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Our adventures through Italian American California continue, as we make our way up the West Coast to the entertainment capital of the world… America’s Dream Factory… the 500 square-mile beacon of Southern California’s timeless allure that is Los Angeles! From a brief walk through the history of California wine, to one of America’s most unique monum...

Pier Paolo Pasolini is best known as one of the most celebrated and controversial filmmakers of twentieth-century Italy. But beyond his cinematic achievements, he was equally prolific as a novelist, poet, painter, actor, literary critic, and public intellectual. An iconoclastic critic of bourgeois social norms and an artistic maverick whose unortho...

Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE. San Francisco Italian Athletic Club | 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. The Festa Coloniale Italiana is the ONLY authentic traditional Italian festival held in San Francisco. It is a free, fun, family event that is open to the public. Enjoy live music from the Festa stage –...

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is returning ancient sculptures and other works of art that were illegally exported from Italy, the museum announced Thursday. The Getty will return a nearly life-size group of Greek terra-cotta sculptures known as “Orpheus and the Sirens,” believed to date from the fourth century B.C., according to the museu...

Not every famous personality who hails from Abruzzo is known in that central Italian region. Yes, people over there have heard of Madonna, Dean Martin, Alan Alda, Henry Mancini, Mario Lanza, Al Martino, Perry Como, Bradley Cooper, Penny Marshall, and the like, all of whom have Abruzzese origins. In Abruzzo, people might even know of Florida governo...

It’s reductive to consider Sicilian carts as mere vehicles. These carts are so rich in color and decorations that, according to Marianna Gatto of the Italian American Museum in Los Angeles, they’re best described as “walking books”. For the painter from Palermo, Gianfranco Fiore (who decorates these carts), they represent the most popular, creative...

In 1975, the California State Legislature established the Columbus Transcontinental Highway on interstate 10 in southern California. A sign marking the Columbus highway was installed. The Resolution naming the highway was sponsored by Italian American Legislators of the period to honor the Italian American community.        A Resolution to remove t...

Although it holds many allures, Abruzzo has traditionally been one of the less touristed regions of Italy. This may be a blessing because it remains one of the greenest, most authentic, and still unspoiled regions of the country—one with unique appeals for food and wine lovers. Genny Nevoso is the Executive Director of the Italy-America Chamber of...

Italian-Uruguayan producer and actor Luca Barbareschi is developing a six-part series about the life of Bank of America founder and early Hollywood financier Amadeo Peter Giannini. Barbareschi told Italian news agency Ansa that he is producing the series under the banner of his Rome-based Eliseo Fiction banner. He said state broadcaster Rai had rec...

Hollywood has a host of famous acting duos — Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, just to name a few. But these killer pairings aren't a new phenomenon. Viewers have been falling in love with actors' on-screen chemistry for decades, leading to subsequent partnerships that seemed to only ge...

As part of the Little Italy Historic District Project, established in October 2021, seven new Little Italy signs have been installed to mark the boundaries of Little Italy.  The colorful signs in brilliant green, white and red are a welcome addition to the area. They have been installed on poles and light posts throughout the Little Italy district....

Coffee has been woven into the Italian culture dating back to the 17th century when the first “coffee bar” was established in Venice. Italian coffee culture is special, a culmination of traditions, customs, and history. Though different regions in Italy, coffee bars have their own slight variations on coffee making and bar culture, the fundamentals...