On May 28, the FDA will lift the USDA ban on imported Italian cured pork products. This means we'll finally get to enjoy artisanal salami from parts of Italy like Emilia-Romagna and Piedmonte. Although according to The New York Times, it remains to be seen how much will be made available to us, given the cost of certification (upwards of $100,000)....

Trattoria Neapolis, an Italian restaurant and bar on South Lake Avenue, has announced that it will close after 2 1/2 years. The last day of service is set for Feb. 1.   "We are proud of our restaurant's food, drink, service and ambiance," the restaurant's crew wrote on its website. "We hope to see you in the next two weeks in the restaurant...

By Nathan Cambridge   If you were out early Sunday morning and thought you noticed an unusual deluge of cyclists flooding the streets from Pasadena, moving east in packs, you were not wrong. It was the second coming of the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Pasadena edition."It was an epic ride today," rider Royce Hudson, who rode the maximum distance avai...

by Maria Gloria   Dear Readers,The 126th Tournament of Roses Parade, held on the first day of each New Year in Pasadena, California, had its theme this year "Inspiring Stories". Featured was a "riderless horse" that represented Grand Marshall Louis Zamperini, a World War II hero and former Olympian, who died in July 2014, at the age of 97. Z...

Tournament of Roses President Rich Chinen announced Friday morning at Tournament House that Olympian and World War II hero and POW Louis Zamperini will be the Grand Marshal of the 126th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2015. At age 97, Zamperini is still hale and hardy, and ready to toss the coin at the Rose Bowl Game. The announcement of the Grand Marshal...

Il coro "Artemusica", diretto dal Maestro Ermanno Zotti, è stato protagonista di due esibizioni molto apprezzate dal folto pubblico accorso alla Saint Monica Church di Santa Monica e alla St. Peter the Apostle Church di Pasadena. Fondato nel 2011, il coro è composto esclusivamente da cantanti non-professionisti ed ha una struttura classica a quatt...

A so-called destination restaurant is an unfamiliar concept to those of us living in the culinary districts of Los Angeles. The thought of vehicular travel to some distant locale for dinner is a foreign notion, something reserved for chain restaurant-dining suburbanites. But the fact of the matter is that we all journey to other parts of town to v...

Più di quattrocento colorati e pronti alla sfida. Tanti erano i ciclisti che domenica mattina si sono dati appuntamento a Pasadena per la prima Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia, organizzata in collaborazione con la Gazzetta dello Sport e l'ICE di Los Angeles. Un giro inaugurale, non strettamente competitivo, ma ugualmente strutturato come gara, che ha vis...

by Michele Pluss   Frank Mangio loves his job. First of all, he describes his office as a "cozy wine bar," complete with overstuffed furniture, walls covered with photographs and several coolers housing more than one hundred bottles of wine. Not a bad place to come in to work five days a week.   Second, the work he does combines...

Pasadena is the home of Contessa Chocolate Collection where you can have a cup of espresso while you savor some Italian cuisine.   The "Contessa" of Pasadena is Maria Luisa Fabbri who has been delighting customers for the past 15 years with her food and charm. She also owns Contessa Italian Home Collection which is a gift shop. At her places...