Cheer Like an Italian: World Cup Celebration
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Cheer Like an Italian: World Cup Celebration

The World Cup spirit is in full swing, and though Italy may not be competing this year, we can still appreciate the importance of "The Beautiful Game" in Italian culture (and prepare for a hopeful qualification for the next tournament). 

Come join the ICI at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 11 at ROC on Bardstown Road for an evening of soccer ("calcio"), good food, and learning. We'll have a discussion about the role of soccer in contemporary Italian culture and practice traditional cheers for the national team (Gli Azzurri). Then, we'll put this learning into practice by watching video from Italy's 2006 World Cup victory.

Registration is $5 per guest, and space is limited to the first 30 registrants.  Food is available à la carte. 

FORZA! 

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May
22
5:30 PM17:30

Honoring Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele: A Dinner Celebration and Scholarship Event

A Culinary Celebration of Louisville Legends 

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In recognition of Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele and their storied legacy of mentorship and influence upon the Louisville culinary scene, we honor them, fittingly, with a dinner to toast to their legacy and support a scholarship fund to assist young chefs to train and study in Italy. 

Presented by Sullivan University, the Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville, and the Italian-American Association of Louisville, the dinner will feature five Italian wines and five courses, each prepared by a local chef whose career was shaped by the Gabriele brothers. 

The dinner will be held at the Sullivan University campus on May 22 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Tickets are $125 per person, and all proceeds will benefit scholarships at Sullivan University in the name of Vincenzo and Agostino to support young chefs as they study culinary arts in Italy. 

Event Information

Dress for the event is business casual. 

Arrival

  • The event be held in the student cafeteria of Sullivan University at 3101 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205.
  • Parking is available on-site.
  • Entry to the event is through the administration building main entrance (please see map below). Please be courteous that classes are ongoing in other parts of the campus.
  • Guests are invited to arrive around 5 pm to mingle before dinner.

Check-in

  • Upon arrival, guests are invited to check in at our registration desk. We did not mail physical copies of the tickets but rather will have your registration information on-hand.
  • Table assignments will be posted for individuals to view and locate seating.

Schedule of Events

  • Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm.
  • We will host a special recognition ceremony for Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele and will announce the scholarship recipients, who will partake in an intensive 10-day course at the Bivero Pizza Academy in Florence.
  • Dinner will continue with five courses paired with five unique wines all prepared by esteemed local chefs.
  • Dinner will last at until approximately 8:30 pm.

Register and Donate

Thank you for your interest! Due to overwhelming demand, we have sold all tickets. Individuals interested in making a donation to the scholarship fund are welcome to contribute, but event tickets are no longer being offered. 

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2018 Italian Film Series: Part 3
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

2018 Italian Film Series: Part 3

  • Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville (map)
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Film: "Baaria" (2009)

Commentary provided by Dr. Augustus Mastri, Professor of Italian at the University of Louisville

Film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. "Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born.." (via IMDB)

Schedule

  • 6:30 Refreshments of cookie and coffee
  • 7:00 Commentary, followed by the film

Attendance is free, though we'd appreciate if you'd RSVP below so that we can approximate headcount. Grazie! 

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2018 Italian Film Series: Part 2
Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

2018 Italian Film Series: Part 2

  • Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville (map)
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Film: "Lamerica" (1994)

Commentary provided by Dr. Augustus Mastri, Professor of Italian at the University of Louisville

Film directed by Gianni Amelio.  " Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. But the youngest italian, Gino, once alone with Spiro, encounter a few problems. " (via IMDB) 

Schedule

  • 6:30 Refreshments of cookie and coffee
  • 7:00 Commentary, followed by the film

Attendance is free, though we'd appreciate if you'd RSVP below so that we can approximate headcount. Grazie! 

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2018 Italian Film Series: Part 1
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

2018 Italian Film Series: Part 1

  • Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville (map)
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Film: "Golden Door" (2006)

Commentary provided by Dr. Augustus Mastri, Professor of Italian at the University of Louisville

Film directed by Emanuele Crialese.  "A 2006 drama film based on a family's migration from Italy to New York City, U.S.A. at the beginning of the 20th century"

Schedule

  • 6:30 Refreshments of cookie and coffee
  • 7:00 Commentary, followed by the film

Attendance is free, though we'd appreciate if you'd RSVP below so that we can approximate headcount. Grazie! 

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Register: Italian for Travelers and Italian Basics (March 4 - April 29)
Mar
4
2:00 PM14:00

Register: Italian for Travelers and Italian Basics (March 4 - April 29)

By popular demand, the ICI is pleased to offer Italian language lessons hosted by native Italian instructor Francesca Reggiani. Lessons will be held weekly in in March and April at Francesca's home. The course is $45 for ICI sponsors (members) and $65 for non-sponsors. 

Classes will run from March 4 - April 29 on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 pm (except for Easter). 

Francesca Reggiani lives in Louisville but was born in Mantua, Italy and earned a degree in Foreign Language and Literature from the University of Parma.  She has taught French at St. Francis School and currently teaches Italian group and private language lessons in her home.  Francesca is a talented and enthusiastic teacher and is a member of ICI.  Whether you are a new student to Italian or need a refresher course, don’t miss this fun opportunity to enjoy the Italian language!

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Information Session: Italian for Travelers and Italian Basics
Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

Information Session: Italian for Travelers and Italian Basics

By popular demand, the ICI is pleased to offer Italian language lessons hosted by native Italian instructor Francesca Reggiani. Lessons will be held weekly in in March and April at Francesca's home. The course is $45 for ICI sponsors (members) and $65 for non-sponsors. 

Interested in learning more? Join for our free information session and class meeting on Sunday, February 18 at Fante's Coffee (2501 Grinstead Drive) beginning at 3:00 pm. 

Classes will run from March 4 - April 29 on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 pm (except for Easter). 

Francesca Reggiani lives in Louisville but was born in Mantua, Italy and earned a degree in Foreign Language and Literature from the University of Parma.  She has taught French at St. Francis School and currently teaches Italian group and private language lessons in her home.  Francesca is a talented and enthusiastic teacher and is a member of ICI.  Whether you are a new student to Italian or need a refresher course, don’t miss this fun opportunity to enjoy the Italian language!

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2018 Carnevale Celebration at Hunting Creek
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

2018 Carnevale Celebration at Hunting Creek

Come join the ICI for our annual Carnevale gathering at Hunting Creek Country Club on Thursday, February 8 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Guests will be treated to a buffet, raffle, and decorations recalling the mysterious beauty of the Venetian celebration. 

Enjoy a generous spread of pasta, wine, salad, and dessert. Tickets are $25. As always, guests are most welcome.

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Click on the image below to check out photos from last year's event

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Scholarship Reflections: Study Abroad Recaps from 2017 Student Recipients
Jan
28
3:00 PM15:00

Scholarship Reflections: Study Abroad Recaps from 2017 Student Recipients

The ICI is proud to offer annual scholarships to further students' studies and passion for Italian language and culture. Come join us on Sunday, January 28 at Fante's Coffee House on Grinstead Drive from 3:00-4:30 pm for presentations from last year's winners as well as coffee and dolce!  Guests are welcome to purchase snacks and drinks from Fante's fantastic selection as you'd like. 

Students will share about their experiences with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies, Inc. (KIIS) Italy Program. 

This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you kindly RSVP below so that we can get an approximate headcount. 

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2017 ICI Holiday Party
Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

2017 ICI Holiday Party

  • River House Restaurant and Rawbar (map)
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In celebration of the holidays, the events committee invites all members, families, and friends of the Italian Cultural Institute to gather on Sunday, December 10 at 6:30pm for a joyous celebration of the season at the River House Restaurant, located at 3015 River Road near the Louisville Water Tower off Zorn Avenue. 

Once again, the celebration will be held in River House's private dining room. Guests will be treated to a four-course meal with delicious appetizers, a salad, entree, and dessert. As a sneak preview, entrees include chicken, salmon, beef, and shrimp options. For dessert, you can't go wrong with either the bourbon and white chocolate panettone or tiramisu. Tickets are $74 per person and can be purchased through the ICI website. Ticket price also includes the cost of all drinks (coffee, tea, wine, soda), as well as gratuity and sales tax. Please register for the event by December 10 to ensure your spot! See below for full menu details.

Appetizer Course 

  • SAUTEED MUSSELS ~ tossed in white wine garlic butter & grilled baguette herb
  • BAKED CHESAPEAKE BAY OYSTERS~ topped with crab and creamy artichoke and spinach filling on the half shell with smoldering herbs
  • BEEF CROSTINI~ French Baguette topped with shaved beef tenderloin covered in house made Boursin cheese and caramelized onions

Salad Course

  • GRILLED MARINATED ROMAINE HEARTS~ served with smoked bourbon mustard, herb toasted brioche, shaved Manchego cheese and a roasted garlic aioli
  • GRANNY SMITH APPLE SALAD~ with bleu cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, grapes zesty greens tossed with pecan-vanilla vinaigrette

Entrée Course

  • OVEN-ROASTED PULLED CHICKEN & CAVATAPPI PASTA~ tossed in Parmesan cheese sauce with roasted corn, concasse tomatoes and pea tendrils
  • MAKER’S 46 BARREL PLANK SMOKED SALMON served with balsamic-glazed fingerling potatoes, southern okra ratatouille and lemon caper aioli
  • GRILLED Certified Angus Beef® FLAT IRON STEAK topped with smoked bacon and
  • caramelized onion jam served with white cheddar mac & cheese casserole
  • SAUTEED GULF SHRIMP served over linguini pasta with capers, mushrooms, tomato and baby spinach tossed in tomato basil sauce

Dessert Course

  • BOURBON AND WHITE CHOCOLATE PANETTONE~ topped with dried cherry-bourbon sauce served with pecan-vanilla ice cream
  • CHEF JOHN VARANESE’s SPECIAL TIRAMSU
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'A Year in Italy' with Nancy Wellendorff Church
Nov
12
3:30 PM15:30

'A Year in Italy' with Nancy Wellendorff Church

  • Chao Auditorium, Eckstrom Library at the University of Louisville (map)
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A Year in Italy: Traveling the 'Bel Paese' from Northern Italy and Beyond with Nancy Wellendorff Church

While many of us dream of pressing pause on daily life and moving abroad to Italy, Nancy Wellendorff Church ACTUALLY seized the opportunity and took the plunge. She'll be sharing stories and lessons from her travels in the 'Bel Paese' during an upcoming lecture at the University of Louisville on Sunday, November 12 from 3:30-4:30pm in the Chao Auditorium of the Eckstrom Library of the University of Louisville.  

Registration is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. We encourage all ICI members to join for what should be a memorable event! As a preview of stories to come, check out some of Nancy's fun travel photos below. 

There will be a small reception outside the auditorium after the presentation. Sweets and treats are welcome! 

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2017 Sagra della Vendemmia (Harvest Festival)
Sep
3
4:30 PM16:30

2017 Sagra della Vendemmia (Harvest Festival)

The Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville celebrated Italian culture with a fall harvest festival featuring a magnificent pig roast from Kingsley's under the shady canopy of Locust Grove on Sunday, September 3. 

Activities included Bocce and Buci di Mais (corn hole) competitions plus spirited accordion music. We also hosted a fun basket raffle with scrumptious prize offerings from Lotsa Pasta and other artisanal wine, cheese, and bread offerings from local vendors to benefit the scholarship fund. 

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"How to Drink Like an Italian" Series: Part 2 Aperitivi
Jul
8
3:00 PM15:00

"How to Drink Like an Italian" Series: Part 2 Aperitivi

The Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville was pleased to offer the second of our three-part "How to Drink Like an Italian" series, this time focusing on aperitivi. This event took place on Saturday, July 8, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at Cafe Classico (2144 Frankfort Avenue). 

Background
Italians often get together before supper for a drink at the bar—typically one drink, not many—and appetizers. At this event, we drew upon this social custom by enjoying either an aperol spritz or a negroni, along with nice appetizers. We learned about these drinks and--as a bonus--learned the Italian national anthem together in preparation for Italy’s forthcoming victory in next year’s soccor World Cup. 

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Volunteer: Bocce Referee at the Kentucky Special Olympics
Jun
3
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer: Bocce Referee at the Kentucky Special Olympics

Here's a great volunteer opportunity from our friends at the Louisville Italian-American Association

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  • Each year, the Louisville Italian-American Association (IAA) supports the Kentucky Special Olympics (KSO) by sponsoring the “Lou Perry Bocce Tournament,” which is named in honor of longtime IAA board member Lou “Mr. Bocce” Perry.
  • The IAA is seeking volunteers to serve as bocce referees on Saturday, June 3, 2017 for a tournament at the Special Olympics at Eastern Kentucky University.   
  • Volunteers do not need to be experienced bocce players.  To help volunteers become familiar with the basic rules of bocce, the IAA will be scheduling a brief training session one evening prior to the event.
  • In addition, to help cover the cost of travel, the IAA will be providing up to $100.00 per car traveling to Eastern Kentucky University.  If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please see the details of the event presented below. 

What: Kentucky State Special Olympics Bocce Competition
Where: Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky
When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 pm
Seeking: 10 volunteers to be bocce referees (previous experience with bocce not required)
Training Session: To be announced and to include a brief review of the rules for bocce used for KSO

For more Information: Contact Bob Scorsolini of the IAA by email at bscorsolini@aol.com

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Coals Artisan Pizza Dinner featuring Sicilian Travel Tips
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Coals Artisan Pizza Dinner featuring Sicilian Travel Tips

Join the ICI for a lovely evening of pizza and Sicilian travel tips hosted at Coals Artisan Pizza on Frankfort Avenue. Guests are welcome to choose from Coals' full menu of artisan pizzas, beer, and wine. We are collecting $5 for admission, which will be applied towards next year's scholarship fund. Guests will cover food and drinks separately.

We're pleased to welcome certified travel agent Jo Rouse to speak to our group about traveling through Sicily. Jo frequently visits Sicily and is well-versed in the best sights to see and navigating the island. 

Attendance is limited to the first 30 guests. Please register online through the form below. Note: this is the St. Matthews Coals location in the old Vogue theater complex. We've reserved space in the private, upstairs seating location. 

THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY. PLEASE CONTACT ICI.LOUISVILLEKY@GMAIL.COM REGARDING POTENTIAL AVAILABILITY FOR DAY-OF TICKETS. 

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Lecture: The Greatness of Michelangelo
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture: The Greatness of Michelangelo

  • Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville (map)
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This lecture explores the achievement, influence and reputation of Michelangelo Buonarroti, who was called in his day "il divino"—the divine one—for his apparently superhuman capabilities. What is the reality, and what is the myth, behind this giant figure in the history of art?

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2017 Italian Film Series: Part 3
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

2017 Italian Film Series: Part 3

  • Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville (map)
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"Italy: Love It or Leave It" (2013): Directed by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi. This is a docu-trip: a road-mentary. Two gay young men are trying to decide whether to remain in Italy, with all its problems, or move to Berlin. Before reaching their decision, they embark on a trip to various parts of Italy, seeing places and talking to people (including Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Andrea Camilleri.)

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2017 Italian Film Series: Part 2
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

2017 Italian Film Series: Part 2

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"Cose dell' altro mondo" (Things from another World) (2011): Directed by Francesco Patierno. Set in the northeast of Italy, rather well off but reliant on immigrant work. A racist and hypocritical industrialist goes into daily rants on a local TV against immigrants, legal or illegal. Until one day they all disappear.

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2017 Carnevale Celebration
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

2017 Carnevale Celebration

The ICI welcomed 40 guests for a rousing celebration of Carnevale at Hunting Creek Country Club. The atmosphere recalled scenes of Carnevale in Venice thanks to video projections adorning the walls courtesy of Charles Wallace. Likewise, attendees enjoyed an excellent spread with fantastic desserts, pasta, salad, and wine--of course. Many thanks to Ros and Sal Vicario for all of their hard work organizing the event and dedication to the ICI! 

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ICI Christmas Party
Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

ICI Christmas Party

  • River House Restaurant and Rawbar (map)
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The ICI event committee invited all members, families, and friends of the Italian Cultural Institute to gather on Sunday, December 11 for a joyous celebration of the season at the River House Restaurant, located at 3015 River Road near the Louisville Water Tower off Zorn Avenue. 

Our sincere thanks to Charles Wallace for all of his excellent work in organizing this event. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! 

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"How to Drink Like an Italian" Series: Part 1 Digestivi
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

"How to Drink Like an Italian" Series: Part 1 Digestivi

The Italian Cultural Institute successfully launched the first event in a three-part series exploring the place of alcohol as a complement to meals and social outings. Our kickoff event took place on November 19 at Silvio's Italian Restaurant. 

Bill Melillo, owner of Silvio's, was our first host. We're thankful for Brad Jeffries, who led a Q&A on the various types of digestivi and provided samples. In all, attendees sampled various digestivi, including tuaca, grappa, sambuca, white vermouth, red vermouth, and amaretto. 

Guests were treated to excellent conversation--not to mention tasty appetizers. ICI chose to break with tradition and feature the digestivo, a liqueur traditionally enjoyed a meal's conclusion, for this first outing. Stayed tuned for an announcement for the dates and times of parts one and two as we work 'backwards' through a meal. 

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