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Fondazione Italia is now on Instagram – Follow us!

Date 01.22.2019

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“Primo Levi and The Memory of the Holocaust” – Jan. 28

Date 01.18.2019

On the centenary year of the birth of Primo Levi, the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and the Museum of Tolerance invite you to a special program, PRIMO LEVI AND THE MEMORY OF THE HOLOCAUST which includes a dramatic reading of The Truce by well-known Italian actor, Riccardo Bocci.

Monday, January 28, 2019
6:30 pm Reading of Names*
7:00 pm Program

This program is offered free of charge. Seating is limited. Advance RSVP is required.

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“Paint & Speak” Valentine’s Italian Art Workshop Open for Enrollment – Orange

Date 01.18.2019

You are invited to experience a “Paint & Speak” Italian art workshop led by expert Italian artist and language teacher Ylenia Mino! Ylenia will guide students through the creation of a Valentine’s Day themed painting while teaching you new vocabulary words and phrases with the goal of enriching your Italian language skills through the artistic medium of painting. This workshop is intended for all proficiency levels including absolute beginners. Release your creativity and learn Italian!

SATURDAY, February 2
Orange County Language Center on the beautiful Chapman University Campus
1 University Drive – Doti Hall

Kids Workshop (5+) – 1:00 to 2:00 pm – $28*
Adults Workshop – 2:00 – 3:30 pm – $40*

*art materials are included in workshop fee.

Deadline to register is January 31.

Information & Registration

NEW! Adult Beginning Italian Conversation Class in Malibu

Date 01.18.2019

Fondazione Italia is excited to start a collaboration with Malibu Recreation Center to offer Adult Italian language classes and workshops to the Malibu community.

Beginning Italian Conversation – January 31:  8-week  class meets on Thursdays at 6:00 pm.
“Italian for Travelers” – March  9: Morning workshop meets on Saturday at 11:30 am.

For price and location information and to register visit…

Franklin Elementary K-6 Italian Dual-Immersion Program Accepting Applications

Date 01.15.2019

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are being accepted now for the Franklin Elementary Italian Dual Immersion Program. To enter Kindergarten, your child must be five years old by September 1, 2019. Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) Italian dual immersion is a 90/10 program that provide students an opportunity to learn two languages starting in kindergarten. The goal of GUSD’s FLAG programs is to develop bilingualism and bi-literacy by the end of elementary school.

To be included in the lottery, applications must be submitted online by
January 31, 2019

You must attend a tour of the school to complete your application process. Sign-up for a tour

NEW! Fondazione Italia South Bay Location Open for Enrollment!

Date 01.14.2019

Fondazione Italia’s Italian Language Center in Redondo Beach is now open for enrollment! Spring session of Italian language classes for kids and adults starts Saturday, February 22!

Location, pricing and schedule

Buona Befana a Tutti!

Date 01.05.2019

On January 6th of every year Italians celebrate the 12th day of Christmas, locally known as Epiphany. On this day, it’s rumored, that the good witch La Befana delivers Christmas presents and treats to all of the children of Italy.

The legend of Befana began thousands of years ago and remains to this day a tradition practiced by Italian children and their families. As the story goes, one day, the three Magi left their country bearing special gifts of gold, incense and myrrh for the new-born Jesus Christ. They were guided by a star across many countries. At every village that they passed, people ran to meet them and accompany them in their journey.

But there was one old woman who did not join the Magi. She claimed to be too busy with her housework and promised to join them later when she had time. The next day, she realized her mistake and frantically ran after the Magi with gifts for the child, still clutching her broom. But it was too late – the Magi were long gone.

Ever since then the old woman has been known as “La Befana” or simply “Befana.” On the eve of January 6th, Befana flies from house to house on her old broomstick and delivers all the gifts she didn’t give to the Holy Child to good girls and boys.

In fact, Befana’s name is the Greek word “epifania” or “epiphany,” and is significant because the religious feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th.

Find out more about La Befana!



Italian Classes in Burbank & West LA Starting Soon! Register by Jan. 8 to receive discount

Date 01.04.2019

Fondazione Italia’s winter session of Italian language classes for kids and adults at our Burbank and West LA language centers start on Saturday, January 12.

To view our selection of classes and schedule visit class locations.

Receive $45 off if you enroll by January 8th.

New Year’s Food Traditions in Italy

Date 12.29.2018

Italians celebrate New Year’s Eve, known as the Vigilia, Capodanno or Festa di San Silvestro, with a cenone (big feast), often featuring foods symbolic of wishes for the coming year, and washed down with plenty of Prosecco or spumante (“sparkling wine”). Felice Anno Nuovo!!!

Lenticchie (Lentils)

The star of many New Year’s dinners throughout Italy is lentils; with their coin-like shape, they were traditionally believed to bring prosperity in the new year. They are commonly served with either cotechino or zampone.


Pork is considered a lucky New Year’s food because it’s so fatty and rich and the classic accompaniment for New Year’s lentils in many parts of Italy is cotechino. Originally from Modena, a town in the Emilia-Romagna region, cotechino is a large sausage made from pork rind, meat, fat, and spices. It’s usually sold partially cooked or raw, and then simmered over low heat and sliced into rounds before serving.

Risotto in bianco (White risotto)

In Piemonte and Friuli, grains of rice represent coins, and while cooking, rice grows in the pot the way that you’d like your wealth to multiply in the new year, so a traditional New Year’s dinner includes a risotto in bianco (white risotto).

Tortellini or Cappelletti in Broth

In the Emilia-Romagna region, tortellini or cappelletti, small filled pasta dumplings, are often eaten on New Year’s in a rich, meaty broth. Capodanno, one of the several Italian names for the new year, literally means the “head of the year” and cappelletti means “little hats,” so perhaps that’s why it’s an appropriate way to “cap off” the old year and begin the new one

Sfincione (Sicilian-Style Pizza)

In Sicily, a New Year’s treat that “non può mancare” is sfincione, a thick-crust, rectangular pizza made with onions, bread crumbs, and caciocavallo cheese, the ancestor of what is known as “Sicilian-style pizza” in the United States.

This makes a great finger food for New Year’s Eve parties

Veneziana or Pandoro

Veneziana is a sweet, buttery leavened cake similar to classic Italian yeasted Christmas cakes (Veronese pandoro or Milanese panettoneminus the candied fruit and topped with crunchy pearl sugar and slivered almonds and traditionally enjoyed in Venice on New Year’s Eve. Long, thin slices of star-shaped pandoro are also often served at New Year’s Eve parties, dusted with powdered sugar and perhaps dipped in melted dark chocolate.

Auguri di Buone Feste – Happy Holidays!

Date 12.23.2018

Fondazione Italia wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!