Patrizia SaglioPATRIZIA SAGLIO, founder of Collina Italiana (CI), was born in Lugano, Switzerland and grew up speaking Italian, French, and German. She graduated in political science from the prestigious Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, where she worked for several years as an assistant professor and private teacher of Italian and French to college students and in international corporations.

Patrizia moved to New York in 1998 and after a stint as co-owner and manager of an international trade company she decided to open an Italian language and cultural center on the upper east side of Manhattan in 2007.

In founding Collina Italiana, the director’s mission is to offer Italian language classes in an authentic cultural setting and context: all Italian language classes include an introduction to Italian culinary arts, wine, and film.


Alessandra Greco

ALESSANDRA GRECO, director of the Children’s progam, was born and raised in Rome. She earned a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the Universita’ degli Studi Roma Tre. Her studies included: linguistics, philology of Germanic languages, Italian literature, and English literature. In addition to mastering English, Alessandra has learned Spanish and French.

An Instructor of Italian for more than ten years both in Italy and abroad (England-Ireland-USA), Alessandra is an experienced instructor, especially adept with children. She teaches adult classes at CI too, including specialty classes such as Parla come Mangi.


Riccardo CostaRICCARDO COSTA instructor of Italian language and culture classes, was born in Bologna, one of Italy’s food capitals. From the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Riccardo earned a BFA. In Italy and New York he worked as an assistant to director Spike Lee, among others. He has written and co-written 10 feature screenplays, including Queen of Harlem, and plays for Off-Broadway. As a director he has received awards and recognition in more than 60 festivals worldwide and on CBS. Presently, Riccardo is the President of Blitz Entertainment, a production company in Italy and NYC, and the American representative of Cinecitta Studios.

In his free time Riccardo is an accomplished chef. Learning to cook from his grandmother, a famous Bolognese socialite from the ’50s, he assimilated all the century-old family culinary secrets. He has recently penned a cookbook of some of these traditional Italian recipes, which he shares with friends, acquaintances, celebrities, intellectuals, politicians, and artists who come to his apartment to eat exceptional food, discuss ideas, and network.


Linda de Luca

LINDA DE LUCA was born in Milan and moved to Varese at the age of 11. She earned a Master Degree in Literal & Scientific translation in both English and French after graduating in Translation and Interpretation at ILSIT – Varese. She attended language courses in Ireland, Belgium, England, France, USA and has accomplished fluency in English, Spanish and French.

She has worked as a simultaneous/consecutive interpreter for American and Italian writers, TV networks, radio stations and universities. In 2013 she moved to the US, where she specialized in medical and court interpretation and proofreading.

Linda has gained experience as a personal tutor/teacher of Italian and English for over 10 years in several schools and companies. She enjoys teaching languages through music as an effective learning platform. In her free time, she loves singing, dancing, practicing yoga and traveling.

was born and raised in Milano but studied and worked in Milan, London, Paris, Bern, Grenoble and New York. She is fluent in Italian, English and French and has also studied Spanish. She has a PhD from “Politecnico di Milano”, where she taught for 5 years, as an assistant teacher. She has been a technical translator since 1995 and worked for many international companies such as Microsoft, Ernst & Young, and Zanichelli Editor to translate scientific books and articles, technical procedures and reports.

Eleonora moved to Paris in 2000: here, she started her own translation company and also began working as an Italian teacher for Interface Business Languages. She moved for the second time to New York in September 2015 and now teaches adult classes at Collina Italiana.

In her free time, she loves to solve crossword puzzles, read mystery books and watch movies.


alessandra jpeg 130ALESSANDRA CALTABIANO was born and raised in Sicily. After graduating in Arts, Theatre and Music Studies at the University of Bologna, she earned a Master Degree in Media Studies at The New School in New York. Her studies include acting at the Center for Experimental Theater in Pontedera, Pisa and opera singing.

With 15+ years of teaching experience in Italian public and private schools in Bologna, Pisa and Roma, and with students of all ages, Alessandra has perfected over time her own personal teaching style and philosophy, merging academic skills and multi-cultural influences from arts, music, theatre and media.

Alessandra arrived in New York in 2013 from Zurich. Alongside her passion for teaching and children, Alessandra is an accomplished sound designer and documentarian.

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ELISA BOSCO, award winning and internationally recognized photo artist ( and writer lives in Tuscany and New York. She is currently contributing to several publications and media covering a range of commercial and editorial topics including travel, architecture, interior design, and fine art.

What’s New?

  • Gift Certificate

    Gift Certificate The best present for you and your family! Join Collina Italiana TODAY!     Here is the link to get started! Grazie!    Read More »

    2018: Session for Adults Grammar and Conversation: 10-2-hour classes, $480 Note: Language classes may be started in mid-session or at other times not listed on the schedule. Please inquire (212) 427-7770 or email for …Read More »
  • ‘KIDS’ After school program: 2018

    GIROTONDO This year-round kids’ program offers comprehensive language learning and hands-on instruction in the arts to children from ages 2-3 / 4-5 / 6-8 / 9+. In Girotondo (“Circle”) an …Read More »
  • ‘KIDS’ Morning Drop – off : 2 OR 3 hours

    GIARDINO DEI BAMBINI AGES 2-4 Giardino dei Bambini is a morning drop-off playgroup at CI for kids ages 2-4. Children may join in on the fun every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, …Read More »
  • NEW! Italian Movie Nights at Collina Italiana!

    ITALIAN MOVIE NIGHTS @ COLLINA ITALIANA   Italian movies while enjoying some wine and snacks. Italian cinema is mostly known for its Neo-Realism period (embodied in the masterpieces by Vittorio …Read More »

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