Big Appetites in Little Italy
For a place that is world-renowned for the prefix “world-famous,” Los Angeles is equally the home to many “littles” – Little Tokyo, Little Armenia, Little Saigon, and Little Italy, where appetites this weekend will need to be at the other end of the scale. World-renowned for their fabulous cooking, Italian chefs from over fifty of the region’s best restaurants, wineries, and food purveyors will descend upon the Italian American Museum of LA (cute acronym: I AM LA!) on October 13th for the fourth annual Taste Of Italy.
Participating restaurants will include: Osteria Drago, Toscanova, Obika Mozzarella Bar, Locanda Del Lago, Marino, Il Fornaio and Caffe Roma. Visitors can be assured of excellence, since there will be featured restaurants that have been awarded the Marchio Ospitalita’ Italiana, Italy’s highest level of gastronomic excellence, and a lot more romantic than that other common award named after a tire company.
Like a good bolognese, Taste of Italy will be putting a personal spin on their musical recipe for the day, as the live performances will range from Casa Italiana Opera Company, through Luca Ellis‘ Great American Songbook, to Italy’s best selling reggae band, Mama Marjas.
Tickets for the event start at $50, which include 10 tasting tickets (proceeds support the museum), and there are VIP options available, if you fancy yourself as no common schmuck. I’ll see you there to say ‘Buon Appetito’ along with my foodie friend from XploreLA (the place to find all the good local happenings) – just don’t mess with my meatballs!