News & Events

Make Pizza at Home with Elisabetta Ciardullo – July 17

Date 07.14.2020

Join the IIC and Elisabetta Ciardullo, founder of Think Italian! Events,  for a virtual cooking event and learn how to make pizza from scratch and cook it using your regular kitchen oven!

For more information and to register call or text 310 741-9669
Zoom meeting invitation will be sent upon registration. The session will be recorded.

Friday, July 17
12:00 – 1:30 pm

Free Virtual Seminar on Hidden Treasures of Italy: The Opera dei Pupi – July 24

Date 07.07.2020

This free 1-hour seminar presented by Dr. Federico Pacchioni will explore the cultural and artistic significance of the Opera dei Pupi, a form of puppet theater original of Sicily that has had much success in the island as well as abroad which. This unique art form, inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, provides an opportunity to appreciate a number fascinating features of Italy’s literature, folklore and craftsmanship. Seminar will be presented in English.

Friday, July 24 @ 5:00 pm PST


Geronimo Stilton with Sofia & Maya! Free Virtual Workshop for Kids – July 16

Date 07.07.2020

It’s Italian story-time! Uhm….…. No! It’s Geronimo Stilton time! Join Italian-American teen sisters (and ex Fondazione Italia and Franklin students),  Sofia and Maya for a fun adventure through time! During this free 30-minute workshop, Sofia and Maya will read and interpret Geronimo Stilton’s exciting story “Viaggio nel Tempo,” stimulating children’s fantasy and promoting their comprehension of Italian vocabulary. Open to children 5 years and up with some pre-existing  knowledge of Italian.

Thursday, July 16 @ 4:00 PM PST


Researching Your Italian Roots Virtual Workshop: Italian Records – July 8

Date 07.01.2020

In this third session of NIAF’s Virtual Genealogy Series, we are going to pretend we are in the Italian Archives researching our family; we will show you where you can find Italian Vital Records, Military Records, Passport Records, Notary Records, among others. Whether you are applying for Italian Citizenship or researching your Family History, finding the Italian vital records of your Italy-born Ancestor who migrated here, is essential. Bianca Ottone, founder of My Italian Family will explain how to use available online databases, provide useful tips, including live demonstrations.

Wednesday, July 8 @ 6:00 PM EST

You must register to attend and the fee is $25. You will learn how you can go back centuries, unveil generations of family information, and support the National Italian American Foundation at the same time. We hope to see you then!


Italian Cooking Hacked! Lasagne al Pesto Made Easy – July 8

Date 06.26.2020

Join Deborah Graci as she walks you through this free virtual cooking lesson on how to make Lasagne al Pesto, a tasty and delicious summer alternative to traditional lasagna. This delicate dish will surprise you with an appetizing Ligurian pesto and béchamel sauce.

Presentation is in English. Advanced registration is required.

Please note: if more than one family member is using the same computer to participate you only need to register for one person.

Wednesday, July 8 @ 12:00 pm PST


Live from Siena! A 4-Part Tour Series for Kids (in italiano!) – July 6

Date 06.08.2020

Join Anna Piperato for 4 weekly live tours of the beautiful city of Siena, Italy!  Michelle Cescatti from Perceptive Parenting will be the moderator and virtual assistant.

In real time, Anna will show your child the highlights of Siena, including the Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral, as well as some hidden gems and local haunts, such as her favorite gelateria and restaurants. Children will not only get a feel for Siena’s medieval streets, but they’ll also learn about the city’s history, culture, and traditions, such as the annual Palio horse race. And the icing on the cake – or la panna sul gelato – is that we will do all of this in italiano. English questions are of course welcomed, and we’ll work together to make sure your child feels comfortable expressing themselves in either language.

• 4 weekly live tours of Siena for children ages 8-13. Parents are welcome to attend but the Q&A is just for the kids!
• Tours will be broadcast live via Zoom; Michelle will send you the login information via email.
• Each tour will last approximately 1 hour.
• Tours #2-4 will based on children’s interests and questions from each previous tour.
• Each tour will end with a Q&A session.
• Siblings may join with a sibling discount. Please inquire for details.
• Space will be limited to 15 participants to ensure a personal experience.

For one child, the cost is €40 (approximately $44) for all 4 tours, but if you have another child (or 2!), they will be half price. Please select the appropriate option from the drop-down menu.
• Because the idea is to build upon each tour based on the children’s interests, single “tickets” will not be available.


Please email us if you have any questions about this experience! R

* Weather disclaimer! I don’t mind the rain, but should the heavens open a tour might not be possible. We will work together to reschedule!*

DATES and TIME: All tours will begin at 9:30 am PST (12.30 EST; 18:30 Siena time).
1. Monday July 6th
2. Monday July 13th
3. Monday July 20th
4. Monday July 27th

Ancient Rome: The Building of an Empire – Free Virtual Seminar June 28

Date 06.26.2020

Learn about the rise of the Roman Empire from Antonella Gleason.  During this free one-hour virtual seminar you will learn how a small town of herdsmen and traders, who settled on the banks of the Tiber River, eventually built one of the most expansive empires in history! How was the Mediterranean Sea transformed into the “Mare Nostrum,” (Latin for “our sea”) by the Romans? Beginning from the founding of Rome in 753 BC, this seminar will explore Rome’s wars of expansion from its monarchical years to the Roman Republic.

June 28 @ 10:00 am PST

This free one-hour seminar will be presented in English. Advanced registration by June 27 is required.


Fare Cinema 2020 – Italian Cinema Online June 15-21

Date 06.17.2020

The Italian Cultural of Los Angeles in collaboration with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is pleased to invite you to the third edition of Fare Cinema, a special event dedicated to Italian film industry professionals, highlighting their talent around the world, goes virtual from June 15 to June 21, 2020 and will be available for free on RaiPlay and on our YouTube channel. Exclusive video content that will be broadcast internationally includes award-winning short movies and masterclasses, as well as a special tribute to director Federico Fellini and actor Alberto Sordi, whose centennial are being celebrated around the world.

On Friday, June 19, in collaboration with the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and it’s current President Lorenzo Soria, we will also share some exclusive Fellini related content and more. Materials from the Los Angeles presentation of a the stunning 4k restoration of Fellini’s ROMA funded by the HFPA to honor the director’s Centennial plus other videos from the HFPA archives will be posted on our YouTube channel with an introduction by HFPA Board member Luca Celada.

The initiative is promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, ANICA, Agenzia ICE and Luce Cinecittà and is organized in Los Angeles by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Andiamo a Roma! A Virtual Tour of Rome for Kids (Italian or English) – June 12

Date 06.08.2020

Join artist Maestra Ylenia on a children’s tour of Ancient Rome! Art expert Ylenia Mino and her friend Pimpa will take children on a virtual tour of Rome to visit its main attractions and learn fun facts about its history! This free 30-minute virtual seminar is for children ages 4+ and will be presented in Italian.

2:00 pm PST – English – Register
2:30 pm PST – Italian – Register

Italian Cooking Hacked! Sicilian Cannoli Made Easy – June 10

Date 06.08.2020

June 10 @ 12:00 pm PST – Join Deborah Graci in this free 1-hour cooking workshop as she walks you through how to make the undisputed prince of Sicilian desserts…cannoli! Deborah’s grandmother used to tell her that cannoli originated in Caltanissetta. The name Caltanissetta in Arabic means “women’s castle.” During the period that the Arab empire was in Sicily, the emirs possessed a harem rich in women who would devote themselves to the preparation of many dishes. One of these dishes was the cannolo. Cannolo is a fried pastry filled with sweet ricotta cheese. Deborah will share her grandmother’s recipe with you and show you tricks to make the preparation of the dessert easier without compromising taste!

Presentation is in English. Upon registration you will receive list of ingredients to purchase before the workshop. Advanced registration by June 9 is required.