Milan Expo 2015
An interesting new opportunity has arisen for Italian restaurateurs in Scotland. The Italian Consulate in Edinburgh is opening a new option which will allow restaurants to sponsor or partner events run by the Consulate. These will include a very prestigious event next February to mark the launch of the Milan EXPO. The event will be attended by high profile figures from the arts, gastronomy, political and cultural sectors. To find out more about this and all the other possibilities of partnering/sponsoring write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Festa della Terza Età
The annual Festa della Terza Età will this year take place on Sunday 8th March at Bella Napoli, Shawlands. The event is aimed at more senior members of the Italian community and their friends (perhaps 60 plus but no one will be checking birth certificates!).
The price per person will be £12 for a three course meal (including wine, water, bread and olives for the table and teas/coffees).
To confirm your place for this event, please download this form and return it alongside a cheque made payable to "Italian Scotland SCIO" to Paul Verrico at Cosmo Cermaics Ltd., 515 Lawmoor Street, G5 0TT.
New COMITES Elections
Following a decision of the Italian Government to postpone the worldwide elections to the various COMITES committees around the world, a new date has been set for such elections.
The date for the new elections has been fixed for April 17.
The vote will take place via post. Only those applying to take part will receive electoral papers. Such applications should reach the Italian Consulate in Edinburgh by March 18 2015.
Please note that if you applied to vote for the cancelled poll of December 19, your application will be still valid and you do not have to make a new application.
To apply for voting papers you can send an email to email@example.com The email should have an attached copy of your idenity card/document with signature section visible. All Italian citizens resident in Scotland for at least six months have the right to vote.
For more information see www.consedimburgo.esteri.it
Italian Classes for Children
Fernhill School in Rutherglen is to offer community Italian language classes on a Saturday morning to any interested young person aged between 8 and 16.
The first session of the morning will run from 9.30am until 11am and will be open to children aged 8 to 11 followed by a class from 11am until 12.30pm for young people aged 12 to 16.
Both classes will cost £3 per child. The classes will be held in Fernhill School, Fernbrae Avenue, Rutherglen commencing 15th November and are open to all.
Anyone interested in joining this new Italian Class should contact Kerry Ianniello at the school on 0141 634 2674 to book a place, or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
The west of Scotland Italian Library is on the move! Thanks to the generosity of so many people, we have now over 500 Italian books and DVDs in our Italian Library.The Library is growing not only in number, but also in quality of authors and importance for students of Italian Language and Literature. We have also a DVD section and soon we will have some Italian CDs.
The library, which was formerly based in Singl-End Restaurant, will shortly move to Strathclyde University in the city centre to bigger and better facilities. Watch this space for details of the opening!
Scottish Italian Awards
Here is the list of the winners in the recent Scottish Italian Awards. Congratulations to all who won and all who made the final stages!
BEST RESTAURANT DESIGN DiVino Enoteca - Edinburgh
BEST FISH AND CHIPS The Bridge - Sauchie
BEST WINE LIST Capo Landa - Muirhead
BEST FAMILY Rigatonis - Edinburgh
BEST PIZZA La Favorita - Edinburgh
- JOINT RUNNERS UP Toni's Pizzeria - Giffnock
- JOINT RUNNERS UP Vito's - Ayr
BEST CHEF Celino's Chris Rouse - Glasgow
RUNNER UP Little Italy's Ashley Rainbow - Dumfries
BEST PASTA Amodo Mio - Falkirk
BEST NEWCOMER Toni's Pizzeria - Giffnock
BEST MARKETING TEAM Eusebi's Deli - Glasgow
MOST ROMANTIC Di Vino Enoteca - Edinburgh
BEST MULTIPLE OPERATOR Vittoria Group - Edinburgh
SCOTLAND'S BEST TEAM La Lanterna - Glasgow
BEST BISTRO Celino's - Glasgow
BEST ICE CREAM PARLOUR Crolla's - Glasgow
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT Little Italy - Dumfries
BEST DELI Eusebi's - Glasgow
LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Tony Pierotti -
PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD Mediterraneo - Glasgow
FAVOURITE ITALIAN BUSINESS Pietro's Deli - Glasgow
BEST BARISTA Visocchi's Marco Caira - Broughty Ferry
Flights to Italy
Some people have asked about flights between Scotland and Italy over the winter months. Here is a complete guide.
- Jet 2
- Edinburgh - Verona - Saturdays from 20 December 2014 till 11 April 2015
- Glasgow to Rome - No winter service. Flights start again 2/4/15
- Edinburgh to Venice - No winter service. Flights start again 3/4/15
- Edinburgh - Milan - daily flights throughout the winter
- Edinburgh to Rome Ciampino - Flights on Mondays , Wednewdays and Saturdays until end March 2015 then from April 2015 flights are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Cav Rodolfo Benacci RIP
We are sorry to announce the death of Cav Rodolfo Benacci, the founder of Cosmo Ceramics Ltd, on Friday 14th November.
Rodolfo suffered a severe stroke on 31st October. The hospital staff said then he was unlikely to survive the night. However in his usual determined fashion, Rodolfo struggled on against the odds for another fortnight. Thanks to all of Rodolfo’s family and close friends who visited him in hospital. For anyone who would like to attend Rodolfo’s funeral, the arrangements are as below.
Funeral Mass at St. Margaret’s Church, Johnstone on Friday, 28th November at 9:50am, thereafter to Woodside Crematorium, Paisley, arriving at 11am, to which all family and friends are welcome. RIP
No flowers please but donations, if desired, to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Scotland v Italy
On Saturday 28 February 2015 at BT Murrayfield Stadium at 2:30pm the Scots will be aiming for three-in-a-row against Italy in the RBS 6 Nations. After this season’s thrilling win in Rome (courtesy of Duncan Weir’s nerveless drop-goal) and the 34-10 victory at Murrayfield in 2013, when Stuart Hogg’s glorious length-of-the-pitch score was the pick of the day’s many tries.
Whether you are supporting Scotland or Italy you can buy your tickets here!
ItalianScotland on Social media
In the era of Facebook and Twitter it makes sense to keep in touch via social media. Our Italian Scotland Facebook page is updated almost daily with news and events or interest to members and friends of the Scots Italian Community.
Just look up ItalianScotland on Facebook and click “like”.
We are now into the third year of our Facebook presence. It has almost 1500 signed up followers. Posts can reach 6000 people in less than 24 hours! Our Facebook page engagement has shown a more than 200 per cent increase on last year, which shows the importance of us using social media to communicate.
Remember to follow us also on Twitter @ItalianScotland