The food events haven’t stopped, but The Taste of Italy looks to not only present a stellar line-up of food but an authentically Italian atmosphere. Just as a fundraiser for the Italian American Museum, slated to open in early 2014, should be. Luckily, I also have a special discount code for my readers to share that will score you $5 off, so stay tuned til after the jump.
The event takes place in the shadow of Pico House, which was a 33-room hotel completed in 1870 and ordered by the last Mexican Governor of Alta California, Pio Pico. Now owned by the State of California and registered as a California and National Historic Landmark, the 3-story, Italianate building is the perfect backdrop for such an event. Located from Olvera Street, it’s one more cultural landmark of this awesomely diverse city in one of the oldest parts of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Italian heavyweights such as Drago Centro, Fabio Viviani’s Cafe Firenze, Toscanova, Locanda Del Lago, Casa Nostra, Trattoria Neapolis, Il Grano, GROM, Bulgarini and Dominick’s will be on-hand to present bites, amongst others. Also, 100 world-class wines will be served by participants such as Casa Torelli, Le Vigne, Cantina Pizzolato, Terravino, Nuova Capelletta, and others. So not only will you have the Italian bites to keep you satiated, you’ll have a huge lineup of great wines with which to wash them down.
For general admission, you’ll get 6 food tickets and 4 beverage tickets (I’m told that this is more than enough to get you full with even some to spare). VIP admission will get you entrance through the “VIP only” gate, 6 food tickets, 6 beverage tickets as well as a VIP gift bag. You’ll definitely want to team up with your festival buddy and spread out your tasting tickets amongst all 35 restaurants and 100 wines.
There will also be a “Gastromercato,” the event’s on-site market, should you want to take a little of Italy home with you. And if you’re feeling like a high-roller, you can enter a raffle (tickets are $100 each) to win 2 business class round-trip tickets to Italy on Turkish Airlines.
Feel like winning your tickets? All you have to do is create a video of yourself singing a short song about Southern California Italian American history or Taste of Italy to enter. Just complete the form with your YouTube link to enter once you’ve done so. (I applaud your bravery from here.)
To save $5 off GA and/or VIP tickets, enter code “E*STARLA5” in the promo code field on the check-out page. I’ll see you at the Pico House on October 12th!