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Learn How to Make Traditional Fresh Italian Pasta!

New Pasta Making Classes Just Launched!

Pasta Making Classes

Learn how to make fresh pasta in true traditional Italian style! Join Villa Charities and Chef Anthony Sestito from Pastaio, for a culinary journey to learn the Italian tradition of fresh pasta making. Due to popular demand, we’ve just launched three new classes - check them out below and secure your spot before tickets sell out!

Ricotta Gnocchi Class

Tuesday, March 14 • 6:30pm

Learn how to make fresh ricotta gnocchi! This class will include a demonstration of some simple variations as well as the differences between traditional potato gnocchi, all with minimal tools and experience using handmade pasta techniques.

Final dish: Ricotta gnocchi with pomodoro sauce.


Cannelloni Class

Tuesday, April 11 • 6:30pm

Learn how to make fresh cannelloni pasta! This class will include a demonstration of different fillings and their variations for large, filled pastas.

Final dish: Spinach & Ricotta cannelloni with pomodoro sauce.


Semolina Trofie Class

Tuesday, May 16 • 6:30pm

Learn how to make semolina trofie. This class will include how to make fresh eggless dough and an in-depth demonstration of the techniques of making trofie and other dough variations.

Final dish: Semolina trofie with pesto sauce.


Tickets: $50.00 / per class

Location: Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre

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Villa Charities Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute

#TributeThursday – Donor Spotlight

It’s #TributeThursday, where we feature immigrant histories from the Villa Charities Italian Canadian Immigrant Tribute Project. This week, we're sharing the story of Mario and Maria Merante who immigrated from Calabria in 1967.

Immigrant Tribute Project Photos

“Our parents came over from Italy March 1967 to make a better life in Canada. Times were difficult there. We had family in Toronto and that made the decision easier. They left everything behind except for a few choice possessions. They both found employment and were able to buy a house a few years later on Boon Ave. They also welcomed a third son into the family. We brothers are forever grateful for their sacrifices, even though it was painful for them to leave their homeland. Over the years we came to understand their motivations and why it was so difficult to remain in Italy. They were proud to become Canadian citizens and adopt the culture of their new home, while still maintaining many aspects of their cultural heritage…”

Read the full story of Mario and Maria Merante on our Immigrant Map and explore other immigrant experiences. 

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Taste of Cinque Terre

Take a Culinary Journey with “Taste of Cinque Terre”

Our ‘Taste of Italy’ event is just around the corner! This month we’re taking you on a journey to the Italian Riviera with a 4-course set menu inspired by food from Cinque Terre. This is the perfect Friday night event to sit back and relax as you spend the evening indulging in delicious and authentic Italian dishes prepared by Slow Food Toronto President and Chef, Luciano Schipano. All guests will enjoy a full 4-course menu and complimentary wine during dinner service! Explore the full menu now.

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Art and Aperitivo

Italian Aperitivo Socializing Sessions Every Monday

Have you had a chance to join us for one of our “Art & Aperivito” socializing sessions for Italian speakers yet? If not, come to the Columbus Centre on Monday, February 27 and spend the evening sipping and snacking ‘aperitivo-style’ while chatting to some likeminded friends about a variety of topics about Italian art. Whether you’re an art-lover, or just want an excuse to get out and socialize on a Monday night, this is the place to be! Our weekly sessions take place Mondays between 7:30 – 8:30pm (Italian speakers).

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Online Book Club

Online Italian Book Club Meets Next Wednesday

Our next book club event where we’ll be discussing “Il senso del dolore: l’inverno del commissario Ricciardi”/”I Will Have Vengeance: The Winter of Commissario Ricciardi” by Maurizio De Giovanni takes place on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00pm. If you haven’t registered already, there’s still a chance to do so! Can’t make this one? Don’t worry – you can join the next one in March!

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International Womens Day 2023

International Women’s Day 2023: Our Voices, Our History

Villa Charities in partnership with Vibrant Women’s Voices celebrates 2023 International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8 with a presentation that reflects on the stories of a group of Italian-Canadian women. From professional figures to volunteers, community leaders to authors, these women share their perseverance, stamina, courage and determination in a world where their presence has not been valued, or their efforts and contributions recognized. Join us for an exemplary journey for future generations.

Speakers include Marisa Agostini, Linda Colosino Aykler, Emily Ferrari, Caterina Gliosca, Isabel Mazzotta and Grace Pluchino, followed by a Q & A.

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Wine Tasting

Explore Italian Wines at Vini d'Italia – NEW DATE

NEW date just announced! Join us on Wednesday, March 22 for Vini d’Italia, a guided wine tasting and discussion in collaboration with WineHouse Imports Inc. Discover new wines and learn how to refine your taste and discern among the multitude of fragrant notes as you sample a flight of wines from the regions of Sicily and Calabria. Complimentary light snacks will be provided throughout the evening.

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Italian Favourites

A Concert of Italian Favourites on March 24

Italian-Canadian Beatrice Carpino (singer) and Adolfo De Santis (pianist) are back, this time performing a selection of Italian favourites! The classically trained duo adore exploring the musical nuances of the songs of Italy. Enjoy Beatrice’s rich, sultry vocals and Adolfo’s expressive, virtuosic piano skills as they take you on a musical adventure with songs from their Italian culture.

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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 between 11:00am and 12:00pm and must be scheduled in advance. The next Virtual Friday Chat is scheduled for Friday, March 10.  Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 or email

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FREE Early Bird Registration for Giro 2023 Ends Soon!

Don’t miss out on your chance to register for FREE for the 16th Annual Villa Charities Giro Cycling Fundraiser on May 28, 2023! Early bird registration ends February 28 so if you sign up before this date and we’ll waive your registration fee (regular $100). Whether you’re an avid cycler, or just want to join for fun and to support the cause, there are routes available for all levels and abilities. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win two premium Toronto FC game tickets for July 1. Learn more about the event and routes here.

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Columbus Centre

Tennis Courts

Early Bird Registration for Tennis Court Memberships!

We’re happy to announce that the Columbus Centre Athletics Club will be opening its 3 tennis courts on April 1, 2023. The season will run from April 1 to October 31, 2023. Members and Non-Members can register for Tennis Court Memberships between February 15 and March 15 and save $10!  

To learn more or register, contact or 416-789-7011 Ext. 213.

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Winter landscape workshop

NEW! Less Defined Winter Landscapes ‘Mini’ Painting Workshop 

Our Winter Landscapes Painting Workshop starts on Wednesday, March 1. Join us for a 4-session “mini” workshop where you’ll learn how to paint beautiful winter landscapes using different techniques for oil and acrylic paint. This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced students with some prior experience.

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Fabric Painting

Learn How to Hand Paint Textiles – NEW DATES

Looking for a new hobby? Why not try your hand at textile painting and decoration! This 8-week course will provide you with a basic introduction to the traditional practice of hand-painted textiles. You’ll then go on to develop skill and confidence in surface pattern design through personal guidance by the instructor. Course runs on Thursdays, April 6 – May 25, at 6:30 to 9:30pm.

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Summer Camp

Summer Camps Coming Soon!

Summer camps are on the horizon! Pre-register your interest today to learn more and secure a space for your child/children. Summer Camps will return to the Columbus Centre from July 3 to August 25 and will be available for children aged 5 to 14. We’ll have general camps and specialty camps in sports, dance, music, art and more, there’s something for everyone! Plus, with our full-day, half-day and extended care, we have options to suit your scheduling needs. 

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Villa Colombo Toronto

Volunteers Needed at Villa Colombo Toronto! 

Meet new people, learn new skills and make a big difference in your community by volunteering at Villa Colombo Toronto. Villa Colombo Toronto relies on volunteers from all walks of life who bring different skills and experience. From Gift Shop Helpers, and Meals on Wheels Drivers to Eating Assistants and Friendly Visiting; as a volunteer, you can make a big difference to our residents! If you’re interested in finding out more or applying, please email or call 416-789-2113 Ext. 2216. 

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Independent Seniors' Apartments

Free Gentle Movement Classes for Seniors Return 

Villa Charities in partnership with Strong Play brought back our popular free ‘Gentle Movements for Seniors’ classes, offered in February and March for our independent seniors’ apartments residents. By combining fitness and music, Villa Charities is giving our apartment residents the opportunity to improve their mobility and build the foundations needed to live a healthy lifestyle.

Messages From Our Valued Art Partners

La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi - The Change Maker

La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi - The Change Maker 

February 23 - 25, 2023

Italian Culture Institute

After a successful tour in Italy and Romania - DopoLavoro Teatrale is back in Toronto with a new creation: “La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi - The Change Maker”; a project by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto with DopoLavoro Teatrale. “The Revolution is Us” is an act of social sculpture that lies at the intersection of performance art, theatre, exhibition, interactive novel - and citizenship. Intertwining the unfinished project by Pier Paolo Pasolini “Porno-Theo-Kolossal” with the photo The Revolution Is Us by Joseph Beuys, this piece allows you to become a change maker.

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Bach Library

Bach's Library

March 3 - 5, 2023

Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre

Making his Tafelmusik debut this season is harpsichord soloist and director Francesco Corti, “a powerhouse of unbridled vivacity, exciting and excitable in equal measure” (BBC Music Magazine). Corti leads the orchestra in a fascinating program of music by J. S. Bach and those who inspired him, including Steffani and Zelenka—composers whose manuscripts were found to be part of his personal library.

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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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