by Lori Weisberg   Ask me where I'd like to vacation, and whatever the day or year, my answer will invariably be the same: anywhere in Italy.   A devoted Italophile without the means to travel overseas regularly, I feed my passion instead by seeking out Italian-centric neighbourhoods in US cities. How fortunate, then, am I to live jus...

San Diego's Little Italy doesn't need much help promoting how hip it is. It already boasts authentic Italian eateries, art galleries and Wi-Fi-friendly cafes. But once a year, the Little Italy Association throws a giant festa, a free street celebration that invites the rest of the region to experience all the neighborhood has to offer.  ...

Dall'ormai quasi inarrestabile declino a cui si assiste a New York, al clima depresso di Baltimora, alla rinascita di San Diego. E' un quadro con molte ombre e qualche luce quello che fotografa ciò che rimane delle tante 'Little Italy' d'America.   Le 'Piccole Italie' che, in occasione del Columbus Day, "la nostra festa", come la chiamano gl...

On May 18, from 10 AM to 6 PM, the 21st Sicilian Festival commenced in Little Italy. Soluntos Bakery owner (and former Portocello, Sicily resident) Mario Cefalu first created the fun, free event in 1993 to recreate some of the artistic, musical, and culinary traditions from his home.   Cefalu's first event was small, comprised of only a smal...

North County has a new place to find Italian speciality goods with Roma Market, which opened on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1054 West Valley Parkway in Escondido.   The new neighborhood market features, in addition to Italian speciality items, a regular market and a deli, which will serve meats and cheese, as well as hot dishes, sandwiches, pizza, ge...

James Greco is a San Diego author who says he relies on his Italian-American ancestry and experience as a journalist to help mold his historical fiction.   For this interview, the former teacher, attorney, self-described "belly-button" guitar player talked about his newest release, "Jerkwater Town," what drove him to write it, and his "almos...

Aficionado's of Italian culture, as seen through its world famous cinema, are being treated to an Summer Outdoor Italian Film Festival in San Diego's Amici Park. The Festival has been filling the Park's Amphitheater every Saturday night, all summer, with recent and classic Italian films, with English subtitles.   The Festival director, Giuse...

by Andrew Bagley   Often in life, great things are created by chance. Not the chance found in lady luck, but the chance created by perfect timing and someone; one's decision to open a door and allow another to act out their passion and desire by creating greatness with unexpected and overwhelming results.   Such is the latter with Gra...

by Robert Gallo A visit to San Diego's Italian Cultural Center, San Diego State University and Online Italian language programs will reveal that the typical grammar and memorization of language has taken a turn toward teaching more practical aspects of using the Italian language.   "The Italian Cultural Center (ICC) is not just a school, we...

The San Diego Italian Film Festival returned to La Paloma Theatre in February, with a new film each month from March through August.   Four years ago, the festival expanded to La Paloma in downtown Encinitas, a move that festival board member Anthea Beletsis said has been enthusiastically received. The festival's home base is the Museum of P...