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Renaissance Cuisine Online Workshop : Join us at the Medici Table! – Dec. 11

Date 11.14.2022

Have you ever wondered what dishes might have been on the menu if you were invited to dine at the Medici table or what common people ate in Renaissance Italy? In celebration of the annual Settimana della Cucina Italiana Nel Mondo, Fondazione Italia is excited to offer a  FREE online workshop that will answer these questions and provide more interesting facts like what was Leonardo da Vinci’s contribution to cooking while overseeing the kitchen of Ludovico il Moro, future Duke of Milano? We hope you will join us while we explore the culinary traditions of Italian Renaissance cuisine and learn why Italians eat what they eat and how yesterday’s recipes can become a source of inspiration in today’s kitchen. The presentation will be in English with Maestra Antonella.

Sunday, December 11 @ 10:00 am PST


World Week of Italian Cuisine is here! – Nov. 14 to 20

Date 11.10.2022

Conviviality, sustainability and innovation: the ingredients of Italian cuisine for people’s health and the protection of the planet” is the theme of the seventh annual “ Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World” which will run in Los Angeles from the 14th to the 20th of November 2022.

With more than 8,000 events organized in over 100 countries in the last 6 editions, the Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World has established itself as one of the flagship initiatives of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote the best of the “Made in Italy” brand abroad, with a particular focus on the Italian agri-food chain. The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and Sistema Italia (ITA, IIC), in collaboration with Accademia Italiana Cucina (AIC), the Gastronomical Sciences University of Pollenzo, Eataly LA, IMPASTIAMO, Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano, Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, Fondazione Water Longo, Creating Cures Foundation, ITTV Forum & Festival and Casa Modena, will celebrate the week with in-person culinary events all over the city. From Pizza Masterclasses to wine tastings, it will be a chance for the Angelenos to deep dive into the extraordinary Italian culinary culture.

 menu of events

A Focus on Semolina Pasta: Tradition and Health – Nov. 14

Date 11.02.2022

On the occasion of the 7th World Week of Italian Cuisine The Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and Lingua Viva under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and in collaboration with Eataly and Create Cures Foundation present “A Focus on Semolina Pasta: Tradition and Health.”

November 14, 2022 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm
La Scuola at Eataly Los Angeles
10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, California

$100 | Purchase Tickets

In collaboration with the Valter Longo Foundation and Lingua Viva, the language school of the Italian Cultural institute in Los Angeles, join us for A Focus on Semolina Pasta. Our Chef of La Scuola will share the secrets behind one of Italy’s simplest and most delicious pastas famous from the Southern end of the boot. Not only is it a unique preparation for hand made pasta, but it is a healthy source of food for energy and more. Let’s take a quick trip to the South with the Chef of La Scuola to explore the intricate pasta made in the South. In this class, guests will:

Explore the traditional style of making with Semolina flour in Southern Italy.
Discover the health benefits of semolina flour-based pasta and the different sauces paired.
Try your own hand at preparing semolina pasta with the guidance of our Chef of La Scuola.
Enjoy a southern inspired dish prepared by Chef of La Scuola with a complementary glass of wine.

Please note for this class, we are not able to accommodate gluten allergy for class activity. A meal with a gluten free pasta can be served. Our facility is not certified celiac free, there may be trace amounts of cross contamination.

Next Fall-Winter Session of Adult Italian Courses Open for Registration! Discount Available

Date 10.31.2022

Our next session of Italian language courses for adults start in November! $15 if enroll by November 15 if use GRAZIE15 coupon code!

See all courses available HERE.

Jews in Italian Music Life, 1450-1950 – Nov. 6

Date 11.02.2022

Musicologists, historians and scholars of Jewish Studies and other disciplines explore Italian-Jewish musical life from the Renaissance down to the present. The conference concludes with the concert “Illumination: Italian Jewish Music Rediscovered” featuring guest Miriam Camerini and Manuel Buda from Milan. IN PERSON AND ONLINE

Sunday, November 6
Conference 10 am – 5:30 pm MST | Concert 7:30 – 9 pm MST
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Organized by Arizona State University Jewish Studies in collaboration with The Irving and Miriam Lowe Endowed Professorship; Dean of Humanities, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Roma Witcoff; Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles, School of International Letters and Cultures, and in partnership with the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre; and Beth El Congregation, Phoenix

This conference is free and open to the public and is being offered both in-person and online.

Program & RSVP to attend live via zoom

Winners Announced! K-12 Italian Video Contest #SLIM2022

Date 10.24.2022

In honor of the 22nd annual Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo (Week of the Italian Language in the World) theme, “L’italiano e i giovani. Come Scusa? Non ti followo,” Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Consulates General of Italy in Los Angeles & San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institutes of Los Angeles & San Francisco, invited K-12 students to participate in a video contest that will showcase their creativity and connection to the Italian language.  Students in grades K-12 were to create a short “TikTok” style video in Italian that uses an English word that has been “Italianized” and is being used by today’s youth (“giovani”). For example, a text “chat” has created the new slang verb “chattare” in Italian so a student may film themselves having a conversation in which they use the verb “chattare.” can also consider get creative and have fun with their videos!

Winners Announced!

Please join us in congratulating Annabelle Peterson from Los Angeles and the Italian 7/8 students from la Scuola in San Francisco for submitting the winning videos!

“Ciao, Ciao”  by Annabelle Petersen

“L’italiano, una lingua millernaria” by Italian 7/8  class from La Scuola SF

Eros Ramazzotti in Concert in LA – Oct. 30

Date 10.21.2022

Don’t miss Eros  Ramazzotti in concert on his Battitto Infinito Tour at the Microsoft theater in Los Angeles on October 30 at 8:00 pm.

Tickets and Tour Information

Eros Ramazzotti is unquestionably one of the most successful artists, with songs that have marked the history of Italian music and have been heard around the world: 70 million records sold, 2 billion streams and almost 2 billion views on YouTube.

After 14 studio albums, completely sold out European and world tours, innumerable awards, certifications and acknowledgements, he is now celebrating 35 years of his career with the WORLD TOUR PREMIÈRE – ten exclusive previews for a new chapter in his artistic and musical career, in five of the most prestigious arenas in the world, starting on 15 September 2022 at La Maestranza in Seville, then in Agrigento, Verona, Athens and Caesarea.

In November 2021, he was the first Italian artist to sign a global deal for his artistic activity around the world: an agreement between Radiorama – the legacy company that produces all of Ramazzotti’s artistic work – and Vertigo, an Italian company that is part of the Eventim Live International group, a German entertainment giant. For the first time, an Italian artist has partnered with a single entity, a leader in the field of live production, on all aspects of his career.

The last unreleased album of unreleased songs by Eros, “Vita ce n’è” dates back to 2018, followed by a colossal tour of over 90 shows in 32 countries around the world, the “Vita Ce N’è World Tour”, which started at the Olympiahalle in Munich with a double sold out performance. The album marks the beginning of the project of remastering and reissuing on vinyl and in digital format the records that have marked his artistic journey, a musical voyage through many different stages to rediscover a timeless catalog: “Dove C’è Musica”, “Nuovi Eroi”, “Tutte Storie”, “ER9S”, “Stilelibero”, “In Ogni Senso”, “In Certi Momenti”.

Week of Italian Language in the World – Oct. 17 – 22 #SLIM2022

Date 10.18.2022

Today marks the beginning of the 22nd Annual Week of Italian Language, a yearly worldwide celebration of the Italian language and creativity. The theme for the 22nd edition of the Week is The Italian Language and the Youth. For the occasion, the e-book L’italiano e i giovani (Italian and the Youth), published by the Accademia della Crusca, will be available for a free download through the Week. The book is in Italian.

The Week of Italian Language was born in 2001, in cooperation with the Accademia della Crusca. It is organized during the third week of October by the Embassies, Consulates, and Italian Cultural Institutes, with the support of the Ministry of Culture (MiC), the Ministry of University and Research (MUR), the Government of Switzerland and all of the main partners for the promotion of the Italian language.

Visit the events pages of your local Italian Consulate and Italian Cultural Institutes to see what events are happening in your town to celebrate la Settimana della Lingua Italiana!

NewPort Beach Film Festival’s Italian Spotlight – Oct. 18

Date 09.20.2022

You are invited to the The Newport Beach Film Festival Italian Spotlight on October 18th, 2022 for the U.S. premiere of “La Cena Perfetta.” Red carpet, film showing, and after-party includes food, music and drinks!
“La Cena Perfetta”
Directed by Davide Minnella
October 18th @ 7:00 pm
Triangle 3
Plot: Carmine is a good-hearted mafioso who runs a money-laundering restaurant. Consuelo is an ambitious chef in search of perfection. When they meet and discover a shared love for food and the dream of winning a Michelin star, their odd relationship affords them both a second chance at life, and an opportunity for redemption.
Friends of Fondazione Italia receive $5 off ticket price with coupon code Italian2022!

Festa Italiana in San Pedro’s Little Italy – Oct. 15 & 16

Date 10.12.2022

Join Little Italy of Los Angeles Association for their 2nd Annual Festa Italiana in San Pedro the weekend of October 15 & 16! This two-day family friendly festival will bring authentic Italian vendors and entertainers to the downtown streets of San Pedro to celebrate Italian Heritage Month in a big way. Join Little Italy of Los Angeles Association in collaboration with Councilmember Joe Buscaino of the CD 15 to honor community members for their commitment to service and the Italian culture.
Food vendors include Buono’s, JTrani’s, The Italian American Club, Daiana’s Cookies, Ciao Bella Pizza, La Bocca Felice, Rita’s of California, Gelato Go, Rudi’s Gourmet Imports, Pirozzi’s Deli, among others. See complete list below. At the main stage, attendees will be able to enjoy performances by Christian Guardino, Steve Oliver, John Racca, Emanuela Bellezza, Britany Bertier, Mark Giovi , Val Martinez, Madison Steele, Nick D’Egidio, Rudy Rios and Domenic Bologna.
A percent of all proceeds from vendors go directly to benefit the Little Italy of Los Angeles Association (LILAA). LILAA Is a 501c3 organization focused on promoting community and the Italian culture through events, programs and the development of Little Italy, San Pedro on 6th Street. The Little Italy District runs along 6thstreet beginning at Centre St down to the soon to be Miramare Piazza.