Italian Class Offered by FIAO Begin Sept. 10, 2018

Fall 2018 Italian Language Classes

Sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizations of the Metropolitan St. Louis Area
The twelve-week classes will begin the week of September 10, 2018 and will end December 6, 2018

The following classes will be offered:

• Beginner’s I Italian
Monday evenings- 7:00-9:00p.m. Instructor: S. April

• Advanced Italian
Monday evenings- 7:00-9:00p.m. Instructor: G. Leopardi

• Italian for Travelers (6 weeks) begins on September 27 Thursday evenings- 7:00-9:00p.m. Instructor: B. Klein

• Special Topics Course Thursday evenings- 7:00-9:00p.m. Instructor: G. Leopardi

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Our courses place an emphasis on communicating in Italian. Textbooks are primarily in Italian.

All adult evening classes are taught at St. Ambrose Church Hall on Wilson and Marconi Avenues.

Tuition for our 12-week classes is $90; one night per week; 2 hours per night; there are no classes the week of Thanksgiving. Our Italian for Travelers is a 6-week class and the cost is $45.

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations has as its primary purpose the preservation and promotion of our Italian-American culture and heritage through the advancement of education, art, music, language, literature and culture. The member organizations are:

CIAOStl, Fratellanza Society, Hill 2000, Hill Business Association, Il Pensiero newspaper, Italian Club of St. Louis, Italian Open, La Festa di Santa Fara of St. Louis, Misericordia Society, the National Italian-American Bar Association, Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, St. Roch Catholic Church and UNICO-St. Louis Chapter.

For additional information or to register, please visit contact us at: 314-680-6871 (Marie) or


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St. Ambrose Forever Back to School Bash September 7, 2018

Bring a donation for the St. Ambrose Auction valued at $25 or more and receive a wrist band for free drinks all night. Donations can include gift cards or items that can be used in silent auction baskets.

Raffle tickets for one year’s worth of tuition for one child will be sold at the Back to School Bash as well.

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Planning Removal of Columbus Statue From Tower Grove Park

This statue was commission by Henry Shaw when Italians where put to death by hanging in New Orleans. It was also a show of support for Italians who were discriminated against. Henry Shaw hired many Italian people to work in the garden and this was his way of showing his support and thanking them for their contributions. Ciao St Louis says “Keep It There”

Tower Grove Park, residents look into potential removal of Columbus statue

Park officials also have formed a commission to look into what should happen with the statue.

ST. LOUIS — A public meeting is being held over the weekend to discuss the potential removal of the Christopher Columbus statue in Tower Grove Park.

The meeting was formally set up as an event on Facebook, titled ‘Plotting in the Park for Columbus removal.’ The event’s creator, Chris Singer, said the meeting will be for people interested in removing the statue, or for those who want to know why the group wants the statue taken down.

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Food and Wine Tour of Tuscany 2019

Tour of Tuscany 2019

Food and wine lovers, prepare for the ultimate experience in fine wine, exquisite cuisine and rich culture as we travel through and explore all that Tuscany has to offer.St. James WineryMissouri Restaurant Association, and COMO Living Magazine have teamed up to provide the ultimate fantasy excursion. This voyage to Italy will be hosted by John LaRocca with Missouri Restaurant Association.

Your trip will include:

  • Accommodation in hotel in shared double rooms (2 person occupancy) in 4* hotel in center of Florence (single rooms available upon request, pending hotel availability, for an additional cost)
  • Listed lectures, workshops and visits as listed on day by day itinerary (including eventual fees and reservation)
  • Food and wine for classes
  • Group transfer from the airport to hotel upon arrival (Florence airport only)
  • Orientation session and information materials
  • GlobalBlue International Health Insurance
  • Use of school facilities during business hours, including computer & internet access, gym, and library
  • Welcome dinner at Ganzo, the creative learning lab of Apicius International School of Hospitality
  • Apicius recipe packet and apron

Does not include: Airfare, meals not listed in itinerary, airport drop off at the end of the program

We have also built in ample free time for everyone to explore the countryside, enjoy shopping, and additional sight-seeing. See the tentative schedule (subject to change).

Interested? Give us your email so we can keep you posted. Ready to book? Click here to register.

March 15–23, 2019

Program cost:

$2,550 double occupancy (airfare not included)
$2,950 single occupancy (airfare not included)

A portion of the costs will be donated to Missouri ProStart.

Missouri ProStart logo

Sponsors include:

St. James Winery Logo | COMO Living Magazine LogoMissouri Restaurant Association Logo
Food and Wine Tour of Tuscany 2016




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International Friendly Punta Raffa Volo Bocce Tournament

September 19, 2018 to September 22, 2018

“International Friendly Punta Raffa Volo Bocce Tournament”, will be hosted by the Italia-America Bocce Club   September 19-22, 2018.    See attachments for additional information

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St. Louis International Film Festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018.

J. Kim & Sharon Tucci Italian Focus

Sponsored by Pasta House Co.

Call Me by Your Name

Friday, November 10 at 8:00pm

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend… Read more

Doc Shorts: The Unexpected

Friday, November 10 at 5:00pm

Unusual dispatches from around the globe.

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The Leisure Seeker

Saturday, November 4 at 6:45pm

The first film in English by Italian director Paolo Virzi (“Human Capital”), “The Leisure Seeker” — which debuted at the Venice film fest — tells the story of a runaway couple going on an unforgettable cross-country journey in their vintage camper. Seriously ill… Read more

Let Yourself Go

Saturday, November 11 at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 12 at 5:20pm

In this Italian variant on the screwball comedy, an uptight psychologist gets more than just a physical workout when he signs up for personal-training sessions with an attractive young instructor. Toni Sevillo (“The Great Beauty”) is outstanding as Elia, a… Read more

Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream

Sunday, November 12 at 2:45pm

What is an immigrant’s typical experience in America? What does he sacrifice, and what does he gain? “Pizza Shop” provides one family’s answer to those questions, lovingly illustrating what it means for Charlie and Fred Osso, immigrant brothers from Calabria,… Read more

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