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COVID-19 UPDATE: [Sunday, October 11, 2020] The City of Toronto is now in ‘Modified’ Stage Two of the Coronavirus lockdown, which affects us very significantly and very directly.

Specifically,
(1) No indoor dining service in restaurants is permitted.
(2) Outdoor restaurant dining limited to a maximum 25 persons.
(3) Masks to be worn indoors while not seated at table.
(4) Continued social/physical distancing.

Although these new restrictions apply to the City of Toronto, they do not affect York Region (which is where so many of our events have taken place over the past few years). And, although it is not entirely clear how we will proceed, we fully expect that our next scheduled event will take place in some way, shape or form. Stay tuned.

[September 9, 2020]: No significant update from last time. Restaurants are open and taking reservations, but seating is limited; face masks are required and there are also restrictions pertaining to contact tracing and physical distancing. We are still in Stage 3, and my guessing is that things won’t return to normal until a vaccine is ready and administered to a sufficient percentage of the population (which may take years!). However, we continue to be optimistic and to hope for the best.

[August 6, 2020]: Even though most of Ontario is now in Stage 3 of the lockdown, it would be a bit premature to speculate as to when our next event may be. At present, the key areas of concern are the social bubbles of ten, the physical distancing and contact tracing.

In a nutshell: we are required to keep a distance of at least two metres from anyone not in our social bubble. Furthermore, for purposes of contact tracing, restaurants are required to keep a log of all patrons in the restaurant. The last thing we’d want is to receive a text message saying that we have to self-isolate for fourteen days because someone, somewhere in the restaurant where one of our events took place tested positive for Covid.

Hence, we will hold off on any events at least until the restrictions of social bubbles and contact tracing have been lifted.

[MAY 30, 2020]: Ciao ragazzi, spero vada tutto bene.

According to yesterday’s Star (Toronto Star):

“A third stage [of re-opening], which could be months away, would...relax restrictions on public gatherings.”

I believe we’ll fall into this category. My guessing is that there will be no events before September. We will however continue to watch closely for updates.

[MAY 4, 2020]: Carissimi Amici, please note that due to the current crisis facing the world today, it is not possible to say when our next event will take place. I, for one, will not be organizing any ‘online’ events. My events will always be live and will always be focused on Italian language, culture and cuisine. We will resume our usually monthly meetings as soon as we are permitted, whenever that may be. Grazie per la comprensione. Carlo

BENVENUTI/WELCOME!

Who we are and what we do

We are a group of exciting and dynamic Italian-Canadians, Italians-living-in-Canada, and Italian-speaking persons from all over the world! We meet regularly in various Italian restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area to enjoy Italian cuisine, communicate in Italian, discuss Italian films and novels, and, enjoy each others' company.

Please consider attending our events:

If you have a GENUINE INTEREST in Italian language, culture and cuisine.

or

If you have an ABSOLUTE PASSION for Italian language, culture and cuisine.

We are a Language Group, not a Social Club

Our events are less rigorous and demanding than those of a Language Academy, and, they do not have the same seriousness of purpose. They are, however, somewhat more focused on the Italian language than the events of a Social Club would be.

Pricing

The cost of the dinner depends on what each person orders. Most people spend $40 or so, with a reasonable minimum being about $25. The waiter or waitress will provide all of the attendees with their own individualized bill. Most attendees are usually pleased with the quality of the food, service and overall experience.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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(TENTATIVE) UNA CENA CON AMICI / DINNER WITH FRIENDS

TO BE DETERMINED

Ciao a tutti, Siete invitati al nostro Meetup d'italiano. Portate uno o piu amici e le vostre storie da raccontare! La consumazione è "alla romana". You are invited to our Italian Meetup event. Bring your friends and your stories to share! The event is Dutch treat. IMPORTANT NOTES: (1) Given the fluid and rapidly changing situation caused by the government’s response to Covid, the timing and location of this event are subject to change. (2) Until the Covid situation is more fully resolved, the waitlist will be managed by a combination of seniority and reliability.

UNA CENA CON AMICI / DINNER WITH FRIENDS

TO BE DETERMINED

Ciao a tutti, siete invitati al nostro Meetup d'italiano. Portate uno o piu amici e le vostre storie da raccontare! La consumazione è "alla romana". You are invited to our Italian Meetup event. Bring your friends and your stories to share! The event is Dutch treat. See how our SISTER GROUPS are doing: New York (3600+ amici) - http://www.meetup.com/italian-chat/ Miami (1700+ amici) - http://www.meetup.com/italian-miami/ Meetups are not free. The organizer has to pay a monthly service fee to Meetup Inc., the private company that built and maintains the Website. If you like what we do as a Meetup group, please show it by donating $3 to your event organizer at the event. This will help pay our bills, and encourage our event organizers to continue doing a great job. An act of kindness can go a long way... Happy ORGANIZERS, happy MEMBERS, more FUN! Suggested Donation: $3

UNA CENA CON AMICI / DINNER WITH FRIENDS

TO BE DETERMINED

Ciao a tutti, siete invitati al nostro Meetup d'italiano. Portate uno o piu amici e le vostre storie da raccontare! La consumazione è "alla romana". You are invited to our Italian Meetup event. Bring your friends and your stories to share! The event is Dutch treat. See how our SISTER GROUPS are doing: New York (3600+ amici) - http://www.meetup.com/italian-chat/ Miami (1700+ amici) - http://www.meetup.com/italian-miami/ Meetups are not free. The organizer has to pay a monthly service fee to Meetup Inc., the private company that built and maintains the Website. If you like what we do as a Meetup group, please show it by donating $3 to your event organizer at the event. This will help pay our bills, and encourage our event organizers to continue doing a great job. An act of kindness can go a long way... Happy ORGANIZERS, happy MEMBERS, more FUN! Suggested Donation: $3

UNA CENA CON AMICI / DINNER WITH FRIENDS

TO BE DETERMINED

Ciao a tutti, siete invitati al nostro Meetup d'italiano. Portate uno o piu amici e le vostre storie da raccontare! La consumazione è "alla romana". You are invited to our Italian Meetup event. Bring your friends and your stories to share! The event is Dutch treat. See how our SISTER GROUPS are doing: New York (3600+ amici) - http://www.meetup.com/italian-chat/ Miami (1700+ amici) - http://www.meetup.com/italian-miami/ Meetups are not free. The organizer has to pay a monthly service fee to Meetup Inc., the private company that built and maintains the Website. If you like what we do as a Meetup group, please show it by donating $3 to your event organizer at the event. This will help pay our bills, and encourage our event organizers to continue doing a great job. An act of kindness can go a long way... Happy ORGANIZERS, happy MEMBERS, more FUN! Suggested Donation: $3

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UNA CENA CON AMICI / DINNER WITH FRIENDS

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