Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pane & Vino at the Festival Italiano: check out their menu!

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L’inimitabile Tito! Visit Pane & Vino at the Festival Italiano for some yummy food!
Pasta Bolognese/  pasta carbonara/ pasta tomato sauce
Gnocco fritto with salamifoto gnocco fritto
Deep fried Cherry bocconcini
Deep fried eggplants meatballs
Deepfried calzoni filled with mozzarella and mushrooms
Deepfried calzoni filled with hot salami and mozzarella
Delicious sweet arancini filled with Nutella

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

10 years of Festival Italiano Posters – a brief history

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Although the first Festival Italiano was held in 2005 the first poster was designed in 2006. All the posters are designed by Marcella Monti. The year was added after the words Festival Italiano from 2008, and the tomato image, originally used in 2006, returned in 2011, with a few variations. In 2012 the tomato logo was nicknamed by the Italians in Auckland as ‘il pomodorone’  (the big tomato) after being printed on the back of Auckland buses.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Special Opera talk this Saturday: Tosca

Dear Members,

Don’t miss our Colazione this Saturday, 10.00-12.00pm, which is combined with our special Opera talk at 11.00am. Luca and David will take us through ‘Tosca’ and if you book through us, you will receive a 10% discount and no booking fee to pay. To book please email Valeria at info@dante.org.nz 

Grazie,

The Dante Team

Opera Talk: Tosca
11am
Dante Rooms
Freemans Bay Community Centre, 
52 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland


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The official Prosecco of the Festival Italiano: Borgo SanLeo


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This year one of our major sponsor is Prosecco Borgo SanLeo, Farro’s top selling Prosecco, and the drink of choice at many Italian events, like the 2015 Festa della Repubblica Concert with Maestro Christian Leotta, hosted by the Embassy of Italy in Auckland.

About Prosecco Borgo SanLeo
Vinification: The estate’s Glera grapes are softly pressed and the must is kept at 0° C until ready for conversion into sparkling wine in stainless steel pressurized tanks, according to the traditional Charmat method.
Colour: Bright pale straw-yellow; a fine, clear mousse with a very delicate perlage
Bouquet: Pleasantly fruity and with a good aromatic intensity, recalls wisteria flowers and Rennet apples.
Flavour: Very well-balanced and appealing, with the extremely delicate almond note that is typical of Prosecco.
SERVING TEMPERATURE:
Serve at 5° – 7° C.
FOOD MATCHES:
Excellent as an aperitif, this wine can accompany a whole meal when the menu consists of delicate dishes, right through to dessert.


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La storia del Prosecco ebbe inizio nel 1500 a Trieste, ma nel corso dei secoli la produzione di questo vino venne completamente abbandonata dai viticoltori del Carso triestino e del Collio friulano, sviluppandosi invece lungo le colline venete, in particolare nella provincia di Treviso (zone di Conegliano ed Asolo). Il Prosecco ha ottenuto grande successo all’estero a partire dal secondo dopoguerra, ed in particolare negli ultimi anni, infatti nel 2014 ha superato per la prima volta lo Champagne per numero di bottiglie vendute nel mondo. Ma questo ha creato una serie di tentativi di imitazione in diversi paesi come il Sudamerica (“Prosecco Garibaldi” in Brasile), la Croazia (“Prošek”), in anche l’ Australia (“Prosecco Vintage”). Per questo motivo si è reso necessario ricollegare la produzione veneta col nome della località originaria del Prosecco, e cioè la località omonima presso Trieste, nel contempo ripristinando gli antichi nomi – “Glera” e “Glera lungo” – dei vitigni. Si decise quindi di creare un’area di produzione contigua molto più vasta della precedente, contenente anche alcune province nelle quali il Prosecco non era mai stato prodotto o prodotto in quantità limitatissime (Venezia, Padova, Belluno) e anche nella sua zona di nascita (Trieste, Gorizia, Udine), proprio dove la produzione era praticamente cessata da secoli. L’iter venne concluso il 17 luglio 2009, con la promulgazione del decreto di riconoscimento della DOC “Prosecco”, e di due zone DOCG.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Renew your Dante membership at the Festival Italiano and be in to win!

Renew your Dante membership for 2015 at the Dante stand on the day of Festival Italiano (27 September in Newmarket) and be in to win this traditional Italian Maiolica ceramic jug, offered by Dream of Italy.
The giveaway will also be open to new members joining at the Festival. 



The legend of the Rooster jug goes goes back to Renaissance Florence, when the two dominant political families, The Medici and The Pazzi, were in the midst of a serious power struggle. The Pazzi clan sent an assassin to murder the Medici, however the crowing of a rooster alerted guards and the plot was thwarted. Since then, “Il Buon Gallo” or “Good Rooster” has become a symbol of luck, abundance and prosperity.


Today the Rooster jug is an iconic everyday household item that is commonly found in village and country houses mostly in Emilia Romagna, Toscana, Umbria and Marche. It is mostly used for the house wine, but can be used for chilled water and other drinks.

Dream of Italy is one of our Businesses Friends of the Dante Auckland and has been coming to the Festival Italiano for many years now. They will be attending again this year so look our for their stall! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

MISSIONE PER LA RILEVAZIONE DELLE IMPRONTE DIGITALI (Auckland, 27 settembre 2015)

Gentile connazionale,
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domenica 27 settembre prossimo, un funzionario dell’Ambasciata sarà presente ad Auckland per
rilevare le impronte digitali ai fini del successivo rilascio del passaporto.
La invitiamo pertanto a registrarsi e prendere appuntamento mediante l’apposito servizio
“Prenota l’appuntamento” presente sul sito web dell’Ambasciata


 – Auckland-Funzionario itinerante
Data: domenica 27 settembre
Fasce orarie: dalle ore 10.30 alle ore 15.20.
Si prega di prendere il primo appuntamento libero online, in stretta successione.
Luogo: Stand “Embassy of Italy (accanto alla “Dante Alighieri Italian Society”)
Osborne Lane, 2 Kent St, Newmarket
Auckland
Documenti: come indicato in calce
Si prega di voler rispettare l’orario fissato per l’appuntamento.
Eventuali altri questioni consolari potranno essere sottoposte durante il normale orario di lavoro
scrivendo o telefonando in Ambasciata.
N.B. Si prega di portare con sé la seguente documentazione:
- documento valido di riconoscimento;
- passaporto italiano in scadenza (massimo 6 mesi prima della scadenza) o scaduto;
- 2 foto passaporto recenti.
La restante documentazione dovra’ essere recapitata per posta all’Ambasciata:
- domanda compilata e firmata;
- assenso dell’altro genitore (se il richiedente ha figli minori);
- bank cheque intestato all’Ambasciata d’Italia del corrispondente importo in NZ$ (si prega
di verificare l’importo aggiornato sul sito web www.ambwellington.esteri.it, alla fine di
settembre);
- corriere postale prepagato con firma “prepaid signature courier pack” per la restituzione
del passaporto al proprio domicilio.
Parcheggi: http://maps.aa.co.nz/browse/amenities/car+parks/auckland/auckland/


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Dear Italian national,
A Consular Officer will be in Auckland on Sunday 27th September 2015 in order to take fingerprints
for the electronic passport.
You are therefore kindly asked to register/book an appointment on the Embassy’s website



 (Auckland
– Consular Officer on a Mission)
Date: Sunday 27th September
Time: from 10.30 until 15.20 pm. Please book online for the first available slot.
Place: “Embassy of Italy” (next to the “Dante Alighieri Italian Society”‘s stand)
Osborne Lane, 2 Kent St, Newmarket
Auckland
Documents: As indicated below
Please ensure your punctual attendance.
In case of queries relating to other consular matters, we would be grateful if you could submit
those to the Embassy during normal working hours.
N.B. Please bring the following documentation with you:
- valid ID document;
- Italian passport (if you have one) no more than 6 months before its expiry date;
- 2 recent passport photos.
You are kindly requested to post to the Embassy the remaining documentation:
- application form duly filled in and signed;
- consent form (if the applicant has minor children);
- bank cheque (made in the name of the Italian Embassy) for the relevant amount in NZ$
(see updated amount on the website www.ambwellington.esteri.it at the end of September);
- “prepaid signature courier pack” for the passport’s postage to your domicile.

Parking: http://maps.aa.co.nz/browse/amenities/car+parks/auckland/auckland/newmarket

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Win Giapo Vouchers!

Giapo

Is it an ice cream? Is it a dessert? Is it a sculpture? No, it is a Giapo’s original!
And if you are not familiar with Giapo yet, just consider that every cone, cup or icy invention is unique, following the best traditions of Italian artisan gelato plus the creativity of Gianpaolo Grazioli. Visit our FB Page for a chance to win some a taste of this edible art, click here to enter!
Competition closes Sunday 23 August, winners announced on Tuesday 25 August.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A MANDOLIN CONCERT FOR THE FAMILY



Young and old come together for the Auckland Mandolinata Orchestra winter series of concerts where new tunes and old: from classical music to ragtime, traditional European songs, and orchestrated pieces composed especially for mandolin.
Mandolin ensembles bring absolutely new sounds in the music they perform.  Because they pluck and tremolo the strings to make chords there is a trill to the tunes that is not exhibited in other string orchestras.  They are supported by guitar and bass and for extra nuance the Auckland Mandolinata Orchestra has flute and accordion to enhance the traditional tunes from Europe.
 
These concerts bring a new perspective to music that is enjoyed by audiences with a huge range of likes in their choice of tunes.  It is impossible not to delight in the lightness of the melodies and to become drawn in to the feelings that the mandolin is able to evoke.
 
The Auckland Mandolinata Orchestra is a mix of amateur and professional musicians, and, under the Musical Directorship of Bryan Holden, is developing into a musical group that is becoming more accomplished each year.  During 44 years of entertaining audiences in Auckland and country areas throughout New Zealand the orchestra has travelled overseas, particularly to Australia.  They have participated with other members of the Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles in acclaimed concerts in major centres in Australia and Auckland where up to 80 players have played in concerts with well-known conductors from Europe and America.
 
Afternoon tea is provided.


Sunday 23 August 3 pm – 5 pm
Auckland Irish Society Rooms
Rocky Nook Rd
Fowlds Park
          Mt Albert 1022

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Embassy Film’s Series : “La nostra terra” (2014), Friday 14th of August at 6 pm, free entry



The Embassy Film’s Series : “La nostra terra” (2014), Friday 14th of August at 6 pm., University of Auckland Arts 1 Building, Room 220.

(A note about parking for the Film at the University: the Owen Glenn Building has five storey of parking and a flat rate from 5pm; it is very handy to the University with its entrance on Grafton Rd (opposite Stanley).

Filippo (Stefano Accorsi) has been dealing with anti-Mafia activities for years, but has done so from his office chair in the North. When he’s asked to help a cooperative from Puglia, given a small farm that was confiscated from a ruthless Mafia boss, but which can’t manage to get going on account of ongoing boycotts, Filippo reluctantly has to get stuck in. Fearful, anxious and hopelessly bureaucratic, he won’t have an easy time in this small southern village governed by its own dynamics, and he’ll be tempted more than once to chuck it all in. He’ll hang on thanks to the courage and passion of the members of this cooperative, lead by the Mafia boss’ former farmer Cosimo (Sergio Rubini) and by the beautiful and determined Rossana (Maria Rosaria Russo), both with a past to redeem. However, along with their first organic tomatoes, an unwelcome visitor will reappear; Nicola Sansone (Tommaso Ragno), the Mafioso and former owner of the farm who was sentenced to house arrest and who, from his villa above, will watch closely and interfere in every way in the struggle for legality by this group of volunteers.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Entertainment Books available at the Dante


This year we have the Entertainment Books available at the Dante, so if you haven’t purchased the new 2015/2016 edition you can do so online by clicking on the link below, and at the same time support the Dante Society. And if you already have a book or Entertainment Membership please share this email with your friends who may be interested. A percentage of every book sold through this link will go to our school. Please scroll for more information, or ask us about it at the Dante office.



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