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...

This week brought news that Bank of America, which has had a presence in Ukiah for longer than most Mendocino County residents can remember, will be closing its branch at 501 S. State St. on Nov. 7, 2017, which is also Election Day. Curious to see what I could locate on BofA’s arrival in Ukiah, I rummaged through our online archives at https:ukiah....

Un ponte ideale e culturale con gli Stati Uniti d’America e con la città di San Francisco in particolare. Da oggi è possibile, perché proprio ad Eboli, nel suo luogo simbolo, l’aula consiliare, è stato ricordato il figlio più prestigioso della capitale della California, Amadeo Peter Giannini, che è anche uno degli americani più conosciuti nel mondo...

A few years ago a wonderful documentary, "Bitter bread" (Pane Amaro) described the story of the Italian emigration to the east coast. It was a milestone in this field, and now the two authors and producers, Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien, are back with another marvelous documentary, this time about the Italian emigration to the west coast: "Fin...

by Mauro Battocchi   It was an honor to be in San Jose the other week and meet the Little Italy San Jose Foundation, which is building a world-class Italian district in San Jose next to the HP Pavilion. As in many parts of California and the world, this history of San Jose is enmeshed with that of Italy. The Italian fishermen, agriculturists...

di Giuseppe Barcellona   Amadeo Giannini era figlio di immigrati genovesi, per anni lavorò a San Francisco nel magazzino di generi alimentari del padre poi nel 1904 fondò a San Francisco la Bank of Italy per aiutare i piccoli imprenditori e le famiglie italiane. Nel 1906 un terremoto ed un incendio rasero al suolo la città californiana,...

Surprisingly enough, Italy has contributed more to the world than just Assassin's Creed and bunga-bunga parties. Sure, there were Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Fellini who have frequently been buffeted in a sandstorm of reverence for the feats they've accomplished. But by citing merely handful of names – mainly out of ignorance – we commit an injustic...

by Catherine Accardi   The words piazza and plaza have the same Greek origin (although some scholars insist the origin is Latin), with plaza being the Spanish adaption and piazza the Italian one. Let's opt for Italian for the purposes of this article!   When one thinks of the world's most cherished outdoor spaces, one probably th...

At 5:12 on the morning of Wednesday, April 18, 1906, San Francisco was struck by a severe earthquake estimated at 7.8 on the Richter scale. The San Francisco quake devastated a great many of the city's buildings and generated fires that burned for four days.   By the time the fires were out, more than 80 percent of the city's built-up area h...