A Taste of Italy

September 24 - October 6, 2014

Learn secrets of the Italian art of eating well!  

Italian HarvestItaly is known for the regional variety, naturalness, and delicious flavors of its cuisine. For the second year in a row, we are planning a trip to three different Italian cities from north to south to sample the specialties of each area and to learn how the history, geography, and climate have influenced the cuisine. And in the areas we visit, program participants will have the opportunity not only to explore three fascinating and culturally rich cities, but also to meet Italians in the food production industries and even don an apron for cooking classes!


Our itinerary includes four days in each city:

An elegant city surrounded by the Alps and home of the famous slow-food movement
September 24 – 28

Our stay will include a visit to the important monuments of Italy’s first capital as well as a trip into the nearby countryside for a wine and truffle tour.

The capital of Tuscany and birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
September 28 – October 2

In addition to seeing the works of the most famous Renaissance artists such as Brunelleschi and Michelangelo, we will have the opportunity to learn about Tuscan cuisine in a cooking class and to visit the beautiful coutryside for a wine tasting tour.

A Mediterranean jewel in the province of Naples known for its produce, seafood, and limoncello
October 2 – 6

During our stay we will have the chance to see how mozzarella and gelato are made and to harvest vegetables for our cooking class at the Fattoria Terranova.  Pompeii and Capri are nearby for a day’s visit.

Join us to learn some secrets of the Italian art of eating well!

For additional information, contact: 

Andria Chiodo at (937) 435-2025; andriachiodo@gmail.com
Patricia Dolan at (937) 436-0532; dolanpae@gmail.com

Program Hosts

The hosts of A Taste of Italy are faculty from the Department of Languages and the Department of Health and Sport Science. Their personal and academic experiences contribute greatly to an understanding and appreciation of Italian culture and cuisine.

Andria ChiodoProfessor Emerita  Andria  Chiodo  taught Italian language, literature, and culture at the University of Dayton  from 1968 to her retirement in May 2011.  In addition to teaching Italian, she taught English as a Second Language both in Dayton and in Italy, directed the University of Dayton’s Interdepartmental Summer Study Abroad Program, served two terms as chairperson of the Department of Languages and for three years as an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Most recently she taught a course for the UD Osher Life Long Learning Institute.

Andria has traveled to Italy numerous times, first as a student and later as a teacher, translator, and program leader both for student groups and groups of older adults.  Always eager to return, she is drawn by Italy’s boundless artistic and cultural treasures.

Patricia DolanPatricia Dolan recently retired from UD as a professor of nutrition and dietetics. During her 12 years as a faculty member in the Department of Health and Sport Science she led a program focusing on the Mediterranean Diet, taking students to Italy to experience hands-on cooking classes in Mediterranean food preparation. She is a registered dietitian, and prior to coming to UD she worked for Kettering Hospital as a Clinical Dietitian. 

In retirement Pat hopes to continue to use her nutrition knowledge and experience to help people learn how satisfying good food can be.