Triangle Sons of Italy Lodge 2817

We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian American

Triangle Sons of Italy Lodge 2817 - We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian American


General Membership Meeting

October 23, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM

Backyard Bistro
1235 Hurricane Alley Way
Raleigh, NC

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner off the menu and socializing

7:00 – 8:30 Business meeting

Our business meeting will include induction of new members. We will also be honoring our 2017 Outstanding Italian American in North Carolina, Larry Vellani.


Nasher Museum of Art Lunch/Tour

Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM lunch; 1:30 PM tour

Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC

Cost: $12.00/senior over 65 ($14.00 others) for the tour

The Nasher Museum of Art is proud to present The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence, the country’s first-ever exhibition of the remarkable paintings and drawings by Carlo Dolci (1616-1687).

11:30 – optional lunch at the Nasher Cafe.

1:30 – docent lead tour.

Payment for the tour must be made in advance either online below or by check made out to TSOI 2817 sent to

Bob Giannuzzi, TSOI Treasurer
548 Clarenbridge Drive
Cary, NC 27519

Individual diners pay for their lunch at the restaurant.

Please RSVP by October 31 to Patty Palmer at for lunch and/or tour.


**If you choose not to have lunch, arrive by 1:15 PM.

Nasher Museum


Italian Book Club

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Home of Jan DiSantostefano

Cost: Free to attend. (You will have to purchase your copy of the book.)

The book for November is The Black Madonna by Louisa Ermelino.  You can get it at Amazon. If you notice below the prices, you can get it cheaper used from a number of sellers.

No need to bring anything. Jan will have snacks.

If you have questions, contact Dina Di Maio.

RSVP to Dina by October 15. Limited to 15 people.

Christmas Dinner Party

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Time: 5:00 PM

Dino’s Capri Restaurant
6325 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC

$46.00/member $50.00/guest (tax & tip included)

Sit down dinner includes:

Mista Casa Salad (family style)

Penne Pasta (family style)

Choice of one entrée

– Chicken Capri w/veggies
– Salmon Piccata w/veggies
– Chicken Parmegian/side of pasta
– Seafood Ravioli

Dessert assortment table

Soda/ tea/coffee also included – wine cash bar.

For reservations, pay below online by credit card or send check made out to TSOI 2817 to:

Fran Giannuzzi
548 Clarenbridge Drive
Cary, NC 27519

Notify Fran at of your entrée choice(s) when you make payment.

RSVP by November 27  (NO REFUNDS)

Christmas Dinner


Governor’s Mansion Holiday Tour

Monday, December 4, 2017

Time: Meet out front at 9:45 AM; tour at 10:00 AM

200 North Blount Street
Raleigh, NC

Cost: Free admission

You are welcome to join us on a group tour of the Governor’s Mansion that will be beautifully decorated fro the Christmas holidays. These tours are very popular, and though the initial line to enter the mansion may be long, once we enter the mansion, the tour is very well-organized.

This is not a docent-led tour, though docents may be at each room, explaining what we observe in the rooms.

Note that the Governor is collecting unwrapped new toys and/or books for Toys 4 Tots, and if you wish, the staff at the mansion would gratefully accept the donations of these items.

After the tour, you may choose to join us and enjoy a lunch at Side Street Restaurant in Historic Oakwood (225 N. Bloodworth Street). They serve soups, salads, quiches, plus sweet treats, in a quaint space with an old-fashioned feel. Not a fancy place, but good food.

Please RSVP by December 1 to Patty Palmer at for lunch and/or tour.


USO Family Holiday Party

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

UNC Eddie Smith Field House
100 Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC

The Lodge will again run the cake walk and will need at least 25-30 cakes as prizes for this event. If you cannot volunteer your time, you can certainly drop off a cake by Friday, December 8 for this wonderful USO Event.

Contact Fran Giannuzzi at for further information.


La Befana Visits the Children

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Carey C. Jones Community Center
309 Holleman Street
Apex, NC

La Befana is an old lady of Italian legend who did not go with the Magi to see the Christ Child and now searches the countryside for him. In case she might miss him, she leaves candies and treats in the stockings of good children on the eve of Epiphany.

Please bring your favorite good girls and boys between the ages of 2 and 12 to enjoy a reading of the story of La Befana, cookies and hot chocolate, and gifts from La Befana herself.

Parents or grandparent of the children are asked to stay for the hour! If you wish to bring some good children to the party please sign up so that we know how many to expect and La Befana will have enough gifts! This is a sponsored activity for the children of our Lodge and guests of members. There is no cost. If you wish to bring some Christmas cookies with you, none would be refused!

Please email Anita Kretchik at if you will be attending and if you can bring 1-2 dozen Christmas cookies. Deadline to register is January 4th.

Please make sure that you RSVP so we can make sure each little boy and girl receives a treat.


Eleventh Annual Italian Movie Night

Sunday, January 7, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM
Carey C. Jones Community Center
309 Holleman Street
Apex, NC

$5/child (under 12 years old)

This year’s movie is “city island” starring Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies. This offbeat comedy is about a man aspiring to quit his job to become an actor and then runs into an awkward family situation. The film got three stars from Roger Ebert.

The movie will start at 4:30 and will be followed by the dinner.

Admission includes popcorn, pizza, salad, dessert and coffee. Beverages will be available for purchase.

There will also be Lodge cookbooks and aprons for sale, a 50/50 raffle, and a raffle for a terrific array of several prizes.

Net proceeds support the Lodge’s scholarship and charity programs.

Reserve online by credit card or send check made out to TSOI 2817 to:

Bob Giannuzzi
548 Clarenbridge Drive
Cary, NC 27519

RSVP by January 3. No refunds.

Movie Night


Italian Opera

Friday, January 26, 2018

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Cost: $38.00

NC Opera is presenting Verdi’s Rigoletto. TSOI has reserved a block of discounted tickets. To order tickets, send a check made out to NC Opera Association to

Jay Confalone
103 Cypress Creek Court
Cary, NC 27519

Please order tickets by October 12, 2017.

Optional pre-opera group dinner – TBD.

For further information, call Jay at 919-234-1161