With an upcoming two and half week holiday in Italy (so hard to control my excitement about this) I have discovered the perfect way to learn some Italian. On the first Tuesday of every month the lovely people of Rosemarino’s on the outskirts of Clifton Village hold an Italian language evening. For £25 you have the privilege of an hour’s lesson from Felicia Ferrara of Adult Learning Service, a scrumptious three course dinner of rustic Italian deliciousness and a glass of vino. Quite frankly, this is the only way I want to learn literally anything from now on.
The lesson is very interactive and covers a different subject each week. My future Italy travelling companion chose the best subject week to try this evening out: ‘Shopping’. During the first hour you work through a handout of ‘Italian Survival Phrases Essential for Travellers’. The tutor is incredibly helpful in ensuring the experience is appropriate to various levels; whether you are a complete beginner (like me) or more adept in the language. The next part of the lesson involves a bit of roleplay at your table – taking it in turns to play the various ‘characters’ within the scenarios you have worked through.
Next came the food: a sharing antipasti platter, pappardelle alla ragu, with a deliciously light tiramisu to finish. If the food is anywhere as near as tasty throughout my Italy trip I am going to be rather larger on my return. I have now vowed to run pretty much every day in preparation for the onslaught of cheese and wine I will be consuming on my holiday.
We were also fortunate to be treated to fascinating company on our table. The joy of this evening is that you sit wherever there is a free seat and consequently (unless there are several of you) will probably sit with people you do not know. Conversations varied from places to visit in Italy tips, sharing travelling and Bristol stories, to a more serious discussion of the education system. Rosemarino’s should be pleased to hear that our dining companion also raved about their cakes – living round the corner she often comes for an afternoon cup of tea and cake and warns that you have to get there early as the cakes fly off the shelves.
I’m already booked in for the next one on 1st May and recommend that anyone with a wish to improve their Italian joins me! I’ll also be back for an evening meal soon! 🙂