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...

North Beach is synonymous with all things Italian, but residents and visitors can dive even deeper into the culture at Libreria Pino, a pop-up Italian language bookseller.  “We are so excited to have this opportunity to have a physical presence in the neighborhood,” owner Joseph Carboni told Hoodline. “We are looking forward to meeting our neighbor...

In the month of June, Italy’s Republic Day, the historic Statuto Race, and the 63rd annual North Beach Festival are celebrated as only San Francisco knows how. Red, white and green are proudly displayed throughout the month as these crowd-pleasing events turn the City’s streets into festive feste. Italy’s Republic Day 2017 was June 2 but was celebr...

Incontro il poeta, pittore, editore e attivista, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, che compie 98 anni, a casa sua a North Beach nel quartiere degli italiani. MAZ: Tra poco ne fai novantotto?LF: Novantotto cosa? (Ride)MAZ: che ne so… mesi?LF: Novantotto secoli? (Ride con vigore)MAZ: Voglio dire, stai per completare sulla terra novantotto giri attorno al sole?!...

Few of the old-school Italian restaurants remain in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood — the kind of places where the waiters wear red jackets, the wine list is bound in leather and the menu's size makes it hard to see one's tablemates. As if to accentuate their difference from the down-market chianti-bottle-and-checkered-tablecloth trattori...

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...

I shall begin this article the way I ended my June 6th article on the San Francisco Upper Grant Avenue Fair, i.e., with Peter Macchiarini. He was much more than one of the original founders of the North Beach Festival.   Peter Macchiarini (1909-2001) established his first studio in North Beach on Genoa Place in 1937. He later moved to Jasper...