It’s Italian Month!


October is National Italian American Heritage Month. We celebrate all things Italian. And there are many.

This month we look at the contributions the Italians have made to our society. Way back in the 1980s, President Reagan declared October as National Italian American Heritage Month and even the City of L.A. has made October Italian Month.

Did you know that we are celebrating the contributions of an estimated 20 million Americans of Italian descent — the fifth largest ethnic group in the United States? – National Italian American Foundation

But really, when can we finally say goodbye – arrivederci – to the Italian images of the Godfather, fist-pumping bafoons and Columbus? For the millions of Italians and Italian Americans, these images are whole-heartedly inaccurate. Italians have made many significant contributions to our history, culture and every day life. Let’s focus on the positive.

Here’s a list of our favorite Italian inventions. Our friends at have a huge, mega, comprehensive list that will shock many of you. And yes, Antonio Meucci was the inventor of the telephone and was robbed by Alexander G. Bell. Read more about the scandal>>

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So try an Italian recipe, learn a few Italian phrases and/or book a trip to Italy today. Support the Italian Hall downtown, a group that maintains Italian history in Los Angeles.