Lecture: Challenging what you thought you knew about Sicilian New Orleans

In this talk, Dr. Justin Nystrom of Loyola University New Orleans will share some of the bigger surprises that came out of the research for his recent book, Creole Italian. This work documents the important role that Sicilian immigrants played in making New Orleans into one of the world’s great food cities. Justin Nystrom is an…

Lecture: Michelangelo and the Popes

All Michelangelo wanted to be was a sculptor, but Pope Julius II had other ideas, as did Pope Leo X, Pope Clement VII, and Pope Paul III. A long line of Popes with an eye for talent commissioned Michelangelo, often against his will, to create works of art and architecture which the artist accomplished so superbly…

34th Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala

The Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Gala honors & celebrates national and local Italian Americans in the sports, entertainment, medical, and civic fields. Proceeds benefit the American Italian Cultural Center and scholarships for college-bound high school seniors excelling in academics and athletics. Cocktails and Silent Auction will begin at 5:00pm The Dinner…

Poppy Tooker’s Pascal’s Manale Cookbook Signing

Poppy Tooker, a native New Orleanian and Louisiana food icon, has created yet another fascinating culinary history and cookbook—this time on Pascal’s Manale, the second oldest continually operating family-owned restaurant in New Orleans, second only to Antoine’s. Join us on Thursday, January 10, 2019 for a book talk and signing with Poppy! She will present the…

Amici Christmas Party

Join us at the American Italian Cultural Center for a night of eating, drinking and Italian conversation! The event includes unlimited pizza, salad, and dessert. We will celebrate the holiday season and learn about Italian Christmas traditions, music, and stories. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for AICC members.

Trivia Italian Style

What food was considered scandalous if consumed by women in public during the Renaissance? Why is carpaccio called carpaccio; the Bellini, the Bellini? Who saved the Ponte Vecchio from certain destruction during World War II? How did the Colosseum get its name? A special super fun “edu-taining” program for anyone curious about (or already in…

Movie Night: Divorce Italian Style

Join the AICC for this 1961 Italian classic! Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile cousin Angela, but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia. His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he will devise a scenario wherein he can catch his spouse in the arms of another…

***SOLD OUT*** Sicilian Wine Tasting with Swirl and the AICC

***SOLD OUT*** This event is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist please call the AICC: 504-522-7294. Join Swirl Wine Bar and Market at the American Italian Cultural Center for a tasting of wines from Sicily. From the volcanic soils of Mount Etna to the dry, arid terroir of Vittoria…

Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society 5th Annual Columbus Day Dinner

Monday, October 8, 2018 Blue Bayou Bar & Grill at the Silver Slipper Casino, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520 Schedule of Events: 5:30 – 6:00pm Registration and cocktails (cash bar) 6:00pm Seating for dinner 6:15pm Welcoming remarks – Cav. Joseph Ventura, President 6:30pm Buffet line opens for dinner 7:30pm Program begins, David Biagini, Master of…

Muffuletta Festival

The Second Annual Muffuletta Festival is this October! Join us at Nor Joe Imports for muffulettas and other Italian food delicacies, music, bocce, and much more!