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Food and Wine


Food and Wine

Winter 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!

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Valpolicella Classico

Valpolicella Ripasso

Amarone della Valpolicella


Date: February 26, Tuesday

Place: Italian Cultural Institute

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Fee: $60 (member)/$65 (non-member)

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



    • Cooking with Chef Fabio Ugoletti PART 1
      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.



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


Date: February 16, Saturday

Place: Italian Cultural Institute/Kitchen

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

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

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


    • Cooking with Chef Fabio Ugoletti PART 2
      Second meeting with Fabio Ugoletti, this time with a new menu from Emilia Romagna



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

Flourless chocolate cake, stracciatella ice cream, fresh berries


Date: March 16, Saturday

Place: Italian Cultural Institute/Kitchen

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

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

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


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

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Date: March 30, Saturday

Place: Italian Cultural Institute/Kitchen

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

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.



    • Tuscan Journey with San Felice winery 
      A dinner at N10 Restaurant to discover the Italian Culture with an enogastronomic journey through one of the most unique regions in the world: Tuscany.

 N10 resturant



Prosecco superiore brut “2 castelli”, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG, Veneto
Assorted pizza
Cecina with prosciutto
Gnocco fritto and mortadella

Vermentino Bianco “San Felice”, Maremma Toscana IGT, Toscana
Inzimino di calamari e gamberi (cuttlefish and shrimp gently stewed with garlic, white wine, fresh spinach, tomato, lightly spicy,
served with crunchy bread)

Chianti classico riserva “Il grigio”, DOCG, Toscana
Risotto porcini e cavolo nero (Carnaroli rice, porcini mushroom “testa nera”, Tuscan kale, crispy sausage, Parmigiano Reggiano)

Brunello di Montalcino “Campogiovanni”, DOCG, Toscana
Anatra in dolceforte (Seared Duck Breast, cocoa and orange sauce, cauliflower “rifatto”, soft polenta)

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico “San Felice”, DOC, Toscana
“Cenci" con mousse di mascarpone e fragole (Fried dough, Mascarpone mousse, fresh strawberries, chocolate sauce)


Date: May (TBD)

Place: N.10 Restaurant

8436 W 3rd St Los Angeles CA, 90048

Time: (TBD)

Fee: $110 per person, tax and gratuity excluded

RSVP mandatory at or (310) 824-7408


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)