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A Message from the Consul General

Dear Fellow Italians,
when attending next Sunday's "La Vendemmia Party" at the Shed in Glasgow, please be so kind as to bring with you an item of photo ID (such as passport, ID card or photo card driving licence). This will allow you to register to vote at the forthcoming Italian ex-pat Committee elections (COMITES).

The COMITES is the officially recognised voice of the Italian community in Scotland and I am committed to listen to its views.
Once you register, you’ll receive a postal ballot pack (including of course the names of candidates) so don’t worry about having to turn up at a polling station.
Please be advised that you will soon be receiving a similar letter from the Italian Embassy in London, asking you to download a registration form, sign it, scan it and email it back to me together with a copy of your ID. I thought I would save you some time and effort by providing you with the additional opportunity of registering directly with me when we meet on Sunday. I will be at The Shed (Shawlands Cross, Glasgow) from 5.30pm-8pm. I look forward to seeing you!

Carlo Perrotta
Consul General of Italy for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Italian Musical Concert

On Thursday 9 October the musicians of the prestigious Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella, from Naples, Italy, will perform a concert
of sacred and renaissance music in St Andrew's Cathedral, Clyde Street, Glasgow, from 6.30-7.30pm. The event is free and you are warmly invited to attend this special performance. No tickets required.
The event is arranged under the auspices of the Italian presidency of the European Union with the kind support of the Italian Embassy to the UK, the Italian Consulate in Edinburgh, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Chamber of Commerce.

Italian classes for children and adults - Glasgow and Edinburgh

Classes begin Saturday 4 October at 10 am in Notre Dame Primary School.
Classes on offer: Children's classes from age 3, SQA exam class, adult
beginners and adult advanced class.
For further details contact: Louise Biagini at

In addition classes for all age groups are starting at the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh. Click here to find out your level of knowledge and times of classes


Italian Library

Thanks to the generosity of so many people, we have now over 300 Italian books 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.
Biblioteca Italiana West of Scotland is to be found in Singl-End Restaurant, 265 Renfrew Street
Glasgow G3 6TT


Italian Awards Ceremony

This year on October 26th at the Thistle Hotel, the Scottish Italian Awards, an annual event, showcases the fantastic range and quality of the country’s Scottish/Italian owned businesses. The awards recognise a variety of categories including best restaurant, best independent multiple operator and many more. Voting is open to the general public ensuring that these awards reflect Scotland’s favourite Italian places to go and have a good time. More information at





Lucchesi nel Mondo Dinner Dance

You are invited to the 45th Anniversary of the Lucchesi nel Mondo (Scotland).
The date of the Dinner Dance is Sunday, 19th October, 2014. The venue is the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.The entertainment will be Angela & Paolo, Barbara Bryceland & Martin. The starting time is 6.30pm.for 7pm. The ticket price is £25.
The chosen charity for the evening is Marie Curie Cancer Care

Organisers also intend to have an exhibition of Scots/ Italian Families on the night, and they are still looking for more family pictures/memorabilia to be handed in for inclusion. They will be returned. If a good response is made for this, the Lucchesi nel Mondo can use other venues to host the exhibition.

The contact numbers for bookings/memorabilia for exhibition are -

  • Leana Biagi. - 0141 886 2869
  • Michael Lemetti. – 07903133875
  • Marco Vannucci. – 07954175893
  • Irene Vannucci. – 07954173276


Award winning Ristoranti

Congratulations to the restaurants which have been recently awarded the prized Marchio d’Ospitalità Italiana award for authenticity of Italian cuisine. They are:

Panevino (Glasgow) - Remo Crolla, Roberto Cecchetti, Mario Milano (Chef) -
Bella Napoli (Glasgow)- Domenico Crolla, (Chef) - Vasco Silveirinha (Chef) -
Piccolo Mondo, (Glasgow) - Andrea Grasso -
La Parmigiana (Glasgow) - Sandro Giovanazzi, Stefano Giovanazzi, Peppino Camilli (Chef) -
Ciao Napoli (Aberdeen) - Gaetano Lepre, Giuseppe Lepre (Chef) -


Auguri Sergio!

Congratulations to Scots italian screenwriter and film maker Sergio Casci who has been awarded the Gold Medal of the City of Lucca as one of the "lucchesi che si sono distinti all’estero”.
The Palazzo Ducale was the scene of the ceremony which was attended by the Mayor of Lucca. Auguri Sergio!

PS If you haven't seen it, Sergio's film "American Cousins" tells the story of an Italian family in Glasgow and their family chip shop as they deal with some slightly unexpected visitors. It's great fun and you'll recognise yourself!


La Vendemmia

You are invited to a unique event for all families, members and friends of the Italian Community in Scotland - "La Vendemmia" - Sunday 5th October 2014. Doors open 3pm ends by 10pm at The Shed, 26 Langside Ave, G41 2QS Glasgow
The Pino Leto Band & special guest Martino will be singing traditional opera arias, Paesano, Neapolitan and regional Italian tunes.

Complimentary food and drinks will be supplied by Pane e Vino, Casa Rossi, Il Pavone Sud, Bella Napoli, La Vita, La Lanterna,, Qua, Celinos, Cantine Zonin,Café Eusebi, Amore, Di Maggio’s Panevino, Evelyn’s Deli, Brooklyn Café, Singl-End, Bonjo, Sartis, The Butterfly and Pig, Buongiorno, Battlefield Rest, Bella Fresca, Bella Vita, Volare, Mediterraneo, La Florentina and many others

Bringing the members and friends of the Scots Italian community together

Free entry, children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
To book tickets email:

Italian Film Screenings

Advance notice of three Italian film screenings screening soon in Glasgow at the CCA in Glasgow in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute.
The titles are:

All screenings are free and will be preceded by a short intro from Pasquale Iannone.


Italian Mass

This year the annual Mass for the Scots Italian community will be in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Clyde Street, Glasgow on Monday 3 November at 7pm followed by a Reception at the Briggait. Make the date in your diary now!


Befana Party

Make a date now for the ever-popular Gran Festa della Befana – Sunday 4th January at Pollokshields Burgh Hall – 1pm-5pm. More details soon on registering for the big day.


Italian Cultural Institute

In a year marked by the commemoration of the victims of the Wars and the bombing of Montecassino Abbey, the Italian Cultural Institute wishes to send a strong message of peace and celebrate art as an opportunity to encourage dialogue between people. In this sense the project “Journeys” is an exploration of different forms of artistic expression – from dance to music, from painting to photography – running through centuries in the Christian, the Jewish and the Muslim traditions. It delivers a message of unity and fraternity in the face of conflicts and incomprehension among people. Several events are planned, including,


Antonio Pacitti: Joy and Protest

2 October – 24 October 2014
Opening time: Monday from 2pm to 5pm – Tuesday / Thursday 9.30am to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 12noon.
Italian Cultural Institute, 82 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

This exhibition presents two sides of the Scottish-Italian artist Antonio Pacitti (1924-2009), celebrated by the global Charter for Compassion for his contribution to our understanding of war. A prolific painter, sculptor and potter, the Cassino-born artist returned repeatedly to nature in its various moods, and to the depiction of injustice and oppression. The drawings from the Guantanamo series, described by Harold Pinter as ‘deeply impressive and very important’, express his anger at the human tendency to dehumanize those who are perceived as enemies. In contrast, Pacitti’s sheer joy in life is shown in the vibrant colours and energetic brushstrokes of his canvases painted direct from nature. Pacitti’s oeuvre drew admiration from critics and fellow artists, such as Craigie Aitchison, who wrote that no other artist painted with so much love, brightness and enthusiasm. (The Guardian)

The new Autumn Events Guide is out from the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh and is online at

ItalianScotland on Social media
In the era of Facebook and Twitter it makes sense to keep in touch via
social media. Our 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 more than 1300 signed up followers and reaches a different audience to the newsletter recipients - much younger, less likely to be involved in formal associations. 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 at @ItalianScotland.



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Italian Scotland SCIO - Scottish Charity Number SC044660