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We are very happy to introduce you to a list of friends of the Dante Alighieri Society. Here below some photos and more information.

For all Italian lovers:


By Anne Marie Clarke


OPERA NIGHT, 4th March 2017 at 7pm

Ciao a tutti,

please find enclosed some information about an Opera night event being held on Saturday 4 March 2017 at 7.45pm at Grace Dieu School. Pre-reception drinks at 7.00pm 
Address: Grace Dieu Manor School
LE67 5UG

Tickets cost £50.00 per person.Includes prosecco on arrival, Italian Antipasto(lots of it by – Marco Pierre White).And fruit Platter.Wine list of Superior Italian wines will be available on the night.  Event:Three tenors from Rome plus a pianist.A grand evening for Opera lovers, Italian food and good company! If you are interested in coming,  please can you contact Enza before Tuesday 28 February 2017. Cheque to Enza Carrelli at 304 Beacon Road Loughborough LE11 2ED. Call me on 07970 540070 or 01509 215693 if you need any further information. I will be delighted to reserve you your seat. At the moment we only have 10 seats available out of a 100. Dress code- Smart. Look forward to hearing from you. 



A new book about the beautiful city of Verona by local writer Caroline Webb.

Dolcino (www. is the new dessert situation in the centre of Loughborough, designed to bring you authentic Italian gelato ice-cream, lifestyle and a whole range of waffles and crêpes, sundaes and shakes to add a touch of sweetness to life.
Our promise is ‘great products, great people, great place’.
We are a friendly, hard-working and fun-loving bunch of people who are passionate about hospitality and about making our guests’ day, every time.

Cini Restaurant, Leicester
“No single word describes the Cini experience. 
Innovative Italian Cuisine delivered  with contemporary flair.   From the scintillating food we serve, to the simple sophistication of the atmosphere in which it is enjoyed, Cini is a restaurant where the joy of creativity lies at the heart of your dining experience.”

Cini Restaurant is in Enderby, Leicester and as well is a restaurant they run cookery lessons for adults and children.

Croma Pizzeria, Loughborough – Meal for Two
Croma was launched in 2000 by an ex Pizza Express team. It began in Manchester city centre and promptly won the City Life Newcomer Award 2000.  Other branches and awards soon followed with the Loughborough restaurant opening in January 2013 in partnership with the ODEON Cinema. 

The restaurant provides affordable and good quality food in stylish surroundings and comes highly recommended!

Dolcino is Loughborough’s new, independent dessert diner.
Founded by a local Italian family descended from three generations of ice-cream makers, Dolcino brings you authentic Italian gelato, lifestyle and a whole range of waffles and crêpes to add a touch of sweetness to life.
Our promise is great products, great people, great place. We are a friendly, hard-working and fun-loving bunch of people who are passionate about hospitality and about making our guests’ day, every time.
Whatever else you do this summer, why not drop in and enjoy the funky, retro feel of the place; sit back, relax and sample a touch of la Dolce Vita!

Filippo Berio

“The first and last name in olive oil since 1867”

In 1867, in the small Italian town of Lucca, Tuscany a young man named Filippo Berio set out to follow his passion for making Olive Oil.  It was here that he learned his craft and began producing his own signature olive oil.  Filippo Berio is still based in Lucca, the premier brand of Salov. Sophisticated modern equipment is now used in production and quality control and these sit alongside traditional practices. For example, every batch of Olive Oil is still personally tasted by a family member before being approved for dispatch.  Today Salov has operations around the globe and is one of Italy’s largest food exporters. Yet, despite this tremendous international reputation, Filippo Berio remains a family-owned business.

Peter's Pizzeria
Already making its mark on the Midlands, Peter Pizzeria offers delicious and authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas in relaxed and modern surroundings. With exposed brick work, eye catching artwork and low-slung lighting, Peter is a contemporary and quirky pizzeria maintaining a relaxed, home-from-home atmosphere. Eat and drink at the communal round table and benches if you’re feeling sociable or for more privacy book one of the tables or a private room upstairs – which can be booked for groups of up to 40.
Open from 8.00am – 10.00pm, it’s perfect for those wanting breakfast, a quick lunch, leisurely dinner or late-night bite. “Morning Peter” is ready to welcome the sleepiest of heads with fresh coffee, flaky croissants and homemade yoghurt with star-of-the-show pizzas available from midday.

Tesco Loughborough Rushes Superstore stocks our full range of groceries including fine Italian produce.

Pirelli is among the main tyre makers globally and world leader in the Premium segment, with high technological content. Founded in 1872, it has a presence in over 160 countries, with 22 manufacturing facilities on four continents and 38,000 employees. Pirelli has been involved in motor racing since 1907 and is currently the exclusive Formula 1® tyre manufacturer for the 2014-2016 championship seasons. The excellence of Pirelli’s products, the popularity of the Pirelli Calendar, as well as the company’s involvement in the worlds of Formula 1® and fashion all contribute to the success of the Pirelli brand.

Italian National Tourist Board – Books and DVDs -

Visit their website for some brilliant tips and information on Italy, Travel Ideas, News, Videos and lots of very useful practical information. is the largest UK Italian food online delivery service. The quirky name stands for Nice Italian Food Everyday: Nifeislife provides the finest Italian products, ranging from the most famous Italian Brands such as Barilla, Mulino Bianco, De Cecco, Parmalat, Kinder, Ferrero, Rio Mare and many others, to the most typical Italian fresh deli products. Nifeislife thrive on their choice of cheeses - including buffalo mozzarella flown twice a week from Italy, burrata, gorgonzola and parmesan, all DOP – fresh hams, salami and meats, fruits and vegetables, olives and pickles, Italian wines and many more. Nifeislife is strong on seasonal products as well – Easter offering that includes the Colomba, a dove-shaped cake that the UK is starting to love. Their Christmas offering includes a wonderful Panettone from Biffi, an artisanal Milan café. 

Cook Italian
Cook Italian
Cook Italian products are authentically made in Italy, with Italian ingredients, by Italian family companies with generations of expertise – for true Italian flavour every time you Cook Italian! They have a range of high quality products including tomatoes, pasta, puree and passata, olive oil and grated cheese. Visit their wonderful website to find out more about their range as well as discover some great recipes.
Franchi Seeds 1783 -
Franchi Seeds 1783 -
The oldest family run seed company in the world. "We're a family run company and we value our customers very much which is probably why we're still in business are 7 generations in the same family since 1783! Please contact us if we can help you and being Italians, we do prefer to speak to people rather than computers...... but you can email us too. Telephone: 0208 427 5020 Paolo and Alessandra Arrigo" - The best pizzeria in Loughborough - The best pizzeria in Loughborough
When you think of pizza, what springs to mind? A deep pan topped with lots of delicious things? Or maybe you’re more of a thin and crispy type of person… Well, what if we told you that neither of these “authentic” creations are, indeed like that. You see, the “Italian” pizza you think you know, is more often than not, a product of the great American pizza renaissance of the 1990’s, which in our humble PETER opinion, injured the name of Neapolitan pizza. So we are here to cure it.
Caravelli Italian Restaurant
Caravelli Italian Restaurant
Bruno Ambrico and Bruno Torre welcome you to CARAVELLI – Loughborough’s finest Italian restaurant. We are a family run restaurant with a great combination of a warm friendly atmosphere and good traditional Italian food and wine which make this one of the best restaurants in Loughborough.
Loughborough College
Loughborough College
Established in 1909, we are proud of our long standing reputation for providing excellent levels of high quality teaching and training across Leicestershire. - See more at:
Gizzeria Art (
Gizzeria Art (
Rosemary Mafrici BA (Hons) studied at Dartington College of Art before starting her career as a portrait painter and muralist. She has worked in television as an artist for several well-known series, and has produced illustrations for many book covers and interiors. Her work has been commissioned by a range of organisations and individuals, from multi-national corporations to Nottingham Forest FC.
Limoncello -  -
Limoncello - -
Limoncello - Limoncello have spent the last 15 years sourcing and refining the very best Italian Cheeses, Italian Sausage and Meats, Drinks, Biscuits and all kinds of other gourmet Italian delicacies, including of course, the World famous Limoncello Liqueur - the inspiration for their name. They also have some lovely Luxury Hampers. Visit their wonderful website to find out more about their range of products that you can buy online.
Graypaul Ferrari - Nottingham
Graypaul Ferrari - Nottingham
Graypaul Ferrari, Nottingham, have a modern, state of the art showroom full of amazing cars. They are in discussion with the Dante Alighieri Society with regard to a number of their staff learning to speak Italian. The dealership is headed up by Managing Director Mario Vignali, who is committed to ensuring that the team provide outstanding levels of customer service.
Vorrei -
Vorrei -
Vorrei is a part British, part Italian, family-run online food retailer, specialising in bringing the culture of great tasting, authentic and healthy Italian food to the UK consumer. Founders, Luca and Nicola Pagliaro, lived and worked in Italy for 15 years and know just how fabulous traditional Italian food can be. Often at its best when kept simple and always prepared using fresh, natural ingredients and traditional methods. Vorrei was established to bring the finest Italian food and traditional ingredients to the UK. Traditional Italian culture is to take time to savour and enjoy food. Vorrei supports the Slow Food Movement, an initiative that was founded in Italy to counter the rise of a fast food culture and promote a better way to eat. Visit their wonderful website to find out more about their huge range of products that you can buy online.
Saporito fine foods -
Saporito fine foods -
Saporito Fine Foods are a local Leicestershire company run by Giovanni Cancelliere who has a real passion for Italian food. Visit their wonderful website to find out more about their range as well as discover some great recipes. Initially they are concentrating on Truffles and Truffle products, but plan to introduce other items in due course. They sell both wholesale and retail. Retail items can be purchased in their online shop or by telephone. Their prices are extremely competitive because there are no middle men as they only deal direct with the hunters and producers.
Arden & Amici -
Arden & Amici -
Arden & Amici have developed a fantastic Italian bakery range capturing the love and devotion Italians have for their food, family and friends. Visit their website to find out more about their range of authentic Italian biscuits which can be found in Waitrose and Tesco stores
Bonieri -
Bonieri -
Bonieri was founded with the aim of bringing traditional Italian chocolate and other specialities from the Piedmont region to the UK, together with the stories that inevitably accompany them. Turin brings a tremendous heritage to the world of chocolate -Turin’s first chocolate maker was granted a licence to produce chocolate back in 1678. Masked characters threw gianduiotti into the crowds during carnival in the 1800s. A competition launched by FIAT in early 1900s produced the Cremini. The Bonieri chocolate product range has been carefully chosen for its heritage, tradition and of course, delicious taste. From the richest smoothest gianduiotti, to the crumbliest nougat, the colourful foils on Bonieri chocolates say unwrap, share and enjoy… Visit their wonderful website to see their tempting range.
Delonghi -
Delonghi -
DeLonghi is a leading brand in home appliances and brands under the company's stable include De'Longhi, Kenwood, Ariete, Elba, Radel, Simac, Supercalor, Superclima, Ariagel, Climaveneta, and Vetrella.
Italian National Tourist Board -
Italian National Tourist Board -
Visit their website for some wonderful information on Italy, Travel Ideas, News, Videos and lots of very useful practical information.
Amato -
Amato -
Established in 1993 Amato Products is a family-owned, family-run business in the heart of central Manchester. Initially we started out specialising in imported Italian produce, but have since expanded to include a vast range of fresh produce from around the world.