Although visitors to foreign lands often communicate at a basic level by pantomiming, Americans inevitably give away their tourist status by gesturing with an accent. Pole-vault over language barriers without resorting to charades with today's Groupon: for $99, you get enrollment a 10-week Italian-language course, comprising one 60-minute class a week, at Grazie Pizzeria's Old Town location in Scottsdale. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and makeup lessons are available.
Within the cozy yet contemporary confines of Grazie’s Old Town eatery, chief tutor Maurizio employs his years of experience as a professional instructor to teach Italian to language laypeople. With a full quiver of classes, guests can start to equip themselves with the linguistic chops necessary for reading Dante in the original or translate their favorite Garfield strip into Italian. Sessions are kept small with around 4–12 students, ensuring pupils more one-on-one instruction and less insensitive laughter when rolled rs collide. Each lesson focuses on basic conversational skills, peppered with helpful information about the intricacies of Italian culture, cuisine, and tying a square knot with fusilli. With each lesson, Grazie pours out a complimentary glass of red or white wine for every guest, easing complicated conjugations with delicious liquid refreshment.
Amid the bright, contemporary decor and open-air seating of Grazie’s two locations, the restaurant’s chefs roll out fresh, flavorful pizza dough and compile classic Italian specialties. Their menu of pastas and gourmet pizzas—which are crowned with toppings such as prosciutto, capers, and ricotta—complement the tannins of an expansive, all-Italian wine list. The pizzeria doubles as an off-sale wine shop, with each bottle curated by wise wine experts who tirelessly sniff out rare imports with the enthusiasm of grape-fixated bloodhounds. When Grazie's hospitable staffers aren't serving lunch or dinner, students from regularly scheduled Italian-language classes flood the restaurant space with the delicate syllables of useful phrases such as “What’s your name?” and "Are you going to finish that lasagna?"
6952 E Main St.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251