The Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville was formed to celebrate and share Italy's unique history and culture with this community through educational programs and sponsored events. The Institute awards scholarships of up to five thousand dollars to individuals in this region who demonstrate the ability to bring us a better understanding of Ital...

ICI's "Italy in Film" Series Kicks off with "Habemus papam" (We Have a Pope!)In celebration of the election of a new pope, the Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville kicks off its "Italy in Film" series with the award-winning comedy-drama "Habemus papam" (2011) which gives an "inside look" of the election of a pope with an interesting ending.This...

by Jere Downs   Many Louisville diners have fond memories of family meals at Melillo's, a family-owned Italian restaurant that dished out enormous portions of pasta and homemade meatballs topped with rich marinara sauce, eggplant parmesan, crusty bread and a three layer, towering nut-encrusted Italian cream cake.   Bringing back that...

by Elizabeth Cassady   In early 2014 Tuscan chef Gina Stipo moved her base of operations to Louisville KY. This summer she will be working with area locals to showcase the foods and wines of Tuscany at two separate venues, the Pendennis Club and Lilly's.   "I fell in love with Louisville a few years ago when I was invited to be the gu...

The Italian-made Alfa Romeo sports car is headed to Shelbyville Road. Swope Auto Group announced that it had been awarded a dealership by the automaker last month and intends to rename its Sam Swope FIAT in St. Matthews to Sam Swope Alfa Romeo FIAT to reflect the addition.   Swope, the state’s largest auto dealer, becomes the first Louisvill...

by Sheldon S. Shafer Louisville-based entrepreneur Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman is joining with The Cordish Cos. that operates Fourth Street Live! to open an Italian restaurant called BirraCibo at the downtown entertainment hub. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant will be located in the former Ri Ra Irish Pub at 445 S. 4th St. It will specialize i...

If you haven't been to Fourth Street Live! because you think it's a haven for 20- and 30-year-old partiers out to have more fun than is good for them or anyone else – or you think it's too touristy – you might want to change your mind.   There are plenty of tourists taking in the dining and entertainment, but tourists aren't exactly the devi...

by Nancy Miller   There are chefs who say they were meant for the profession and could never envision themselves doing anything else. Not so for Allan Rosenberg of Cena Italian Trattoria, who was a clothing designer before he channeled his creativity into cooking.   The life of a chef can be high profile, and the job comes with i...

by Robin Garr   Mmm, mmm, Tortellini! Who doesn't love these little stuffed pasta rings? Artfully rolled into small rounds, their Italian name stems from "torta," naming them as "little cakes," a moniker that doesn't actually make much sense since there's nothing very cake-like about them.   If you want descriptive food words, try the...

Pan-roasted brussels sprouts in a Bourbon hoisin sauce with dried cherries.We live in the age of the chef-driven restaurant. Across the nation and around the city, chefs have become outside personalities, featured on stage, screen and TV. Louisville has been no exception to this principle, with our top chefs turning up on Food Network, competing in...