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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!

  

  Watch this video to get a better feeling of what we have to offer!

Upcoming events

    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis MN 55403
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    It's back! APERITIVO & CARTE. THE ITALIAN WAY. 

    Join us on Thursday, April 25th, 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 (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. 

    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, il tutto accompagnato da 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, è l’occasione per mostrare la tua bravura. Lo scopone è un gioco a coppie semplice, divertente ed interessante. Se non hai un partner, te ne verrà assegnato uno la sera stessa.

    Bring your friends and register now!

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


    Contact events@theitalianculturalcenter.org, with your questions.  

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


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









    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Location: Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114
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    Don't miss our last Make & Take class before the Summer break!


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    Learn how to make Erbazzone Reggiano (Spinach & Parmesan cheese pie) and Salame di Cioccolato (Chocolate salami), 2 big hits during our latest event Weekend Italiano. 

    Erbazzone Reggiano is a traditional savory pie from Emilia-Romagna. It is one of those simple but very tasteful gastronomic specialties that never traveled too far outside their region. 


    salame al cioccolatoSurprise and delight your guests with Salame di Cioccolato, a classic sweet treat in Italian households. This chocolate dessert with crunchy bits inside has a look that resembles a savory salami!

    To learn how to make Erbazzone Reggiano and Salame di Cioccolato, join our instructor, Modena native, Romina Montanari for a hands-on session.


    The class will be held at Mid-City Kitchen in St. Paul. Romina will demonstrate and guide you through the process of making your very own Erbazzone and Salame! Each participant will sample both preparations and enjoy a glass of wine in a fun atmosphere. Everyone will take home the erbazzone and salame they just made.

    All ingredients are included, but please bring a rolling pin.

    The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  The location is easy to find, conveniently located near the Green line of the light rail. If you choose to drive, free parking is available.

    Register now! Our Make & Take events are very popular and we expect to sell out.

    Contact events@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions. As always, all events must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative costs.

    WHEN: Sunday, April 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

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

    REGISTRATION: 
    Member - $50
    Non-member - $60

    By registering to this event, you fully agree on the following terms and conditions: Event Liability Release



    • 18 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 404, Minneapolis MN 55403
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    Buongiorno! The Colazione all'Italiana casual conversation group will be held on a regular basis.  You may now enroll in the next session, scheduled for Saturday, May 18.




    On Saturday, May 18,  from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m., an ICC Italian native  instructor will lead a small group in a casual conversation format. Participants will enjoy traditional Italian coffee, Italian breakfast staples – pane, burro e marmellata – along with some dolcetti.

    This is intended to be a very informal class aimed at Italian students of all proficiency levels. This class will offer the opportunity to practice the Italian phrases you know, learn new ones and improve your comprehension skills – all in a laid back atmosphere. Space is limited and will fill quickly - Register now!

    Contact Peggy, at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.  


    WHEN: Saturday, May 18,  9:30 until 11:00 a.m.
    WHERE: The Italian Cultural Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 404, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    PRICE: Member - $15 & Non-member - $20

    COMING DATES:







    • 30 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis MN 55403
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    Tarallucci e Vino - Casual Conversation

    The Tarallucci e Vino, one hour and a half casual conversation sessions, will be offered on a regular basis.  The upcoming workshop is scheduled for May 30. 

    Please join us on the evening of Thursday, May 30,  from 6 until 7:30 p.m., for an enjoyable casual conversation event!  An ICC native Italian instructor will lead a small group in a casual conversation format. Participants will enjoy traditional Italian tarallucci, cheese and a glass of wine.

    This is intended to be a very informal class aimed at Italian students of all proficiency levels. This class will offer the opportunity to practice the Italian phrases you know, learn new ones and improve your comprehension skills – all in a relaxed atmosphere. Space is limited and will fill quickly - Register now!

    Contact Peggy, at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.  


    WHEN:  Thursday, May 30, from 6 until 7:30 p.m.
    WHERE: The Italian Cultural Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502  Minneapolis, MN 55403
    PRICE: Member - $20 & Non-member - $25


    All activities and events must be cancelled a minimum of 72 hours in advance to receive a refund less administrative fee.








Past events

13 Apr 2019 Colazione all’italiana – Casual Conversation Group, Saturday, April 13. ES19CAI
24 Mar 2019 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini. ES19
16 Mar 2019 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. EW19CI
10 Mar 2019 SOLD OUT! Weekend Italiano - Pasta-Making Workshop (Tortellini). EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Visions of Italia. Photography Exhibit. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Seminar: Liquid Gold – Sicilian Artisan Milled Olive Oils. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Seminar: Historical Connections between Health & Food in Italy. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Bread Workshop with Carla Giudici. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Mini Wine Seminars. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Italian Conversation Table & Card Table. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Mercatino (Mini-Market). EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Pasta-Making Workshop (Ravioli di spinaci e ricotta). EW19
09 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Apericena (Italian-style Happy Hour). EW19
09 Mar 2019 WEEKEND ITALIANO, a contemporary 2-day Italian Food and Social Event. EW19
09 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Wine Tasting. EW19
26 Feb 2019 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group, Tuesday, February 26. EW19
16 Feb 2019 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. EW19CI
27 Jan 2019 SOLD OUT! Make and Take: Tortellini. EW19
25 Jan 2019 Wine Tasting: Social & Open House Style at Solo Vino. EW18
24 Jan 2019 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group. EW19TV
20 Dec 2018 Sold out! Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition. EF18
16 Dec 2018 Sold out! DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) EF18
06 Dec 2018 Aperitivo & Cards. Torneo di Scopone Scientifico (no previous experience needed). EF18
18 Nov 2018 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. EF18
08 Nov 2018 Wine Tasting: Vini del Centro Italia. EF18
20 Oct 2018 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. EF18
14 Oct 2018 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini. EF18
04 Oct 2018 Wine Tasting: Vini del Nord Italia. EF18
27 Sep 2018 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group. EF18
15 Sep 2018 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. EF18
13 Sep 2018 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. EF18
21 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT ... again! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
16 Jun 2018 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. ES18
31 May 2018 Aperitivo per gli italiani nelle Twin Cities. ES18
24 May 2018 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group. EU18
12 May 2018 ES18 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
29 Apr 2018 Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta. ES18
26 Apr 2018 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group. ES18
12 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! It's back! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
08 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! - Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
25 Mar 2018 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
01 Mar 2018 EW18 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group
11 Feb 2018 SOLD OUT! DOLCI – Frappe, Italian treats for Carnevale! EW18
19 Dec 2017 WAITLIST! EF17 Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition.
10 Dec 2017 TWO MORE SPOTS! EF17 DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies)
07 Dec 2017 EF17 Aperitivo & Cards. Last chance to learn how to play Scopone Scientifico with Luisa & Ileana!
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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