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Loved throughout the world, Italian cuisine offers a great variety of tastes and ingredients.  Tracing its roots from the 4th century BC, the flavors and dishes of Italy have been influenced by rulers and conquerors, political upheaval and the discovery of the New World. Each region and even province has its own food specialties and wines. 

From pasta making to chocolate tasting and wine sampling, the Italian Cultural Center offers many events to celebrate Italy’s rich culinary landscape.

Buon Appetito!



Upcoming events

    • 07 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis MN 55403
    • 8
    Register

    APERITIVO & CARTE. THE ITALIAN WAY. 

    This is your last chance to learn how to play Scopone Scientifico, tournament style, with Luisa & Ileana. Don't miss it!

    Join us on Thursday, December 7th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, for a great evening of fun playing a traditional Italian card game while enjoying an authentic aperitivo Italian style.

    Luisa and Ileana will guide you while you play scopone scientifico, tournament style (NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED). Scopone scientifico is a variant of the popular scopa, a card game (gioco di carte) that every true Italian must master. And this goes along with an Italian aperitivo, perfect to chill on a Thursday evening. 

    The card games scopa and scopone scientifico are a big fundament of the Italian culture. Grandparents teach them to their grandchildren at an early age, and Luisa and Ileana themselves grew up playing this game in Italy with their grandparents!    

    This event is open to all ICC members and non-members. Any level of Italian proficiency - the game and the rules will be explained in English by Luisa & Ileana -.  NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED in the game of Scopone, and if you are a PRO come and show off your skills. It’s a simple yet fun and interesting game played in pairs but if you are a single player, we will pair you with another one. PRIZES will be awarded to the winners couple of the evening!

    Once you have signed up the rules of the game will be emailed to you.

    Per chiunque abbia voglia di trascorrere una serata divertente e giocare al tradizionale Scopone scientifico mentre verrà servito un aperitivo italiano.

    Il torneo è aperto a tutti i soci dell’ICC e ai non soci. Il gioco e le regole saranno spiegate in inglese. Non è richiesta alcuna conoscenza del gioco; se sei un campione, questo è il momento di mettere in mostra le tue abilità. Lo scopone è un gioco a coppie semplice, divertente ed interessante. Se non hai un partner, te ne verrà assegnato uno la sera stessa. La coppia vincitrice della serata si aggiudicherà un PREMIO tutto italiano!

    Bring your friends and register now!

    Minimum number of participants: 10
    Maximum number of participants: 16


    Contact Tiziana, at events@theitalianculturalcenter.org, with your questions.  

    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.


    WHEN: December 7th 2017 6:30 – 8:30 PM
    WHERE: The Italian Cultural Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    PRICE: Member - $20 & Non-member - $25









    • 10 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, 55114
    • 10
    Register

    Just in time for “le feste di Natale”, join us at Mid-City Kitchen and learn to make 3 traditional Italian cookiesCantucci, Amaretti e Frollini.

    ICC instructor and Italian native, Romina Montanari will guide our small group through the cookie making process and talk about how Christmas is celebrated in Italy. A glass of Prosecco and cookies will be served during class. Italian cookies are made with less sugar and are simply delicious. Please bring a container to bring home 2 dozen cookies. 

    The event will be held at Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Ave. , St. Paul, 55114 is $45 for ICC members; $55 for non-members.

    Register now: our cooking classes are very popular and fill quickly.

    Please register and remit payment here. Contact Tiziana at events@theitalianculturalcenter.org for additional information.

    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

    WHEN: December 10, 2017 2:00 – 4:00 PM

    WHERE: Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, MN 55114

    PRICE: $45 (Member)
    $55 (Non-Member)


Past events

18 Nov 2017 EF17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
12 Nov 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make and Take: tortellini
21 Oct 2017 EF17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
15 Oct 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make and Take: ravioli di zucca (pumpkin ravioli)
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Torneo di Scopone Scientifico / Scopone Tournament (no previous experience needed)
24 Sep 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini
21 Sep 2017 EF17 Wine Tasting: Scrumptious Sangiovese
14 Sep 2017 EF17 Aperitivo and cards. Last session before the GRAN TORNEO! Don't miss it!
30 Apr 2017 ES17 ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta
29 Apr 2017 ES17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
27 Apr 2017 ES17 IT'S TONIGHT, join us! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
26 Mar 2017 ES17 Make & Take Class: Gnocchi
11 Mar 2017 EW17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
26 Feb 2017 ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT! EW17 DOLCI – Frappe, Italian treats for Carnevale!
28 Jan 2017 EW17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
26 Jan 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
15 Jan 2017 EW17 Make and Take: Pizza Casalinga - Homemade Style Pizza
11 Jan 2017 Cinema! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
08 Jan 2017 EW17 Viva l'Italia! From our friends of Opera on Tap
11 Dec 2016 EF16 DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) Sunday, December 11
10 Dec 2016 EF16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
05 Nov 2016 EF16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
01 Oct 2016 EF16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
08 Sep 2016 Earthquake Fundraiser: CLOSED, Thank you for the overwhelming response!
15 May 2016 SOLD OUT! EU16 Make & Take Class:Tagliatelle – Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 Apr 2016 ES16 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi – Sunday, April 10th
12 Mar 2016 EW16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group - Saturday, March 12
13 Feb 2016 EW16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group - Saturday, Feb 13
31 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT!! DOLCI series: Tortelli dolci ripieni (Italian sweet pockets) – Sunday, 1/31
22 Jan 2016 EW16 Wine Tasting series: Wines of Southern Italy
14 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT! Taste the Regions: Puglia (Apulia)
06 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) Sunday, December 6
05 Dec 2015 EF15 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group - Saturday, December 5
03 Dec 2015 EF15 Make & Take Class: il VOV (Italian holiday drink) December 3
07 Nov 2015 EF15 Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di ricotta & spinaci @ American Swedish Institute
24 Oct 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di zucca @ Nonna Rosa’s
15 Oct 2015 EF15 Taste the Regions/Cities: Rome, the eternal city - October 15th
11 Oct 2015 CE15 - Piccoli Pizzaioli series: Panzerotti class for children
04 Oct 2015 EF15 NEW! Al mercato: in search of tasty Italian food at Whole Foods - Sunday, October 4th
27 Sep 2015 EF15 DOLCI series:SOLD OUT! Frittelle di mele (Italian Apple Fritters) - Sunday, 9/27
04 Jun 2015 SOLD OUT! - Taste the Regions: Piemonte (Piedmont)
20 May 2015 ENS15 NEW! Cena Sociale - An Evening at The Butcher Block Restaurant, Wednesday, May 20
18 Apr 2015 EN15 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-Saturday, April 18, 1-3
16 Apr 2015 Taste the Regions: Sardegna (Sardinia)
04 Apr 2015 DOLCI: La Cassata Siciliana - Saturday, April 4th
14 Mar 2015 CE15 SOLD OUT! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
07 Feb 2015 Sold Out! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
01 Feb 2015 1 Open Spot! DOLCI – Italian treats for Carnevale! Sunday, Feb 1st
15 Jan 2015 Wine Tasting Event: Barolo v. Brunello – Thursday, January 15
10 Jan 2015 A midwesterner in Turin: good, clean and fair food for all
18 Oct 2014 EF14 Nine Quintessential Wines of Italy -2 spaces available!
27 Sep 2014 EF14 DOLCI - Tiramisu! Saturday, September 27
18 Jun 2014 EN14 Christopher Castellani-Boston Author Meet and Greet
29 May 2014 ENS14 - SPECIAL EVENT: Book Discussion -All This Talk of Love
10 May 2014 EN14 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-NEW LOCATION!
25 Jan 2014 EW14 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
07 Dec 2013 EN13 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
21 Nov 2013 ENF13 Italian Wine Tour
11 Nov 2013 ENF13 Young Professionals----Meet and Greet!
17 Jun 2013 EN13 Festeggiamo Spring 2013
25 May 2013 EU13 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
05 Jan 2013 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
06 Dec 2012 EN12F Festeggiamo Fall 2012
18 Jun 2012 EN12S Festeggiamo Spring 2012
17 May 2012 Benny The Chef Is Here!
20 Apr 2012 365 Days of A Women Exhibit Private Tour
21 Feb 2012 Cook With Carmela!!!
30 Nov 2011 Meet Carmela Tursi Hobbins - Author, Chef, Cooking Instructor
17 Mar 2011 Italian Wine Tasting
29 Jan 2011 Chocolate Tasting Classes by Chocolate BonaVita
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 295-4111 

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