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Coffee has been woven into the Italian culture dating back to the 17th century when the first “coffee bar” was established in Venice. Italian coffee culture is special, a culmination of traditions, customs, and history. Though different regions in Italy, coffee bars have their own slight variations on coffee making and bar culture, the fundamentals...

Since opening in North Beach as a pop-up store specializing in Italian language books in 2017, Libreria Pino has outgrown several different locations in the neighborhood. Now, the bookstore’s starting a fresh chapter in bigger digs that will serve as its long-term home. For the past 18 months, owner Joseph Carboni has worked to transform the site o...

A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio explores the cultural origins, adaptations, and enduring appeal of one of the most popular characters in children’s literature. Written in 1883 by Italian author Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio has delighted generations and occupies a revered place in the canon of children’s literature. The book ha...

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Festa Italiana is back in Lodi. Pizza, wine, live music and more can be enjoyed at as the popular event returns Sunday at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds. “It's a wonderful day celebrating all things that are Italian,” Carrie Sass of SASS! Public Relations said.   There’s something for everyone from a pizza pie coo...

If you’ve bought a car in Sacramento in the past half-century or so, there’s a decent chance you shopped at a dealership owned by the Niello family. Now the patriarch of the Niello automobile family has died. Richard Niello Sr., who brought the company to Sacramento after its founding in San Francisco, died at home Saturday. He was 10 days shy of h...

Convivio Society and its San Diego Italian Heritage Commission were proud to host thirty-eight students and five chaperones from La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi (La Scuola), a bilingual Italian school based in New York City. La Scuola D'Italia is one of only two schools in the United States that provides K-12 bilingual education firmly rooted...

A beautiful Memorial Day weekend brought larger crowds than ever to the I Madonnari chalk-painting festival held in front of Old Mission Santa Barbara. “Everyone was really happy to be back out together in person. It was packed,” said Kai Tepper with a note of awe in her voice, as she sat on the Mission lawn on Tuesday, watching a continuing stream...

The Italian American Federation of the East Bay is currently accepting applications for our Queen contest for 2022 / 2023. Any interested young lady can receive an application from Ron Blair of the Italian American Federation by calling 925 819-2945, or contact his email at ronblair1@comcast.net. We are currently scheduled to have our Queen contest...

The Christopher Columbus and Discovery Park Task Force is putting out a “request for interest” from any groups in the community that want to acquire the controversial Chula Vista statue. “Any entity, organization, even an educational organization to be able to share potentially their interests for the statue,” explained Ricardo Medina, chair of the...

Longtime residents may remember the Gemello Winery on El Camino near Rengstorff in Mountain View. Kevin Ferguson’s grandfather, Mario Gemello, retired in 1982, but his cousins the Obesters maintained it for another 10 years. Mario passed away in 2005, but Grandma Kay celebrated her 100th birthday last June. Kevin is taking that outline of his famil...

When the annual I Madonnari street-painting festival returns to the Old Mission this weekend after two years of operating online, participants and attendees will celebrate more than just la dolce vita, Santa Barbara–style. From its beginning, this iconic expression of collective effervescence has had its roots in the year-round activities of the Ch...

ITALIAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FILM: THE VILLAGE – Life In New Haven's Little Italy. Sunday, June 5 @ 2:00 pm / Doors open at 1:30 at the Italian Center, Carmichael (6821 Fair Oaks Blvd, 95608 CA) Admission $10. Around 5 million Italians arrived in the United States during the “Great Migration” in the years between 1880 and 1930. They were preceded by...