named after the late Regina Rosa Enrica Levi- Bianchini Soria, a College of Notre Dame of Maryland Professor Emerita and author who founded in Baltimore the Circolo Culturale Italiano in 1955, recognizes excellence in Philanthropy.

2018 Recipient: Mrs. Mary Mangione

Be a Chef for a Day,

National Children's Culinary Arts Festival BMore


the Baltimore Easter Egg Roll

BMore Italian,

Italian Arts and Culture

Bee Bilingual

in collaboration with Enoch Pratt


For information about our program please call:


or e-mail:

Alma Food Imports

Café Troia
Di Pasquale Espresso, Coffee and Tea
Di Pasquale Marketplace
Dolce Gelati
Evesham Community

Grano Emporio
Il Basilico
Italiana Travel

MSC Cargo
MSC Cruise

Ober Kaler
Oreste Pandola Adult Leaning Center
OSIA - Little Italy Lodge
Polenta Cafe
Renaissance Spa
Rigoni di Asiago
Saint Leo Church
Weinman Foundation
William and Donna Matricciani |410-547-9934

GRAZIE MILLE to our sponsor and supporters:


A  special thanks to:

Ana Cetina
Councilman Bill Henry
Dina Fiasconaro
Flavio Sala
Fulvio Domenicali
Joan Reynolds
John and Stephanie Patti
Leila Kohler-Frueh
Leslie Wietscher
Lisa Cheeseboro
Luisito and Marina Cercaci​
Patricia Bramlet
Patricia Greco
Regina Ford
​Serena Guidone


named after late Marcello Legaluppi, an Italian architect, sculptor, painter and noted Italian Consul in Maryland, recognizes excellence in the Arts.

2018 Recipient: Mrs. Yumi Hogan



Monica E. Lapenta
Louis Miserendino
Marina Federiconi
Membership and Volunteers

Community Liason

Patricia Bramlet

Director of the Arts Program and Community Outreach

Wendy D. Lewis

410 - 547-9934


Robert G. Baldassari
Jay I. Block, Esq.
Emilio Bramati
Ed Bosco
Liana Campanella
Luisito Cercaci
Ana Cetina
Pina Culotta
Mauro Dal Bo
Father Lou Esposito (chaplain)
John R. Karlsen
Prof. Pier Massimo and Virginia Forni

Monica E. Lapenta, President
Francesco L. Legaluppi, Board Chair
Imelda Liberatore

Ernest Liotti
Joan Magnani
Lou Mazzulli
John McLucas
Catherine Miserendino
Anthony Montcalmo

David P. Silver
Hon. Philip Tirabassi
Dennis Weinman​
Morris Weinman

The National Museum of Italian American Heritage was born on April 11, 2017 and will open its doors in October 2018 at 5706 Bellona Avenue, Baltimore MD 21212

The purpose of the National Museum of Italian American Heritage is to document and honor the myriad of contributions made by the people of Italy and their descendants to the very fabric of American society from its earliest origins.

named after the late Rita Levi Montalcini, an Italian Nobel Laureate honored for her work in neurobiology who was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine jointly with colleague Stanley Cohen for the discovery of  nerve growth factor, recognizes 
excellence in the Sciences.

2018 Recipient: Prof. Daniele Rigamonti


The Italian Cultural Center of Maryland was founded in 1955 by Professor Regina Levi-Bianchini Soria, Dr. Raffaele Canevaro and Mrs Helen Knipp as Circolo Culturale Italiano  and incorporated in 1999 joining forces with than newly founded ItalCultura.

Professor Soria and Hon. Francesco Legaluppi, founder of Italcultura, decided to unite their efforts to be more incisive in promoting what people of Italy and their descendants were contributing in Maryland and especially in Baltimore City.

Professor Soria moved to the U.S. in 1940 and joined the Notre Dame college faculty in 1942, teaching Italian. A 1979 article in The Sun described her as a "a sturdy woman with a big smile, a living room populated principally with books and overstuffed furniture, a dedication to Italy and Italian culture, and a husky voice that gets a lot of exercise."

Prof. Soria was the first to point out what Italians have done in Baltimore when she organized in 1979, "The Marble Door," a conference about the influence of Italians in early Baltimore. In it, she discussed Enrico Causici, sculptor of the George Washington statue atop Baltimore's monument to the first president in Mount Vernon Place. She said she wanted the lectures to offset the negative image of Italians brought by The Godfather novel and films.

Prof. Soria’s efforts were first continued by Prof. Marcello Legaluppi and later by his son Hon. Francesco Legaluppi to this day as its chairman of the board.

Every day the Italian Cultural Center and its volunteers work to continue Prof. Soria’ s dream pointing out what people of Italy and their descendants are doing here in Maryland.

A memento of Professor Soria, the Center established THE REGINA LEVI-BIANCHINI SORIA AWARD that recognizes excellence in Philanthropy.

After many exhibits, concerts, fashion shows, children activities and travels, in 2011 the Center partnered with the Rosa Ponselle Competition of Caiazzo Italy (Ponselle’s Italian home town).
Since 1955 the Italian Cultural Center and its predecessors have been the leading organization promoting Italian American Heritage in Maryland for the community at-large.
The Italian Cultural Center Inc of Maryland is a 501C(3) charity registered in Maryland, promoting Italian Culture and Heritage in Maryland.