Profiles

Alexia Melocchi and her old-time studio system in miniature

Alexia Melocchi, native of Milan, Italy, spent her teenage years in Los Angeles and, at a very young age, crossed the gateway to Hollywood. Since...
Chef Lidia Bastianich

A Tavola with Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, the renowned chef, restaurateur, author, television personality and pioneer who introduced and educated Americans to...
From the left: Cosimo Lucchese, James Stewart, Willie William, Goetz, RJ ODonnel. Photo courtesy Lucchese Boots

Western Boots with Italian Roots: The Lucchese Boot Company

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly...and any Texan worth his or her braggin’ rights has gotta own a pair of mighty fine cowboy boots. Ask any Lone Star...
Alessandra Belloni teaching students in NYC

Alessandra Belloni Brings Ancient Italian Folk Music to New Audiences in New York

La musica italiana is a powerful art that brings people together. It will never cost you a dime in overweight luggage fees to take home. It will...
Maddalena Bearzi

Maddalena Bearzi and her mission to protect SoCal dolphins

Are you familiar with those hardcore conservationists, paladins of our beautiful planet and its amazing variety of animals and plants, the likes of...

Peppe Voltarelli sings Profazio, folk soul from Calabria

Peppe Voltarelli, a Calabrian folk singer-songwriter, with a musical career spanning over twenty-five years and two prestigious “Tenco Awards” under...
From far left, Kim Cecchini, Italian Consul General Lorenzo Ortona, and Master Butcher Dario Cecchini. Photo: Flavia Loreto

Master Butcher Dario Cecchini Closes the First Week of Italian Cuisine in the Bay Area

S an Francisco and the Bay Area welcomed a special guest for the First Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, that took place in over 100 countries in...
A food expert and a real entertainer, chef Mario Batali presented his new cookbook, Big American Cookbook. 250 favorite recipes from across the USA. Photo credit: Ken Goodman

Chef Mario Batali Entertains Audience in Pasadena

I n the evening of October 26th, multi-awarded celebrity chef Mario Batali presented and signed copies of his just released cookbook, Big American...
Gianfranco Rosi visited the Bay Area in October for a Special Advance Screening of his documentary “Fire at sea”, at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire at Sea”: A Searing Portrait of the Migrant Crisis

Fire and sea. Life and death. Everyday routine and permanent state of emergency: the oxymoron is powerful, so is the way these elements are used to...
Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino

Councilmember Joe Buscaino recognizes LA’s Italian-American excellence

As the Italian-American Heritage Month is about to end, a special Council presentation by Councilman Joe Buscaino, was held at the L.A. City Hall, on...
Chiara's most recent appearance in Ulta Beauty's campaign. Credit Franklin Thompson for Ulta Beauty

Spotlight on Chiara D’Agostino: finding her voice through the biggest fight of her life

October is a meaningful month for all Italian Americans – even more so for those who are fighting breast cancer. But for blogger and model Chiara D’...
Comedian Mike Marino. Photo Courtesy of M. Marino

Comedian Mike Marino: “Make America Italian Again!”

With the upcoming Presidential Elections, most of people are feeling at loss. What candidate is the best to lead the US in a world, more than ever...

Political writer Richard Benedetto: An insider’s look at the art of covering politics

With one of the most hotly contested presidential elections right around the corner, there’s a lot on the line for both candidates and voters alike...
Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the US, speaking at the IIC. Photo Courtesy of the IIC

L.A. Meets Ambassador Varricchio and His Contagious Optimism

The recently appointed Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Armando Varricchio was born in Venice, Italy, but completed his MA (summa cum laude...
Luca Vullo with some of his students. Photo:  patrizia Scilla

Exploring Italian Culture and Body Language with Producer Luca Vullo

Producer, filmmaker, cultural ambassador, speaker, Italian gestures expert…Luca Vullo is a man possessed with a perpetual smile - and with a love of...

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