Still full from a summer of food festivals? Well, start revving your appetite up again because this Saturday, October 11, Taste of Italy is back. Hosted by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, the one-night food, drink, and culture festival features the some of the city’s favorite Italian restaurants, plus lots and lots of wine. Here’s the lowdown:
The food: Restaurants include L.A. Italian food scene mainstays, like Valentino, Drago Centro, Locando Del Lago, Claro’s Italian Market, and more. Sweet stuff will be served by Rita’s of Santa Monica, Grom Gelateria, and Marco Paolo Chocolates. A cooking demo from Valentino’s Chef Nico Chessa is also scheduled.
The wine: California and Italian wineries—Casa Torelli, Mazzocco, Le Vigne, and others—will be pouring their best vino. Peroni will take care of the beer, and you’ll no doubt find a shot or two of limoncello to cap off the evening.
The space: One of the biggest perks of this food festival is that it takes place in front of the Pico House, an historic L.A. building across from Olvera Street. With its rounded windows all lit up and American and Italian flags hanging down, the one time hotel’s brick-clad courtyard feels very Old-World and festive.
The gastromercato: An Italian market will be stocked by the night’s vendors and will include food and wine for purchase.
The cause: Proceeds go to the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, which is slated to open in the next few months. The mission of the museum, which has been in the works for a few years now, is to document and celebrate the contributions of Italian-Americans to Southern California and the U.S.
Tickets are $55 General Admission and $125 Premiere. They can be purchased here.