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 October 10, 2022!
In-person classes available!

Sign up now!


Upcoming Events

  • Italian Movie Night
    Fri, Sep 23
    Dutchess County Casa Italiana
    Join us this Friday to watch an Italian movie (with English subtitles). On September 23, 2022, we will be presenting "Totò, Peppino e la... Malafemmina."
    Wed, Oct 05
    Cosimo's Restaurant
    Celebration & Fundraiser for Pirandello Institute

Join Us

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


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)