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Fiorella, the Italian restaurant with locations on Clement and Polk, will start slinging its top-notch Neopolitan-style pizzas in the Inner Sunset on Monday, August 30. The restaurant’s third location is its most ambitious: it’s the first to feature a full bar and is housed in a bi-level space with a wood fireplace and a rooftop deck. The building...

Ciao paesani… and Greetings From Italian CALIFORNIA! This past July, we made our way out West to explore the Italian side of the Golden State, as we set out to film four brand-new episodes of our popular YouTube web series, “Greetings From Italian America.”  Joined by our amici from the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), we took a whirlw...

“Maybe I’m crazy,” says Gino Angelini on a recent phone call. The 68-year-old chef-owner of the lauded Angelini Osteria on Beverly Boulevard is preparing to open an Italian restaurant in the Palisades Village this winter. “I started working in the kitchen when I was 13. You never know with the pandemic, but it will make me stronger to do it.” Angel...

Whether or not Italian food conquered the world, as claimed by the grandiose title of a book published 10 years ago, a case can be made for the diaspora of Italy’s native grapes. Familiar varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Montepulciano and Nebbiolo have taken root in unexpected places as widespread as Uruguay, South Africa and Israel. Winemake...

If you had the good fortune to eat at Portico Italian Social Food in Sebastopol before the pandemic, you probably spent this past year hoping they’d survive to feed you again. Thankfully, Paolo Pedrinazzi and Kat Escamilla not only survived this tough year (offering wonderful take out meals), they are back. They offer inside dining in their safely...

The Festival Napa Valley reopened its door in the beautiful wine country after the interruption caused by the pandemic last year. Together with local artists, the programming brought one of the most representative Italian ballet dancers, Roberto Bolle, to California. A principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre from 2009-2019, a principal dancer é...

Every year, the Italian American Chamber of Commerce West (IACCW) puts on a series of events called True Italian Taste. The pandemic put things on a hiatus, but the group is back with an unbelievably tasty dinner series in Los Angeles. For some background, True Italian Taste is in its fifth year and its goal is to promote restaurants and chefs as t...

Via Maestra 42, a North State Italian restaurant and deli, is serving its authentic Italian favorites under new ownership. Well, somewhat new. The restaurant’s now-retired owner Renato Moisio wasn’t going to let his legacy go to just anyone, so he called someone the restaurant’s regulars are likely to remember. Nicole Bitar worked as Via Maestra 42...

Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D., 13th president of Chapman University, has created a $1 million legacy gift for Chapman. He has designated the Italian Studies program of the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy that, upon his passing, will endow the Bernardino Teles...

Concorso Italiano is a big celebration of all the best cars from Italy. While it got a little too big for a while there, it has had a new corner of the Blackhorse Golf Course on Fort Ord for a couple years now and it seems to have settled in nicely. The car count went from over 1000 (mostly F355s) to right around 550 or 560 cars. That may still sou...

Order the pork chops, my dad insisted before I could even open the menu. It’s the signature entrée at Castelli’s Ristorante, the traditional Tuscan-style restaurant that’s beginning its 33rd year in Palm Desert. His suggestion was tempting, considering the chops marinate all day in fresh herbs and seasonings before being charbroiled and served with...

The Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles presents: The Macaluso Sisters (2020) by Emma Dante. Special video introduction by the film's Director The film first debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 2020 and is distributed by House Glass Full Media. Screenings start in cinemas on August 13 in the Greater Los Angeles Area. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE...