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The Istituto Italiano Scuola is a non-profit school that promotes Italian language and culture in the vital and diverse Northern California community and is the official language school of the Italian Cultural Institute. The Executive Director of the school is responsible for the overall direction and operation of the institution. The Executive Dir...

In his play of the same name, playwright John Guare popularized the concept of six degrees of separation — that everyone on average is six, or fewer, social connections away from each other. From the moment I first met Alessandro Baccari Jr., I discovered we shared more than a few personal connections and a love for our Italian heritage. Spanning n...

A few summers ago, on the last afternoon of a somewhat exhausting family vacation to Europe with our young kids, I slipped through a tourist-jammed square near Florence’s Ponte Vecchio into a smaller, almost abandoned piazza just steps away. This is where I found Le Volpi e l’Uva, an enoteca whose mellow vibes belied a revelatory wine selection and...

This past Wednesday night, near the top of an island paradise located 20 miles off the coast of Naples, on the picturesque grounds of a 16th-century castle once occupied by Michelangelo, dozens of Italian actors, musicians, models, influencers, government officials and paparazzi — all dressed to the nines — along with a handful of Hollywood denizen...

Pasta brought together Thomas Tilaka Kalb and Vanessa Tilaka. They worked side-by-side on the pasta station at Flour + Water, a noted dough-fueled San Francisco destination. The accomplished culinary duo married and moved to L.A. to open Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery. He’s Executive Chef and she’s “Head Cheese” at their multifaceted Pasadena business...

The life of Charles A. Fracchia Sr. was an only-in-San Francisco story. Fracchia, who died on July 21 at the age of 83, loved this town and devoted a good part of his life to that passion. He was the founder of the San Francisco Historical Society, a prolific writer of books and articles about The City, a teacher and one of the very best San Franci...

Back in 1919, a group of 22 young men from northwest Italy’s Piedmont region got together most evenings at a house in North Oakland to drink wine and play cards and bocce. Similar smaller gatherings took place at other Piemontese family houses in the area. By 1920, the men’s exuberant energy overwhelmed their hosts. “So we kicked them out of our ho...

Freshly made dough is being mixed at new Italian-inspired eatery Annesso Pizzeria. "With the pizzas here we get a little more playful. We do certain things that you would find in a traditional American style pizza, like we have a barbecue chicken pizza and we also offer homemade ranch dressing," said Jimmy Pardini.Pardini is the chef and owner of t...

The Little Italy Association, Convivio and the Italian Cultural Center are proud to partner with the San Diego Padres for the 2021 Italian Heritage Nights on Friday, August 6th , Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 8th games vs the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tickets can be purchased from the Little Italy website and ticket holders will receive a lim...

The Doris Foley Library will offer a free online presentation with tips and strategies for people starting to research their Italian ancestors on Tuesday, July 27, at 2 PM. The Nevada County Community Library will host the program, “Basics of Italian Genealogy,” on Zoom and Facebook Live. Topics to be covered include where to start; traditional Ita...

Nothing says summer like feasting al fresco, so if you’re looking for a new place to dine, Alza Italian Kitchen has recently opened in South County. “Alza means to raise or uplift and that is exactly what we have set out to provide with a warm and inviting, yet lively, neighborhood restaurant,” said co-owner Jenna McIlvene of the family-owned and o...

Italy's Brembo (BRBI.MI) said on Monday it would open its first high technology lab in California's Silicon Valley to accelerate the company's digitisation, one of the key objectives of a plan announced in September. Brembo's 'Inspiration Lab' will focus on strengthening the company's expertise in software development, data science and artificial i...