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Festa Italiana Quiz – Pasta of Italy

When: September 9, 2020
Speaker: Domenico Minotti
Topic: Virtual Festa Italiana Quiz

About the Speaker:

In the late 1920s, Nick’s parents emigrated from Sant’Angelo, Limosano, a small hilltop town in Molise. The population at that time was about 1000 but is now 345 as Nick learned on a visit last year. The family spoke their dialect at home. Nick studied Italian at Columbia University and Perugia and got lots of practice while on Fulbright study grants in Milan in the mid 60’s. Nick returned to the states and to his first love, medicine, at Georgetown University and came to Seattle in 1976 to work at the US Public Health Hospital on Beacon Hill, better known as the Marine Hospital. He and his father Pasquale would attend Dante meetings back then but took a break until retirement a few years ago. Nick serves as a Consigliere for our Dante group.

About the Presentation:

For the past several years, Domenico has prepared a quiz for Festa Italiana, an annual celebration of Italian culture, food and music held each year at the Seattle Center at the end of August. Since this year’s Festa Italiana will be virtual, Domenico has prepared a virtual quiz to go along with that. The quiz was premiered at the Dante Alighieri Society’s English Language meeting held virtually on Zoom. Links to the quiz and the answer key along with a recording of the presentation are below.

PowerPoint Presentation (English Version)

PowerPoint Presentation (Italian Version)

Festa Quiz 2020 (Italian)

Festa Quiz 2020 (English)

Festa Quiz 2020 Answer Key

Recording of Presentation on September 9, 2020



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