Italian Excellence Gala feat. La Piazza Dei Sogni by True Italian Taste

December 12, 2021

December 12, 2021

6:00 pm To 10:00 pm

2400 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046

$150 - $170

Event Description

La Piazza dei Sogni at the 2021 Italian Excellence Gala

The Italian Excellence Gala & Awards is a prestigious event, recognizing leading Italian and Italian-American personalities, their distinction and their contribution to the Italian community in the US and globally.

The event will take place at The Houdini Estate, a five-acre property nestled in the Hollywood Hills. The mansion was the home of iconic illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini. The grounds are dotted with caves and hidden tunnels, as well as beautiful terraced gardens. Houdini used this property as an escape, as well as somewhere to rehearse his daring tricks. This year’s Gala features an extraordinary True Italian Taste “La Piazza dei Sogni” experience, the estate adds mystique and mystery to a culinary circus of unparalleled Italian activations.


Past Gala honorees include, Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Alessandro Del Piero, former Juventus F.C. captain and Italian national team legend, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all times, and NBA’s Danilo Gallinari, Grey’s Anatomy’s Stefania Spampinato, Bianca Balti – supermodel, entrepreneur and Dolce & Gabbana’s muse to name a few.


This year’s Italian Excellence Gala hosts “La Piazza dei Sogni” by True Italian Taste, a vibrant sequence of experientials activations, tastings, live demos highlighting evocative stories of Italian territories, culinary treasures, artistic crafts and innovative impulses that have always been an integral part of Italy’s fabric. At the Houdini Estate, attendees will be immersed in the values of Italy’s artisanship, enveloped by the scents of authentic Italian cuisine and of the typical essences of the Mediterranean vegetation.

Chefs, street performers, brands and educators will bring the space to life with a string of experiences highlighting the eno-gastronomic genius of Italy, its brands, chefs and artisans.

True Italian Taste aims to educate on authenticity of Italian food & beverage products, thus offering consumers, buyers and writers alike the tool to recognize it and to appreciate it. The campaign is funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, led by Assocamerestero and developed by the IACCW.

Event Program:

6:00 PM – Red Carpet Opens

– Cocktails and Recognitions – Honorees to be announced

– Experiential Tastings throughout the Estate (mostly outdoors)

Attire: Black Tie affair. Please note that the event will be hosted primarily outdoors (with heaters!), please dress accordingly.

This event will be held in line with Covid-19 safety protocols. More details will be shared with participants prior to the event. Attendees need to be 21+. Ticket mandatory to access the event. No tickets at the door.


Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West

About the Organizers

Established in 1987, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West (IACCW) is an independent, private, not-for-profit US corporation devoted to fostering business and trade opportunities between Italy and the United States. The IACCW is part of a large network of 81 Chambers operating in 55 countries, gathering over 25.000 members. The IACCW leverages local resources combined with a global network to provide businesses with strategic and effective services in support of their internationalization and expansion efforts.

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