Profiles

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...
Jennifer Ferro, President, KCRW, Los Angeles

A Conversation with KCRW’s President, Jennifer Ferro

KCRW (89.9 MHz FM) is a National Public Radio station – founded at the conclusion of WWII - broadcasting from the campus of Santa Monica College, in...
Carla Fracci Turns 80 Today

Carla Fracci Turns 80 Today

Italian ballerina Carla Fracci turns 80 on August 20. Lately she performed in late July at the Versiliana Festival with the Balletto del Sud in Fredy...
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce

The Sicilian Connection: Dolce & Gabbana’s Inspiration has gone Global

Some say beauty is simple. But others contend it’s complicated. Can it be both? To enter into the sensuous curves of a Dolce & Gabbana design is...
Rio 2016: Elisa di Francisca (Fencing) and Marco Innocenti (Double Trap) Win Silver Medals

Rio 2016: Elisa di Francisca (Fencing) and Marco Innocenti (Double Trap) Win Silver Medals

Italian Elisa di Francisca won a silver medal for fencing today in Rio de Janeiro. She lost the final against the Russian Irina Deriglazova. Italian...
Luigi del Bianco working at Mount Rushmore

Four Presidents, a Mountain and an Italian Chief Carver: the Long Forgotten History of Luigi del Bianco

Everyone knows Mount Rushmore, with its iconic representations of four of the most important presidents of US history: George Washington, Thomas...
Multi-Awarded Screenwriter Dawn Spinella. Photo Courtesy of D. Spinella

Dawn Spinella, Screenwriter at the Confluence of Science and Autobiography

Do you remember those adventure movies, in which a kid, or a bunch of them, find in their attic (or basement) some sort of treasure chest, containing...