August 15th is when Roman Catholics celebrate the Assumption of the virgin Mary into Heaven - the day when Catholics believe Mary ascended to heaven "body and soul" after the end of her life on earth. However, it was a holiday in Italy long before it took on a religious significance. Ferragosto, the Italian name for the holiday, comes from the Lati...

Ciao, Amici! Italians are crazy about Ferragosto! They brave bumper to bumper traffic to go the the beach on vacation where they are supposed to enjoy nature and time away from ‘crowded’ cities while resting and relaxing…. While this is an excellent idea, reality often turns out to be quite different! In the meantime, the great Italian cities are w...

Ferragosto, the annual Italian summer feast, is preparing for its return to Chicago beaches. Taking place at Oak Street Beach, Ferragosto is an Italian public holiday celebrating the beginning of summer vacation, when Italians head to the coast to eat, drink and celebrate together.   Chefs Tony Mantuano and Joe Flamm from Spiagga Restau...

By Andrew Bagley   Even in a city of neighborhoods, San Diego's Little Italy stands out. The influence of Italian culture and the strong bonds of community can still be felt today, carried on through the years from the first Italian immigrants to the vibrant and growing neighborhood of today. Little Italy's character blends the old and the n...

In Italia, Ferragosto is a national holiday celebrated on August 15th at the beach or in the mountains with picnics and all-day celebrations. All of Italy shuts down to enjoy it! You should too! Divertiamoci!   Bring a covered dish!Grills provided!This is a fundraiser for the Pandola Learning Center in Little Italy - a donation of $5 or more...

Join us on Sunday, August 17th, 5.30 pm at the ICCC for the fourth annual Festa di Ferragosto!   Italian Film & Pizza. Complimentary refreshments. Bring your friends and a favorite bottle of wine! Projected film: "Che bella giornata!" In Italian with English subtitles.  

Join us on August 14th at Gino's Market in Hollywood for the second annual Festa di Ferragosto, a party to celebrate the Italian summer holiday (that actually takes place in Italy on August 15th). This is one of the funnest events we participate in and we look forward to seeing you! Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festa-di-ferragost...

From New York to San Diego, America cast off the inhibitions of an earlier era and celebrated prosperity, movies, the automobile, and jazz. Then - January 16, 1920 – The 18th Amendment was signed into law and America went DRY! It was Prohibition!   Thirsty Americans sought relief ... and the Speakeasy was born! There has never been a time l...

Ciao, Amici! Italians are crazy about Ferragosto! They brave bumper to bumper traffic to go the the beach on vacation where they are supposed to enjoy nature and time away from 'crowded' cities while resting and relaxing.... While this is an excellent idea, reality often turns out to be quite different! In the meantime, the great Italian cities ar...

Going back centuries, the Ferragosto tradition recognizes the end of the harvest season and to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is a way for families to engage in part of the Italian culture and coming together in a solid bond of family and friendship.   Over 15 years ago, merchants of the Arthur Avenue/Belmont section decided to bring t...