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WEEKEND ITALIANO, a contemporary 2-day Italian Food and Social Event. EW19

  • 09 Mar 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • 10 Mar 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • The Food Building, 1401 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413


Due to the expected severe weather conditions, we are very sorry to inform you that activities have been cancelled for Saturday BUT happy to announce that

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES will continue as planned!

Did you buy tickets for the Saturday Apericena? We are happy to announce that your tickets are valid to purchase food or drinks on Sunday. We will have the tickets ready for you at the event. Please note that Sunday is a alcohol-free event except for the mini-wine seminars. If you are unable to join or use all your tickets, you can choose to receive a refund. Did you sign-up for the Saturday Wine Tasting?  You can choose to receive a refund. Reply to this email or contact Tiziana at

The Italian Cultural Center is proud to present WEEKEND ITALIANO, a contemporary 2-day Italian food and social event.

Join us on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at the Food Building in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

Saturday, March 9th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, we will host a Wine Tasting, an Apericena (Italian-style Happy Hour that includes small plates, wines and spritz), music and a photography exhibit.

On Sunday, March 10th, between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM, pick and choose among a variety of activities! We will offer bread-making and fresh pasta-making workshops, seminars on olive oil making, the historical relationship between health and food in Italy and wine, Italian Conversation Tables, Italian Card Game Tables and a Mercatino (mini-market) featuring a selection of Italian or Italian-style products (Alessi Design products for the home, RedTable Meats, Valli Dell’Etna Olio di Oliva and Baker’s Field).

Don’t forget to stop by the ICC area to learn more about our Language Classes for adults and children, Educational travels, Cooking classes,
Wine tastings, Seminars, Italian Film Festival and more!


Tickets for Apericena are now on sale!

Registration is required
for the Wine Tasting & Pasta-Making Workshops

All other activities are FREE and open to everyone!






6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Registration required

Join us for a guided wine tasting of the wines of Castello di Neive of Piemonte with delectable appetizers.
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6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Avoid the line, buy your tickets today!

Don't miss Apericena, the Italian-style Happy Hour. Enjoy wine or Spritz while listening to Italian music and socializing with Italians and Italophiles of the Twin Cities. Compliment your drink with delicious specialties from our small plates menu carefully curated and prepared by ICC Cooking Instructor Romina Montanari and ICC Board Member Astrid Garino. Buy your tickets today


6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

FREE, no registration required

Visions of Italia. Lisa Venticinque is a portrait, event, and documentary photographer working in the Twin Cities and in Italy.  Her fine art work is presently focused on depicting elements of the Italian landscape and culture, and she is currently in the process of creating We Are 25, a documentary and portraiture project that explores the origin, the history and the people of the Venticinque name.  


10:30 - 11:30 AM and 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Registration required

Join ICC Instructor Romina Montanari to learn how to make Ravioli di spinaci e ricotta and Tortellini.

Register for Ravioli
Register for Tortellini


12:30 - 1:30 PM

FREE, places are available on a first-come, first-served basis (max. 15)

Learn how to bake authentic Italian bread with Carla Giudici, owner of Panetteria Giudici in Taino, a beautiful village on Lake Maggiore, Italy. 
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SEMINAR - Historical connections in Italy

between Health & Food

1:00- 1:30 PM

(historical books on display from 11:00 AM to 1:45 PM)

FREE, no registration required

Curated by Emily E. Beck, PhD, Assistant Curator, Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, this seminar will explore the historical connections between health and food in Italy, as well as the culture of making in which early modern Italians wrote volumes of recipes, from food and medicines to paint and invisible ink.

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SEMINAR - Liquid Gold, Sicilian Artisan

Milled Olive Oils

2:00- 2:30 PM

FREE, no registration required

Josephine Mangano from Valli dell'Etna Olio di Oliva will talk about the secrets of making premium artisan olive oil and explain how to best decipher labels and buy quality product. 

Josephine is the marketing and distribution arm of Valli dell'Etna Olio di Oliva. Her brother Tom, also in attendance, is the grower producer. Their olives grow at the foot of Mt. Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, in Sicily.

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12:15, 3:00 and 3:30 PM (15 min. each)

FREE, no registration required

Learn about 3 Italian wine regions in these free 15 minutes wine seminars. Veneto will be presented at 12:15 PM, followed by Calabria at 3:00 and Abruzzo at 3:30 PM.

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MERCATINO (Mini-Market)

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Products available for sale

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Between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM, enjoy a slice of pizza "al taglio" and Italian pastries prepared by an Italian cooking expert exclusively for Weekend Italiano!

red table meat co.

Have you ever tasted their salami? Definitely the best in Minnesota, if not the US. 

Their salami and mortadella are locally made, at the Food Building, with well-made, thoughtfully crafted products. 

Red Table Meat Co. works with Littlefoot Farm in Afton, MN, and  Pork and Plants in Altura, MN. We also source pork from Heritage Farms and Berkwood Farms in Iowa. 

Valli dell'Etna Olio di Oliva's olives grow at the foot of Mt. Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, in Sicily. This is a unique opportunity to taste and buy their premium olive oil from the 2018 harvest!

Josephine Mangano, in charge of marketing and distribution, and her brother Tom, grower producer, will share their passion for olive oil.

Their olive groves consist of five contiguous parcels of land terraced valleys at the foot of Mt. Etna. Two parcels have been in the family since 1909, the remaining parcels were added in 1996, 1999 and 2003. The Manganos pick and press the yield from each parcel separately, producing several "field blends" which vary in taste from year to year. 

Also, don't miss Josephine's seminar at 2:00 PM (click here for details)

Don't miss ROAM's stand at Weekend Italiano with AlessiDesign products for the home

Founded in 1921, Alessi is a housewares and kitchen utensil company in Italy, producing everyday items created by famous designers. 

 “A true design work must move people, convey emotions, bring back memories, surprise, and go against common thinking.” Alberto Alessi

Independently and locally owned, ROAM Furniture & Lighting, in Uptown Minneapolis, has a true appreciation for functional, beautiful, high-quality design. 

Baker's Field Flour & BreadJoin us to taste Filone, Baker's Field Italian-style baguette and other breads!

Bakers's Field mills its own flour in their bakery at the Food Building. Granite stones mill Midwest-farmed whole grains into flour, which is fermented and made into bread with flavor that stands out as soon as you taste it. 

Learn what The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul has to offer! Learn more about languages classes for adults and children, summer camps, Educational Travels, cooking classes, wine tasting, seminars, the Italian Film Festival, Member benefits and more!


11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

FREE, no registration required

Grab a slice of pizza or a delicious Italian pastry and join us at the Italian Conversation Table during Weekend Italiano! All conversations will be lead by native Italians happy to share their knowledge of the Italian language and culture. 


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

FREE, no registration required

Have fun playing a traditional Italian card game! The game and the rules will be explained in English. No previous experience needed. 



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