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 on...

With a permanent exhibit dedicated to the history and contributions of Italian Americans in multiethnic Southern California, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles will celebrate its public opening on Sunday, AUGUST 14th, 2016 at 10 am. The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, part of El Pueblo of Los Angeles Historical Monument, the bi...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is scheduled to open this Sunday, August 14. The only institution of its kind in the region, the IAMLA will showcase the little-known history and important contributions of Italian Americans in Southern California.   "The IAMLA is not simply a museum for or about Italians," says executive director a...

by Nicholas Slayton   The El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument offers a number of attractions. Visitors can stroll down Olvera Street and buy kitschy goods, check out the city's oldest building or grab a meal at one of the area's Mexican restaurants. They can inspect the monuments to the city's founding in 1781, drop by the Chinese A...

Historian and author Marianna Gatto, executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker at the Architecture and Beyond Lecture Series Thurs., March 14th, from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., at the Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave.   Gatto will speak on "Chasing Ghosts: Los Angeles (Hidden) Italian Ro...

L'emigrazione italiana toccò moltissime città statunitensi. Se è vero che la maggior parte degli italiani si stabilì sulla costa est, per ovvi motivi geografici, e se è vero che molti tra coloro che arrivarono fino alla costa ovest andarono a San Francisco, non furono pochi i nostri connazionali che si stabilirono nell'area di Los Angeles. Proprio...

With the restoration of the exterior set to begin shortly, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is on schedule to open in the second half of 2014, and possibly as soon as summer, said executive director Marianna Gatto. The long-in-the-works museum's permanent exhibition, focusing on the history of Italian Americans in Los Angeles and Souther...

by Allison B. Cohen   The family of Joseph Gatto, the 78-year-old father of California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto who was murdered in his home near the Silver Lake Reservoir November 12, 2013, said they believe there is still one witness that has not come forward with information in the case despite a $50,000 reward. Gatto, who represe...

by Italian American Museum of Los Angeles   An Italian American judge is responsible for banning the Ku Klux Klan in California. Italian immigrants introduced bell peppers, eggplant, broccoli, artichokes and many other crops to the state. The first Italian settlers arrived in Los Angeles when the region was still part of Mexico. From the ent...

One of Los Angeles' strengths is its diversity. The city, indeed the entire county, is a melting pot of backgrounds and cultures (even if they don't always melt together as much as would be ideal). Many see Los Angeles as a singular 21st century city precisely because of its mix of people including (but not limited to) Latinos, African Americans, A...