The Italian Community Center is located one block east of Columbia street in little Italy. The building they inhabit used to be a church. The staff there are very approachable and willing to engage in conversation (Italian if you can keep up with them). My girlfriend and I took Italian 1 there and had a blast! There was a casual environment and it was very inexpensive. The class size was very manageable (about 10 students) and we left knowing most of the basics.