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Little Italy brings you a NEW "Taste Of" Dining Experience... Taste of Little Italy: Take-Out Edition. October 4-8, 2020 | $50* (Meal for 1) | $80* (Meal for 2). BUY YOU TICKET TODAY! As Little Italy works to re-open, we look to find new ways to enjoy the neighborhood and highlight the restaurants that are the backbone of the community. The redesig...

Covid-19 has necessitated a new kind of innovation that aims to be pandemic proof in times of massive economic uncertainty. And the latest fad to enter the LA dining scene is the ghost kitchen. Today, restaurants are looking for unique ways to both cut costs and provide their customers with fast, reliable, and safe delivery services, and these kitc...

When he was ten years old, Joe Di Prisco was walking toward his grandparents’ East Islip farm with his father and brother when they saw that the house was surrounded by police. Joe’s dad turned and said: “Go back to the house and don’t take sh*t from nobody” and then he jetted off into the woods. Joe’s dad was a con man, bookmaker and informer, now...

Italian journalist and Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria passed away peacefully on Friday August 7th at his home in Los Angeles. He was 68. After discovering he had lung cancer in early 2017, Soria wrote a message for his family and his friends that was meant to be found and read after his passing; the letter sat in his dr...

The community of Little Italy has always been known for its resilience and determination, dating back to nearly 100 years ago when the neighborhood was known as the “Tuna Capital of the World.” At that time, the demand in the U.S. for tuna was at an all-time high and more than 6,000 Italian families immigrated to the neighborhood in hopes to partic...

Ralph Rago is 87, but you might do a double take if you look at him and think about that. His voice booms. He has a sore back but is otherwise sound. He can talk baseball by the hour with remarkable attention to detail. He credits “my good Italian genes and good Mediterranean diet” of vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains for the longevity. Bas...

In the fall of 2020, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles will be presenting an online silent auction fundraiser and is soliciting donations from generous supporters such as yourself. From gift certificates, to merchandise, experiences, and services, all contributions are appreciated. Your contribution will be highlighted in a variety of ways...

From Tuesday, September 08, 2020 to Monday, November 02, 2020. Organized by IIC Los Angeles in collaboration with Lucca Crea and Lucca Comics. Entrance: Free. Location: IIC Los Angeles and Youtube Channel (virtual tour) In anticipation of the 20th Italian Language Week in the World (October 19-25, 2020), with the theme of Italian Between Word and I...

One thing you’ll realize when listening to the story of Avery Ruzicka, the star baker and young entrepreneur behind Manresa Bread, is that tenacity, dedication and patience can take you very far away from your initial projects. Her bread – originally famous in California but now available nationwide – is the result of tireless experimentation. Ruzi...

From Roman statesman Marcus Cicero to pioneering activist Angela Bambace to accomplished music composer Henry Mancini — Italy’s contributions to the world stage are legion, and Robert Barbera is determined to shine a light on them. A frequent and long-time donor to California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Barbera has most recently made a con...

Finbars is currently serving customers outdoors in a lovely shaded “parklet,” and continues to support the community and the Mary Wilson Library in many ways. On Sept. 15, anyone who brings in a flyer will have 20% of their purchases (with a couple of exceptions) go to support the Mary Wilson Library. Once upon a time, there was an Italian teenage...

Last month World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani reopened his popular Italian restaurant, Capo’s, with an entire brand expansion featuring a new chef, logo and menu with a new focus on Detroit pizza. Chef Gemignani first introduced the Detroit pizza to San Francisco at his flagship restaurant, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, eight years ago. As Detroit pie...