We are the original Lunedi' Italiano group originally started by Jessica Dello Russo, myself, and some other friends around 2001-02. We are now approximately 700 members strong.
PURPOSE: our goal is to have a non-profit, non-dues paying group that meets every two weeks, on every other Monday in Harvard Square (Bar Noir, in the Charles Hotel) at 8:15PM only.
We formerly met at Andala in Central Square but they started charging people who came and didn't buy anything - Bar Noir, being a hotel bar is: 1.) quiet, 2.) has space, 3.) they don't bother people who are just attending but don't purchase (although purchasing even an inexpensive soda is welcome and helpful), 4.) never closes early because it's a hotel bar, 5.) did I mention quiet? no loud background music or rowdy groups, and no pressure from management - there's lots of space because Monday eves is a slow night for them.
Finally, meeting at Bar Noir takes us back to our original roots in 2000-2001 when we met at the old Cafe Paradiso in Harvard Square, which closed a longe time ago but was just across the street from the present Noir Bar.
WHO SHOULD JOIN: People with some conversational ability in Italian who want to improve it should join. The Cambridge meetup tends to be somewhat conversationally more advanced, but we will help you especially if you ask, we don't want to step on any toes. So if you want to get beyond menu's and what you like and don't like, and talk about current events, emotions, politics, history, art, music,sports all in Italian, - this is what will happen.
WHY? You should join because you already have at least a minimally functional ability to conjugate Italian sentences, and are looking to exercise and expand that ability, and hear native or near-native speakers. Generally Elizabeth Howe manages the Monday evening, as Kevin Galie' is usually in Europe these days - everyone and all levels are welcome!! When the Coro-Dante season starts, some Coro people often come a little later at 8:45.
BELOW: "FAGIOLI CITTA' " is Italian for 'beans city' - thus Boston's nickname, 'bean town'.