The ninth-annual Taste of Italy, an evening of authentic Italian food, wine, and entertainment to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), will take place on October 14 in downtown Los Angeles. Taste of Italy showcases the region’s top restaurants, and award-winning wineries, as well as live entertainment, chef demonstrations, an...

Today, when Angelinos reflect on Olvera Street in DTLA, they probably think of its rich history as the heart of the Spanish-Mexican pueblo of Los Angeles. What many do not realize is that for a time in the 19thcentury, the street was known as Wine Street, and was dominated by thriving Italian owned wine cellars. From downtown’s long gone Little Ita...

For anyone interested in learning about the history of Italians in the greater Los Angeles area, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is the place to start. Opened in August 2014, after many years in the making and a few setbacks along the way, the IAMLA is located in the Italian Hall, the oldest remaining building from L.A.’s Little...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles has been one of the most anticipated projects in the core of Downtown Los Angeles, as well as one of the most delayed — in 2012, museum officials said it would debut the following year.   Four years later, the $4.5 million effort is finally nearing the finish line. An opening has been announced for...

By Allison B. Cohen and Colin Stutz Over 800 family members, friends, political dignitaries and dozens of his former students gathered Monday at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church to memorialize Joseph Gatto, who was killed Nov. 13th in his Silver Lake home.   Gatto's son, California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto, said his family'...

The seventh-annual Taste of Italy, an evening of authentic Italian food and wine to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), will take place on October 10th in downtown Los Angeles. Taste of Italy showcases over 35 of the region's best restaurants, Italian and California-Italian wineries, as well as live entertainment, chef demon...

The food events haven't stopped, but The Taste of Italy looks to not only present a stellar line-up of food but an authentically Italian atmosphere. Just as a fundraiser for the Italian American Museum, slated to open in early 2014, should be. Luckily, I also have a special discount code for my readers to share that will score you $5 off, so stay t...

During the late teens and into the 1920s, Italians began settling in Lincoln Heights, a neighborhood east of downtown and considered the oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles. Once home to the city's wealthiest residents some of whose stately Victorian mansions have been preserved today, by the late teens and into the 1920s, large numbers of Italian i...

Thanks to the generosity of IAMLA Members, Founding Families, the City of Los Angeles, and corporate and community partners, we are pleased to announce that the IAMLA will be opening its doors in August. IAMLA Members will receive an invitation to a special, member's-only reception that will take place prior to the museum's publ...

by Alessandra Mastroianni   A conference on the Making of Southern California to homage Italy and its birthday anniversary. Yes, because in the process of becoming what California is today, a lot was done by Italians.   Immigrants who left their country for necessity or for desire to start a new life, finding themselves in a new and d...