I was going to suggest some kind of langauge exchange, a couple hours of English chit chat in exchange for Italian. I guess you can scrub that. For a complete beginner I’d suggest a group class, not 1-2-1.
For a beginner, definitely a class will be more cost effective. Plus it can be an enjoyable social experience 🙂
Beyond a certain point it gets boring sitting listening to everyone else’s mistakes, rotten accent, etc., and a 1-2-1 tutor makes a big difference. My missus has taken language lessons by Skype and it is a lot cheaper than a face-to-face tutor.