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The L.A. Italia Film, Fashion and Music Festival, which celebrates all things Italian and Italian-American, is set to honor actors Andy Garcia and Franco Nero with lifetime achievement awards. The two men will be given the fest’s Legend Awards, to acknowledge significant contributions made in global cinema. The event will pay tribute to the careers...

The book and movie phenomenon that was Eat Pray Love had people dreaming of trips that would take them around the world in search of delicious food, spirituality and true love. However, if you’re one of the readers who would be happy enough to just stick to the “eat” portion of the story, but don’t have plans to head to Italy anytime soon, you’re s...

Roman director Matteo Rovere will receive the Filmmaker of the Year award on February 21 at the awards ceremony of the Los Angeles, Italia film festival at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, for his ancient Rome epic "The First King". American director Adam McKay will also receive the award, for his film "Vice", about former US Vice President Dick C...

The University of San Francisco is mourning the loss of legendary head coach Steve Negoesco, who passed away Sunday evening at the age of 93. Negoesco was the architect of the USF Men's soccer dynasty that saw the Dons capture four national championships and 22 conference championships. "Steve Negoesco leaves a legacy with the influence he has had...

L.A. Italia Fest is set to open with the world premiere of Amazing Leonardo, a new biopic about Leonardo Da Vinci, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death (May 2, 1519). Luca Argentero (Eat Pray Love) stars as Da Vinci in the film, a Sky original production with Progetto Immagine.  Director Jesus Garces Lambert will introduc...

Amy Jo Pedone, owner of Valenza Chocolatier, sits in a 400-square foot studio that she calls the Cioccolato Lab at The Hood Kitchen Space in Costa Mesa. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, one of her busiest times of the year yet she’s not haggard, she’s downright bubbly. But she’s a very different person than she was in the spring of 2007, attending a fa...

A food emporium in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy community has been named among the top 10 best new food halls in the United States, according to USA Today. The Little Italy Food Hall (LIFH) – located next to the Piazza della Famiglia, on West Date Street between India and Columbia streets – opened last summer. After only six months in busi...

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Cesarini. Tom, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? I decided to establish Convivio in 2003 after having spent a number of years volunteering for other local cultural groups–and having noted a lack of unity and leadership in our community organizations. The very word, Convi...

Much has been written about Dr. Federico Faggin, Italian physicist, inventor, and entrepreneur, known for designing the first commercial microprocessor.  But when L’Italo-Americano had the opportunity to interview him, the focus quickly became the man behind the genius. In this interview, exclusively granted to L'Italo-Americano, we asked: who is F...

Seafood lovers, this is for you! What better way to discover California's best seafood, than having one of the most respected and acclaimed chefs preparing it! On February 7 and 21, enjoy a special seafood dinner prepared in front of you by two-Michelin-star chef Michael Cimarusti at Il Pesce Cucina. At our fish market-inspired restaurant, all of t...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is pleased to present Leo Politi’s Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest. Best known for his soothing watercolors of children and families, Leo Politi (1908-1996) was a beloved Italian American artist and Caldecott Award-winning author. For most of his artistic career, Politi used Los Angeles as i...

And just like that, one of L.A.’s most celebrated restaurants shuttered. Last Thursday afternoon, co-owners Steve and Dinah Samson shared that their Pico Boulevard restaurant, Sotto, would close on Saturday—a farewell without much warning and fanfare, especially considering the restaurant’s storied success as one of the best Italian establishments...