The Forgotten Italians of Los Angeles

Aug 31, 2016 586

There was an exceedingly awkward moment near the beginning of my conversation with Marianna Gatto, the executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, which opened in the city's downtown earlier this month. We were in a second floor room of the Italian Hall, a 1908 building handsomely restored into the city's newest museum, for one of the city's oldest European communities.

All around us, employees bustled, fixing stubborn digital kiosks and arranging chairs, preparing for that night's ceremonial opening. Gatto was telling me about her family, which came from Sicily and Calabria to eventually settle in Los Angeles.

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