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Food and Wine


Food and Wine

Spring Session 2019 


An interactive wine tasting party is the perfect way to explore the unique wines of each Italian region, discover a favorite new bottle, learn something new about Italian food and wine culture, and organize a fun night for friends. 

There are around 350 common wine grape varieties in Italy, so we have much to taste!

    • SPECIAL EVENT: Los Angeles Times Food Bowl: Italian Wine Tradition and Leonardo da Vinci
      On the occasion of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowlprivate guided tour of the pop-up exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: 500 years” at the Getty Center SOLD OUT! followed by a wine event led by Giammario Villa, Master Taster and Wine Educator, at the Italian Cultural Institute.

      Organized by Lingua Viva and the Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with L.A. Food Bowl.


leonardo 500food bowl

Date: May 14, Tuesday

Place: Getty Center & Italian Cultural Institute

Time: 4 pm to 8 pm

Fee: $75


Event info at 
Space is limited, RSVP required at or (310) 824-7408



    • SPECIAL EVENT: Los Angeles Times Food Bowl: Emilia-Romagna, The Foodie Capital of Italy
      Emilia-Romagna is considered one of the richest gastronomic and winemaking regions of Italy. It is commonly known for its egg and filled pastas made with soft wheat flour as well as for balsamic vinegars and cheeses.

      On the occasion of Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, experience the wine and food of the Emilia-Romagna region during an event led by Giammario Villa, Master Taster and Wine Educator, and Michelin star guest chef Luigi Fineo.

emilia food bowl

Date: May 30, Thursday

Place: Italian Cultural Institute

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Fee: $90

Event info at 
Space is limited, RSVP required at or (310) 824-7408


Los Angeles Food Bowl official website at 




Cooking with Chef Luigi Fineo 

A native of Puglia, a southern region of Italy, Luigi Fineo worked in Michelin starred restaurants alongside acclaimed chefs such as Francesco Berardinelli and Karl Baumgartner. In 2008 Luigi was bestowed with a prestigious Michelin Star award while operating 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 country to earn the Michelin Star. In 2010, a lifelong dream was realized when Luigi was granted the opportunity to join Thomas Keller and his olympian team of culinary masters at the acclaimed The French Laundry. After two years with The French Laundry, Luigi continued his service with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group as part of the culinary team at Bouchon Beverly Hills. In 2018, Landmarks Restaurant Group opened Luigi Al Teatro, an upscale Italian seafood restaurant.



cipollata e pecorino toscano

yellow onions jam and tuscan pecorino


pappa al pomodoro, olio di oliva e basilico

tomato and bread pudding, olive oil and basil


gnudi di ricotta, prosciutto, burro, salvia e parmigiano

ricotta gnudi, prosciutto, butter, sage and parmigiano


peposo toscano, cipolla in agrodolce

black pepper braised short ribs, sweet and sour onions


castagnaccio, pinoli, rosmarino e uvetta

chestnut tart, pine-nuts, rosemary, raisins

Place: Italian Cultural Institute/Kitchen

Time: 10am to 1pm

Fee: $90 (member)/$95 (non-member)

Space is limited, RSVP required at (310) 824-7408

Everyone is invited to participate in our cooking classes but of course feel free to just observe.




Watch the following videos to discover and learn more about Italian food and wine in Los Angeles:

Italian Culinary Tour with the Italian Cultural Institute (click here)

Italian Wine Tour with the Italian Cultural Institute (click here)