One of the perks of being retired is being able to do all those things you say you’re gong to do “one day.”

This blog is one of those things. Taking a class in Italian is another.

Last May I signed up for Tucson Italian ( The class is taught by Dr Theresa Levy. Theresa has taught Italian at the University of Arizona and at Pima Community College. She’s also translated for the Vatican. Pretty impressive!

Theresa makes the classes fun and casual and I think I’m actually learning the language of my ancestors. My parents spoke Italian at home but they used it to talk about things they didn’t want us kids to know, family gossip and such. I’ve also met some really nice people.

So you’re wondering what that has to do with The Well-Fed Foodie?

Well, the classes are held at Tavolino Ristorante and lunch is included. We get to order off the lunch menu and an insalte misto or zuppa del giorno is included. Wine is extra and somehow I always have a glass. Many of the wines on the list are from Chef Massimo Tenino’s brother’s winery – Pietro Rinaldi – in Italy,

The food at Tavolino is a perfect balance of modern and traditional recipes. There is a daily piatto del giorno, which is always tasty and well-presented. But the dish I order often is the lasagna. Tavolino’s lasagne consists of thin sheets of house made pasta, a bechamel cheese sauce in a light tomato sauce. It’s baked in the oven to a golden brown. Buono!

If you are interested in taking a class contact Theresa at Beginner classes are held at lunch time on Wednesdays; advanced on Thursdays. Sessions are for six weeks.

Buon appetito!


  1. cjham · February 9, 2015



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