Get ready to roll some dice, put on your poker face and play your cards right at Casino Italia, Little Italy's Official Casino Night, benefitting the Little Italy Association of San Diego. Casino Italia will take place on Saturday, February 28th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at India Street Design Center (2157 India Street) in North Little Italy.  ...

By Glenn Heath Jr. Thanks to Convivio, a nonprofit seeking to be "San Diego's premier Italian cultural organization," locals will get a chance to see some of the best European imports of recent years. The series is entitled "Films Al Fresco," which debuts Saturday, June 13, at The Lafayette Hotel in North Park with an opening night presentation of...

As he has on most nights for the last 46 years, Nick Pecoraro was watching the world go by on Wednesday from the porch of his ornately embellished two-story house on India Street, right at the foot of the Little Italy sign. The Sicilian-born Pecoraro, 73, is a reigning member of the historic neighborhood's old guard, as much of a fixture as th...

Chaperoned by his parents after just becoming a teenager, James Fiorentino took an artist's leap of faith by bringing a prized Joe DiMaggio painting he had done of the legendary Yankee great to an autograph show that DiMaggio was appearing at.   Fiorentino reminisced: "He was always tough at these things and usually didn't sign artwork. He l...

By David Garrick   Property owners and civic leaders in Little Italy say growth in their blossoming community will be stifled by stricter development restrictions approved this month by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.   The restrictions, which the airport authority updated for the first time in 22 years on April 3, ai...

The Little Italy Association of San Diego invites you to join us on Wednesday, July 30th for the Annual State of the Neighborhood Dinner Reception on the rooftop of Nelson Photo. The evening starts off with food provided by local restaurants and a wine reception sponsored by Coppola Rosso & Biano.   Once you have met your neighbors and f...

by Eric Brightwell   In Los Angeles, nearly all of the city's officially-designated ethnic enclaves are for Asian ethnicities. Eurasia's Armenian community has Little Armenia and Russians in eastern West Hollywood have earned it the nickname "Little Russia," but French Town, Greek Town, and Little Italy have all faded into assimilation and o...

The year was 1935. The United States was in the midst of the Great Depression, yet San Diego opened the doors to its iconic Balboa Park for its second attempt at a world fair. Approximately 25,000 guests attended the California Pacific International Exposition, which lasted from May 28, 1935 through the following year. It was then that the House o...

Join us for this special event: Filmmaker Luca Vullo will show his documentary film on nonverbal"La voce del corpo" (The Voice of the Body) and give a workshop on using gestures to communicate effectively in Italy. The film has English subtitles and the workshop will be in English. $10/person at the door. RSVP at: http://it...

The 8th annual San Diego Italian Film Festival is going to start on Oct. 16 and will showcase the best of the year's Italian film production in the City of San Diego and in North County.   The program includes: Anni felici (Those Happy Years), Il comandante e la cicogna (Garibaldi's Lovers), Alì ha gli occhi azzurri (Alì Blue Eyes), Miele (H...