I recently received a tip from a friend about the Italian course for foreigners run by the association ARCOIRIS. The classes are run by volunteer Italian teachers and the course is practically free — you just pay $20 for an annual membership to the association, which also gets you the association’s grammar workbook. Classes are 2 hours/lesson and meet twice a week. Classes are held at five different locations in the city and are offered at various times of day. The current course finishes up at the end of May (it started in the beginning of February). There will be a break for the summer months and then classes will start up again in September.
I’ve attended a handful of classes now and managed to wiggle my way into the advanced class with my friend’s recommendation (it’s a good thing we’re not being graded!) Our class is a melting pot with students from Denmark, Morocco, Albania, Siberia, and Syria. For one class, a number of us agreed to bring a typical dish from our home country — we had cous cous from Morocco, byrek from Albania, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from the U.S. (my contribution).