What we're about

Come meet up with local Italian language learners and speakers and make new amici. Our group meets regularly for meals, walks, coffees, cinema trips as well as a twice monthly pub meet to chat in Italian. All ages and levels welcome.

NB New members are welcome to join us for a few meetups but thereafter, we do ask for an annual contribution of £5 to pay towards the groups costs.

Hope to see you soon...!

Upcoming events (4+)

Christmas Dinner - Cena Natalizia (Inglese)

The Victoria


Salve, amici!

After a successful recent Sunday lunch meet-up at The Victoria in Beeston, we have chosen this venue for our (pre) Christmas meal get-together - at 7pm on Thursday 8th December.

As we have provisionally been allocated around 30 seats upstairs, it would be great to have a plentiful turnout for the event. I will need to provide the restaurant with final numbers before the end of this coming week (by Thurs 1st Dec), so please do sign up with your RSVP asap.

A £10 deposit will be required for selections from the Christmas Dinner menu - here: http://vichotelbeeston.co.uk/christmas-menu . This can be paid either in advance to me via PayPal (details to follow), or, if that's not possible, in person on the day. Please specify your preferred option via email - at [masked] - so I can plan how to manage the deposit payment.

UPDATE Re Deposits & Menu Choices (28 Nov):
The Victoria restaurant has confirmed that deposits will only be needed for those choosing from the Christmas menu - as well as people's specific Christmas menu selections (see full options copied in below). No deposit will be required for meals chosen from the regular pub menu, which changes daily (these can be ordered on the evening of the meal).

In terms of access to our upstairs dining area at the Victoria, it would be be better to enter via the left side of the wall (near where the bins are in the image) Roadside parking is free after 6pm - there is usually some space just outside the pub - as seen on the right side of the image.

Please sign up as soon as you can to secure your place(s).
Sara' una serata divertente!

Cari saluti,

Christmas Menu 2022

Pre-Bookable & Pre-Order Only

On Arrival
Fresh-Baked Bread & Butter

Chicken Liver, Tequila & Cranberry Pâté, Crostini & Chutney (g/f)

or Brown Lentil Pâté with Mushrooms (g/f/vegan)

Gambas al Pil-Pil- King Prawns in Garlic, Chilli & Herb Butter (g/f)

Cream of Celeriac, Horseradish & Fresh Dill Soup (g/f/vegan)

Spicy Whipped Goats Cheese, Cranberry Coulis, Crostini (v)

Traditional Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings, Seasonal Vegetables

Roasted Rump of English Lamb with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Redcurrant Jus & Fresh Vegetables (g/f)

Chicken Saltimbocca- Breast Fillet wrapped in Parma Ham & Sage served on a Risotto of Wild Mushrooms, Tarragon & Grana Padano s/w Marsala Wine & Cream Sauce (g/f)

Pan-Fried Salmon Fillet s/w Confit Vivaldi Potatoes, Fresh Vegetables, Hollandaise Sauce (g/f)

Lentil, Vegetable & Cranberry Roast with Rosemary & Thyme, Yorkshire Pudding, Seasonal Vegetables (v)

Vegetarian Choice from our extensive menu on the day

Trio of Chocolate Mousse

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Mature Cheddar, Somerset Brie & Cropwell Bishop Stilton with Water Biscuits (g/f)

£23pp/ 2 courses £28pp/ 3 courses

Un film: Rimini

Broadway Cinema

In italiano e tedesco
Saremo al bar-caffetteria alle 19.30. Poiché il film inizia tardi (20:30), possiamo incontrarci prima per conversare.
In concorso al Festival di Berlino, il film del regista austriaco è un viaggio invernale tra lidi e alberghi deserti. Ma la partecipazione nella sofferenza dei suoi interpreti si fa attendere…
Presentato in concorso all’ultima Berlinale, Rimini è una sorta di viaggio invernale nella destinazione balneare nostrana più frequentata e conosciuta almeno dal nostro immaginario collettivo. Un viaggio sentimentale e nichilista allo stesso tempo, se questo può essere possibile. Qui i sogni splendono almeno per tutta l’estate per poi infrangersi al calar della nebbia o addirittura sotto la neve, come appunto accade tra le strade e i lidi deserti.
Potrebbe essere anche un regolamento di conti, una satira, una denuncia e niente di tutto ciò. Il cineasta austriaco, premiato nel 2001 con il Gran Premio della Giuria a Venezia per Canicola e divenuto famoso soprattutto con la pluripremiata trilogia Paradies iniziata nel 2012, ha voluto presentare una Rimini inedita per raccontare al meglio una storia sul viale del tramonto, che ricorda per certi versi il Mickey Rourke di The Wrestler, non fosse altro per la somiglianza fisica con il convincente protagonista austriaco Michael Thomas.

Tuesday pub meet-up - The Bell Inn

Bell Inn

Regular pub meet - come and join us for drinks and Italian conversation at a variety of levels in a relaxed atmosphere. All welcome - particularly new members.

For first-timers, we usually meet in the room on the right as you go into The Bell (Lizzie's Bar) - depending on space and numbers. If there's good weather, you may find us in the outside seating in front of the pub.

A presto!

Thursday pub meet-up - The Bell (new regular venue)

Bell Inn

Given the positive reviews, we're moving the Thursday pub-meet ups to The Bell Inn (as we have for Tuesdays).

Generally, we should meet in the room known as Lizzie's Bar - first door on the right as you go in. If the weather is pleasant, you may find us in the outside seats.

As always, we welcome all language levels - from beginners to native Italian speakers.

A presto!

Past events (440)

Thursday pub meet-up - The Bell (new regular venue)

Bell Inn

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