NEWS FROM : CALIFORNIA  

If there was ever a time to take singer Jackie DeShannon’s advice to “put a little love in your heart,” it’s after this tumultuous past year. Luckily, with Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect excuse to forget the craziness and focus on a loved one. In Los Angeles, restaurants are rising to the occasion with Italian dishes and specials that...

In the Bay Area, innovation is constant — sometimes to a fault — and it’s no different in the coffee scene. But at Mr. Espresso, a family-owned, Oakland-based coffee roasting company and wholesaler in its 43rd year, they’ve shown you can have success by continually improving on something while keeping tradition as a guiding force. The company was f...

San Francisco hosted yesterday the first in a series of webinars exploring the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its applications to different aspects of society, everyday life, and research. Organized by the Embassy of Italy in Washington and the Consulate General in San Francisco, in partnership with the National Science Found...

Toward the end of 1958, Federico Fellini found himself facing unexpected career roadblocks. He had already won two Academy Awards, for “La Strada” and “Le Notti di Cabiria,” but no producer wanted to make his newest project: a story with the title “La Dolce Vita.” Only one person, Giuseppe Amato, who had produced several Italian films, understood t...

As the protagonist of a special masterclass, actress Claudia Gerini will open the 6th edition of Filming Italy – Los Angeles, presented with the Italian Institute of Culture in Los Angeles and taking place from March 18th-21st. Running mostly in streaming mode, the event is organized in collaboration with APA (Association of Audiovisual Producers)...

Last week brought some good news for Italian restaurants in California, but especially in Los Angeles, where the Mediterranean-like climate is perfect for outdoor dining. (Mask on, of course.) On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the state-wide stay at home order, allowing restaurants to open for outdoor dining again starting Friday, January 29....

The generic concept that many Americans have of Italian food — pizza, pasta, parmesan, prosciutto — is instantly shattered by a visit to the Mediterranean country. So long as you’re curious about cuisine, it doesn’t take long to realize that almost every little village — sometimes, even just a big-city neighborhood — claims a special sauce, or nood...

The Anchovy Bar—a new and noteworthy San Francisco restaurant (with both takeout and delivery available) —is capitalizing on a new trend. Deviled eggs, littleneck clams, and broiled oysters, to name a few. Small gourmet snacks are having their moment this autumn and winter season. And since most of us are still stuck at home due to the virus, it’s...

It’s a huge week for Italian American filmmakers in Hollywood as the Russo Brothers and Sopranos’ creator David Chase begin to promote their major releases, which are due out in the coming weeks and months, respectively. On Wednesday, Warner Bros. unveiled footage of The Many Saints of Newark, which shows Michael Gandolfini — son of the late actor...

You know Gabriele Muccino’s film, The Pursuit of Happyness, when Will Smith is so beyond happy that goes dancing in the street? That’s exactly what I did when I received the call from Farnesina, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” Even after some time, Pietro Bellinghieri, Vicar of the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles since December 2019, can...

Scali Rasmussen Founder and Managing Shareholder Christian Scali has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Italian American Lawyers Association (IALA). The IALA, a Los Angeles-based bar association, was founded in 1977 as an organization of Italian American lawyers through a generous donation from Frank Sinatra. They are known for outstandi...

Old Town Tustin isn’t having any of that faux vintage created by redevelopers eager to erase crumbly curbs and oddball storefronts. A venerable heart of a settlement born in 1927, the intersection of Main Street and El Camino Real remains a mishmash of small businesses run by locals. Centro Storico is the new kid on the old block, re-animating a ve...