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Pirandello Institute of Italian Language and Culture

Our Mission
The Pirandello Institute has long been a dream of Vita Mesnick.

Dreams come true every day but, what does it take for dreams to become reality? Love, patience and a lot of dedication. The Pirandello Institute is the fruit of Vita’s passion, effort and commitment. We offer classes, workshops, and lectures in Italian language and culture to adults and children whose roots are Italian and those who have a love for Italy, Italian literature, cuisine, and music. 

Our Classes

Classes in Italian language, grammar, conversation, literature, and culture begin every 8 weeks. We also offer Italian for Children!


Interested in learning Spanish or English? Want to purchase a gift certificate for an Italophile in your life? Email us for more information!


Private and semi-private lessons can be arranged, as well as classes via FaceTime. 

The next session begins January 2, 2024!
Register Today!


Upcoming Events

  • Italian Card Game Night at Gallery 40
    Italian Card Game Night at Gallery 40
    Fri, Dec 08
    Gallery 40
    Dec 08, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Gallery 40, 40 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    Join Paola Bari from Gallery 40 and Alberto for a fun evening of classic Italian card games - Briscola and Scopa.
  • Italian Movie Night and Holiday Party - December 2023
    Italian Movie Night and Holiday Party - December 2023
    Sun, Dec 10
    Gallery 40
    Dec 10, 2023, 6:30 PM
    Gallery 40, 40 Cannon St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    Join us Sunday, December 10, 2023 to watch "L'Isola Delle Rose" in Italian (with English subtitles) at Gallery 40, 40 Cannon St, Poughkeepsie, NY. After the movie, Holiday greetings with panettone, mascarpone cream and prosecco.
  • Caffè e conversazione - Evening Only
    Caffè e conversazione - Evening Only
    Tue, Dec 05
    Dec 05, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Poughkeepsie, 9 Monell Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, USA
    This is a monthly event that offers our students the opportunity to practice using the Italian language in a casual, conversational setting. We will have a fluent speaker there to assist with vocabulary and phrasing, but we encourage people to interact at their own pace and comfort level.

Join Us

Help us in our mission to encourage those who are passionate about Italy, Italian language, literature, cuisine, and music. Email


Send a check made out to "Pirandello Institute" to:

9 Monell Ave.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

(at this time, we are not set up for online donations)

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