Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Photos from the last Dante Concert: the Opera 'La Serva Padrona' and Christmas Party

Last Sunday we had the last of our Dante Alighieri Auckland Concert series, an Opera Buffa by Pergolesi: La Serva Padrona. Great performances by Anna Mahon (soprano), Ben Kubiak (bass), Luca Manghi (mute), and David Kelly at the piano. The annual Dante Christmas Party followed. 

Thank you all for coming and see you at our Mercatino di Natale this Saturday!

Photos by Gianni Flego

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Italian Christmas Market in Auckland! Il Mercatino di Natale della Dante, 9 December

Join us for our annual Italian Christmas market Mercatino di Natale,  there will be delicious food to eat on the premises and lots of Italian Xmas goods to buy, from Italian products to locally made Italian artisan foods and crafts, prizes to be won and lots of surprises! For more info check out our FB event here.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Our last concert of the year, followed by Festa di Natale!

Dante Alighieri Concert Series: La Serva Padrona

Join us for a beautiful staged performance of Pergolesi's comedic masterpiece 
La Serva Padrona (The Maid as Mistress).

Sung in Italian

Directed by Emma Sloman, and presented in collaboration with Opera Factory.

Anna Mahon (soprano) - Serpina
Ben Kubiak (bass) - Uberto
Luca Manghi (mute) - Vespone

David Kelly - piano

The performance will be followed by a Christmas aperitivo offered by the Dante Alighieri Society.

Tickets $25 / $20 Dante members / $10 students

Cash only at the door
All proceedings will go to the artists

  • Sunday, 3 December  
    5 PM - 7 PM 
    St Luke Church, 
    130 Remuera Rd, Remuera, Auckland

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Dante Auckland celebrates the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World

Celebrating the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World at the Dante Auckland
with a special gnocchi class with chef Clotilde

Making potato gnocchi and sauce
Si mangia! Antipasto di bruschette e panna cotta per dessert

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Week of Italian Cuisine in the World 20-26 November

Seconda Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo

The second edition of The Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, an annual event coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, will be celebrated from the 20th to the 26th of November. The purpose of the wide array of events organised throughout the week is to promote Italy’s incredibly varied regional cuisine and food traditions, celebrating conviviality the Italian way.
Last year this initiative took place in over 100 countries across the world, and this year also New Zealand is on the list!

The Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland is involved with promotion of this very important (and delicious) week, and with two special events (a cooking class and an Italian colazione). Scroll down to see all the events and special dishes that will available every day at participating restaurants and stores: Giapo, JK14 wines & The Corner, Non Solo Pizza, Palazzo Italia, Pasta & Cuore, Segafredo and Settebello. 

Buon appetito!

Auckland listings

Tuesday 21st November, 6-7 pm

Cocktail Evening @ Osteria, Non Solo Pizza

Learn to make different Italian Cocktails for the Festive Season: Aperol Spritz, Negroni, Frangelico Frizzante, Dolce Amaro. $40 per person
259 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland
For information and bookings:

Wednesday 22nd November 6.30 pm

Mozzarella Making Class

The Cheese Master, Massimiliano from Il Casaro, will demonstrate the cheese making process and you can take home your own mozzarella masterpiece. Mild and milky, smooth and silky; any way you stretch it, we love fresh mozzarella! And in this hands-on course we will teach you how to make it at home. $45 per person
259 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland
For information and bookings:

Wednesday 22nd November7 pm

JK14 wines & The Corner: A wine lover's journey through Italy's Prosecco region

To celebrate the World Week of Italian Cuisine and promote Italian culinary traditions and food-and-wine connoisseurship as a distinctive trait of Italian identity and culture, JK14 wines and The Corner team up for an authentic long Italian Aperitivo.
Supporting the candidacy of the "Prosecco hills of Valdobbiadene" site to be included in the UNESCO world heritage list, John Kirwan will take you on a trip to the Prosecco region, understanding the importance of its cultural landscape, the labour of its vine-growers and tasting the different types of Prosecco and the use of Prosecco in cocktails, accompanied by fine antipasti prepared by the chefs at The Corner.
Booking essential, places are limited.
For information and bookings: or 09 2830377

Thursday 23rd November, from 12 pm until 10:30 pm

Maori Tiramisu` Day at Giapo

Italian tradition meets New Zealand heritage through the most famous dessert in the world.
Available on Thursday 23rd November, from 12pm until 10:30 pm
Giapo, 12 Gore Street, Auckland

Thursday 23rd November 6.30 pm

Emilia Mon Amour - wine tasting and dinner at Pasta & Cuore

For the first time in New Zealand you can taste a selection of the best organic wines from Emilia Romagna. We will present 6 different wines from this region accompanied by 6 matching dishes, typical of the traditional Trattorie from the hills surrounding the city of Bologna.
$ 140 per person – booking is essential as places are limited
Pasta & Cuore Restaurant 409 Mt Eden road, Auckland
booking essential, 09 6309130 or

Friday 24th November, 12.15 pm

Società Dante Alighieri cooking demo and lunch

Gnocchi with Clotilde Romano, Chef of La Dolce Vita (Christchurch Italian Cooking Classes) from Naples, is holding a Lunch with Gnocchi demonstration. As well as your fresh Gnocchi with Italian Passata Sauce, Basil and Mozzarella, you will also enjoy Antipasto of Bruschetta and Dolce of Wild Berries & Limoncello Panna Cotta. $ 50 per person
Freemans Bay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn Street, Auckland
Booking essential, places are limited.
For information and bookings:

Friday 24th November 3 pm

Pasta Fresca Workshop at Pasta & Cuore

With the help of traditional family recipes, chef Stefania Ugolini's guiding hands will reveal, step by step, the secrets and techniques for creating the perfect pastatagliatelle, pappardelle e tortelloni.
The importance of selecting quality ingredients and the spirit of sharing are the basis of this Italian culinary tradition, that is handed down from generation to generation.
$ 110 per person – booking is essential as places are limited 
Pasta & Cuore Restaurant, 409 Mt Eden road, Auckland
Booking: 09 6309130 or email

Friday 24th November, 6 pm

La Tavolozza dei Sapori Italiani at Palazzo Italia

Experience the colours, flavours and traditions of the authentic Italian cuisine at the incredible price of only $50 per person for a 4 course set menu / $90 Wine pairing including
Palazzo Italia, 5-7 Kingdon Street, Newmarket, Auckland
For information and bookings: 09 869 2278 or

Friday 24th November - 7 pm

Winemakers Dinner at Non Solo Pizza

Join Antonio Crisci for a taste of the latest vintages from Poderi Crisci enjoyed over an al fresco Italian buffet. $120 per person
259 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland
For information and bookings:

Saturday 25th November, 10 am -12 pm

Società Dante Alighieri Monthly Colazione

Join us for a real Italian colazione with cappuccino & cornetto at Palazzo Italia!
$ 8 at the door, no bookings required
Palazzo Italia, 5-7 Kingdon Street, Newmarket, Auckland

Saturday 25th November - All Day

Saturday is Spritz Day

With summer around the corner this famous drink in Italy can be made with Aperol, Campari, JK14’s Cedro liqueur and many other mixes - Served in the Osteria at NSP. Aperol Spritz @ $ 14.50, JK Cedro Spritz @ $14.50
No Bookings required...just drop by Osteria
259 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

Sunday 26th November 9-11 am

Meet the original Italian espresso, with Segafredo Zanetti

From 9am till 11am, come and try the coffee selection in our Mt Eden showroom.
Advices, tips and tricks to brew the perfect espresso. Special prices on coffee product for all participants. $ 5 per person
Segafredo Zanetti New Zealand
100 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
For information and bookings please contact 
Maurizio Marotta at 492 5002 or 0800 377 737

Sunday 26th November  12.30 pm

Infamous Sunday Long Lunch

In the spirit of all things Italian NSP is hosting their wonderful long lunch.
In Italy families love getting together around the table to enjoy warm conversation, good wine and beautifully prepared food. You can come to NSP and enjoy the mouth -watering feast, then savour a relaxing afternoon of traditional Italian flavours. Buon appetito!
$75 per person including a glass of Poderi Crisci Ombra on arrival
259 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland
For information and bookings:

Sunday 26th November 7 pm

Giropizza - Southern Flavours with Settebello

Demonstration and degustation of pizza Napoletana all in a casual, friendly ambience. Once the guests are welcomed with a Prosecco, Francesco and his team will show how to make Pizza Napoletana from scratch – making the dough, hand stretching and cooking, respecting the traditions of the art of Neapolitan pizzaiuoli. The Giropizza, a degustation of five different pizzas cooked in the wood fired oven, accompanied by two different wines, focusing mainly on Southern Italian regional products. $60 per person
Pizzeria Settebello, 3/1 Rata Street, New Lynn, Auckland
For information and bookings: or 09-8260777
Booking essential by Thursday 23th November, spaces are limited.

Plus all-week specials,  from 20th to 26th November

Real Neapolitan Pizza?
Enjoy the real Neapolitan Pizza that the worldwide Italian community is trying to register with Unesco as World Heritage. Participating pizzerias are Non Solo Pizza and Pizzeria Settebello, just ask for a Margherita or a Marinara!

Spaghetti Bolognese Doesn't Exist!
During the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, you can taste some traditional Italian dishes in their own authentic form at Pasta & Cuore. We take the opportunity to dispel some "myths" and to tell you the true story behind these recipes:
Bolognese is not for spaghetti!! (Tagliattelle alla Bolognese) Emilia Romagna
No Cream in Carbonara, please! (Spaghetti alla carbonara) Lazio
Chicken Parmi? Never heard of it! (Parmigiana di melanzane) Sicilia, Campania
Spaghetti & Meatballs? Not really... (Chitarra con le pallottine) Abruzzo