Ciao a tutti –

at St. Patrick’s Church – Social Hall, 815 E Edgar Street, Seattle

Our November presenter is Chris Kelly who will speak about his book on Italian military exploits throughout the ages, Italy Invades.

Italy Invades is an action packed history of Italy’s military involvements throughout the ancient and modern worlds. From the empire building of the Romans, through the globe-spanning Age of Exploration, to the multinational cooperation of NATO, Italy has conquered and explored countries as diverse and far-ranging as Cape Verde and Mongolia and Uruguay. With the additional guide of maps and photographs, the reader can visually follow the Italians as they conquer the world.

Christopher Kelly, the former chairman of Chyron Corporation, has had a lifelong passion for military history. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Kelly is Italian by marriage. He lives in London and Seattle, when he is not invading new cities to promote his published works.


If you plan to come for the dinner at 6:30 pm as well as for the presentation at 7:30 pm, please make your reservation by 5:00 pm Monday November 11 by:

  • clicking on the DINNER RESERVATION button at the end of this email or,
  • calling our Reservation Line at our NEW number, (206) 289-0419 or
  • emailing your request to our NEW reservation email, reserve.

Let us know how many are in your party. This will help our volunteer cooks know how much pasta to prepare.

There is no cost for the meeting, but you are encouraged to bring along an antipasto, dolce or vino to share.


The meeting as usual will be in the Parish Social Hall at St. Patrick’s Church, 815 E Edgar St., Seattle.

To reach St. Patrick’s from the North, follow I-5 S. Take exit 168A for Boylston Ave toward Roanoke St. Merge onto Boylston, turn left at light onto E Roanoke St. Turn left at the first cross street onto Harvard Ave E.

To reach St. Patrick’s from the South, follow I-5 N. Take exit 168A for Lakeview Blvd E. Turn left onto Lakeview Blvd E, and continue onto Boylston Ave E. Turn right at the light onto E Roanoke St. Turn left at the first cross street onto Harvard Ave E.

The parking lot will be on your right off Harvard. And the stairway down to the door to the Social Hall is located at the parking lot level in back of the Church, off the parking lot.

Feel free to come early to help set up and start visiting. And, in any case, please come.


SIFF’s Cinema Italian Style is currently showing until Thursday, November 14. Here’s a link to their website for more information: This is a great opportunity to see some of the latest and best of Italian Cinema. Dante is once again this year a sponsor of the festival. I hope to see many of you there.

And a reminder that Dante has joined with Il Punto to present a special event on Milano on Wednesday, November 20 at St. Patrick’s Social Hall. Federica Gabardi, whom many of you may remember as a former Dante Language School instructor, will be the guest speaker. Federica is a Milan native and a Women’s Empowerment Expert. The presentation will be in Italian.

A presto –

Dan DeMatteis,
President, Dante Alighieri Society of Washington