Welcome to Our Home in Your Home

Tonight, we Chigi babies hosted an aperitivo in order to show our gratitude for our professors, lecturers, and the townspeople whom have all welcomed us with open arms. An aperitivo is an Italian tradition of a pre-dinner drink, typically wine or sometimes cocktails, served with finger foods. The aperitivo is meant to open one’s palate while giving time to relax and socialize. In Italy, aperitivo is typically from 6pm-9pm.

For our aperitivo we tried to stick to a southern theme in order to share a piece of our home with our Italian family. The dishes served included a cheese platter, cornbread, guacamole, spinach and artichoke dip, grilled cheese, smoked weenies, pigs in a blanket, pizza bread, egg frittata, chicken salad, arugula and watermelon salad, peach cobbler, toffee, cookies, and of course lots of wine!


The group, minus Courtney Day, with our home cooking (Photo taken by Cinzia)

Everyone we’ve met through the Joseph S. Bruno program is so compassionate and loving. All of our teachers have a fire for life within them. They are all so intriguing, and genuinely want to get to know us. It was wonderful to be able to sit down and have authentic conversations with people. I highly enjoyed the evening and getting to know everyone on a casual and deeper level. I was overfilled with joy when Mary Lou, our cooking teacher, told me that she loves our sweet group already, just after 16 days of us being here!

I finished the night with a full stomach and an even fuller heart. I am so grateful for my time in Italy, and for the relationships I’m gaining with everyone on this trip.


Leanna Conner