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

Be a Chef for a Day,

National Children's Culinary Arts Festival BMore


the Baltimore Easter Egg Roll

BMore Italian,

Italian Arts and Culture


For information about our program please call:


or e-mail:


Monica E. Lapenta
John R. Karlsen 
Marina Federiconi
Membership and Volunteers

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
Anthony De Pastina, Esq.
Father Lou Esposito
John R. Karlsen
Marianne Kresevich
Prof. Pier Massimo and Virginia Forni

Monica E. Lapenta, Executive Director
Francesco L. Legaluppi, President

Imelda Liberatore

Ernest Liotti
Dick and Joan Magnani
Lou Mazzulli
John McLucas
Catherine Miserendino
Anthony and Bonnie Montcalmo
Hon. Philip Tirabassi
Dennis and Mandy Weinman​
Morris and Beverly Weinman

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.

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

2017 Awards Winners will be announced on April 17st, 2017.​

GRAZIE MILLE to our sponsor and supporters:



The Italian Cultural Center of Maryland incorporates two Italian cultural associations very active in Maryland: ItalCultura founded by Hon. Francesco Legaluppi in 1988 and Circolo Culturale Italiano founded in 1955 by Professor Regina Soria, Dr. Raffaele Canevaro and Mrs Helen Knipp.
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 up to today 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 Italians 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.


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 Public Service.