The impressive coffered ceiling, glowing with soft golden light, is the first thing you notice when entering Il Palato. White marble tables and understated velvet chairs exude the same coziness. The numerous pieces of artwork hanging in the dining room are equally soothing. The effect immediately puts you at ease. Restaurateur Mike Del Pietro has a...

HYPERCAR maker Pininfarina has revealed plans to follow the launch of the all-electric Battista with a series of investments and initiatives that will see the Italian brand develop into one of the world's leading luxury automotive companies. At a private briefing in Los Angeles ahead of the LA Auto Show, chief executive Michael Perschke, chief desi...

My strongest memory of grocery shopping with my Italian-American mother at Santa Monica’s Italian Bay Cities deli is holding my nose from the strong stench of cheese and salumi hanging from the ceiling.  It took time, but I’ve come to love and appreciate these aromas over the years. There’s no stinky cheese smell at Peirano’s Market and Delicatesse...

Kneading dough side by side is how this cooking couple now spends their days. Giana Barone and Antonio Sessa recently combined their talents to open their own restaurant, Made in Italy.  Sessa was literally made in Italy and Barone from California. The couple grew up across the world from one another, but in very similar ways. Sessa was making fres...

The year 2020 marks the centennial of the birth, on October 23, 1920, of Gianni Rodari, one of the most innovative children’s authors and the first Italian to win the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970. The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and Bologna Children’s Book Fair will honour the anniversary with the exhibit Illust...

Thursday, December 05, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. In collaboration with Consulate General of Italy of Los Angeles and Houston and American Italian Cultural Center. Entrance: Free. Justin A. Nystrom, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University in New Orleans, will...

Mamma Denise non voleva giocasse a football. Preferiva il soccer, il calcio. Almeno finchè lui e i suoi fratelli non fossero cresciuti un po’ per sopportare l’impatto con uno sport che, a qualsiasi età, non fa sconti. Papà Tony non aveva neppure il tempo di stargli appresso, impegnato com’era a sbarcare il lunario nell’America che tocca agli emigra...

On a crisp August morning, Antonio Cagnolo stepped onto a 48-foot Mussel Ridge fishing boat based in Huntington Harbour. The longtime Orange County restaurateur was getting back to his roots. In his native Italy, Cagnolo’s father was a butcher, farmer and fisherman. The two used to catch bounty from the Mediterranean. Now, many decades later and fl...

Starting November 17th, San Francisco will be home to a series of events about Italian music, food, cinema, and opera. There will be an opportunity for every Italy’s lover to listen to an outstanding Italian singer,  to attend the opera featuring an Italian music director, to watch some of the latest movies by famous Italian directors and taste gre...

The American Cinematheque is presenting an early look at Pietro Marcello’s “Martin Eden,” a highlight of the fall festival circuit that will be released next year by Kino Lorber Films. A richly involving character portrait and a sprawling intellectual and aesthetic feast, “Martin Eden” transplants Jack London’s 1909 Oakland-set novel to Italy at an...