Italy's Culture Ministry officially has suspended art loans to the Minneapolis Institute of Art following disputes over the 1st century Roman sculpture "Doryphoros." Italian authorities believe the statue, which originated in the south of Naples, was illegally excavated in the 1970s. Mia said it purchased it for $2.5 million in 1986 from art dealer...

A meticulously-crafted facsimile of the famed Mona Lisa is coming to the Italian Cultural Center in the North Loop on April 26th. It was painstakingly created by world renowned Minnesota native Mark Balma, using the same techniques and materials that Leonardo da Vinci used in the 16th century to create the original, such as Oil of Spike Lavender an...

This year’s Film Festival achieved an extraordinary milestone with a record-breaking attendance of 1,650 movie lovers, showcasing unprecedented enthusiasm and engagement. Click here for a visual journey through the best of the festival. The exceptional attendance can be greatly attributed to the expertly curated film selection by our artistic direc...

When it comes to pasta, you’ve got your basic red sauce joints, and you’ll find plenty of those in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in a little Italian-American comfort food. But there are other places that take the entire pasta experience – red sauce included – and elevate it to a level of cuisine that...

A 2024 Oscar nominee, a virtuoso's masterpiece, an acclaimed female director's whimsical drama, a quirky comedy for Gen Zers and a gritty crime drama are all part of the 15th edition of the Italian Film Festival. Presented by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul and MSP Film Society, the four-day fest opens Thursday at the Main Cinem...

The return by the United States of the statue of the 'Doriphorus of Stabia' has become a court case. Smuggled clandestinely, the finest copy of the original by Polyclitus, it is on display at a Minneapolis museum. A lengthy court case ordered its international rogatory, but U.S. authorities to date have done nothing. The statue remains there and no...

Gia, a new Italian restaurant nestled into the former Cavé Vin space in Minneapolis’s Armatage neighborhood, opened this week on February 6. Chefs Jo Seddon and Lisa Wengler, both alums of Gavin Kaysen’s Wayzata restaurant Bellecour, have run Gia as a pop-up over the past three-and-a-half years — now they’ve found a permanent home for their fresh,...

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul, in partnership with MSP Film Society and The Main Cinema, is thrilled to bring the 15th Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul (IFF) with 10 of the best contemporary films never before seen in Minnesota and 2 all time classics. CLICK HERE for the full schedule. From February 29 through...

When: 08 Nov 2023 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - Where: Open Eye Theater 506 E 24th St #3732, Minneapolis, MN 55404 - In Italian with English captions projected above the stage Prepare to be transported to a world of captivating storytelling and mesmerizing artistry as we proudly present an enchanting evening with Gaia Mencagli, a renowned Italian-Danis...

Wednesday November 8 2023 7:30 PM, CST. Open Eye Theater 506 E 24th St #3732, Minneapolis, MN. Register here. In Italian with English captions projected above the stage. Prepare to be transported to a world of captivating storytelling and mesmerizing artistry as we proudly present an enchanting evening with Gaia Mencagli, a renowned Italian-Danish...