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...

D'improvviso, la California riscopre le sue radici italiane. A febbraio le televisioni pubbliche della California, da San Francisco a San Diego, trasmetteranno due serie di documentari: una sull'epopea degli italiani in America, l'altra sulle vicende dell'emigrazione italiana nel "Golden State".   È un segnale di vitalitá culturale che fa be...

by Nina Garin   San Diego's Little Italy is a place to find top-notch restaurants, bars and events. But it wasn't always like that. Thanks to Marco Li Mandri, the area's been improving and growing since 1995.   Li Mandri, 58, knows quite a bit about building communities. He's president of New City America, a company that forms and ma...

Calling all foodies! We invite you to join in on the food-venture awaiting you at Ferragosto. Ballast Point keeps the party "hoppy" with their craft brews while Bencotto (best Italian in San Diego) Cupid's Catering, Buon Appetito, and Queentowns Public House offer their assortment of turkey chili, pizza, Italian sausage sandwiches, stuffed shells a...

As we celebrate National Italian American Heritage Month in October, Convivio is privileged to announce the launch of the Convivio Communitas Award for Leadership! The Communitas Award recognizes and honors San Diego's Italian-community leaders who have made an impact through academic, business, and civic endeavors.   Our inaugural recipient...