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Food and Wine


Food and Wine

Winter Session 2019 


Take the Italian Culinary Tour with the Italian Cultural Institute (watch the video)


Take the Italian Wine Tour with the Italian Cultural Institute (watch the video)

Wine in contemporary Italy: Exploring the unique wines of each region. There are around 350 common wine grape varieties in Italy, so we have much to taste!

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

Space is limited, RSVP required


Under the Venetian Sky 

Spend your Valentine's Under the Venetian Sky!  The evening will feature the wines from Tenuta 2Castelli, a family owned sustainable wine producer from the region of Veneto, and the food from Ca Del Sole, one of the top Italian restaurants in town.


Date: February 13, Wednesday 

Place: Italian Cultural Institute

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Fee: $50 (member)/$55 (non-member)

To register please call (310) 824-7408




Chef Fabio Ugoletti

Fabio Ugoletti was born in Parma, Italy, and spent his childhood in the heart of the Po River Valley, also known as the “Food Valley.” It was here that he learned to appreciate good food and family traditions.  His culinary career began when he started working in luxury hotels and upscale restaurants. He has worked under the direction of important chefs such as Daniele Sera, Massimo Spigaroli, Paolo Vai.  In the Chianti region of Tuscany he worked as an Executive Chef at Al Gallopapa, a prestigious 1-star Michelin restaurant. Fabio has also worked as a gastronomic consultant and has organized events all over the world in countries including Italy, China, Poland, Sweden, Korea, United States, and Lithuania.

He was also involved in the development of the “new wave” of Italian Cuisine.

Space is limited, RSVP required


Date: February 16, Saturday

Place: Italian Cultural Institute/Kitchen

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

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


Pranzo Toscano

Aperitivo - Crostini funghi (herbed mushroom on crunchy bread)

Calamari in inzimino

Calamari stewed in fresh tomato sauce, spinach, garlic, white wine, chili pepper, served with grilled bread


Ricotta and spinach gnocchi, butter, sage, served with fresh tomato and pecorino

Agnello in Fricassea

Braised lamb with seasonal vegetables, egg and lemon juice sauce

Pinolata senese

Almond cake, pastry cream, espresso sauce


To register please call (310) 824-7408


Date: March 16, Saturday

Place: Italian Cultural Institute/Kitchen

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

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


Pranzo Emiliano-Romagnolo

Aperitivo - Chizze reggiane (fried bread stuffed with Parmigiano-Reggiano)

Cipolline borettane al Balsamico

Balsamic vinegar glazed onion, baby spinach, crunchy guanciale, pear, red beets, walnut

Tortelli di Zucca

Butternut squash and amaretti cookies stuffed ravioli, porcini mushroom

Filetto rosa di Parma

Beef fillet rolled with prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano, asparagus tips

Zuppa Inglese

Chocolate and vanilla pastry cream, lady fingers, alchermes


To register please call (310) 824-7408


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. Located in a 100-year-old historic Santa Monica building, the menu features contemporary seafood dishes reminiscent of southern Italy’s coastal cuisine.

Space is limited, RSVP required

Date: March 30, Saturday

Place: Italian Cultural Institute/Kitchen

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

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


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

To register please call (310) 824-7408