Taste of Italy 2016 is coming to LA on October 1. For the best Italian food in town, get your ticket today using our promo code!

One reason to be happy that summer’s over? Well…soon enough we are going to be splurging at Taste of Italy 2016!

For the eigth year in a row, Marianna Gatto, historian and executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, is organizing the Taste of Italy festival in Downtown LA. Proceeds will support the Museum’s exhibitions and the preservation of the historic Italian Hall, in which the Museum is located.

Ever had the pleasure of tasting lardo from Garfagnana, in Northern Tuscany? Ever seen how burrata is made? Or binged on truffles? All of these while listening to performances by LA Opera, the jazz sensation The Jasmine Tommaso Trio.

On October 1, 5-10pm, you have a chance to find all your favorite Italian restaurants and products — and more — in one place!

If you’ve never been, check out our coverage of Taste of Italy Los Angeles 2015. The video below should also give you an idea.


Taste of Italy Los Angeles 2016: Why you should go

Whether you’ve already been or not, you don’t want to miss Taste of Italy 2016. This year’s edition promises to be even bigger and more entertaining.

Taste of Italy will showcase over 35 of the region’s best Italian restaurants, together with Californian and Italian wineries. Think Valentino, Drago Centro, Il Fornaio, Prova Pizzeria, Celestino, Locanda del Lago… and for the first time, directly from Lucca, Tuscany, taste a 12th century menu from the Antica Locanda di Sesto! (here’s a complete list of participants).

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time (or the money) to visit all these great restaurants. At Taste of Italy, you will get to stroll right by them, so problem solved!


Credit: Taso Papadakis for IAMLA

What else? Urbani Truffles, the most important truffle importer to the US, will brings its products. Mimmo Bruno of DiStefano Cheese will serve you fresh burrata and mozzarella. Expect to see a stand of Prosciutto di Parma, which will probably have a line.

RELATED: Check out the garganelli with truffle and mushroom sauce at Osteria Venice West

And what about tasting more than a 100 world-class wines served by Gruppo I Vinai, Casa Torelli, Pedroncelli Winery, and more…and topping off your meal with Ventura Limoncello?

Use Foodiamo promo code for Taste of Italy 2016

Ready to go? Get discounted tickets for Taste of Italy 2016 here! Enter the code FOOD5 for a $5 discount on general admission tickets. With code FOOD20, instead, you will get $20 off the premiere tickets.

My advice: go early, because by the end of the night the best restaurants will have run out of food. Also, it goes withouth saying, go hungry!


Credit: Taso Papadakis for IAMLA

What: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ Taste of Italy 2016
When: October 1st, 2016 from 5-10 PM
Where: 424 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: $60 General Admission (6 food + 6 wine food tastings), $125 Premiere (10 food + 10 wine tastings, VIP bag, and red carpet entrance), a limited number of reserved tables and sponsorship opportunities available. Tickets/Info: www.italianhall.org/TOI


Photo credits: Taso Papadakis for the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA)
Thanks to Marianna Gatto and IAMLA staff for the assistance