Our vibrant community of Little Italy stands strong with the entire globe amid these challenging times. Our quiet streets are a beautiful demonstration of our solidarity and the love our community shares for one another and each other’s safety. Our rich history and resiliency since Italian tuna fisherman established Little Italy in the 1920s has st...

Since childhood, 91-year-old Corrine Casserly and her 95-year-old sister Ruth Sorney have been the closest of friends. As young women coming into their own in Hollywood in the late 1940s, they’d put on their little black dresses most Saturday nights and pretend to be rich by treating themselves to chicken a la king at Tom Breneman’s restaurant by S...

This exhibition explores the cultural-religious tradition of St. Joseph’s Tables, which are among the richest expressions of Italian American cultural identity and embody a living tradition that has transcended ethnic lines. St. Joseph is among the most venerated saints in Christianity; he is the patron saint of immigrants, workers, unborn children...

Tony Prendusi ran an Italian restaurant on Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square so long ago that the county courthouse still stood nearby. He had no problem with patrons thinking he was Italian. But the many who got to know him well and, quite likely, to adore him learned that he was in fact Albanian. And that he’d fled his beleaguered Balkan homeland af...

While it’s extra critical you stay inside during this insane pandemic, it’s equally critical to support the dying restaurant business at the same time. Luckily, your favorite Italian eateries are stepping up in major ways to offer you the silkiest pastas, most mouth-watering pizzas, and loads of cook-at-home options to keep your Italian bellies ful...

Dear Friends, in these difficult times, albeit at a distance, the Italian Cultural Institute continues to promote the beauty and richness of our cultural heritage. In this light, our newsletter will provide you with links to the many resources created by Italian cultural institutions and individual artists alike in their efforts to bring us closer...

Ciao a Tutti, there is no keeping Italians down and the San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) is proving it! While we are at home they are offering ways to enjoy the best of Italian film and culture online. Mark your calendars for weekly appointments with SDIFF: 1) Every Wednesday the SDIFF will release a short film from the roster of its recent...

In my survey for the best Italian subs in Los Angeles, I came across a handful of delis, all in the San Fernando Valley, where a chopped relish involving onions and tomatoes — and at some places pickles — supplants the more common thinly sliced tomato and onion on an Italian sandwich. Where did this Valley relish — and I’m calling that because it d...

As a public health precaution the IAMLA is temporarily closed to the public. We will continue to provide updates via the museum's newsletter and social media. As a reminder to those staying home during this time, the IAMLA's entire permanent exhibition is available online, click here to view, and the museum also offers free educational curricula. A...

Happiness is a neighborhood Italian restaurant (just ask Billy Joel) that you can always count on to provide familiar fare, fresh ingredients and pizza dough that brings back memories of growing up Jewish in an Italian neighborhood where your nose remembers the aromas of yesteryear. As you step into Milano’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant in Hemet, you...