by Nancy Ngo   Italian fare is back in Calhoun Square, in the spot once occupied by the long-running Figlio, which had most recently been an American restaurant and bar.   Parella, with white walls, cozy booths and an open kitchen, offers a contemporary dining space. Michael Larson of Digby's in Roseville brought in Todd Macdonald of...

by Mecca Bos   Minneapolis, can we not have nice things? It seems like the bombardment of too many Italian restaurants focusing on crudo means they are already starting to fall like a house of cards. One of our very favorites, Parella, recently lost Executive Chef Todd Macdonald (though he is remaining as silent partner).   He we...

Are you an intermediate speaker of Italian who loves opera? Have you always wanted to have a better understanding of the words? Now is your opportunity to discover more of Verdi's "Rigoletto"!   Join ICC's native Italian instructor, Mirella Heimpel, as she uncovers the famous opera. You will listen to the music, pause to learn new language p...

The 8th Annual Italian Film Festival is less than two weeks away! We have a wonderful line-up of ten films never before seen in Minnesota, including a silent film with live accompaniment by avant-garde band Sun Silo. Comedies, dramas, crime, romance--it's all here at the Italian Film Festival!   The best way for ICC members to support the Fe...

All members are invited to the annual meeting of the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Join us to learn about our achievements for this year, exciting plans for next year and meet fellow members! This year we are honored to have WCCO TV co-anchors, Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello in attendance. We wish to recognize Frank...

It is our pleasure to announce the visit of Italian American author, Christopher Castellani! Chris is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship award, and we are pleased to have planned a two-part event. Those who register for the book club can read Chris' most recent novel, "All This Talk of Love", and discuss it at the ICC on Thursday, May 29...

Dear Friend of the Italian Cultural Center, We ask for your support on Give to the Max Day, this Thursday, November 13, 2014. Billed as the "Great Minnesota Give Together", this is a day for all of us to support those organizations that inspire us individually and speak to us as a community.   As we continue to promote the best of Italian...

The new restaurant going into the space formerly known as Porter & Frye will be called Monello. Jester Concepts will open the new restaurant at Minneapolis' Hotel Ivy this summer, according to the restaurant's website, which went live Wednesday.   Monello is Italian for "sea urchin," according to a post by food critic Dara Moskowitz...

Visitors to two popular Twin Cities museums will be able to grab a bite of Italian after enjoying a slice of history in the near future. The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) announced Wednesday it has struck a deal with D'Amico Catering, which will be the "official caterer" of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and Mill City Museum in...

Lenny Russo has taken anything but the straight path in life. How a native of Hoboken, N.J., came to Minneapolis and became a champion of Midwestern foods and farmers is a story of purpose and planning. "Nobody comes to Minnesota for the weather," notes Russo, who left a career as a therapist to cook professionally. Celebrating culinary...