Studying famous opera pieces, will effectively help you build new vocabulary, as the memorization of the music facilitates the memorization of the words. Please join ICC native Italian instructor, Mirella Heimpel, to discover Italian opera, and learn more about Italian cultural heritage. Mirella will be the guide as students discover Verdi, and le...

Rolle has earned his stripes in town as a go-to guy for a successful restaurant opening. He was on the line with Riebel when Butcher and the Boar burst onto the Minneapolis restaurant scene. He was the one sweating over the burger perfection at Parlour and turning out the gorgeous plates at Borough. Rolle is an Iron Range from an Italian family. So...

by Jess Fleming   Il Foro, the new Italian restaurant in the sparkly, Art Deco downtown Minneapolis space that formerly was home to the Forum (and before that Goodfellows, and before that a slew of other restaurants) opens Tuesday. The space is now in the hands of restaurateurs Josh Thoma, Kevin Fitzgerald, Jack Riebel and Lorin Zi...

With its economy in ruins after World War II, Italy turned to artists and designers to rebuild and rebrand itself as a source of luxury goods.   Fashion shows in a Florentine palace set the world abuzz. A dozen young designers sent gorgeous young women sashaying through a Renaissance salon in sleek satin gowns, silk day dresses, saucy toread...

We are excited to introduce a fun new initiative: Italian cooking classes for children! Brought to you by the ICC children's language program, this pizza making event has been designed to be fun and informative for parent and child.   Join us on Saturday, February 7th, 12:00 – 2:30 PM as we create pizzas at Rebecca's Authentic Italian Bakery...

It is Little Italy in the heart of downtown St. Paul. Cossetta's is an institution. "Italian sausage is what we're famous for," said Dave Cossetta, the fourth generation of Cossettas running their self-named Italian food emporium. Dave's great-grandfather came to St. Paul from Calabria, Italy and opened a tiny grocery market in 1911. ...

by Mecca Bos One begins to wonder if the curse of Figlio is real. Back in 2009, Uptown's beloved eating and drinking anchor was gutted like a still-living fish for no very good reason at all. Sure, it needed an update after 25 years in business. But as with outdated mall bangs, Figlio should have just gotten a quick trim — and instead it got...

The ICC is excited to announce a new, very special, Book Club and Author Meet and Greet event! Now is your opportunity to read "All This Talk of Love", written by Italian American author, Christopher Castellani, participate in a discussion of the book, and meet Chris in person!   Participants will be asked to read the book on their own. On T...

Italian immigrants began settling in Minnesota 200 years ago and at the beginning of the 20th century the largest concentrations were living on the Iron Range, in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Stillwater. Early arrivals tended to be from northern Italy. Railroad workers hired in Chicago and sent northward, took up residence in St. Paul and Minneapoli...

"Cucina povera" and "alta cucina" may be apples and oranges (or rather mele e arance), but we Americans adore them just the same—indeed more than any other foreign cuisine, according to recent reports.   These 20 best Italian restaurants in America—which stretch from the best restaurants in Miami in the south right up to San Francisco's best...