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I’ll go ahead and say it. I never much cared for South Park Abbey. It had a solid beer list, and I would catch the occasional NFL game there, but between food and booze, and my own snarky standards, there wasn’t a lot to keep me coming back. It’s possible the place just suffered the comparison to its predecessor, South Park Bar & Grill, which used...

Applications are now up for the 2019 Queen Isabella and her Royal Court. Learn more about Queen Isabella and the Court on our website and apply online: https://sfitalianheritage.org/queen-court/. The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is the longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade in the United States and celebrates the accomplishme...

The photography exhibition, organized by Istituto Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, depicts Monica Vitti’s life, style and films illustrating in detail the actress and woman adored in Italy and abroad. The exhibition’s title La Dolce Vitti recalls the timeless classic Italian movie (La Dolce Vita by...

Opening Wednesday, November 7 at Fashion Valley Mall, front and center next to Bloomingdale’s, is the fifteenth location of North Italia. The modern Italian restaurant is a proven smash for Fox Restaurant Concepts, which also runs Flower Child in Del Mar and Blanco Tacos + Tequila which opened earlier this fall in Fashion Valley. The hospitality gr...

When Giancarlo Paterlini was preparing to open a high-end Italian restaurant with his business partner, the chef Suzette Gresham, he needed to compile a list of high-end Italian wines. Only it was 1989, and there weren’t many high-end Italian wines to be had. At the time, Paterlini says, you couldn’t even get balsamic vinegar stateside. Where was h...

Westsiders know that Santa Monica is a great place to dine on Italian food, shop for fine Italian fashion and spot some impressive Italian sports cars. What many may not know, however, is every year Santa Monica becomes the premier location in the country to experience the joys of Italian cinema. Every November Santa Monica is home to Cinema Italia...

What’s your favorite Italian restaurant? Since I fell into the world of food writing, that’s probably been the most common question I have received from readers and new acquaintances. Like burritos and burgers, Italian food is universal in our region, both in restaurants and homes, and lord knows everyone has an opinion on their favorite Italian pl...

Nostalgia triggered by the emanating aromas and distinct flavors of the kitchens and restaurants of our childhood can elevate a dining experience in powerful ways. One of the strongest memory-fueled Marin meals I’ve had in a long time was at Gaspare’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Bar in San Rafael, where the generous portions of rich, rustic dishes and Ne...

WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community. As a volunteer, one lives alongside their host helping with daily tasks and e...

More than 300,000 Italian Americans in Los Angeles are waving their red, white and green flags in celebration of the establishment of a Little Italy area in their city. Little Italy of Los Angeles is in San Pedro, a coastal community near the port of Los Angeles. A part of San Pedro recently was named Historic Little Italy by the Los Angeles City C...

In a bizarre meeting by even Santa Barbara City Council standards, the council voted 6-0, with one abstention, to recognize Italian Heritage Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day on the same day — Columbus Day, the second Monday of October. The discussion featured a power outage while a Franciscan Friar was speaking. Councilman Oscar Gutierrez lectured t...

Wednesday November 14, 7:00 pm. Book Passage 51 - Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Meet author Donna DiGiuseppe at her Path to Publishing Event! Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance reveals the discovery of an historic figure who embodies the struggle of women throughout the ages while immersing the reader in th...