On Saturday, September 15, the Festa Coloniale Italiana was held in Washington Square Park. This free family event celebrates North Beach's Italian culture and heritage, including this year's honoring of the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. The event featured food, Italian wine, live music, the Ricco Italian Dancers, an...

Until 1909, everyone’s favorite diagonal thoroughfare was known as Montgomery Avenue, creating a de facto intersection of “Montgomery and Montgomery” at the site that would go on to become the Transamerica Pyramid six decades later. That year, the city of San Francisco, in post-earthquake recovery and consolidation mode and with more than 400,000 r...

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...

San Francisco's 64th Annual North Beach Festival wraps up Sunday evening in Little Italy, organizers said. The free festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Grant Avenue between Columbus Avenue and Filbert Street, on Columbus Avenue between Broadway and Green Street and on Vallejo and Green streets between Grant and Columbus avenues. From 2 t...

North Beach is a neighborhood of many flavors. There's the pizza and the garlic, the Beatniks and the Barbary Coast and the Caffe Triesters. But living in the highly trafficked neighborhood can get the best of even the most seasoned San Franciscan. The tourists with their rental bikes and bright yellow GoCars are one thing; the masses of partygoers...

North Beach Pizza San Mateo at downtown’s busy intersection of B Street and Third Avenue arguably serves some of the best pizza and traditional Italian fare on the Peninsula. Also conveniently located a block from the Cinemark Theatre. A charming family trattoria with an inviting ambiance, friendly service and aromatic fresh sauces greeting guests...

Last week, the Top of Broadway Community Benefit District (ToBCBD) celebrated the unveiling of ten bronze commemorative plaques that highlight "prominent landmarked and historic businesses" that shaped North Beach's cultural identity. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at North Beach tavern Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Café (12 William Saroyan Pl.)...

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...

Members of San Francisco's Italian-American community gathered at City Hall yesterday to protest last week's decision by the Board of Supervisors to rename Columbus Day. The Board voted 10-1 to designate the second Monday in October as "Indigenous Peoples Day." District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents the historically Italian-American Nor...

San Francisco’s North Beach is a hidden treasure of great literary and political history. It’s probably best known to tourists looking for great food as it is best known as San Francisco’s Little Italy. Dozens of checkered-clothed sidewalk tables tucked away on narrow streets with old world charm. Besides great Italian food, North Beach is the home...