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Italian cinema lands in Los Angeles thanks to Italian Screens with four screenings of four movies that were nominated for the David di Donatello 2023: La Siccità (Dry) by Paolo Virzì, Settembre (September) by Giulia Louise Steigerwalt, Ti mangio il Cuore (Burning Hearts) by Pippo Mezzapesa, and La Stranezza (Strangeness) by Roberto Andò. ITALIAN SC...

The visit to the Italian Innovation and Culture Hub INNOVIT, opened at the end of 2021 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an outpost of Italian innovation to Silicon Valley, was the focal point of the first day of Ambassador Mariangela Zappia’s mission to San Francisco, assisted by Consul General Sergio Strozzi. “Over 100 startups and in...

What do champions like Giorgio Chiellini eat before an important match? What impact does Italian cuisine have on an athlete’s performance? We find out in the video, produced by the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, with the help of Fabio Vota, former chef of the Italian national football team and Giorgio Chiellini, Italian football champio...

Italian cinema is in the spotlight at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles where the screening series “Ennio Morricone: Essential Scores from a Movie Maestro,” programmed in partnership with Cinecittà, is currently playing to sold-out audiences. The Oct. 6-Nov. 25 event comprises 20 titles, including Sergio Leone’s “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” in a...

What a long, strange trip it’s been for chef Rebecca White, who’s now loving life in the cheerful, tiny kitchen of her Mangia Mi restaurant in downtown Calistoga. On a recent afternoon, she was getting ready for another busy evening of making her distinctive New Haven-style pizzas ($24-32). She and her two-person team were preparing signature comfo...

Would you care for some Puccini with that pasta? How about a little Rigoletto with your risotto? The concept of combining the sounds of opera with the tastes and smells of Italian cuisine was integral to the creation of the Verdi Chorus, which celebrates its 40th anniversary with a pair of concerts Nov. 18 and 19 in Santa Monica. Things have change...

November 19, 2023 – February 11, 2024. Legion of Honor - Rosekrans Court: Lincoln Park. 100 34th Avenue (at Clement Street), San Francisco, CA. Botticelli Drawings is the first exhibition ever dedicated to the drawings of Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli (ca. 1445 – 1510). Exploring the foundational role drawing played in Botticelli’s work, the...

Could this be a trend? More Italian fashion brands looking to the L.A. market for exposure and retail growth? Just a few months ago, Italian brand Eleventy expanded to a new permanent location in Beverly Hills, and now Genny, where Gianni Versace got his start by working with Genny sister brand Byblos, has come to Brighton Way with its first U.S. s...

Walking into Buono’s Pizzeria, one is seamlessly transported from the bustling Wrigley neighborhood to a quiet, cozy Italian restaurant that planted its roots in Long Beach 43 years ago. From the soft, Italian music playing overhead to the dozens of black and white photos of famous Italians looking down on customers—the restaurant begs families to...

Festival Napa Valley has announced the Manetti Shrem Challenge, a $3 million matching gift from longtime benefactor Maria Manetti Shrem. Designed to inspire new giving, the Manetti Shrem Challenge will act as a catalyst for accelerating the growth of Festival Napa Valley's year-round programming, educational initiatives, and scholarship programs. "...

A 14th century Tuscan castle in the middle of Napa Valley? No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is the surprise that greets many visitors to California’s wine country. Castello di Amorosa is a winery located near Calistoga, California, that was built by Dario Sattui, a fourth-generation vintner who wanted to honor his Italian heritage and his...

Jackson Kalb is most excited about the Italian beef sandwich served on a silver platter at his new Hollywood restaurant Jemma. “We are making bread in-house and spent a year-and-a-half developing it,” he says. Using shaved prime rib, Cooper’s sharp American cheese, giardiniera, horseradish, and jus on the side, it’s equal parts Chicago and LA. Kalb...