NEWS FROM : CALIFORNIA  

When you feel like indulging in some good old-fashioned comfort food, there’s nothing like paying a visit to your favorite Italian joint. We’ve got plenty of fantastic authentic Italian restaurants in Southern California, but there’s none like Petrini’s in Santa Barbara! Around for decades, this restaurant exudes the atmosphere of Italy through its...

A hundred years ago, in what was then the semi-rural farming community of Watts, a 40ish-year-old Italian immigrant laborer named Sabato Rodia bought a little home on a dead-end block by the railroad tracks and started collecting junk. The roar and rattle of Pacific Electric Railway red cars was almost constant, but that didn’t bother Rodia. Perhap...

For the past 55 years, Andre Armand has started his mornings by sipping the same, San Francisco-based, Italian-brewed espresso. Even with the arrival of Omicron, his plans haven’t changed. Armand, a fourth-generation San Franciscan and former antique shop owner, started drinking coffee from the historic Caffe Trieste as a high school student in 195...

One of Ceres’ last surviving World War II veterans has passed away at age 102. Tom Dimperio died on Nov. 26 at the VA Palo Alto Medical Center in Menlo Park. Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements but no services are planned. Wounded twice in battle, Dimperio’s body carried a piece of Nazi mortar shrapnel behind his left ear, a...

Have you been to Little Italy lately? Did you hang out in Piazza del Famiglia (the square) while eating an ice cream? Or maybe you grabbed a fancy cocktail at Kettner Exchange while listening to house music? Or maybe you stopped by Our Lady of the Rosary on the way to brunch? If you’re like me, I often leave Little Italy breathless and dazed. How d...

The Italian touring exhibition, ‘Created in Italy – An Aptitude for the Impossible‘, will make its first overseas appearance at the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, on 17 December 2021. The exhibition, which focuses on the landscape of Italian industry, features some of the most outstanding examples of new Italian industrial design and...

The Hand of God by award-winning Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday night. The coming-of-age film, whose original Italian title is È stata la mano di Dio, is listed among 15 hopefuls vying for a nomination in the academy's best in...

The San Diego hospitality company behind concepts like Greystone Steakhouse and Farmer's Table is nearly ready to unveil Inpasta, a build-your-own pasta bowl concept set to open later this month. Inpasta is the product of Sicilian-born chefs and co-owners Vincenzo Loverso and longtime partners Alessandro Minutella and Alberto Mestre, whose San Dieg...

My Roots, My Heritage is an interactive webinar led by Marianna Gatto, historian and executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. This webinar is designed for those interested in discovering their family’s origins. Whether you are curious about your family’s early years, wish to identify your ancestors, locate familial villages...

You don't have to travel to Italy to take in masterpieces by Leonardo Da Vinci or Michelangelo. At Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, you'll find full-size replicas of works by Italian masters of the Renaissance period. "We began collecting works related to the Renaissance centuries ago," said James Fishburne Ph.D., Director of the Forest L...

Delayed by the pandemic, Marisi Italiano is now planning for a Spring 2022 arrival in La Jolla. Developed the Adler and Lombrozo families and named for their grandparents, the Italian restaurant is opening directly adjacent to the Wall Street location of the Adler’s Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar; it replaces Whisknlade, the neighborhood inst...

San Francisco based Flour + Water Hospitality Group is known for its top notch Italian restaurant, Flour + Water, and its dough production kitchen, Flour + Water Pasta Shop. Its newest endeavor is Penny Roma, situated within San Francisco’s 20th Street corridor between Harrison and Florida Street in the Mission District. This hot neighborhood desti...