Taste of Calabria

A Gastronomic Journey Through the Peninsula

Join us for the next stop in our Taste of Italy series and savour the flavours of Calabria. Indulge in delicious and authentic Italian dishes prepared by Slow Food Toronto President and Chef, Luciano Schipano. “Taste of Calabria” is on Friday, July 29 at 7:00pm at Boccaccio Restaurant and includes a four-course meal!


Date: Friday, July 29, 7:00pm

Price: $100.00

Price includes complimentary wine during dinner service. Additional wine, beer, mixed and soft drinks will be available for an additional cost.




Antipasto – Starter

Capocollo, Soppressata, Zeppole (Crispeddi) Ripiene di ‘Nduja, Crostone di Pane con ‘Nduja Crema di Cime di Rape, Pecorino dell’Aspromonte,

Ricottina di pecora e Sott’olio


Calabrese cured salami, stuffed fried dough, roasted bread topped with rapini and ‘Nduja, Pecorino from Monteporo, sheep’s milk

Ricotta and Calabrian pickled vegetables


Primo – First Course

Ravioli di Stroncatura con Ripieno di Alici e olive Nere all’Aglio e Olio Ricoperto di Pangrattato

Stroncatura ravioli filled with anchovies and black olive in a garlic olive oil sauce and a sprinkle of bread crumb


Secondo – Entrée

Pesce Spada alla Griglia & Carne dei Pastori su Cicoria Lessa e Finocchio Grigliata

Insalata Mista

Grilled swordfish & shepherds meat on steamed dandelion & grilled fennel

Mixed greens


Dolce – Dessert

Tortino con Cuore Morbido Al Cioccolato e Salsa alla ‘Nduja


                  Lava cake with a tender liquid core of chocolate and ‘Nduja sauce


Villa Charities

Villa Charities Announces Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute Project

Yesterday, Villa Charities proudly announced the Villa Charities Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute project, honouring Italian Canadian immigrants and their families. The Immigrant Tribute installation and sculpture will be a destination for people of Italian heritage to gather, commemorate, celebrate, and reflect on their immigrant heritage and collective achievements. When completed, the wall will feature upwards of 5,000 individual plaques with the names of family members and the year they immigrated from Italy to Canada.  

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"Beauty and Spirituality of Nature” Opens Tonight!

Join us tonight at 6:30pm for the opening night reception of “Bellezza e Spiritualità della Natura”/ “Beauty and Spirituality of Nature” at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. Italian-born artist Lucilla Candeloro and Toronto artist Tracy Thomson aim to take the viewer on a journey through the spiritual, poetical, harmonic, vulnerable power and beauty of nature, represented as an endless source of inspiration. Exhibition continues until Friday, July 29, 2022.

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See a Performance of “Dances & Overtures” with the GTPO

Join the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra (GTPO) tomorrow at 7:00pm as they perform a selection from their popular program “Dances & Overtures”. Under the baton of Maestro David Fallis, the performance features a music selection including Italian opera overtures by Verdi, Viennese waltzes by Strauss and pieces by composers Antonín Dvořák and Edward Elgar.

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Our Italian Movie Series Begins Tonight!

Join Villa Charities and TLN for some laughs under the stars as we present hit comedies from Italy, every Thursday from July 7 to August 25. Enjoy a spectacular line-up of English subtitled films from some of the most acclaimed names in Italian cinema, FREE in the Columbus Centre courtyard or from VIP seating on Caffe Cinquecento’s patio. Tonight, enjoy “Beata Ignoranza”/”Ignorance is Bliss”, about two teachers who must deal with their differences and their past. 

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Bring Your Dancing Shoes to Ballo Liscio at Villa Charities!

Ballo Liscio nights are back, now on the Columbus Centre Courtyard! Join us every Wednesday to August 31 for our outdoor social dancing nights featuring live musical performances! This event is funded by the Government of Canada.

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Save the Date – Ferragosto Celebration on August 7

We invite everyone in the community to join us for our Ferragosto celebration on Sunday, August 7 at the Columbus Centre, as we commemorate this annual holiday. Villa Charities is hosting this free event, with musical entertainment, food, games, and many more activities that the whole family will enjoy. So, mark your calendars now – this is going to be a fantastic event and lots of fun.

Book Your Virtual One-on-One Meeting for Friday Chats with Marco

Have a question about our programs and services? Take the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Marco DeVuono, President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc.!

Appointments are 20 minutes each and must be scheduled in advance. The next Friday Chats is scheduled for Friday, August 12. Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email csimpson@villacharities.com.

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Villa Charities Foundation

Register a Foursome or Sponsor the Ital-Canadian Golf Open

Join us on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at The Country Club, as CIBPA Toronto, ICCO Canada, and Villa Charities Foundation come together again to celebrate our community and give back in a meaningful way. Proceeds from The Ital-Canadian Golf Open will support scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate and graduate level students across the country. Visit italcanadiangolfopen.com for details and to register.

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Columbus Centre

Free Accordion Trial Lessons on August 6

Have you ever wanted to play the accordion? Here’s your chance to try your hand at this popular instrument that is used in musical genres around the globe. Columbus Centre School of Music is offering free trial lessons on Saturday, August 6. Register now to book your spot – spaces are limited!

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Early Bird Registration for Fall Music Programs Begins on August 8

Whenever your interest is - just for leisure or in preparation for a music career - the Columbus Centre School of Music is happy to welcome returning and new students for our fall term of music classes beginning September 13. Check out our selection of instruments and music programs and take advantage of our Early Bird Registration from August 8 to 12. 

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Join the 60-Day Summer Shape-Up Fitness Challenge

Looking to recharge your fitness goals this summer? Columbus Centre Athletic Club members can sign up and take our 60-Day “Summer Shape-Up” Fitness Challenge! This fun and friendly challenge runs to July 31 and will motivate you to achieve your goals and rejuvenate your physical and mental health. Score points by participating in an assortment of activities, track your success and win great prizes. 

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Compete for Prizes at our Summer Tennis House Leagues

Starting Monday, July 11 for four weeks at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club, our Summer Tennis House League is open for members to compete with other players and accumulate points for prizes! Register for beginner, intermediate or advanced level.


Prizes and social will be held at Caffe Cinquecento following the final match on Thursday, August 11 at 6:00pm.

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Summer 2022 Premium Group Fitness Programs: Registration is now Open

Our Summer 2022 Premium Group Fitness Programs are now open for registration. See our wide selection of group fitness programs for all interests and abilities and register via email at fitness@villacharities.com, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231

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Sign Up for Summer Tai Chi and Karate Classes

See why Tai Chi and Karate are internationally recognized martial arts with our classes this summer at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club. Classes are now open for registration at fitness@villacharities.com, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231.

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Experience the Benefits of Hatha Yoga Classes 

See why Tai Chi and Karate are internationally recognized martial arts with our classes this summer at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club. Classes are now open for registration at fitness@villacharities.com, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231.

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Kickboxing Classes Available for all Levels

Kickboxing is a blend of many martial art forms. Originally known for its origins in military training, today it is practiced by many for its benefits including cardiovascular health, endurance, stability, coordination, and overall general fitness. Classes are now open for registration at fitness@villacharities.com, in-person at our Membership Office during office hours or call 416-789-7011 ext. 231.

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Learn Racquet Sports at our Children’s Racquet Camp!

Kids can have fun this summer with our summer sports programs. Young athletes ages 7 to 14 will enjoy tennis, squash, spike ball and more, with Coach Niki and Coach Max at our Children’s Racquet Camp in July and August on the following dates:

July 11 to July 15 / 12:00 - 3:00pm

July 25 to July 29 / 12:00 - 3:00pm

Aug 8 to Aug 12 / 12:00 - 3:00pm

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Our Mission:

Enriching lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage.

Our Vision:

Inspiring people to explore the Italian in all of us.

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