No wonder owner Sauro Podesta keeps a beady eye on his Springer Spaniel and is poised to sprint whenever he hears frantic digging among the oaks. But, during our sunny morning walk in a northern Italian wood, he is never cross with his wayward hound who must have earned him thousands over the years by snuffling out the pungent treasures to supply h...

Presso il Museo Italo Americano e’ stato presentato il trailer e una parte del documentario su Amedeo Giannini ( fondatore della Bank of America) “A little fellow”. Il regista Davide Fiore, la produttrice Sasha Smith insieme al Console Generale Lorenzo Ortona hanno raccontato l’incredibile vita di Giannini, figlio di emigrati italiani e nativo dell...

A visit to San Francisco’s Consulate General of Italy typically begins with talk of not dinner but dessert — specifically, zabiaone. That’s because the friendly Labrador that belongs to Consul General Lorenzo Ortona and his wife, the journalist Sheila Pierce Ortona, is named for the dessert of the same deep golden color. They call her Zaba for shor...

If there is a story that all Italian Americans and all Italians living in Italy should know, it is the story of Amadeo P. Giannini: he realized the American dream, not only for himself, but for an entire society. There are so many reasons why, today more than ever, the story of his life tells the best part of the Italian DNA, whether you live in It...

On Thursday September 20th at 10am PDT we officially welcome Little Italy's newest public space, Piazza Giannini. The 500-foot public space will be built in Amadeo Giannini's honor, featuring a bust and pedestal, a plaque regaling Giannini’s story, concrete planters and barriers, and tables and chairs with umbrellas on the soon to be redeveloped co...

San Francisco has always been an important location for the Italian emigration. History is mixed with innovation, and both tell the story of how Italian hard work and creativity are rewarded by the entrepreneurial spirit that finds a perfect welcome in San Francisco and its surroundings. Consul Lorenzo Ortona heads the Italian Consulate General in...

There are still many Little Italys in the United States. Some of them are just a few blocks now, other are what's left of the urbanization that brought large roads in the middle of many American cities after the war, several times crashing an Italian community. Every one of them is a place where a big Italian heart has been, is and hopefully always...

Il nome di Amadeo Peter Giannini campeggia sulla piazza a lui intitolata nei pressi del Financial District di San Francisco, la città che deve la sua rinascita proprio a questo gigante di origine italiana, quasi del tutto sconosciuto in Italia e meno famoso ahimé, di Vito Corleone! Eppure basterebbe da solo il simbolo della città di San Francisco,...

From the beginning, Amadeo P. Giannini was one of the little guys. He dropped out of school at 14 years old to work in his stepfather’s produce company, saving every dollar he earned and working his way up until he took over the business. Bit by bit, he sold pieces of it to employees, again saving every dollar he made. By age 31, he’d saved up enou...

Cento anni fa nasceva a Napoli un istituto che per tutto il Novecentoavrebbe accompagnato la storia e lo sviluppo economico del Paese: la Banca d’America e d’Italia. Fondata il 14 novembre 1917 da un gruppo di imprenditori con il nome di Banca dell’Italia Meridionale, fu ribattezzata già nel 1922 Banca d’America e d’Italia (Bai), a sancire il forte...