Little Italy Association (LIA)
LIA advocates public safety, beautification, promotion and economic development, while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego.
House of Italy
The House of Italy (HOI) plays a major role in maintaining the Italian Americans’ cultural identity. It keeps our unique Italian American heritage alive by helping its members live and remember their heritage, pass it down to the next generation, and introduce it to non-Italians.
The House is open to visitors on Sunday afternoons, in the International Cottage area of Balboa Park, near the Organ Pavilion, between noon and 4 PM. Members enjoy an Italian family-style dinner, and entertainment, on the third Sunday of each month.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC LA), is located in Los Angeles. It was established by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote Italian culture in the USA. The IIC houses an art gallery, a theater for screenings, lectures, conferences, and concerts, as well as a library that is open to the public. The IIC organizes events in collaboration with local institutions, like Cinema Little Italy, with the goal of presenting Italy’s cultural richness.
Italian Cultural Center
The Italian Cultural Center (ICC-SD) of San Diego is a meeting place for people interested in Italian culture and language. The Center consists of more than 600 members, a mixed group of Italian Americans, Italophiles and Italians of various origins and ages. The ICC offers classes, at all levels, for adults and children, year round. Classes are taught by native speakers who have been part of the Italian language-teaching scene for several years.