The third annual "Giro del Lago di Como"  5K Fun Run and Walk will be held on Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 AM. The Start Line is on the east side of Lake Como in Saint Paul. This is a fun event for individuals and families. All participants will be given shirts. There will be prizes awarded to the first two finishers in both the Run and the Walk. Come...

Never underestimate the power of a properly made meatball sandwich. It’s not a sexy sandwich, as it’s pretty much designed to explode, wilt, and melt into your mouth. But with the right components — a bright marinara, light but rich meatballs, enough melted cheese to cover but not smother, and a properly toasted bun — it’s inhalable magic. The meat...

Shake Shack isn’t enough to satisfy Mall of America visitors with East Coast-bred eateries. Coming this summer, Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro Jr. of TLC’s “Cake Boss” is opening a Minnesota outpost of his Carlo’s Bakery. What started as a humble Italian pastry shop in Frank Sinatra’s hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, is now a growing national chain thank...

A floral-themed fashion show; the celebration of the lowly carnation; and lecture-demonstrations on paper flowers, Tuscan gardens, and finding inspiration in the art of botanical drawing—those are just single petals on the bountiful bloom soon to burst at Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Art). As always, spring will have officially sprung when Mia ope...

Photography Exhibition & Opening Party. Visions of Italia: Photographs by Lisa Venticinque. Saturday, April 22, 7-9pm. Forti’s Sunrise Market & Cafe - 1085 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Free event; RSVP here Several years ago, Lisa Venticinque made a trip through Italy, winding her way along the Mediterranean from Palermo up through Tuscany to Cinque...

The ICC is pleased to announce a special presentation to be held on Thursday, April 6th, at 6:30 p.m.  Karl Schoonover (Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, UK) will present“By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres. Schoonover will share his research exploring the life of Italian cinema outside...

Sorry Minneapolis, Eataly just isn't that into you right now. Eataly, an Italian food hall concept backed by celebrity chef Mario Batali that mixes several restaurants with retail and a cooking school, had been a wish-list favorite of real estate brokers and others wondering how to fill the lower levels of the downtown Minneapolis Macy's store. Mac...

The ICC is pleased to announce a special presentation and piano performance to be held on Wednesday, March 29th, at 6:30 p.m. and hosted by the School of Music of the University of Minnesota. Maria Mannone, will present “Music and Mathematics: an Italian Perspective". What is the connection between art and science? These apparently opposite fields...

On Saturday, March 11, Join Elisabetta this Saturday, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul to discuss and learn more about how Women's Day is celebrated in Italy while enjoying a traditional Italian breakfast. Colazione all'italiana includes traditional Italian coffee, Italian breakfast staples – pane, bu...

Standing at the corner of 9th Street and Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, only a minor change to the awnings hint the major change inside. Zelo looks new. “Towards the end, our service and food didn’t match the décor,” said original Zelo owner Rick Webb. Webb opened Zelo in 1999, and sold it in 2008 to focus on his restaurant Ciao Bella. He o...