Italian Community Center of Milwaukee

Wisconsin’s largest Italian-American organization. It was founded in 1979, shortly after a successful festival organized by a group who had grown up in the city’s Italian neighborhood and wanted to recreate the “festa” that was such an important part of their childhood. Since that first effort in 1978, the ICC’s annual Festa Italiana has come to be recognized as America’s premier Italian festival. It’s a celebration of all things Italian – music, food, tradition and, of course, family. The ICC also publishes The Italian Times 11 times a year, sharing local, national and international news about Italians and the Italian experience. Classes in introductory Italian are offered for adults, and free Italian classes are also available for children. Twice a year, the ICC’s Culture Committee presents Student Culture Day, at which middle school students spend a half day at the Center learning such things as how to make pasta and play bocce, and becoming “Italian immigrants” at Ellis Island. The annual “Taste of Italy,” a food-sampling extravaganza, has become a popular dining experience for hundreds of Milwaukee area residents. The ICC operates a public restaurant – Cafe La Scala – and, during the summer months presents four nights of free music in its spacious courtyard.

 Italian Community Center | 631 E. Chicago St. | Milwaukee, WI 53202

Contact Person: Gina Spang (414 223-2180 – ICC phone number)

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