News & Events

An Afternoon of Opera: “Opera, Story & Song” – May 15

Date 04.04.2022

One of Fondazione Italia’s students, Francesca Taylor, has launched a wonderful new organization called “Opera Italia – LA” that marries her love of the Italian language and Italian Opera. Opera Italia – LA’s first opera and dinner event will feature arias by Rossini, Verdi, and Mozart followed by the mini-opera, “The Telephone” by Gian Carlo Menotti. The entire first half will be sung in Italian, with subtitles in English.

Children’s Fun Lab at 1:5 pm! More Information

Sunday, May 15, 2022
Doors open 1:30 pm
Opera starts 2:00 pm
Dinner served 3:15 pm

Casa Italiana
1051 N Broadway
Los Angeles 90012

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Purchase Tickets – 10% off with FondazioneSPECIAL discount code

Proof of vaccination and mask required for this indoor event.

Eat, Pray, Love…in Italy! – Apr. 24

Date 03.27.2022

From the finest chocolate to majestic Baroque churches and romantic bridges, learn how you can eat, pray, and love across Italy and find inspiration for your next trip! Join Fondazione Italia’s very own Valeria Buldini in this FREE one-hour webinar presented in English with some Italian.

Sunday, April 24
10:00 am PST
Free Event


Feeding Fascism: The Politics of Women’s Food Work – Apr. 22

Date 04.08.2022

Dr. Diana Garvin will present her recently published book, Feeding Fascism: The Politics of Women’s Food Work (University of Toronto, 2021) in which she explores how women negotiated the politics of Italy’s Fascist regime in their daily lives and how they fed their families through agricultural and industrial labor. The book includes illustrations of rare cookbooks, kitchen utensils, cafeteria plans, and culinary propaganda to connect women’s political beliefs with the places that they lived and worked and the objects that they owned and borrowed. First-hand accounts, such as diaries, work songs, and drawings, demonstrate how women and the Fascist state vied for control over national diet across many manifestations – cooking, feeding, and eating – to assert and negotiate their authority.

Friday, April 22
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
via zoom

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Organized by prof. Brian J Griffith, UCLA Department of History, as part of his Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939 project

Winner of Carbonara Photo Contest Announced!

Date 04.06.2022

Congratulations to Liliana Garvin! The winner of our National Carbonara Day 2022 Photo Contest. Thank you to all of you who participated!

Did You Know?
Carbonara is most associated with Rome and the Lazio region, but as with so many Italian dishes, in Italy, its origin provokes much speculation and debate. Some connect it to pasta cacio e uova, a Neapolitan dish of pasta tossed with melted lard, beaten raw eggs, and cheese, as documented in Ippolito Cavalcanti’s 1839 Neapolitan cookbook. Because the name comes from the word carbonaro, “coal burner,” some believe the dish was created as a hearty easy-to-make meal by men working outdoors for long periods. Others trace it to the Allied liberation of Rome in 1944, with American GIs bringing their daily ration of eggs and bacon to local restaurants to add to the limited Italian menu. Supporting this story is the first written reference to the dish in newspaper La Stampa in 1950, describing it as a dish prized by American servicemen. Shortly after, carbonara also appears in Elizabeth David’s classic 1954 book Italian Food.

Design and Culture: An Italian Perspective – Apr. 23

Date 03.26.2022

This year’s event will include plenary lectures and an innovation panel focusing on different intersections between Italian culture, arts, sustainability, and design. Presentations will reveal the interlaced development of the historical genesis and significance of iconic Italian objects and brands and explore Italian industrial and fashion culture. The event promises to be a journey through the beauty and complexity of Italy’s intellectual and aesthetic import, celebrating the innovative genius behind the pursuit of style, yesterday and today.

This event will be the sixth edition of the Italian Perspective series, following Business and Culture (2016), Music and Culture (2017), Cinema and Culture (2018), Science and Culture (2019), and Food and Culture (2021). Once again, the presentation strives to be intellectually and aesthetically stimulating to both an academic and non-academic audience. The event is part of a broader vision to position the study of Italian culture as a productive and innovative interface with other academic disciplines and today’s industry.

Tickets cost $33 and are in support of Italian language and culture undergraduate education.

Musco Center for the Arts
Chapman  University – One University Dr, Orange, CA 92866
Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

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National Carbonara Day Photo Contest – April 6

Date 03.24.2022

April 6th is National Carbonara Day! Celebrate With Us by Entering Our Carbonara Photo Contest. ALL AGE LEVELS WELCOME!
Foodies and pasta lovers of all ages are invited to show off their culinary and photography skills! To celebrate National Carbonara Day, take a picture of yourself with a plate of Carbonara pasta you’ve made and send it to us by midnight on Monday, April 4th.

On Wednesday, April 6th, we will randomly select a winner who will receive a gift certificate for a FREE online Italian course during the Summer 2022 session with Fondazione Italia.

Contest Rules:
1)The picture must show you with a Carbonara dish.
2) Recommended resolution is 300 dpi.
3) Recommended size is 600px to 650px.
4) Please put your name on the picture and in file title.
5) Send picture to by April 4, 2022.

Submission of picture to photo contests constitutes permission to print your photo on our website and social media. No purchase is necessary to participate.

The Power of the Internship – Careers & Italian: Mar. 31

Date 03.24.2022

Calling all high school and college Italian language students! Join a FREE webinar organized by the Italian Language Foundation and AATI – American Association Teachers of Italian.
“The Power of Internships”
March 31, 2022
7:00pm EST / 6:00pmCST / 5:00pm MTN / 4:00pm PST
Italian Language Foundation and the AATI – American Association Teachers of Italian are pleased to invite you to a Roundtable Discussion with companies looking to hire students of Italian, like you!
The goal of the webinar is to provide both teachers and students with insights on how to achieve prestigious internship opportunities within worldwide known companies, and how to apply for future employment within these companies.
Engage with experienced company Executives willing to share their tips and knowledge on how to create a career taking advantage of your unique skill, speaking Italian.
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Easy Homemade Pasta! NO machine needed – Mar. 27

Date 03.04.2022

Fondazione Italia invites you to join Chef Cathy for a fun, hands-on virtual cooking class for all ages where students learn the easiest way to make homemade pasta shapes and an exquisite sauce to go with them! By the end of the class, you could have lunch ready to serve and wow your family and friends!
Sunday, March 27
10:00 am PST
This event is free


Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion & Art Festival – Mar. 20-26

Date 03.15.2022

The 17th annual Los Angeles Italia Film Festival will premiere the short The Last Supper: the Living Tableau a recreation of Leonardo’s masterpiece, by director Armondo Linus Acosta with Oscar winners cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, production designer Dante Ferretti and set decorator Francesca Lo Schiavo, working together for the first time.

The Festival will honor director Sergio Rubini and cinematographer Dante Spinotti.

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Dates: Sunday, March 20, 2022 to Saturday, March 26, 2022

Organized by : Istituto Capri nel Mondo with Ministry of Culture, ENI, and Italian Trade Agency, under the patronage of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Ministry of Economic Development

In collaboration with : Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles, and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

Entrance : Free

Italian Design Day 2022 – Mar. 23

Date 03.15.2022

Italian Design Day is an annual celebration of Italian Design launched in 2017 by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration and with the support of the Ministry of Culture. This year’s theme is Re-Generation. Design and new technologies for a sustainable future.
You’re invited to a hybrid one-hour talk focusing on the roots of Italian design as well as how top young designers and brands are redefining the idea of “Made in Italy” and presenting design as a tool for an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and culturally inclusive future.
March 23 2022 | 12:00 PM PST
Zoom Live streaming from the Paola Lenti and Giorgetti Showroom in West Hollywood
The panel will include a keynote address by Prof. Paola Bertola (Politecnico di Milano | Ambassador of the Italian Design Day 2022 in Los Angeles) who will also moderate the contributions of award-winning designer and co-founder of Eligo, Alberto Nespoli, AIALA’s 2022 Committee on the Environment Chair, Miranda Gardiner, and the representatives of two Italian brands in the Melrose Design District, Robina Benson (Paola Lenti) and Moreno Vitaloni (Giorgetti).
Welcome remarks by the Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles, Silvia Chiave, the Italian Trade Commissioner, Alessandra Rainaldi, and the Director of Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, Emanuele Amendola.