Thousands of spectators strolled along the Santa Barbara Mission’s plaza Sunday to watch artists at work during the free I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival, which runs through Monday. Roughly 140 large-scale images are being drawn with pastel chalk, and they stretch across the pavement in front of the mission. The 32nd annual gathering —...

“It’s just a feast,” says Adele Spalluto Hubbard as she reflects on her family’s personally vetted retail collection of handmade, hand-painted Italian ceramics. “They are exactly like a painting, hand done with a brush, painstakingly made with love, and that’s the charm.” Thirty-five years ago, her father, Ben Spalluto, an Italian immigrant, starte...

Cari Amici – Dear Friends, it is with the greatest pleasure that we announce this special event.  With the title of Vino e Pizza, a Presentation and Tasting of Italian Wines, we are proposing the unusual joining of two  traditional Italian culinary icons: The multi-flavored pizza much- loved by everyone all over the world and three excellent iconic...

It’s been 25 years since Andy “The Singing Chef” LoRusso — a onetime R&B singer who moved to Santa Barbara in 1977 — first published Sing & Cook Italian, thereby launching a full-fledged career as a chef/performer who’s since sang and sizzled at food events around the world. This edition dusts off and updates some of those original recipes — such a...

This weekend the Gelato Festival made its first stop in Santa Barbara. With 10 competitors ranging from Sicily to North Carolina, the Gelato Festival was a real treat, pun most definitely intended. The competition featured gelatos produced on-site with all fresh ingredients the day of. My VIP pass gave me a glimpse at the refrigeration truck where...

The Consulate General of Italy, in order to facilitate the access to the services rendered by the passport department to our citizens living in areas far away from Los Angeles has organized the following meetings: 26 ottobre 2017 - San Pedro 1 novembre 2017 - Phoenix 6 dicembre 2017 - Albuquerque 9 november 2017 - Santa Barbara For further informat...

When you visit amazing cultural cities like Florence and Rome, there is a central theme displayed on almost every corner… real, authentic Italian gelato. Today, gelato shops have started popping up all across the United States but artisanal Italian gelato is still widely unknown in the U.S. compared to countries in Europe. Now, Gelato Festival is c...

The hands caught the attention of those walking by the front of the Santa Barbara Mission. The artist, barefoot and covered head to toe in chalk, bounced her head to the music from her ear buds and swiped soft hues along the pavement canvas. She scanned a reference image and lifted her head to view the result, then rubbed in the pastel chalk with h...

I Madonnari is coming back to the Santa Barbara Mission this weekend, when street painters will decorate the plaza using pastels on pavement, creating about 150 bold and vibrant, large-scale art pieces. The local I Madonnari Italian street painting festival will celebrate its 31st anniversary this year, having brought this tradition from the romant...

Ferragamo is one of the most renowned names in high fashion footwear. Born in Italy, Salvatore Ferragamo became the “shoemaker of dreams” in Hollywood, designing for films and privately for the stars. He eventually returned to Italy and built a company whose name became synonymous with quality and style. Salvatore was born in the small village of B...