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In August 1964, an Italian flagged fishing vessel from Fano, Italy, was out dragging nets in the Adriatic Sea. At one point in this journey the fisherman hauled up something much more significant than fish.  When the nets were pulled up there was what appeared to be a shell-encrusted man and the fishermen were startled at the sight of it. The capta...

Best known for his success with the movie My Little Princess, Enzo Zelocchi is a superstar in the making who often wears many hats as an actor, writer, producer, and director. With a career spanning almost a decade, Enzo Zelocchi has won countless movie awards and several nominations as the best actor, writer, producer, and director. With his new f...

San Francisco Comites presents: Celebrating Italian Traditions and Innovation in the Bay Area & The 10th Anniversary of Museo Italo Americano’s Italian Christmas Market. Museo Italo Americano, 2 Marina Blvd -Fort Mason - Building C, San Francisco, CA. Sunday, December 4th. 12-1.30pm. A panel discussion followed by a TASTING of Italian wines and che...

The catastrophic rains and deadly landslide that devastated parts of the island of Ischia, in Italy, on Saturday, Nov. 26, took a long-distance toll on San Pedro, the hillside port community where so many Ischians settled in years past. “We came from an island and we needed to see the ocean,” said Carmela Funiciello, who arrived in San Pedro as a 2...

I have spent my life in this corner. Sometimes when I spend a lot of time working in the back and my customers don’t see me in the store, they get worried. When I arrived in the 1950s it was all countryside, there was no other store but only orange and lemon trees, just like in Sicily.” The corner Rosario Mazzeo is talking about is the one between...

The debut event dedicated to Italy's "Black Gold" unfolded from October 31st to November 6th and featured partnerships with prominent restaurants spanning the city, whose chefs dished out original dishes showcasing the Italian staple. Voted on via the restaurants' social media channels, the winners of LA Balsamic Week 2022 are La Puglia (Wood-fired...

Foodie friends were upset when Venezia—a much-loved Italian restaurant at Palm Canyon and Racquet Club drives in Palm Springs—closed last year. However, sometimes things just work out: The Italian restaurant that opened in the same space soon thereafter is even better.  Palmina by Puglia is owned by the same folks who run Puglia Italian Restaurant...

When it comes to wintertime excellence, few mountains can compete with Mammoth. The California ski resort, in continuous operation since the mid-1950s, has long been a destination where skiers and riders can count on excellent snow conditions. In fact, the mountain is beloved for its extended seasons, often starting in early November and sometimes...

CAIOTI PIZZA CAFÉ IS ONE pizza joint that isn’t known for that dish at all. In fact, chef Ed LaDou’s claim to fame is an accidental “miracle” food. In 1993, a pregnant woman well overdue came in and ordered the café’s Romaine and Watercress salad. The next day, she went into labor. Believing the salad was the cause, she recommended the restaurant t...

The team behind San Diego's Ambrogio15 restaurants has opened Ambrogio15 Enoteca, a wine room and grocery now open in the former Ciao Ciao Piadina space in La Jolla. Milan-turned-San Diego residents Giacomo Pizzigoni, Andrea Burrone and Luca Salvi opened the flagship Ambrogio15 on Turquoise Street in San Diego's North Pacific Beach community in Aug...

BORN IN THE ITALIAN PROVINCE of Alessandria in 1868, Giovanni Battista Ratto sailed as a cabin boy on a schooner to Buenos Aires when he was just 13 years old. After some time, the Bay area appealed to Ratto and he moved once again. There, he met a prominent produce farmer who took him under his wing and gave him a job. Eventually, he married and h...

In response to companies’ rising demand for new future mobility solutions, SIR Robotics Inc. will establish a U.S. business unit to serve North America. SIR (Soluzioni Industriali Robotizzate – Robotic Industrial Solutions) designs and manufactures robotic systems for the automotive and aerospace industries. The Greater Sacramento Economic Council ...