Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Special NZ Opera free event

Dear Members,

This is a fantastic opportunity for Opera ‘first timers’, courtesy of NZ Opera. If you’ve often wondered what Opera was all about but never really got very close…this is the chance for a real ‘close up’ on Opera and behind the scenes. Watch Luca Manghi, coach with NZ Opera and tutor at the Dante Auckland, at work coaching NZ Opera singers. David Kelly will accompany on the piano. 

And if you book you an also get complementary tickets to see the Don Giovanni, playing in Auckland in September. 

 Booking: Anna Jewitt 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Some Photos from the Dante cheese workshop with Il Casaro

Thank you all for taking part to the Dante cheese workshop with Il Casaro.
We had an amazing day making cheese with kefir and tasting provolone and taleggio, beautifully made for us by Il Casaro.


Grazie Massimiliano per aver condiviso con noi la tua passione e il tuo sapere.
Ci vediamo al prossimo evento!

Il Casaro Ltd
Unit 1 - 27 Ashfield Road
Wairau Valley - Auckland
Tel/Fax  09 442 5419
Cell 021 337654

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Special Festival Italiano hamper from Sapori d’Italia



For Festival Italiano ’14 Sapori d’Italia has created a special hamper: only $75 for 5 bottles plus a pack of Garofalo pasta.
The hamper contains:
  • 1 Montepulciano Sensi
  • 2 Fiasco Chianti Sensi
  • 1 Pinot Grigio Sensi
  • 1 Prosecco San Leo
  • 1 GAROFALO Orzo (pasta)
This offer will run for the duration of the Italian Festival Season, so hurry! 
Click here to find out more, and remember that Dante Auckland members can enjoy a 10% discount too!
Ph: +64 9 4159053; Fax: +64 9 4159073

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A concert for Ferragosto: "Sarah-Ann Walker - Concert III, Dante Alighieri Series 2014".

A programme of Italian songs and arias, featuring Sydney-based New Zealand soprano Sarah-Ann Walker. Sarah sings with Opera Australia, and is the director of Harbour City Opera. 

Featuring 'Arie antiche', songs by Respighi, and arias by Verdi, Catalani and Puccini.

Accompanied by David Kelly.

15 August, 7pm
St Luke's Church, 130 Remuera Road, Auckland
Tickets $30 / $25 for Dante Alighieri Society members / $10 students

The concert will be followed by a refreshment

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WIN a $50 voucher for Settebello Pizzeria Italiana!

WIN a $50 voucher for Settebello Pizzeria Italiana! All you have to do is Like the Festival Italiano Page and leave a message to this post saying what is your favourite pizza! 
Winner announced on Friday!
Our Pizzaiolo Francesco will also offer a very special deal for the Italian Festival:
To celebrate the Italian Festival in Auckland the most authentic pizzeria in the city, Settebello Pizzeria Italiana, is preparing a very special Festival Italiano Pizza: PIZZA PRIMAVERA, accompanied by a Peroni beer or a glass of red wine.

With rucola, cherry tomatoes, Bocconcini di fior di latte, Prosciutto crudo and Parmigiano. You can enjoy this delicious pizza from the 28th September through to 8th of October, and at a special prize:
Pizza + Peroni beer or a glass or red wine for only $20!

The authentic Neapolitan pizza dough is left to rise for at least 20 hours. Pizza is made by hand and topped with fresh local ingredients and Italian products like mozzarella Fior di Latte, cured ham, and peeled tomato.
Finally comes the baking in a wood fired pizza oven, imported directly from renowned Ambrogi oven makers in Milan, Italy. The temperature inside the oven is kept at 450 -500 C so the pizza cooks in less than two minutes. They use Manuka, the best firewood in New Zealand, which gives a unique flavour for the perfect pizza.

3/1 Rata Street, 
New Lynn, 
09 826 0777
Tuesday5:00pm – Late
Wednesday5:00pm – Late
Thursday5:00pm – Late
Friday5:00pm – Late
Saturday5:00pm – Late
Sunday5:00pm – Late

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Win A trip to Rome and other fantastic prizes with the Festival Italiano Raffle

In occasion of our Festival Italiano'14 the Dante Auckland is proud to announce the annual raffle with fantastic prizes! There are only 3000 tickets so be quick for your chance to...

First Prize

A fabulous trip to Rome offered by United Travel Newmarket

The prize includes: 
1 return economy class airfare to Rome on Cathay Pacific
 3 nights accommodation in a standard room at Hotel Rimini
Rome Hop on Hop off Tour (2 day ticket)

Second Prize, offered by the Blues!

In Italy we support the Azzurri, and in Auckland we support the Blues
Win a Blues Rugby jersey signed by the Blues team and framed.

Third Prize, offered by Aceto Downunder!

A $250 Aceto Balsamico di Modena Hamper form Aceto Downunder.
Aceto Balsamico di Modena is the most luxurious and delicious balsamic vinegar in the world,
 used by the top chefs and the discerning gourmands!

Fourth Prize, offered by O'Sarracino!

      O'Sarracino dinner for two (value $160).
      O'Saraccino is an elegant Neapolitan restaurant voted by Metro as one of Auckland' top 50 restaurants.

And five more prizes offered by 

Italian Film Festival in NZ

5 x double tickets for the Italian Film Festival 2014
Take your date out of an Italian night in Auckland with this  great selection of Italian movies! Click below to watch the trailer.

Tickets on sale at the Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland, $5 for one or $20 for a pack of 5. Remember that there are only 3000 tickets for sale, so be quick! 
The winning tickets will be draw on September 28th, 3:30pm, 
at the Festival Italiano


All money raised will go towards the Dante Auckland school for children to run our classes and holiday programmes. The school of the Dante Auckland doesn't receive any funding from Italy or New Zealand and relies entirely on its own finances, donations and the work of our volunteers. This raffle is our yearly fundraiser so thank you all for your support. 

(And don't forget to Like the Festival Italiano on FB to win even more prizes!)

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