Anna Bonavita nonprofit tour series uplifts the towns she explores while immersing visitors in a rejuvenating culinary, cultural and communal experience. Science launched Anna Bonavita’s career, but an appreciation for art led her to create an Italian film festival, a cultural center and a series of highly personal, connoisseur-level cultural tours...

Minnesota is getting its first Ferrari dealership. The Pohlad family's Carousel Motor Group is opening a dealership for the luxury sportscar brand in Golden Valley sometime this month, a news release says. The new Twin Cities Performance dealership is one of 45 Ferrari dealerships in the United States, with the next closest being in Chicago.  "We a...

There are many wonderful Italian restaurants in Minnesota! In the past, we’ve covered delicious spots like the waterfront Va Bene in Duluth and the family-owned Yarusso Bros. in St. Paul. But that barely scratches the surface of amazing Italian eateries in Minnesota. Today, we’d like to add another to your bucket list in the form of Nonna Rosa’s, a...

The Twin Cities has plenty of options for Italian American staples like pizza and pasta, but Jakeeno’s is one of the best. This popular family-owned restaurant has a nearly fifty-year legacy to back up its status as a local favorite for carbo-loading and comfort food alike. Jakeeno’s menu features an expansive set of dishes, all of which have a hom...

Cari amici, we are delighted to announce a new home for the Italian Cultural Center! In September 2021, the ICC will move its offices and classrooms to the vibrant North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis in the historic Traffic Zone Building. Our new location offers a larger, newly renovated space on the top floor of the building. Easy to reach, the...

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis is happy to announce that ICC has recently been appointed Presidio Letterario of the Società Dante Alighieri (DA), one of the most important Italian institution for the promotion and appreciation of Italian language and culture since 1889. ICC will join a network of cultural centers in Italy and abroad pro...

When the pandemic closed indoor dining, a new option fell in Chef Pasquale Presa's lap. Hy-Vee grocery stores wanted frozen pizzas for one of its Rochester stores. That soon grew to four stores and then seven. Presa ended up selling 75,000 crusts in 12 months from the grocery's shelves. Now he has a whole retail division working on branded sauces,...

St. Paul's Italian Festival plans to bring back its traditional format as the state lifts its capacity limits and the CDC issues new mask guidance. The festival, centered around St. Paul Roman Catholic Church at 16th and Walnut Streets, is scheduled for Aug. 6-8. Organizers waited to make the announcement in order to confirm the availability of ten...

The Trentini Tirolesi del Minnesota club has selected Elizabeth Corradi as its 2021 scholarship recipient. She was chosen for her commitment to the community, her academic achievements, and her personal knowledge of her Trentini heritage. Elizabeth graduated from Bemidji High School and is attending Concordia College in Moorhead to pursue a degree...

There's a special kind of church in Uptown right now that has a congregation of just one.  "It's become a church space for me, yes it has," Mark Balma said. "It definitely feels like that now." Balma has created a church-like space for himself in Uptown, where he has rented a studio to work on his paintings. He spends hours there each day, bringing...