Vincent "Vinny" Fortunato has a knack for opening restaurants. Fortunato moved to the U.S. from Italy in 1974 at age 17. Two years later, after saving up $10,000, he launched his first Italian eatery near Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army post outside of Baltimore. In four decades, he's opened (and sold) a total of 63 restaurants in both Maryland an...

Call it the Great Bruno Family Tomato Escapade. Victor and Kathy Bruno of Pasadena found an old DVD showing a home movie shot in the 1980s of Victor and his family making tomato sauce. The snippet got their six children asking one question: “How do we make this sauce?” But the story really begins with the eldest Victor Bruno, an enterprising young...

“Our 44th season ‘Travelogue: Musical Postcards from Around the World’ is an exciting one that celebrates music from all around the globe. The repertoire is sure to please all musical tastes and audiences of all ages,” says Executive Director Laura Mason. The Angeles Chorale’s concert season will take you on a musical journey through Italy, France...

The Concorso Ferrari 2018 was held Sunday, April 22 in Old Town Pasadena, California. This marked the 11th year that the Ferrari Club of America — Southwest Region organized and hosted their annual signature event. Also known as Ferraris on Colorado, the event showcased over 140 of the finest vintage and contemporary Ferraris — which lined three bl...

S00o let’s start with this premise: there’s plenty of good, maybe great pizza in Pasadena, and there’s absolutely no need to travel outside the city limits to get anything better. Well, maybe. But to paraphrase Hamlet: There are more things in heaven and earth, Pasadenans, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. He was speaking of ghosts. I am speak...

The ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena is holding its Car Classic 2017 on Sunday, October 22, at the college’s Sculpture Garden, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Car Classic features vehicles from all eras – from classic to modern to concept – that represent the finest examples of automotive design. Inspired by the international auto racing colors...

Two actors, Ed Gero and Jade Wheeler, are opposites in age, one in his well-seasoned prime years; the other, a young adult. Gero wore sneakers, shorts and a casual jacket, with “The Originalist” emblazoned. Wheeler wore boots with a denim jacket and donned an Afro hairdo. Both are warm, welcoming, and easily connected with this writer. I interviewe...

Carol Togneri’s pivotal moment of discovery occurred in Alhambra, CA, when she was a child and her Tuscan grandma showed her the reproductions of the art treasures, stored in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. No expensive travels, or “Grand Tours” to Italy, but simply the images imprinted on a little book, favored Carol’s intimate revelation.  Carol...

When: From Friday, March 03, 2017 to Monday, July 31, 2017Where: Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105Organized by : Norton Simon Museum - Entrance : Free The Norton Simon Museum presents an intimate exhibition examining Pietro Rotari (1707–1762), an illustrious Italian artist who found success and fortune in Vienna and b...

A series of meetings with Italian scientists and scholars in the South West of the US and an exhibition on research and technology for the new lifestyles   September 4 - October 2, 2013Los Angeles, Italian Cultural InstitutePasadena, Jet Propulsion LaboratoryIrvine, University of California   Italians in SpaceConversation with Italian...