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Italian home in Montale, Italy (PI)

I teach Italian through Ann Arbor’s Rec and Ed program. Next semester I will be teaching Italian I and Italian II on Wednesday evenings. Recently, students have been asking me for more local resources. I thought I’d share a few with you:

The Dante Alighieri Society offers children’s language classes and various events, like an annual spring film festival. Last year I enjoyed a few free movies hosted by the University of Michigan.

The Michigan Italian Tribune  is published weekly. I enjoy reading about local events, from religious festivals to cheese sales.

These two restaurants in town that have some language-related events:

Silvio’s Pizzeria  – look for Silvio, the chef and owner from Abruzzo. Don’t miss the Sweet Dreams dessert pizza (a stuffed pizza with nutella and cream. Wow!)

Paesano’s Restaurant  – see Isabella, the chef from Venice. She periodically gives cooking presentations through the Ann Arbor library. You can also pick up a copy of her cookbook and try the recipes at home.


The University of Michgan’s Language Resource Center pairs tutors and conversation partners via the internet. This is a great resource.

If you are interested in private tutoring, please contact me directly (chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com.)

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My heart stopped when I read about the earthquake in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

This week Silvio’s Pizzeria will be donating a % of their profits to the Disaster Relief fund for L’Aquila Italy. Also, Silvio’s employees have offered to donate their tips for the cause as well. Thank you for your support. We will be going to eat there on Friday; hope to see you there.

Here is his letter from his website:

Dear Friends,

         As you may have heard, a horrendous earthquake has struck my homeland region of Abruzzo Italy. Our hearts go out to the suffering of the people of L’Aquila. As a former volunteer of the Red Cross, which in Italy is always called in cases of natural disasters, my first instinct was to go there to help dig by hand every inch of the debris. As we know, the only result of an unorganized party going in, even with the best of intentions, to an area like this will only add to the chaos.

         The best I can do from here is to start fundraising amongst the great community of Ann Arbor and to send our little bit of help to those thousands of people who have lost everything. As Arborites have accepted me and the rest of the Medoro family as a part of this great community it is my hope that you will help me to keep alive my legacy with the region where I grew up.

         Thursday and Friday this week I will be donating part of my profits to help in the relief effort.

         Any contribution will be deeply appreciated,


                                                      Silvio Medoro


Thanks to the Ann Arbor Chronicle for helping to share the news.

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When I first moved to Michigan, I wanted to find the Italian / Italian-American community. We had dinner at Paesano’s , bought the Italian Tribune and even drove around Clinton Township looking for restaurants and specialty shops. I wanted to know where to celebrate the Festa Della Donna (International Women’s Day on March 8), buy San Giuseppe pastries in March, eat good pizza, etc. I had trouble finding a local place that felt like home.


My friend KC, a poet and UM MFA alum, told me to try Silvio’s Pizzeria. She said Silvio was great and the pizza incredible.


Incredible pizza out here in the Midwest? Hmmm. Even though I was searching, I didn’t really expect to find it.


My fiancé and I finally went in one evening. The small restaurant, whose back wall is covered with children’s drawings, is in a small mall complex near UM. There are no windows, but there are framed pictures from Italy. The pizzas are listed as organic and the pastries in the refrigerated display case look fresh and sweet. We shared a wonderful pizza with a crisp and thin crust. For someone who is overly critical, even I was immediately taken by the pizza.


I asked to speak with Silvio. He came out, probably curious about an American stranger coming in speaking in Italian. I told him that I was searching for the Italian community. He thought for a minute and then scribbled down the email address of his friend Silvia. Silvia and I started emailing and the rest, as they say, is history.


Last night I celebrated Festa della Donna with a roomful of women and Silvio at his pizzeria.  Festa della Donna is an international holiday. In Italy, the men traditionally give women (friends, family and even strangers on the street) stems of mimosa, a yellow flower. The women are honored on this day and tend to go out to celebrate in the evenings.


At Silvio’s, we sat around in a circle – Italians, Italian Americans and American alike. We brought our own wine and Silvio brought out trays of food for two hours. We started with trays of bruschette, followed by an enormous bowl of two kinds of pasta, followed by pizza, followed by two cakes, including a traditional yellow cake made to look like the yellow flower, mimosa.


No one was able to find mimosa in town and Silvia bought yellow daffodils to put on the cake.


Silvia with the mimosa cake


My favorite dish was the pizza with scamorza cheese and truffle oil. Scamorza is my favorite cheese (it is a smokey, medium hard cheese.) I have to find out where to buy it. I should have eaten less of the bruschette with Silvio’s homemade prosciutto on it so I could have tried more pizzas. I brought home more than half of my pasta since I couldn’t finish it. Knowing how much food there was, the waitress brought everyone plastic take-away containers.


At the end of the evening, I was happy to have not only found the Italian community, but to have shared laughs with new friends.


Silvio himself


The highlight of my Italian Festa della Donna came at home. My fiancé opened the door for me and there on the dining room table was a vase with a picture of mimosa. As there was no mimosa to be found in the town, he found a way to still celebrate.


Home is home.



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