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The Illustrated History of Italian-American Food

Spaghetti and meatballs. Marinara sauce. Chicken parm. Baked ziti. Garlic bread. Pizza (as we conceive of it).

What these foods have in common, besides being universally beloved, is that they are wholly American inventions. Yes, these titans of red-sauce cuisine bear little resemblance to any dish you’d find in Italy.

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An Evening in Turin

torino_nightThe Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa is pleased to host “An Evening In Turin” fundraising dinner to be held Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Embassy Club West.

Dinner will be prepared by visiting chefs Antonio and Stefano Latini. Together, the father/son team own Villa Somis and Nove Merli restaurants near Turin, the capital city of the Piedmont region of Italy.

Tickets for the fundraising dinner are $150/each or a table of 10 can be purchased for $1,300. Please contact Paola Bartesaghi at bartesaghi@iaccofia.org or call the cultural center at (515) 280-3719 for more information.

This fundraising dinner will be the first of many events that the Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa will be organizing. The purpose is to highlight each region in Italy through their culinary history. All of the Italian regions will be showcased by a dinner prepared by expert chefs from the designated region.