Thursday, May 5, 2016

CINEMA ITALIANO OPENING NIGHT GALA BRIDGEWAY CINEMAS, 4 MAY 2016

4 MAY 2016, BRIDGEWAY CINEMAS
Opening film by Cristina Comencini, vino by Carpinetto, birra by Peroni, acqua by San Pellegrino, cuisine by Antonio Crisci and NSP, musica by Napoli Central…Hospitality by Italians. Website – www.cinemaitalianonz.com

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Programme
AUCKLAND
BRIDGEWAY MAY 4-15
ACADEMY MAY 5-15
MONTEREY MAY 6-14
Discount for Dante Members, only $15
TAURANGA
RIALTO TAURANGA MAY 19 -25

WELLINGTON
EMPIRE JUNE 2-12
LIGHTHOUSE PETONE JUNE 4-12
LIGHTHOUSE CUBA JUNE 4-12

CHRISTCHURCH
ACADEMY GOLD JUNE 15-25

Discount for Dante Members, only $15
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Dante's Play is on its way!



La biografia di Al


Al Capone, legendary gangster of Chicago, invites a few famous writers into his office to have them write his own biography.
His call is answered by three very different authors: Agatha Christie, George Lucas and Eduardo De Filippo.
They all gather to work on the ‘story of Capone’s life’, but whilst they are busy, trying to find a common ground, things turn out be much different than expected…

Matteo’s theatre class/workshop is proud to introduce to you “La biografia di Al” (“The biography of Al”), a one-act play written by Italian writer Saverio Siciliano and adapted and directed by Matteo.
The play will be shown on Sunday the 22nd of May at 4pm at Dante (at the Auditorium of the Freemans Bay Community Centre to be exact).
After the play a glass of spumante and some nibbles will be served to celebrate our brave students/actors (if you want, you can also bring a platter to share!).
A gold coin donation would be welcome. 


We hope to see you all at the Dante on Sunday the 22nd of May at 4 pm!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Exclusive Dante Auckland interview to Author Nicky Pellegrino

A few questions to Nicky Pellegrino

Do you have a favourite Italian word or sentence? What does it mean?
Buonanotte e sogni d’oro – which literally means goodnight and golden dreams and is what my father used to say to me every night before I went to bed when I was a child. This would be followed up early the next morning with a rousing cry of “sveglia” (wake-up)

Do you listen to Italian songs/music?
I love the old-fashioned songs. I have a CD called Nostalgia Italiana 1963 that’s full of singers like Rita Pavone, Gianni Morandi and Edoardo Vianello. It was the music my parents listened to when they were young and when I had a convertible I used to drive round Auckland blasting it out of my stereo feeling like I cut a very retro stylish figure! I also enjoy opera and have a soft spot for Neapolitan love songs and anything sung by Mario Lanza whose time in Italy I fictionalised in my novel When In Rome.

Which Italian dish do you cook more often? Any tips?
Pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) because it’s simple, warming in winter, cheap and delicious. I use lots of celery leaves in it which horrified Auckland chef Gaetano Spinosa who tells me celery has no place in the dish. It’s the way my family has always made it though so I’m not changing.

What is your favourite Italian region and why?
I love the south…. particularly the Basilicata coastline and the hilltop town of Maratea which appears in many of my stories in the guise of Triento. I changed its name because I wanted to be free to rearrange it when necessary but really it is very much how I describe it.

Is there a part of Italy where you haven't been yet and you are keen to discover?
I’d love to go back to Sicily because I only visited a small part of it when I was researching my book The Food Of Love Cookery School and feel as if I barely scratched the surface. Also I’m desperate to go to the cave town of Matera and stay in one of the flash grotto hotels.

Can you recommend our readers one or two places to visit or itineraries in Italy?
Go to Venice but stay in Cannaregio or Santa Croce rather than the very touristy bits around Piazza San Marco. And don’t go alone like I did when I was researching One Summer In Venice because it’s not the best solo travel destination. I’d also recommend a food holiday with Katia Amore of Love Sicily in Modica. My week there was the best time I’ve ever had while researching a novel. The food was so good and we never stopped eating. Sometimes I think about the cannoli shop at the foot of the steps beside Katia’s house and regret not being able to manage more of them.

Did you ever do a house swap in Italy?
Not so far, but the house in Under Italian Skies, which I call Villa Rosa, is based on a place on the coast of Basilicata which belongs to some of my Italian family and we’ve been to stay there many times. It’s one of my favourite spots in the world.


Nicky Pellegrino’s new novel

After The Villa Girls and Summer at the Villa Rosa Nicky Pellegrino is back with a new novel, the third inspired by the beautiful pink villa in Maratea.

Under Italian Skies
Imagine swapping your house for a stay in an Italian villa and falling in love with the owner’s life…Stella has life under control and that’s the way she likes it.

For 25 years she’s been trusted assistant to a legendary fashion designer. But when her boss dies, suddenly everything she loves seems to vanish.

Stella is lost – until one day she comes across a house swap website and sees a beautiful old villa in a southern Italian village. Could she really exchange her poky London flat for that?
What was intended as just a break becomes much more as Stella finds herself trying on a stranger’s life.

Available on bookshops on 12 April.


Meet the Author!

If you want to meet the author personally come to our Colazione alla Dante on 30 April, 10 am -12pm, Nicky will be our special guest!

Other opportunities will be:

Exclusive Italian Lunch with Nicky Pellegrino
Date: Tuesday 12 April
Time: 12.15pm – 2pm
Location: The Esplanade Hotel, Devonport
Tickets: $69 includes a two course lunch, a glass of wine and a signed copy of Under Italian Skies, available from eventfinda.co.nz
An Evening with Nicky Pellegrino
Enjoy a glass of bubbles and some food while you escape to Italy
Date: Thursday 28 April
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Location: Paper Plus Newmarket
Free Entry, please RSVP numbers to newmarket@paperplus.co.nz


Dante's play props list!!!







Ciao a tutti,
Here is the list of props we need for our play this year. (The title and the story will be revealed few weeks before the show…) The play is on the 22nd of May, at 4pm at the Dante’s Auditorium. If you have any of these items and want to contribute to the success of the play, please contact Matteo by email: matteotelara@gmail.com
It will be much appreciated!

-       1 scrivania da ufficio          (1 office desk)

-       4 sedie o 4 poltrone            (4 chairs or 4 easy chairs)
-       2 tavolinetti                          (2 tea tables)
-       1 mobiletto                            (1 small cupboard)
-       1 attaccapanni a stelo        (1 hatstand)

-       1 lampada da scrivania      (1 desk lamp)
-       1 cornice da tavolo              (1 desk photo frame)
-       1 portapenna + 1 penna     (1 pen holder + 1 pen)
-       1 sedia da ufficio                  (1 executive office chair)

-       1 occhiali da vista finti       (1 fake prescription glasses)
-       1 baffi finti                             (1 fake moustache)

-       1 frusta da Indiana Jones  (1 Indiana Jones whip)