The Association

The Italian Association is a 501-(c)-(3) non-profit organization run by a Board of Directors and Advisory Council.  The goal and purpose of the Italian Association is to not only promote Italian Arts, Culture and traditions but to foster an atmosphere that supports local businesses through its members and bring awareness of all things Italian to the local community. The founding member’s vision was to see an Italian cultural center become the epicenter of what could ultimately become Arizona’s own Little Italy. A place where Italian traditions, culture, and the image of Italy, its people, and industries can be shared with the community at large.

Discover the Heart of Italian Culture in Arizona!

Welcome to the Italian Association of Arizona, where passion meets tradition and community thrives!

At the Italian Association, we’re dedicated to celebrating and preserving the rich heritage of Italy right here in the desert landscape of Arizona. From mouthwatering cuisine to vibrant cultural events, we’re your gateway to all things Italian in the Grand Canyon State!

Join us as we explore the flavors, sights, and sounds of Italy through a variety of exciting initiatives, including language classes, culinary workshops, cultural festivals, and so much more. Whether you’re a native Italian, an Italian-American, or simply curious about Italian culture, there’s a place for you in our diverse and welcoming community.

Stay tuned as we embark on a journey of discovery, connection, and celebration. From pasta-making classes to lively festivals, there’s always something exciting happening at the Italian Association of Arizona!

Come be a part of our Italian family and experience the magic of Italy right here in Arizona.

The 2022/23 Board of Directors consists of the following:

  • Mickey Rao
  • Rosa Torraca
  • Caren Peyton
  • Peter Stazzone
  • Dario Soldan
  • Ron Pacioni
  • Sean Gillespie

All board members and advisory council members must be in good standing with the organization. We welcome new members to volunteer for advisory council positions in an effort to help us grow and meet our objectives.