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On one of its last nights of service, guests of Valentino streamed into the restaurant from Pico Boulevard. “I hear you’re closing,” said a smartly-dressed woman. “Yes,” answered the host. “Why?” she asked, with pain in her voice. The host — the consummate host — sighed and responded, “Do you have a few hours?”This conversation in different forms c...

On December 18, 2018  Merriel Quacinella passed away after a short illness.  Her life began on June 2, 1931 in Illinois, the oldest of three children.  The family moved to Modesto where she attended high school and Jr. College.  Her early career began running the print shop at Mt. Sac Jr College, and concluded  as a medical transcriber in Modesto. ...

David Roberts started working at Anthony’s Pizza on Hartford Turnpike in 1980 when he was a senior in high school. He liked it so much that even though he earned a degree in mechanical engineering, he eventually bought the restaurant from the Davia family. He still uses their recipes for the sauce and pizza crust. He still serves many of the same d...

Berkley è sicuramente la più antica e probabilmente la più famosa fra le università statali della California, lo sanno quasi tutti. Quello che invece molti ignorano è chi sia Mario Savio, di cui l’intero campus è tappezzato di riferimenti – tanto che può succedere di sedersi su quelli che, dal 1997, sono diventati ufficialmente “Mario Savio’s steps...

Take a journey into the rich variety of Italian music styles and genres, retro and current!  Hosted by Sara Marinelli alternatively in English and in Italian. Listen to the program | Mondays, 6:15-7:30pm on KUSF Sara Marinelli was born and raised in Italy. Besides being a music lover and a radio host, she is a writer, translator, and educator. She...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Organized by IIC Los Angeles under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles. Entrance: Free. Actor Riccardo Bocci will commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a stage reading of Pr...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7 pm. Bovard Auditorium (ADM) 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089. An Evening with Isabella Rossellini: a visions and voices signature event. DESCRIPTION: “The world’s most uncategorizable star”—Vanity Fair. Admission is free. Reservations required. General Public: RSVP. Actor, model, filmmaker, and philanthr...

Two Italian brothers with a family history of baking have transferred their culinary skills from Sicily to San Jose. The Palermo pair, Marco and Giacomo Montevago, has opened the appropriately named Italian Brothers Bakery on a corner of West San Carlos Street and Meridian Avenue in the city’s evolving Midtown neighborhood. Although the business is...

This year, 2018, marks the 90th anniversary of San Francisco’s premier Italian cultural club, Il Cenacolo. This impressive and important milestone was celebrated on December 7th with a stunning Christmas Gala at the St. Francis Yacht Club. In attendance were members, their spouses, and several notable guests including San Francisco Italian Consul G...

In keeping with commonplace thoughts of warmth, generosity and mirth come holiday season, it brings me joy to write about the second rendition of Tony Tutto Pizza. The mid-October reopening in downtown Ross has brought a sigh of relief to those who had to face the disappointment of the original pizzeria’s closure in Mill Valley in early 2017.  Greg...

It’s officially possible to get a taste of Mission favorite Pizzeria Delfina in downtown San Francisco: Annie and Craig Stoll’s fifth location is now open at 688 Mission Street, joining Pizzeria Delfinas in Pacific Heights, Palo Alto, and Burlingame. The new restaurant offers 46 dining seats, 14 counter seats, and will eventually include a 22-seat...

“Even before choosing to travel, I was a nomad and I got to know first-hand the nature of the various Italian communities abroad, I was able to appreciate their versatility, their high cultural level, their widespread talent and their excellent integration skills.” Silvia Chiave, Italy’s new Consul General in Los Angeles, knows very well what it me...