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Folk dances tell stories and reflect a group’s diverse history and culture. While the tarantella — arguably Italy’s most famous folk dance — is best known today as a dance performed at weddings, its origins are as ancient as they are peculiar. The tarantella traces its origins to Taranto, a city in Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s “boot.” The dance da...

National Spaghetti Day is on Monday, January 4, and to celebrate (and help the local economy) we’ve decided to find some of the best places in Pasadena to get spaghetti. Check out some of these options, which are available for either curbside pickup and delivery. Located at 37 Union Street in Pasadena, Union Restaurant is a lively neighborhood Ital...

The pandemic may claim another iconic Hollywood restaurant. Miceli’s, which boasts it’s the oldest Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Hollywood, has set up a GoFundMe to keep its doors open. Since opening in 1949, the restaurant (which also has a North Hollywood location) is known for its singing waiters and piano bar. Lucille Ball allegedly learne...

Diane Rose di Prima (1934-2020), America’s most influential female poet of the past three-quarter-century, lived, wrote, taught, and worked in San Francisco from 1968 until her passing in 2020. She was the author of approximately 50 books of poetry, drama, and prose. Diane di Prima was named Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 2009 and retained that...

From Monday, December 28, 2020 to Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Time: At 6:00 pm PDT. Organized by IIC Los Angeles in collaboration with San Diego Italian Film Festival. Entrance: Free. See the trailer. US Premiere - Released in celebration of the centennial of Federico Fellini's birth the documentary explores for the first time, “the hidden world”...

Little Original Joe’s, the new spinoff from the wildly popular Original Joe’s, opened today in West Portal. Unlike the Original Joe’s locations in North Beach and Westlake, which serve Italian-American steak with a side of ravioli to red leather booths, Little Original Joe’s is a snappy counter and market with retail and to-go offerings, focusing o...

Lucy Ann Vallera Luhan, a Southern California restaurateur, shares insights on how to bring about quality time around the table and a healthier lifestyle by recounting her experiences and memories as a first-generation Italian-American. In “Convivio through the decades” (published by Xlibris UK), Luhan compares the food culture in the two countries...

It is tough to open a restaurant at any time, but it’s especially tough during a pandemic. Still, the owners of Sweet Sicily in Downtown Sunnyvale felt that when the opportunity presented itself, it was simply too good to pass up. “My father is a career watchmaker and my uncle is the one who has been in the [restaurant] field for his whole life,” s...

Sun, December 20, 2020. 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM CET. A Virtual Seasonal Celebration for the Households of ICC Members & Friends. Sign up by Friday December 18 and you will receive a Zoom Link on Saturday December 19. The small contribution ($5 members; $10 non-members) will be used to support our harpist and to continue producing ICC events. Thank you...

When you walk into Two Guys from Italy, a local pizza restaurant located in Glendale, Calif., one of the first things you will notice is the abundance of Thank You awards on its walls. Among the many photos and certificates that say, “To our sponsor, Two Guys from Italy,” and even a folded American flag brought from Afghanistan by a pilot who flew...

Roman pizza has a new throne in Los Angeles. Just three weeks ago, Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, the Prince of Venice, opened his first Italian restaurant in Westwood Village, serving pizza al taglio, homemade pasta and Italian deserts in a fast casual setting. The grandson of Italy’s last king did not dream of becoming a restaurateur as a child, bu...

Wednesday December 9 2020. 11 am PDT. Organized by IIC San Francisco. Free - Register here. Art, Labor, and Artificial Intelligence: A conversation between Italian artist Elisa Giardina Papa, curator Valentino Catricalà and Claudia Schmukli (Curator, De Young Museum, t.b.c.). In this webinar presentation, Elena Giardina Papa will present her most r...