Big on hospitality and an Italian soul

(Rebecca Hosking)

It seems that good times keep rolling at Club Italia in Moolap. Right from its beginnings, the club has been about friendship and socialising – initially for the local Italian families, and now for anyone who values generous hospitality, great Italian food and just plain fun.

It’s not on until May 9, but Leanne Grist from the club says their Mother’s Day Dinner Dance is one of those brilliant social occasions to mark on the calendar.

“We hold regular dinner dances, but this one is especially for making mums feel like queens for the night,” Leanne says. “We’re expecting to feel plenty of romance in the air!

“The night includes a delicious three-course meal – authentically Italian, of course, Romanza will bring the entertainment and the cost is $40 for members and $45 for guests.”

Just before that, on May 6, there’s the Mother’s Day Lunch and singalong with Joe and Carmen at the club for those who are more larks than owls. Sunday meals start from just $10.

However, it’s as close as Saturday, March 21, that Club Italia is holding another family disco. This regular event is always full of fun, with all generations getting up on the floor. Who doesn’t love seeing a dad dancing with his 10-year-old?

Then before you know it, it’s April 13 and time for La Pasquetta – Easter Monday done the Italian way, with food, Easter eggs and games in the mix.

The club sets a slower pace every Thursday, when the kitchen’s closed but it’s eyes down for bingo with prizes to be won, while Sunday afternoons are about games of social bocce and gathering for a meal, starting from $10.

Small or large, events and activities are done well by Club Italia, but Leanne believes where the club really shines is their well-organised functions, weddings, seminars, parties, anything.

“We offer a great range of menus to suit tastes and budgets, as well as provide audio/visual equipment as needed.” she says.

“Whatever the occasion, we go out of our way to make it one to be remembered. The club’s atmosphere, both inside and out, is perfect for having a great time.”

Club Italia, 515 Bellarine Highway, Moolap. Inquiries: Office opens: 9am-3pm Tuesday-Thursday; and 9am-3pm Friday. Inquiries: 5250 2349 or

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