique event this month:
a cheese workshop and degustation.
This is a unique opportunity to visit the laboratory of Il Casaro!
Massimiliano De Caro will show us how to make fresh cheese, his know-how,
his passion and his skills.
After the workshop Massimiliano will share with us some ideas on how to cook 
a tasty brunch with fresh cheese, we will taste his special recipe with a glass of wine.

·        1st group  - 10.00am to 12.00am – 10 persons
·        2nd group - 1.00pm to 3.00pm  – 10 persons

The cost is $20.00 pp

Reservation is mandatory by the 15th of August

 Max 20 people


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Win Giapo vouchers!

Win vouchers for the best gelato in town, yes Giapo! Giapo’s owner Gianpaolo Grazioli has offered 20 x$10 vouchers for his amazing Haute Ice Cream, and you could win two vouchers this week on our FB page! Just click here, like the page and say what is your favourite flavour!!
And the other 18 vouchers? They will be given away on the day of the Festival Italiano, 28 September, in Osborne St, Newmarket, just come along for a chance to win!

The best gelateria in town!
And remember that Dante members can now enjoy Giapo Haute Ice Cream, the best gelato in Auckland, with  a 10% discount! Just present your Dante card next time you are in store!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Flautissimo - Concert II, Dante Series 2014

Featuring music for two, three and four flutes spanning three centuries.

Music by Mozart, Petrassi, Shocker, Tomasi and others.

Tjasa Dykes, Adrianna Lis, Christine Kim, 

Luca Manghi (flutes)
David Kelly (piano)

Sunday 27 July, 5pm
St Luke's Church, 130 Remuera Road, Auckland
Tickets $30 / $25 for Dante Alighieri Society members / $10 students

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Learn Italian this winter!

Learn Italian this winter, and if you enroll in two classes in the same term you only pay $150 for the second class. For more info click here or call 09 376 3853

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Paolo Rotondo new movie 'Orphans & Kingdoms', and help us bring a part of Italian and New Zealand history to world.

Orphans & Kingdoms 2014

Directed by Paolo Rotondo AOTEAROA
In writer/director Paolo Rotondo’s debut feature, three teenagers on the run break into a deluxe Waiheke Island home and find themselves caught in a tense psychodrama with the conflicted owner. Click here to watch the trailer.

"Il mio Film Orphans & Kingdoms farà parte del New Zealand international film festival," Says Paolo. "Il compositore e venuto dall’Italia per registrare degli stupendi pezzi classici e corali.  Quindi con un regista-sceneggiatore italiano e un compositore Italiano si potrebbe dire che il film e quasi una coproduzione."

Per maggiori informazioni cliccare sul link 

But there is more from this talented Italian Kiwi:

The Theatre production Strange Resting Places has been invited to represent New Zealand at the Edinburg Fringe Festival, regarded as the most important Theatre Festival in the world, and needs fundings to be able to attend. Strange Resting Places is about the meeting of Italians and the Maori Battalion in WW2, click here to watch a few extracts from this wonderful show, and if you like what to see please make a donation and help bring both theatre and an important part of Italian and New Zealand history to world.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Soccer World Cup: Italian fans happy in Auckland!

Yes we were at Gina's this morning to watch the game, and what a great atmosphere! Caffè, paste, pizza, beautiful people and lots of fun! Thank you Joyce and Ale, it is so much better to watch the game together! And Italy won!!! You can see more photos in the Herald by clicking here, and probably something will be in the news tonight too :-). Forza Azzurri!!



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Enjoy Giapo amazing ice creams with a 10% discount!

Dante members can now enjoy Giapo Haute Ice Cream, the best gelato in Auckland, with  a 10% discount! Just present your Dante card next time you are in store!

The best gelateria in town!
Giapo's creative mind is Gianpaolo Grazioli, and we all agree that his ice creams have no equals! Some Italian favorites are Tiramisù, nocciola (hazelnut) and pistacchio (no need to translate that), but there are many more flavours to chose from, and some are truly innovative. Once your selection has been made (usually after a few tastings) your ice cream is topped with elaborated and thoughtful decorations customized for each flavour, and from then on every spoonful (or lick) is a delight! . Of course the Dante team had to taste a 'few' flavours, for research purposes, before writing all this! 

Flavia approves!
Pistachio (left) and Tiramisù (right) with macaroon and bignè

Giapo Haute Ice Cream
279-281 Queen St

(Next to the Civic Theater)
Auckland Central
Auckland City
Tel 09 550 3677

Saturday, June 7, 2014

New Zealanders at the 70th Commemorations of the Battles of Monte Cassino

Prince Harry arriving at NZ Ceremony at Commonwealth Cemetery with NZ Governor General 
 The 70th Commemorations of the Battles of Cassino were held recently in and around Monte Cassino. Many New Zealanders had travelled to Italy to be part of the  commemorations and to  remember our fathers and grandfather's who fought in these horrific battles in atrocious winter weather over many months before the new Zealand troops headed north with other allied troops ending the Italian liberation campaign in early 1945 at Trieste. There was a large programme of commemoration events coordinated by the Monte Cassino Foundation for Rememberance and Reconciliation.  38 NZ veterans also travelled to Cassino and were the honoured guests at the many special functions. The opening of the Legato  Art Exhibition was held on the 17th May with 30 New Zealand artists presenting works.11 artists travelled from NZ plus 3  artists based in Europe.The Ngati Ranana concert group from London performed at the opening that was officially opened by the New Zealand Ambassador in Rome Dr Trevor Matheson. Also present was the Italian Ambassador in NZ.

Photos and text by Cheryl Coleman

Legato Art Exhibition Cassino May 2014
Legato Art Exhibition opening Cassino
Legato Art Exhibition opening Cassino Italy May 2014
Ngati Ranana Concert group from London
NZ Veterans at Cassino Railway Memorial
NZ Veterans arrive with Prince Harry
Some of the many New Zealanders at the NZ Memorial Ceremony at the Commonwealth Cemetery
NZ Governor General Speaking at Ceremony
Kiwis and new Italian friends at NZ Comemmoration

NZ Veteran of the Cassino battles Harry Atkinson with Cheryl Coleman