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December 9-15. Curtain up! It’s time for the 3rd edition of Cinema Italian Style, the annual festival that brings you the best of new Italian film. This year, like last year, we’re remaining virtual, with a full program of films and filmmaker Q&As to stream from the comfort of your home. Check the program here. Cinema Italian Style is co-presented...

As part of the weeklong celebration for Italian Cuisine Week, the Italian Cultural Society of San Francisco in collaboration with the Future Food Institute held a webinar titled “Innovation and sustainability in the agri-food sector”. Speakers included Michelle Sisson of Apeel Sciences and Greg Dresher of the Culinary Institute of America. Chiara C...

The first floor of the Italian-American Social Club has scarlet velvet wallpaper, dark wood paneling and a jukebox in the corner. A U.S. flag, an Italian flag and mostly black-and-white photos hang on the walls. Brass chandeliers with red polka-dot sconces and carved decorations frame the long, wooden bar. On one side is the restaurant’s dining roo...

The Mayor of Flavortown, Guy Fieri first stepped onto the scene after winning the second season of "The Next Food Network Star," earning a six-episode commitment for his own cooking show on Food Network. What followed is an empire that now includes hosting 14 different food shows, most notably his long-running "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," and ar...

For the past 64 years, DiMaggio’s Pizza has been a favorite place for dinner and drinks, which led to the restaurant grabbing the No. 1 slot for Best Pizza in the 2021 Best of South Haven. While DiMaggio’s may not be considered a local restaurant by some, its menu, which is packed full of delicious home-cooked meals made from original Italian recip...

Larry Petretti was an ardent outdoorsman, a marksman with a bow or gun and, not many years back, was said to be the oldest still-working real estate broker in California. The longtime Santa Rosa resident was also, among the corps of local World War II veterans who witnessed and responded to and for a lifetime carried memories of the horror loosed o...

If you're an LA history nerd, you won't want to miss "La Cucina Italiana in Los Angeles: An Italian & American Story." This new documentary traces the emergence and evolution of Italian-American cuisine in the City of Angels from the late 19th century to 2021. Interviews with culinary figureheads including Nancy Silverton, Piero Selvaggio, Gino Ang...

Tucked inside a strip mall right next to Fresno State, Famous Rays Italian Deli has been dishing out homemade, real-deal Italian favorites for years. So, we’ve uncovered this hidden Fresno gem for your next game-day watch party, holiday gathering, or quick lunchtime break. Famous Rays Italian Deli is located at 1764 E Barstow Ave, Fresno in Bulldog...

It’s a big day for Farming Hope. The Refettorio San Francisco, one of the spaces designed by Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore’s non-profit, Food for Soul, opened its doors for a celebration on a Sunday evening, November 7th. Located in the heart of the city, Refettorio SF reflects local design and aims at offering an uplifting experience for the wh...

After 29 years of business, the famous Venticello Ristorante, an Italian dining establishment located on top of Nob Hill in San Francisco, is closing forever. San Francisco Chronicle, which shares similar ownership with SFGATE, first reported that the restaurant’s closure was the effect of the pandemic in the city’s tourism. The initial closure of...

The Little Italy Association has partnered with the San Diego Rescue Mission (SDRM) to provide person-centered outreach services to those experiencing homelessness. Each person’s journey into homelessness is unique and often complex. SDRM’s approach is to lead with compassion while offering help. Carla Vanegas, SDRM’s Outreach Coordinator, says, “I...

When I first moved to Hermosa Beach — a small coastal town in Los Angeles County's South Bay —  from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, certain things were easier to adjust to than others. Blue skies, dazzling sunsets, an ever-present ocean breeze, and all the tacos I could ever want? Easy. But while a sense of community wasn't lacking in Hermosa, I...