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The Longevity Table| World Week of Italian Cuisine - SOLD OUT



The Longevity Table| World Week of Italian Cuisine - SOLD OUT

A conversation with Prof. Valter Longo & Chef Luigi Fineo on how food can become our best ally to live a longer and healthier life.

Video message by Alessandro Del Piero.

Moderated by journalist Valentina Martelli.

Special Spotlight on prosecco DOCG wine from the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene that have just officially become Italy’s 55th UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Valter Longo PhD:

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Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences and Director of the Longevity Institute  at  the University of Southern California - Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, Los  Angeles, one of the leading centers for research on aging and age-related disease. Dr.  Longo is also the Director of the Longevity and Cancer Program at the IFOM Institute of  Molecular Oncology in Milan, Italy. Professor Longo is the Founder and President of the  Create Cures Foundation based in Los Angeles (USA) and Milan (Italy).

Prof. Longo has received numerous awards for his work: the 2010 Nathan Shock Lecture  Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH), the 2013 Vincent Cristofalo  “Rising  Star” Award in Aging Research from the American Federation for Aging Research  (AFAR), and the 2016 Glenn Award for research on aging. Based on the discovery of both  genes and dietary interventions able to regulate aging and prevent diseases, in 2018 he  was named by “Time Magazine” one of the 50 most influential people in health care.
With the profits from his books, including the international best seller “The Longevity Diet”, Professor Longo’s established the Create Cures Foundation which offers treatment options to patients with serious diseases; educates both adults and children to live a long and healthy life; and sponsors research to identify innovative and creative therapies that are affordable to all.


Chef Luigi Fineo:

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A native of Puglia, a southern region of Italy, Luigi Fineo’s cuisine transcends guests on a culinary          journey through Italy’s majestic Mediterranean terrain. As the youngest of five growing up in the          small,  picturesque town of Gioia Del Colle, Luigi was schooled in selecting the finest seasonal            ingredients while  accompanying his mother to the local markets. At an early age, Luigi learned that the  kitchen is central  to the hearts and minds of all Italian families, and the seeds of his passion were  sewn. 
Having honed his craft at the renowned Casetellana Grotte culinary school in Puglia, Luigi travelled  north  to the heart of Tuscany, where he worked in Michelin-starred restaurants alongside acclaimed  chefs such as Francesco Berardinelli and Karl Baumgartner.
Despite having no knowledge of the English language, Luigi voyaged to the United States in order to  share his passion for traditional Italian cuisine, and the spirit of social gatherings that have taken place  around kitchen tables throughout Italy for centuries.
 In 2008, Luigi’s perfectionism paid off when he was bestowed with a prestigious Michelin Star award while working as Executive Chef at La Botte Ristorante in Santa Monica, CA. Luigi earned the restaurant’s first-ever Michelin Star for two consecutive years, making him the youngest chef in the USA to be anointed with this honor.
In 2010, a lifelong dream was realized when Luigi was granted the opportunity to join Thomas Keller and his team of culinary masters at the internationally acclaimed The French Laundry, in California’s Napa Valley. After two exceptional years with this team, Luigi continued his service with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group as part of the culinary team at Bouchon Beverly Hills.
Luigi next served as Chef de Cuisine at Andrea restaurant at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, CA . Here, he was awarded the highest honour of Four Stars from Forbes Travel Guide.
This experience was followed by an appointment as Executive Chef at Rivabella Ristorante, where he had the honor of working alongside eminent Italian Chef Gino Angelini.
In 2015, Luigi cofounded the Landmarks Restaurant Group and opened Osteria Venice West, located in the heart of Venice Beach. The restaurant was reminiscent of a classic Italian kitchen, with a menu featuring rustic Italian cuisine and regional wines native to Luigi’s southern Pugliese roots. In 2017, Landmarks Restaurant Group opened Luigi Al Teatro, an upscale Italian seafood restaurant. Located in a 100-year-old historic Santa Monica building, the menu featured contemporary seafood dishes reminiscent of southern Italy’s coastal cuisine.
In 2019, Luigi met Italy’s most celebrated soccer icon, Alessandro Del Piero. Their rapport was immediate, and it was immediately apparent that they shared a mutual drive for excellence, and a love of authentic Italian cuisine. Luigi was invited to take the helm at Alessandro’s West Hollywood restaurant, N10, and in the fall of 2019, they launched a revamped space and a menu curated by Luigi, who now serves as the celebrity-beloved establishment’s Head Chef.


By invitation only | Nontransferable | Open to IIC members and students


Organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and the Institute in collaboration with Create Cures Foundation and Restaurant N.10 in anticipation of the annual World Week of Italian Cuisine.


Date: Friday, November 08, 2019

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Los Angeles and Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

In collaboration with : Create Cure Foundation and Restaurant N.10

Entrance : Free


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