Less than two months after his arrival from Hong Kong, jockey Umberto Rispoli has been the surprise of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. Through Feb. 9, Rispoli had cracked the top five in the overall standings with 14 winners and led all riders with 13 wins on turf. Rispoli, a 31-year-old native of Italy, had his first American stakes win wit...

Sunday March 1st, 2020. 1:00-3:00 pm. Karpeles Manuscript Library, Lecture Hall, 21 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara (CA). FREE EVENT. There will be a small reception after the lecture. Cari Amici, Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that we bring to you this presentation about Italy’s Risorgimento. Fred Sidon, a good friend to many of us and...

I wanted a steak. Steak, medium. If you can’t find that in Bakersfield, you’re not getting it in the vegan-leaning, gluten-free, low-sodium enclaves encircling us in California like tall, green prison wire. That’s why we ended up at the Italian Heritage Dante Association recently, on a forgotten stretch of Wilson Road (former home of the old Stone...

Seal Beach’s Mark A. Thompson has written an interesting book, “Sinatra’s Tailor.” It’s a biographical novel about longtime Long Beach clothier Umberto Autore, who was orphaned and raised by Italian nuns during World War II. It describes the struggles the lad had growing up, including being shot in the face by a German soldier; how he was reunited...

Milana's New York Pizzeria in downtown Long Beach, is celebrating their 10-year anniversary on Wednesday, February 19, with a special deal. Milana's will be offering an 18-inch cheese pizza for $10 from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. This offer is exclusive to the downtown location and is for dine-in or take-out only, the news release said. It's not availabl...

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 7:30-9:30 pm. Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco. 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco CA. Buy tickets by clicking here or at City Box Office 415.392.4400. Information: https://humanitieswest.net The Etruscans were major contributors to some of Western civilization’s greatest achievements in architecture, engineering,...

The Sons of Italy are reigniting an old Hanford tradition and inviting the community to celebrate Valentine’s Day while supporting a good cause. “We want to have a fun night like we used to and get everyone away from their phones and computers,” organizer and club member Michael Leoni said. The Hanford Sons of Italy Lodge #1543’s annual Sweethea...

To Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta co-owners Tony and Angelo Viscariello and James Ritz, their restaurant is more than just a place to eat: It is a place for family to gather. For 26 years the restaurant has served the area with made-from-scratch food inspired by traditional Italian cuisine, and it all started when Tony made a spontaneous turn while driving...

Don’t miss the fifth edition of the Italian Perspective series. This year, Food and Culture: An Italian Perspective will be a thought-provoking celebration of Italian food culture, featuring talks by influencers, scholars and chefs, access to a tasting pavilion from local Italian restaurants and food producers. A lively schedule of presentations, c...

February 25–June 7, 2020, Getty Center - 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Michelangelo was one of the most creative and influential artists in the history of Western art. This exhibition explores the full range of his work as a painter, sculptor, and architect through more than two dozen of his extraordinary drawings, including desig...