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If you are wandering the Bay Area, craving traditional Italian pasta fresca, it might be time for you to visit Michele Belotti. Throughout the quarantine, this young (33-year-old) chef from Bergamo has continued to work tirelessly at his restaurant and pasta shop in Oakland, still producing staples like bigoli, ravioli, and casonsei (traditional du...

Like her forebears who arrived in the Santa Clara Valley generations earlier, Theresa Sabatino came looking for a fresh start. The clinical psychologist and San Jose native ran an Italian language school in Las Vegas until the 2009 recession slashed attendance by 90 percent. After hearing about plans to turn a decaying pocket of downtown between Hi...

Even though the physical distancing decree is still in place, it doesn’t mean Santa Barbarans have to miss out on one of our favorite springtime events — the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. Rather than setting up camp in front of the Old Mission steps, artists will create their chalk paintings in their driveways. Each day, viewers can...

Where do so many of us turn for comfort in a time of endless uncertainty? Spaghetti, tomato sauce, molten cheese over crackling pizza crust or fried in bread crumbs, curling cups of pepperoni, grilled vegetables, lemony chicken, tiramisu. Italian takeout options are never far in Los Angeles. Even a mediocre plate of penne alla vodka can soothe. An...

A reboot of the gangster classic Scarface is set to be directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino.  Deadline reports that Guadagnino - who was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for Call Me By Your Name - has been picked by Universal Pictures to helm the project.  However, there is no official word yet on while be playing the role of Tony Monta...

Due to the current COVID 19 public health crisis and the recent restrictions enforced by local Authorities, the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles will only be open to the public - until further notice - exclusively for emergencies and by appointment only, every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 3:30 pm. To avoid any form of gath...

Apre nel cuore della Silicon Valley il primo Silicon Valley Italian Hub, un luogo in cui l’ecosistema italiano può conoscere da vicino i valori, la cultura e il mindset del cluster più famoso al mondo per l’innovazione. Siamo a Menlo Park, 11mila piedi quadrati in un building su due piani, tra il quartier generale di Facebook e i giardini di Stanfo...

For many, the completion of such an exacting endeavor as a doctoral program might feel like a relief. For Catherine Theis, who graduates with her Ph.D. in creative writing from USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences on May 15, the end is bitter sweet. “I don’t know if I want to give this all up,” Theis says. “I know it’s time to move on...

A.P. Giannini, founder of Bank of America, was born on May 6, 1870 in San Jose. On May 6 2020, the San Francisco City Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution “recognizing A. P. Giannini on the occasion of his 150th birthday for his substantial contributions to San Francisco history, Italian American culture, and declaring May 6 as A. P. Giannini...

The usually bustling Marina district right here is quiet, however Guido Mastropaolo’s gelato store was buzzing on a latest morning…. His head gelato maker packed kilos of colourful flavors into 10 containers, and Mr. Mastropaolo rolled his eyes at his teenage daughter, who, at 10:30 a.m., had already gotten into the frozen deal with. He’s on a miss...

Santa Barbara County announced that this year's I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival will be held online during Memorial Day weekend. The I Madonnari Festival brings together street painters and chalk artists to create over 100 colorful pastel masterpieces on the plaza pavement outside of Old Mission Santa Barbara each year. However, due to...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020. 4:30 pm PDT. Register here. Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles with the Italian Culture Institutes of New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Journalist Maria Teresa Cometto in conversation with Dr. Cinzia Zuffada, Associate Chief Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Reflections on the...