This is a special event specifically for the central Ohio Italian-American and Italophile community. Here are the details from our own R. Sergio Simon:
We will be hosted by Italia in Ohio, Bob Boyd Fiat and Matteo Muratori, doctoral research associate at the OSU Center for Automotive Research (C.A.R.).
Matteo will discuss cars, car maintenance, new research directions, and rules of the road in Italy.If you want to learn about driving in Italy, then you’ll want to listen to Matteo’s stories.
If you are interested in a traditional Cinquecento or the turbo Abarth, then you should come and test drive them.If you’re looking ahead to the 4-door “L” version (mid-2013) or dream about an Alfa Romeo 4C (late 2013), then come.
And if you would like to increase your vocabulary of Italian automotive terms, then you really must participate!
Cars will be available for inspection and test drives.And to make it una festa vera, Bob Boyd will bring serve spuntini from a local Italian restaurant.
There is no charge for this event but RSVP on the Meetup site so the dealer will know the number to expect.
Now please excuse me while I work on my Vespa – ma dove diavolo ho messo la chiave inglese . . . ?
Speaking of the Abarth, this TV commercial got lots of buzz when it was unveiled at Super Bowl 2012:
Since we've included all kinds of media in this posting, why not a few more:
Practice your Italian, meet others interested in the Bel Paese, and have some fun.
We meet at 7:00 PM on the second Monday of each month at various locations in Columbus. In addition, we have occasional special event meetups.
In general, members have an intermediate level of Italian proficiency. But if you are a beginner, don’t let that stop you. All levels and ages are welcome.
The Meetup doesn't offer classes, but check out ITALIA IN OHIO (www.italiainohio.com). You'll find courses that accommodate all kinds of students. From those who are brand-new beginners, to those who learned a little Italian at home, and even those at a higher conversational level.
To learn more about the ITALIAN MEETUP, see the FAQ, check the Calendar for past meeting agendas, and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/italianmeetup.