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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...

The Chef behind the brand: the true face and life of Ettore Boiardi

Most of you probably know him better as “ Chef Boyardee ,” the name and face behind a popular brand of Italian style canned foods. Established in...
Filmmaker Woody Allen and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro during the shooting of Café Society. Photo Courtesy of V. Storaro

Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro: Master of Lights and Colors

Three-time Oscar winner, Vittorio Storaro is more than just a legendary Italian cinematographer - recognized by the Academy for his outstanding...
Italian explorer Alessandro Malaspina, flying under the Spanish flag, explored the Northwest coast during his expedition of 1789-1793

Alessandro Malaspina: Early explorer of the Pacific Northwest coast

Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci might be famous for their early explorations of the New World, yet another Italian adventurer who commanded...
Rosalba Carriera Self-Portrait as "Winter", circa 1730

Rosalba Carriera: The Most Successful Woman Painter in Europe

One cannot say that Rosalba Carriera was the best woman painter in Europe, since in the opinion of most art critics that merit belongs to Artemisia...
Artist Leno Prestini seen in front of his painting "Ghost Riders in the Sky" at the Triple R Restaurant in Clayton, Wash., in the 1950s. (Stevens County Historical Society)

Folk artist and sculptor Leno Prestini was a Stevens County original

Just north of Spokane lies the tiny community of Clayton, Wash., population 443, founded in 1889 and named after the abundant clay deposits nearby...
Filmmaker Laurence Vannicelli. Photo Courtesy of L. Vannicelli

Filmmaker Laurence Vannicelli: the new Fellini?

Why am I comparing up-and-coming, Italian-American filmmaker, Laurence Vannicelli to Federico Fellini, the most celebrated Italian auteur of all...
Filmmaker Giordio Serafini on the set of A Certain Justice. Photo Courtesy of G. Serafini

Giorgio Serafini’s storytelling, at the intersection of European Union’s identity and his personal trauma

Giorgio Serafini - who was born in Brussels, Belgium from Italian parents and currently lives in L.A. – must have been charmed by Political Science...
Visionary Chef Vinny Dotolo

Chef Vinny Dotolo: from Tampa Bay to Han Solo’s Kitchen and beyond

C hef Vinny Dotolo (born in Clearwater, Florida) was not the typical kid messing about the kitchen’s stoves and dreaming to head one day the...
IAMLA's Executive Director, Marianna Gatto

The newly inaugurated IAMLA in DTLA teaches us about our common past

1908 is a crucial year in L.A.’s Italian-American history for at least two reasons. First of all, in that year L’Italo-Americano was founded by the...

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