Want to enjoy the best Italian cuisine in LA, for free? Win free tickets to Taste of Italy 2018 for you and a guest!

Taste of Italy is back in 2018 celebrating its 10th year anniversary, and once again we’ve got free tickets for you to give away!

Taste of Italy is an evening featuring the region’s best, authentic Italian food, award-winning wine, and live entertainment to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA). They will be taking attendees on a culinary voyage through Italy’s many dishes in the heart of downtown Los Angeles on October 13, 2018, 5-10pm.

As an official event sponsor, we are giving away three general admission tickets, each one including a guest. Scroll down, enter your email, and, if your email is selected, you will get free admission for yourself and a guest. Considering the normal general admission price is $60, this is an opportunity you won’t want to pass up! 

Enter the giveaway to win free tickets to Taste of Italy 2018!

Sorry, the contest has ended. You can use discount codes FOOD5 (general admission) and FOOD20 (VIP) when buying your tickets here.

Make sure to enter an email address that you check frequently. If you win, you need to reply to our email within 12 hours to claim your prize. The contest ends on October 4 at 11:59pm PT and winners will be announced on October 5. More details on rules and conditions here. 

Still not convinced? Remember what’s waiting for you at Taste of Italy on October 13, 2018…

The Iconic Trulli of Puglia at Taste of Italy 2018

The spotlight of Taste of Italy 2018: Puglia (Credit: IAMLA)

Celebrating 10 Years of Taste of Italy: Spotlight Puglia!

This year the spotlight is on Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s “boot,” aka il tacco d’Italia, which has recently become one of the country’s trendiest tourist destinations. Puglia is known for its ancient villages, exceptional wines and olive oils, breathtaking beaches (bluest sea), almost year-round sunshine, and its exceptional cuisine.

We at Foodiamo could not be more excited to sponsor this celebration of authentic Italian cuisine highlighting the historic immigration of the Pugliesi people to Los Angeles, who brought their food, wine, and traditions beginning in the late 1800s.

Among the 40+ attending establishments, we highlight The Drago family and their restaurants Drago CentroVia Alloro, and Celestino, putting their own twists on classic Italian dishes such as their hand-cranked, garganelli pasta with Sicilian sausage and wild fennel pollen; Luigi al Teatro, run by Puglia native Luigi Fineo, presenting a modern interpretation of classic flavors from Southern Italy; Di Stefano Cheese, run by Mimmo Bruno and his family who’ve been making burrata with a 100-year-old recipe that has its roots in Puglia. And finally, also hailing from Puglia, the award-winning, pizzaiolo Vito Iacopelli of Prova Pizzeria, who will prepare his signature pizzas crafted in a mobile wood-burning oven.

taste of italy 2018 venue

Credit: IAMLA

The immigration of Puglia culture to LA will also be represented by East Side Italian Market and Maestro Sausage, two family-owned companies that were founded by immigrants from Puglia in Los Angeles’ Historic Little Italy in the North Broadway District, nearly 100 years ago. 

Toscana Restaurant and Primo Italia will also be presenting Puglia-inspired favorites, such as orecchiette al pomodoro.

Among Tuscany’s most celebrated chefs, Aurelio Barattini will travel from his historic trattoria in Lucca, L’Antica Locanda di Sesto, which dates to 1368and has been in his family for a century. Chef Barattini uses only ingredients sourced from the family farm and other local producers. 

pasta served at taste of italy

Drago Centro serving its signature garganelli pasta at Taste of Italy 2016

Drinks and Live Entertainment at Taste of Italy 2018

Dozens of world-class wines and spirits will be served by vendors such as Gruppo I Vinai, Pallino Limoncello, Banfi, and DOCG Imports. There will be a charming beer garden, courtesy of Birra Moretti, Italy’s signature beer produced using a process unchanged since 1859. Guests will get to try their luck at a game of bocce in the Birra Moretti Bocce Court.

Taste of Italy’s entertainment lineup includes performances by celebrated jazz guitarist John Pisano, Nick D’Egidio and the Dry Martini Orchestra, the fifteen-member Verdi Chorus, and DJLo.

“Taste of Italy offers an authentic Italian experience in the heart of downtown Los Angeles,” explains Marianna Gatto, historian and executive director of the IAMLA, “Guests can enjoy exceptional Italian cuisine, wine, and good cheer in a charming, historic setting. The event offers a glimpse of the region’s extensive Italian history and contemporary Italian lifestyle while supporting the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles.”

The crowds at taste of italy 2017

A glimpse of last year’s edition of Taste of Italy (Credit: IAMLA)

Taste of Italy 2018 Ticket Giveaway: The Fine Print

What: Taste of Italy 2018 by The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles 
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5-10 PM
Where: Pico House, 424 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Each prize is ONE regular admission ticket to Taste of Italy LA 2018 and ONE regular admission ticket for your guest. To participate, you must enter your email in the form at the top of the page by October 4, 2018 at 11:59pm PT. We will draw winners at random and contact them by email on October 5. If contacted, you must reply to the email within 12 hours to claim your prize. Otherwise, we will move down the list of winners and assign the prize to someone else.

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