From the subtleties of how to enjoy a free pizza to the intricacy of wine tasting, Umbra students enjoyed a culturally busy week.
Tuesday night, staff and students gathered at la Botte, a pizzeria with exposed brick walls and a traditional wood-firedoven, for the first of several Umbra Pizza Nights. The event gives students and staff the opportunity to mingle over free pizza in an informal setting, explained Student Services Assistant Marco Bagli. Almost all the students attended, Bagli said.
On Thursday, two dozen students went to the local enoteca Énonè for a wine tasting led by Silvia Bartolini, a professional sommelier. Bartolini taught the group how to pair wine with foods and how to analyze wine based on visual, olfactory, and taste cues.
“It helps students delve into the Italian lifestyle,” Bagli noted.
“It was very educational,” agreed student John Mackessey. “It gave me a better understanding of how wine was actually produced.”
Note: The next Pizza Night, Feb. 12, coincides with Martedi Grasso (Mardi Gras), or Carnevale. To celebrate, Umbra students, staff, and faculty will come to the Pizza Night in costume. Mark your calendar!