Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller hardly remembers making history as the first Oscar-nominated female director for her work on the 1970s film “Seven Beauties.” But she does proudly recall trolling the ceremony by swapping seats with the wife of a famous Italian movie critic when her name was announced — much to the confusion of the reaction-camera...

With Italian restaurants, you learn as you eat, starting with the name, which could be a family name, a place, a restaurant item or a menu description. Let’s review some family names such as: Maestoso or Cesarina, places like Firenze or Positano and a menu or equipment item like Dolce Pano Vino or Il Fornaio. Then there is the menu selection which...

California’s Napa Valley is world-renowned for hillside winery estates, luxurious boutique hotels, classy bistros and vast expanses of orderly grapevines. The fertile California soil has long supplied the world with celebrated red wine, so it's by no surprise that you can experience some incredible wine-tastings in the region. Beyond the typical, t...

Carmen Consoli is the most successful female singer-songwriter Italy has ever produced. Throughout a 25 year career the musician has been defined by her unflinching emotional live performances of songs that examine broad themes of love, illness, solitude and friendship from a feminine — and feminist — perspective. Her innovative mixture of Italian...

We are pleased to invite you to our November Monthly Meeting when we will have a special tribute and presentation of the Hon. James J. Alfano Annual Lifetime Achievement Award to the late John DiCaro in recognition of his outstanding legal career and his support of the Italian American Lawyers of Orange County. Join us to celebrate John DiCaro and...

A special evening to discover the magic of extra virgin olive oil from Puglia and the secrets of Italian cooking. Maria Elena and Fiorella Congedo will present their Disney’s animated TV series Trulli Tales coming soon to Nickelodeon and cookbook "From Mom to Daughter. The quick tips of Italian cooking" by Maria Elena. Followed by a tasting of uniq...

When I visited Tuscano’s Pizza & Pasta in Yucaipa shortly after the Italian eatery opened, I must confess that I was underwhelmed. Everything was drowning in cheese, the pizza dough was limp and lacking crispness and the pasta was cooked well past al dente. What a difference a year makes! They have really gotten their act together and the overall i...

The promotional campaign launched by the Abruzzo region to bring its audiovisual talents back to the region has begun, and Hollywood is its main target. The campaign to reach the Mecca of show business began in Cannes in mid-October at MIPCOM, the world's leading audiovisual trade fair. The Abruzzo region arrived on the Côte d'Azur with a promotion...

Marilyn Panelli, who graduated from St. Peter Academy more than 64 years ago, is being honored by her alma mater for the life she has led since she left it in 1955. In a videotaped interview conducted by current students in advance of the 140-year-old school’s Alumni and Memorial Mass on Oct. 27 at St. Peter Church, Marilyn gave much of the credit...

The Department of French and Italian at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of “Transnational Italian Studies.” The expected start date is July 1, 2020. We solicit applications from scholars of Italy with a primary research interest in transnat...