Fun Stuff to do When You're not at Our Italian Restaurant in Santa Fe

CineFesta Italia

Combine a carefully curated selection of Italian feature films with delicious Italian cuisine and set them in historic Santa Fe, NM and you’ve got the perfect weekend. CineFesta returns for its 4th annual festival from June 1-4. Festivities include receptions, dinners, after-parties and a special celebration of Festa della Repubblica.




Experience the best of Italian cinema and culture with tickets to the 10th Anniversary Edition of the NM Italian Film & Culture Festival, a benefit for NDI-New Mexico, March 21 – 26 at the Hiland Theater in Albuquerque. Enjoy live Italian music (from pop to opera), mouthwatering Italian cuisine, wine, special dance performances, and 7 of the most highly-acclaimed Italian films of the last 2 years. Full program and tickets:  Also visit Cine Festa Italia in Santa Fe.


Kevin Guevara Photography

Until now, all our Fun Stuff has been related to Italy.  But Kevin was an employee of mangiamo pronto and he's started his own business.  His artistic eye is one of the best and he took most of the food pictures you see on our website.  His focus is portraiture.  Check out his artist's statement.  He's an ambitious guy and we highly recommend him!


TLC - Travels

Teresa Cutler-Broyles has been traveling regularly to Italy since 2000 and spends part of each year in Perugia. Since 2008 she has been leading unique cultural explorations of Italy, introducing people to its incredible history, its art and architecture, and its culture and people. Her small travel company is based in Umbria and has three adventures (and one more in development). With its focus on small groups, visits to off-the-beaten-path towns and sites, and close connections with local vineyards, olive groves, restaurants, gardens and more, there’s something for everyone.


NM Italian Film & Culture Festival

1.11.16 - The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival comes roaring back Feb 16-21, 2016, celebrating the best of Italian cinema and culture while benefiting the UNM Children's Hospital.  Join them at Albuquerque's Guild Cinema for local premieres of 7 recent, award-winning, and highly acclaimed Italian films (English subtitles) from comedy to drama to romance.


Castello Di Monterone, Perugia

10.18.15 - Fritz and I spend 6 nights at this beautiful castle just 3km outside the city walls.  Wehad rented a car to drive to nearby towns during the day, and the Castello was the perfect place to make our home base since there was free parking and we didn't have to negotiate the streets in town by car. (What a nightmare THAT is!)  We preferred to walk into town which was about a 30 minute walk to the walls.There is a bus stop nearby if you don't want the exercise.  The staff couldn't have been nicer, and the restaurant served a huge variety of items for breakfast (included in price) and gourmet dinners at excellent prices. There was no need to go back into town at night for touristy meals and prices.  We'd give this Castello 5 stars!


Intimate Guided Tour of Cinque Terre

Holly Cimino has lived in and toured Cinque Terre, Italy for more than 35 years. She fell in love with the culture as a student in Florence in 1979.  This hiking & wine tour is for active food and wine lovers. You will get an insider's glimpse into life in the five small fishing villages nestled between the mountains and sea on the Italian Riviera. Each tour is tailored to the interests of the group as she has a maximum of ten travelers. Activities may include: visit to small vineyards for wine tasting, hiking, fishing, cooking class, meeting locals,afternoon boat cruise along the coast and much more.  Only two tours are scheduled for 2016.


Santa Fe Restaurant Week

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (PDO) Tasting, includes 4 different balsamic vinegars: 
12 year old traditional (aged in various wood barrels), 12 year old aged in juniper barrels, 25 year old traditional, 25 year old aged in cherry barrels.
Start Time:  Thursday, February 26, 05:00 PM.  End Time:  Thursday, February 26, 05:45 PM 
Presented by:  Kathy Holland.  Location Name:  Mangiamo Pronto!  Location Address:  228 Old Santa Fe Trail 

Please visit Santa Fe Restaurant Week for details!


A Taste of Friuli

See Venice and quaint Friulano villages; sample wines from rediscovered Roman grapes; savor seasonal, local meals; learn how famous San Daniele prosciutto, Italian cheese, and olive oil are made; tour a world renowned mosaic school, a 10th century abbey, and a panoramic castle; visit two wineries; and take a hands-on cooking class. Offered by Vin Amore Sep 14-22, 2014



We just returned from spending a week at this agriturismo, or working farm, in Tuscany. It was an incredible experience. The fields had turned from brown to verdant green just one week before we arrived on April 6th. We rented a 3 bedroom apartment and took day trips in our rented car to nearby towns.  The owners were wonderful. Luciano invited us almost every night to share a glass of vin santo or grappa with him, and he explained the correct way to sip grappa. Carlo, his son, educated us on extra virgin olive oil and Isabella, Carlos’ wife, and Carlotta showed us how to make the local pasta called pici.  We highly recommend this place.


Latte di Luna

This was our favorite dinner spot during our week stay at the agriturismo right outside of Pienza. It’s located at the end of the main street that goes through Pienza. Their food is typical Tuscan and they serve the traditional pici (local pasta that looks like fat spaghetti) made by hand, suckling pig which the meat-eater in our group loved, artichoke lasagna that was so good that I had it twice, wonderful gnocchi, etc. It’s not a large place, so you really need to make reservations. The owner and staff were all very friendly.


Bar 500

On our recent trip to Italy, we stumbled across this gem of a restaurant in Cortona, in Tuscany. It’s a very small space in the historical center, but it’s amazing what they can do there. It reminded us of our own mangiamo pronto. The owners, Emma and Rob, are extremely friendly and both speak English. They have tables outside on the main street through town so it’s great for people watching. They serve a variety of food at very reasonable prices. Everyone in our group (there were 5 of us) voted it our best and most memorable lunch during the two weeks we were in Italy.


Italian Cultural Society of Taos

Congratulations to the Italian Cultural Society of Taos and Executive Director, Pia Lima, on their new website. The ICST is a very active organization dedicated to promoting Italy's rich heritage and encouraging cultural exchanges between our two countries. They have also established an Italian language library and DVD collection. Please e-mail for their current list. If you have books or films to donate, they are more than happy to accept them.


Learn to Speak Italian!

Would you like to learn Italian? Liliana Ferrari will tailor lessons to your skills and desires. Liliana was born in Milan, Italy. She has been teaching Italian for 20 years and focuses mainly on conversation with grammar as a base. Private lessons are $30/hour. Telephone lessons and intensive courses for trip preparation are also available. For additional information, please contact Liliana at: 505-438-0177 or