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Aperitivo con Amici

 

Join CCI-NC in our monthly "Aperitivo con Amici" at our locations - Capishe Dilworth, Cugino Forno Durham, and Olde Hickory Station.

As always, individual food and drink purchases are the responsibility of each participant. This is a casual meet and greet opportunity facilitated by CCI-NC to foster friendships in the Italian community. Held the fourth Friday of every month, this event in Charlotte, NC is open to the public. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Charlotte:

          

Date:         Friday, January 26, 2023

Time:         5:30-7:30pm

Location:  Capishe Dilworth

                    500 East Morehead, Suite 100

                    Charlotte, NC 28202

Tickets:     FREE - Guests do pay for their own food and beverage consumption

Raleigh-Durham:

          

Date:         Friday, January 19, 2023

Time:         6:30-8:30pm

Location:  Cugino Forno

                    800 Taylor Street,

                    Durham, NC 27701

Tickets:     FREE - Guests do pay for their own food and beverage consumption

Hickory:

          

Date:         Friday, January 19, 2023

Time:         6:00-8:00pm

Location:  Olde Hickory Station (deck)

                    232 Government Ave SW,

                    Hickory, NC 28602

Tickets:     FREE - Guests do pay for their own food and beverage consumption

Volunteer

Right now, our gatherings are only in Charlotte and Raleigh. However, we are always looking for volunteers to help us organize these in other North Carolina cities. Getting involved is easy - just find a great location and tell us about it. We will take care of the monthly posting on Facebook, the website, and in the Newsletter. Help us spread the word to your network and enjoy gathering with Italians across the state!

Here's what some community members have to say about Aperitivo...

Aperitivo con Amici unites many people from the Italian community in Charlotte, NC. The evening meeting, held on the last Friday of each month at Capishe: Real Italian Kitchen, acts as a comfortable environment for meeting up with old friends, networking with other professionals, and bringing together children. It’s an opportunity for immersion in Italian language and culture (though English is still welcomed and embraced!).

 

Daniela Cunico Dal Pra, professor of Italian at UNC Charlotte, actively attends Aperitivo con Amici. She explained, “It's an opportunity to socialize and build community with Italians living in the Charlotte area, to welcome new arrivals, and to meet Americans who have traveled to or lived in Italy, or who have Italian ancestors.” 

 

In March of 2022, one of these new arrivals was one of CCI-NC’s now-scholarship winners, Wolfgang White. He has Italian ancestry and began learning the language through college courses as a UNC Charlotte student. After a recommendation from his instructor, he attended his first Aperitivo con Amici to meet the CCI-NC board members and curate professional relationships. He was surprised by the openness of those in attendance – the down-to-earth nature of the event meant he could engage with others in his new target language on a personal level.

 

“It was the first time I felt challenged linguistically; it was optimal for practicing my Italian,” White recalled. “I also got to network in Italian and learn about business, but it was clear from the beginning that long-lasting friendships formed there.”

 

“People were kind. I didn’t feel like a college kid amongst adults – I felt included. It was a great place to forge friendships while getting to know about the Italian community’s activity locally and internationally,” White said.

 

As for true kids, they’re welcome, too: Aperitivo con Amici is open to people of all ages. Whether they’re six years old or 60 years old, someone always has something to say at the Aperitivo. CCI-NC warmly invites you, your family, and friends of all ages and language backgrounds to join us for our lively get-together each month. 

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