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The Bay Area Italian-American community is disappointed by the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue, which has served as a symbol of pride for our contributions to San Francisco and the nation. In fact, the Columbus statue was erected in part to address the fierce prejudice and widespread discrimination Italian-Americans faced in America in t...

There are innumerable approaches to the art of charitable giving and countless ways to give back to one's community. Any one of a thousand profiles of people helping others is bound to impress, yet the story of Mario Del Guidice and his relationship with the Coachella Valley, as well as his unwavering devotion to Desert Arc, is an especially heart-...

Top California lawmakers on Tuesday ordered the removal of a marble sculpture depicting explorer Christopher Columbus and his patron, Queen Isabella, from the Capitol Rotunda. The statue has been in the Capitol for more than a century. Top lawmakers called for its removal a day after a statue showing white settler John Sutter was taken down in fron...

If you asked Roanna Canete a few years ago what “organic” meant she wouldn’t have been able to tell you. In fact, the San Diego mother of two said she didn’t know much about the food world until she had her children while living abroad. “My greatest wakeup to the food industry came as a mother to younger children while living in Rome, Italy,” said...

Hidden in the corners of Quarry Road stands Vina Enoteca, a rustic yet lively restaurant with unforgettable Italian cuisine perfect for a romantic date night, family gathering or sophisticated outing with friends. Located at the Stanford Barn, Vina Entoeca’s warmly lit ambiance is saturated with a unique historical blend of rustic Italy and the mod...

As counties continue to reopen, people are expressing their anger over police brutality in different ways. One way is by taking down or defacing statues that some say represent oppression. It’s happening all over the world and it’s happening in San Francisco. Coit Tower is a major symbol in the city and right below that is a statue of Christopher C...

A day after Boston removed a Christopher Columbus statue — which vandals had beheaded — the city of Chula Vista took down its own 8-foot, 1,200-pound tribute to the Italian explorer. The bronze statue was removed from its pedestal at Discovery Park early Friday and placed in storage “out of public safety concerns,” city officials said without citin...

Jim Bregante, longtime resident of San Diego and docent for the Maritime Museum and Convivio, passed this month. We remember Jim for his kindness and candor, his calming cadence, and his ability to connect with folks through the power of narrative. “I’m a product of people,” Jim would always say, referring directly to the many influential individua...

Is Italian truly the most beautiful language in the world? Once the language of philosophy and poetry, up to the point that John Milton could sing “questa è lingua di cui si vanta Amore” (this is the language of which Love makes his boast), in the late twentieth century Italian was certainly the language of football and fashion; but is this still t...

As a institution dedicated to the teaching, preservation, and exploration of history, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles recognizes the dangers of intolerance and the deleterious effects of hate, discrimination, and violence on our society. The IAMLA believes in universal and inalienable human rights and stands in solidarity with those who...

On 27th October 2019, Lina Wertmüller received the Honorary Award at the Governors Awards in Hollywood. In her acceptance speech, translated by Isabella Rossellini, the director half-jokingly asked the Academy to create an ‘Oscarina’ prize for female directors and to give the statuette a girl’s name, ‘Anna’. In reaction to this mocking and provocat...

The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is happy to present CINEDÌ, a new series featuring ten Italian contemporary films available to the first 300 to register. Please note that the link & password you’ll receive upon registration are valid only for the specified date and time. The series will start Friday, Jun 5 at 8:30pm PST time.