By: Giuseppe Esposito.   Not since the Second World War has there been so much emotion in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood over the rivalry between Italy and England.   It may not be a war that everyone is talking about, but one would be hard pressed to tell the difference based solely on the hyperbole and rhetoric when the su...

In its 62nd year, The North Beach Festival is considered one of the country's original outdoor Festivals. The event is situated in the historic North Beach District, known to locals and visitors alike as San Francisco's Little Italy and the home of the famed beat generation. The Festival site includes numerous quaint streets in the heart of th...

by Mauro Aprile Zanetti   It was spring 2000 when film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola (currently a successful wine producer in the Napa Valley as well), came out with an idea that promptly involved poet, activist and City Lights Booksellers and Publishers co-founder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jeannette Hether...

by Catherine Accardi   The role of Italian Americans in the development and preservation of San Francisco's Italian character dates back to the earliest days when thousands of Italian immigrants arrived in the Bay Area beginning in the mid 1800s and continuing through the 1940s. As a matter of fact, April 18th marked the 109th anniversary o...

For the twelfth year, "An Italian Dinner Celebration" will welcome the San Francisco community for a dazzling evening of authentic Italian fare and live entertainment for a fantastic cause. The event marks the 12th annual Spring Fundraiser for North Beach Citizens, a local non-profit founded by Francis Ford Coppola, committed to alleviating the pro...

by Catherine Accardi   It's summer in the city and although two of San Francisco's Italian themed festivals have come and gone, there's still more serious festeggiare (celebrations) to come. On June 13th and 14th we enjoyed the 61st annual North Beach Festival in San Francisco's Little Italy. It's the oldest street fair in the nation wi...

The 147th Italian Heritage Parade entertained crowds on Sunday as it wound through the streets of Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach. More than 90 units—the most ever—were featured as part of the city's oldest civic event, which was established in 1868.   Marching bands, floats, vintage cars, equestrians and more entertained an estimated 150,...

by Pam Bauserman   Restaurants decked out in checked-clothed tables offering plates of Italian fare, cafes, lively nightclubs and small boutiques featuring imported goods line the streets. This is the scene at San Francisco's Little Italy, the historic Italian neighborhood that is known worldwide for its Italian culture. Visitors and guests...

by Holly Erickson After last year's North Beach Christmas walk was rained out by the big storm and blackout of December 2014, North Beach Neighbors president Trish Herman and local merchants have decided to hedge their bets against another washout, especially given this winter's predicted El Niño rains. The result is the 2015 Festival of Light and...