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Family Italy 5k Fun Run Fundraiser for Fondazione Italia – June 5

Date 05.16.2022

Celebrate Italy’s National Day, la Festa della Repubblica, by joining us for a Family Italy 5k Fun Run followed by a fun-filled Italian festival packed with Italian treats and games for the little ones!

Organized by Little Italy of Los Angeles Association (LILAA) and presented by Enel X Way, the Family Italy 5k Fun Run will take place in San Pedro’s Little Italy on Sunday, June 5. The 5k run for competitive, non-competitive runners, and families starts at 8:00 am (all participants must start run no later than 8:30). The Family Italy 5k Fun Run is open to people of all ages, families with strollers and kids are most welcome for a walk in the sun (shorter course available for families). Italian Festival opens following the end of the run (approximately 9:30 am)

Everybody who registers will receive a t-shirt, medal, free pizza, complimentary glass of wine (for the over 21 crowd), and a sweet treat.

All 5k Family Fun Run registrant’s 13+ will be given the chance to win two round trip ticket from Los Angeles to Rome OR a two-night stays in a luxury hotel in Tuscany! Must be present at Italian Street Festival with bib number to win. 

Italy 5k Run registration details:

1)     On second page of online registration form you will be given the option to either pick up your bib(s) on Saturday, 4th of June in San Pedro or in West LA, or the day of the run from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. *Registrants must have a bib number and be present at the Italian Festival in order to win two R/T ticket or 2-night stay in Tuscany

2)     Group discounts for more than 15 people available!
3)     Kids 12 and under are free but you must register them for race to get a bib, t-shirt and food tickets.

REGISTER TODAY at or scan the QR code on FLYER.

A portion of the proceeds raised will be given to LILAA and Fondazione Italia, two non-profit organizations that will devote funds to scholarships, supporting Italian in schools, organizing Italian events and more to support their join mission to promote Italian language and culture.

Can’t participate in the run but you still want to donate? No problem! Please click HERE to make a donation.


Free Webinar: “The Renaissance Model-The Italian Way to Innovation” – May 27

Date 05.26.2022

Join Luca Cottini in this FREE webinar that discusses how in his late-nineteenth century journal Arte Italiana decorativa e industriale, the Italian architect Camillo Boito promoted the Renaissance patrimony of crafts, styles, and objects as a valuable source to define Italy’s peculiar way to industrial manufacture. Over the course of the twentieth century, the Italian Renaissance provided a powerful echo chamber to Italian designers and entrepreneurs, in terms of practice, vision, modes of production, and leadership styles. What is the relationship between sixteenth-century archetypes and the twentieth-century Renaissance of Italian style in fashion and design? Why does Italy’s industrial success still lie in the Renaissance model?

Friday, May 27 @ 11:30 PST


Luca Cottini is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at Villanova University, and host/creator of the Italian Innovators YouTube project. He holds a PhD from Harvard University, a MA from the University of Notre Dame, and a BA from the University of Milan. He was trained as a classical philologist in Italy, and a cultural historian in US. His interests touch upon Italian literature, visual arts, and intellectual history from the 17th to the 20th centuries, as well as on Italian industrial culture, adverting, and design. His books include a monograph on Calvino (I passaggi obbligati di Italo Calvino, Longo 2017) and a cultural history of the origins of Italian design (The Art of Objects. The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928). His YouTube work explores the Italian model of entrepreneurship and innovation through cultural profiles, interviews, and lessons across different disciplines (fashion, food, technology, sports, music, engineering).

Luca Cottini – The Renaissance Model – Poster

Eat, Pray, Love… in Italy! Trip #2 – May 15

Date 04.30.2022

Eat, Pray, and Love in Italy is back with a second virtual trip!  Valeria Buldini is excited to take you on another virtual trip to discover the hidden treasures of the Italian Renaissance, visit the most famous balcony in literature, and learn about the history and importance of pasta including how to eat pasta like an Italian!

Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 10:00 am PST

Free Event


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

More Information
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.

Details and Tickets

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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