Santa Monica is a global city. We have residents from all over the globe, and businesses that serve a multitude of ethnic cuisines. There’s a wide selection of Japanese from Ramen to Sushi, Vietnamese, French, Mexican and a smattering of other ethnicities. While we have three open Jewish Delis (Bagel Nosh, Fromin’s and Wexler’s) and Izzy’s remains...

From December 9 to December 13. Locations: AERO THEATRE - 1328 Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA 90403; LOS FELIZ THEATRE - 1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027. Co-presented by Cinecittà. Few Italian filmmakers since Fellini have paired sumptuous visual style with piquant social commentary as effectively as Paolo Sorrentino, who also brings a barbe...

A few days ago, the Taste Awards 2021, often called “the Oscars of Food, Fashion and Lifestyle Media”, were assigned. For the the fourth time an Italian chef, Ale Gambini, has been recognized by The Taste Awards commission as creator, host, and chef of online food programs (A Queen in the Kitchen, Estate Italiana, Eatalians-Fresh Up Your Life).  If...

An esteemed chef with deep ties to the Westside has opened an Italian restaurant called Piccolo with two locations in Santa Monica and Venice.  Piccolo’s kitchen is helmed by co-owner and Executive Chef Antonio Mure, who has opened numerous restaurants throughout his career, including the former Michelin-starred La Botte in Santa Monica, the curren...

As outdoor dining reopens and local restaurants begin the road to recovery the Daily Press is highlighting one excellent eatery a week. This week the spotlight is on Piccolo: a new Italian neighborhood eatery focused on homemade pastas and high-quality meat and fish dishes that play with spice, texture, and sweet and savory flavors. While many rest...

United Colors of Benetton has opened the doors to its first US pop up store in more than 4 years. Located in the Santa Monica Place shopping center, the four-week pop-up event started on October 25, 2019, and will conclude on November 24, 2019. Showcasing the brand’s evolution to streetwear-inspired design and sustainable fashion under the artistic...

Custom Works draws on Dainese’s 45 years of experience in the design and production of personalized leather racing suits. Since its founding in 1972, Dainese has outfitted some of the greatest riders of all time, including Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi. Custom Works makes all of Dainese’s innovation and craftsmanship available to motorcycle...

Plans for an eight-story building at the corner of 6th Street and Colorado Avenue are moving forward. Last week, the Planning Commission unanimously approved the project, which is located one block from the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line station and will replace two low-rise buildings. The building at 601 Colorado Ave. will contain 140 market-rate...

A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced by a MEET ITALY member to Expert Dojo, an accelerator in Santa Monica, where a few Italian start-ups are sharpening their skills in an effort to grow into global businesses. I was kindly invited to spend some time with these young entrepreneurs and share my experiences dealing professionally in the USA and he...

A rustic restaurant with European flair will open Monday in the space that housed Wilshire for 14 years. New owner Michael Greco has transformed the building and its spacious patio into an inviting, 300-seat villa where diners can enjoy a menu from chef Brendan Collins that blends Italian and Californian influences. Greco replaced Wilshire’s wooden...