Lingua, cultura e cucina


Classes are small and lively and are held in Seattle in a cozy, contemporary setting in Laurelhurst, near University Village. In addition to textbooks, we use our own materials and incorporate conversation into the curriculum. Classes are taught primarily to adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds—artists, musicians, actors, writers, editors, physicians, lawyers, engineers, cooks, college students, and retirees. We also teach classes to high school students. Italian coffee and tea are served at every session.

Customized classes are available for those who are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes and wish to have a more one-on-one experience.

Cooking and culture workshops are offered periodically and provide an alternative learning environment where students can supplement their Italian studies with a total language immersion experience, whether it is related to language, culture, or cooking. We offer workshops on cooking, art, film, architecture, history, opera, and various regions or cities of Italy, all in Italian.

Total Immersion Weekends take place on Whidbey Island once or twice a year - a great way to be immersed in the language without going to Italy. 

Total Immersion Trip to ItalyAn unforgettable journey and the ultimate Italian learning experience! Every two years we offer a 9-10 day trip to Italy with a small group of intermediate to advanced students.



Taking private lessons with Roberta has been wonderful. I have worked with a lot of language teachers over the years and she is the best. Working with her has been the “perfetto” complement to Duolingo and Pimsleur to help me learn as fast as possible for my trip to Italy
— Eric M.
I must also say something about the venue for the school, which is a lovely European-style space. The “family” atmosphere is conducive to our learning the language. Every week, in addition to a big smile, we are greeted with a personally prepared cappuccino, espresso, or caffè latte. I always feel I am stepping inside a small outpost of Italy!
— Susie N.
The small class size and intimate class environments are conducive to lively conversations and discussions in which all can participate.
— Linda B.
Classes are small, which makes learning very interactive, and it also allows flexibility in curriculum variations to better fit the needs of the students. In terms of approach, the balance between grammar, conversation, and cultural insights is just right; they bring a full-spectrum experience to language learning!
— Ara B.
The classes involve a nice mix of conversation practice and grammar, and the camaraderie with the other students makes for a very pleasant atmosphere. The organization of the classes is excellent. Highly recommended!
— Diana P.