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Andrea Bocelli, attorney at law? Before he became a global sensation as the top-selling opera singer in history — or “popera,” as some have described his enormous crossover success — the Italian superstar earned his law degree at the University of Pisa and worked as a public defender. Bocelli’s switch from litigation to librettos came only after th...

After years of anticipation, the new Eataly Italian food hall is about to open its first location in the Bay Area. The new three-story food emporium located at Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose is jam packed with meats and cheeses, fish and pasta. And of course, bread and wine. "The philosophy of the company is very simple. It's eat, shop and learn...

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...

Food Science and Italian Studies represented by Anuradha Prakash and Federico Pacchioni, respectively, joined efforts this summer to launch a new Chapman travel course to Italy.  In exploring the food system from farm to fork, students witnessed directly the making of world-renowned products such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, acco...

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...

When: Sunday, June 19 at 6 PM - Where: IIC's new location: 710 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94111 In preparation for San Francisco Pride 2022, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Consulate General of San Francisco are pleased to present the documentary Let’s Kiss, Storia di una rivoluzione gentile (Franco Grillini's gentle revolution)....

Pietro Gallo, executive chef and co-owner of Civico 1845, a Calabrian restaurant in Little Italy, has introduced a new lineup of vegan dishes for its menu. Civico 1845 was one of the first Italian restaurants in San Diego to offer a separate menu of vegan options. Gallo said he collaborated with Matte Febbraio, one of Italy’s foremost vegan chefs,...

Eataly Silicon Valley is adding one more reason to consider it among the biggest openings this summer: a rooftop restaurant and lounge with a menu highlighting seasonal ingredients. Terra defines itself as the crown jewel restaurant of each of Eataly’s locations, but this Silicon Valley store offers something few other Terra locations can boast — r...

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...

More than 40 years ago, I spent a college summer in Santa Barbara, by day studying postwar Italian cinema and at night immersing myself in the local New Wave music scene, which drew on punk rock, surf rock, reggae and even tiki. Many of my peers sheared their hair and dyed what was left purple. It felt like a time of cultural revolution. I drank st...

Our favorite culinary event of the San Diego's Little Italy season, Taste of Little Italy will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 and Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Join us both nights, and make your way through 48-square-blocks sampling some of the best bites and sips our beautiful neighborhood has to offer. Each evening will showc...