Los Angeles

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...
Professor Frank Chindamo. Photo Courtesy of F. Chindamo

Learn from the top authority in “advertainment,” Professor Frank Chindamo

T he story of Frank Chindamo’s grandparents, who, in the 1920’s, emigrated from Cinquefrondi, a village in the Aspromonte (in Calabria, region of...
From bottom left clockward - Emanuela Panebianco, Jordi Caballero, Giovanni Moriconi, professors Doni Whitsett and Yuxin Pei. Photo by Menghuian He

Italian Entrepreneurs Bring China Closer to Hollywood

Let me introduce to you the three main characters of this new international endeavor, a high-end experiential learning tour aimed at familiarizing...

San Francisco

Bus To Borough Park – South Williamsburg Series, William Castellana

William Castellana: Brooklyn & Botanicals

William Castellana is a Brooklyn-based Italian American photographer whose images are in the collections of over thirty-five museums and universities...
SF Amatrice fundraiser

SF Amatrice Event to Raise Funds for Italy Earthquake Relief

A fundraiser for Amatrice earthquake relief efforts is scheduled to take place this Sunday, September 25 in San Francisco. Beginning at 12 pm, the...
The starting line for the 2016 Il Giro di San Francisco Photograph courtesy of Metromint Cycling

Giro d’Italia & Il Giro di San Francisco

It doesn’t seem to matter what the occasion might be, Italian culture can enrich everything from bicycle tours and races to local community festas...


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...
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...
Father Giuseppe Cataldo, a pioneering missionary in the Pacific Northwest, founded Gonzaga University in Spokane in 1887 to serve the growing Catholic population in the area. (Gonzaga University Archives)

Giuseppe Cataldo: Pioneer Missionary and the Last of the Black Robes

In 1881, a stash of silver dollars, 936 of them to be exact, bought 320 acres of land overlooking the Spokane River in eastern Washington. At the...

San Diego

Orietta Gianjorio

Passionate Italian taster brings knowledge to consumers

“I am most passionate about bringing my knowledge [of tasting] to consumers, “said an enthusiastic Orietta Gianjorio, a native Italian from Rome,...
Jim-Cardinale Hill

Working to Keep Italian Culture Together

Coordinating the 46th Annual Columbus Day Grand ball, spending time with donors and other Ferragosto 2015 Committee members, and acting as President...
John Asaro at the Meyer Art Gallery

A Big Grazie to artist John Asaro!

John Asaro, a native Californian of Sicilian descent has a special place in his heart for Little Italy’s Piazza Famiglia, so much so that he will be...

Orange County

Bruno & Sophia Loren. Photo: Cashman Photo Enterprises of Nevada

Oscar Winning Actress Sophia Loren & Humanitarian Sir Bruno Serato Express Mutual Admiration

Saturday proved to be an extraordinary day for one of Orange County’s most beloved residents. Humanitarian Sir Bruno Serato, who founded a nonprofit...
Italian filmmaker Ilaria Borrelli

Ilaria Borrelli: Raising Awareness About Humanitarian Issues Through Cinema

Recently L’Italo-Americano had the pleasure to interview Ilaria Borrelli, the Italian director and main actor of Talking To The Trees, an Italian...
Group on stage at the Bowers Museum, L-R  David Prisco, Distinguished Member John Russo, Villa Park Mayor Diana Fascenelli, Consul General Antonio Verde, Honoree Vicky Carabini, Honoree Joseph Ferrucci, Event Chair Commendatore Frank DeSantis

Celebrate Italy Festival: Italian pride at the Bowers Museum

As the color guard walks in carrying the majestic Italian, American, and Californian flags, the audience who attended the “Celebrate Italy Event”...


Walter Ferrante with his friends formally opened The Bari Food Cart in May

Walter Ferrante: Bringing Bari Street Food to Portland

Passeggiata and street food; all over Italy, the two words go hand in hand. The same is true every evening in Bari Vecchia, the old city of Bari,...
Dr. Domenico Tupone, PhD, Department of Neurological Surgery at OHSU

Domenico Tupone, PhD: Researching Therapeutic Hypothermia for Better Stroke Treatment

When I first met Domenico Tupone at a reception for the Italian Film Festival in Portland, I would not have guessed he is an Instructor and...
Heavy Wood in performance - Matteo Flori on drums, Nate Kantner on vocals, and Roberto Cavallo on guitar

Heavy Wood Brings Their Hard Folk Sound to the US

Roberto Cavallo, Nate Kantner and Matteo Flori may come from different continents but they’ve melded their talents into the band, Heavy Wood. Known...