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All engines will be revved up as Sir Bruno Serato hosts his 12th annual Red Carpet Gala fundraiser for Caterina’s Club at the Marconi Automotive Museum (1302 Industrial Drive, Tustin) on Sunday, August 27 starting at 5 p.m. In addition to feeding 3,050 children in need each night, the nonprofit helps place families living in squalid motel condition...

Amici Park will turn into a Western Village for Little Italy’s biggest party, Ferragosto! Taking on a new theme each year, Ferragosto 2107 will return with a “Wild Western” theme, inviting guests to join the party in their best western attire. Ferragosto is San Diego’s Little Italy own take on the traditional Italian holiday “Feriae Augusti.” The b...

Today, when Angelinos reflect on Olvera Street in DTLA, they probably think of its rich history as the heart of the Spanish-Mexican pueblo of Los Angeles. What many do not realize is that for a time in the 19thcentury, the street was known as Wine Street, and was dominated by thriving Italian owned wine cellars. From downtown’s long gone Little Ita...

Dear Friends, on Wednesday, August 23rd at 10:00 AM, the Los Angeles City Council will consider a proposal to eliminate all references to the Columbus Day holiday in official city documents, and replace it with Indigenous People's Day. As a first-generation Italian-American, I find this proposal deeply troubling. The celebration of our diversity an...

Former Sonoma resident Alexandra Lawrence, now a specialized private tour guide in Florence, Italy, and a university instructor at several American and British universities, will return to Sonoma on Aug. 16 for a lecture at Vintage House senior center. A graduate from Sonoma Valley High School and currently living in Florence with her husband and 8...

Quality ingredients, time spent cooking, consistent tasting and a blend of Italian flavors make for a good marinara sauce, but one ingredient makes it great: love. That is the winning touch, according to Pedro Cipriano, executive chef at Mio Vicino Pasta and Pizzeria Cafe. The popular eatery in Saratoga just won Little Italy San Jose’s Boss of the...

This week brought news that Bank of America, which has had a presence in Ukiah for longer than most Mendocino County residents can remember, will be closing its branch at 501 S. State St. on Nov. 7, 2017, which is also Election Day. Curious to see what I could locate on BofA’s arrival in Ukiah, I rummaged through our online archives at https:ukiah....

Among the new wave of food vendors in Liberty Public Market is Roma Express, which launches today with Italian sodas, cannoli and savory fried risotto balls called arancini. The cannoli and arancini are two best-selling products at Roma Market, an Italian specialty store that has deep roots in Pasadena and another location in Escondido which is cur...

The journey from Sicily to California was an opportune one for many Italians immigrating from “the old country.” Landscape architect and artist, Robert (Bob) La Rocca’s parents both immigrated to the U.S. at an early age, growing up in San Jose. Bob himself is a native San Franciscan, born and raised in San Francisco’s North Beach District, fondly...

There’s a two-day “wedding feast and banquet” coming to town, and you’re invited. The 32nd annual Festa Italiana returns Saturday and Sunday at Sacramento’s Croatian Center Grounds. The two-day festival includes not only traditional Italian dance performances, bocce ball games and abundant pastas, pizzas and desserts, but also a brand-new Italian f...

Saturday, September 23 | 11:00am (first screening) - 10:00pm (last screening) - The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco. Cinema Italia SF, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco, is proud to announce its 6th Classic Italian Film program, celebrating the pioneering woman d...

The long-awaited Los Angeles location of Eataly is getting close. The Italian-focused market and multi-restaurant concept should be ready to land at the revamped Westfield Century City by the end of this year, and to get that process underway they’re starting to staff up. First things first, a facilities manager to oversee the entire sprawling prop...