Tucson Italian (520) 270-7737

Rita Connelly of The Well-Fed Foodie writes:



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 (www.TucsonItalian.com) 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, www.tavolinoristorante.com




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 http://www.TucsonItalian.com. Beginner classes are held at lunch time on Wednesdays; advanced on Thursdays. Sessions are for six weeks.


Buon appetito!


Find Rita's blog here!


Mark and I returned from Italy a few weeks ago, we had a great time!!  We are so glad we took you Italian class at Tavolino.  It really helped us understand the culture and language.  Even though we only used a few phrases your class helped us feel more comfortable with menus and signage and listening to people speak.



Anne Contento


I wanted to let you you know how much I enjoyed your class and how much I got out of it. As someone who interviewed, hired, and evaluated higher education faculty, you are excellent in pedagogy and also a delight because of your wonderful personality.


- Bob House (Dean of Humanities and Social Behavioral Sciences, Pima College - retired)

Theresa, I want to thank you very much for a very enjoyable and learning experience. I enjoyed each session and found your hand outs to be extremely helpful.


- Nadine R. - student

Theresa teaching the Italian American Social Club of Sierra Vista.

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