Dear Readers, Opera Season, after a long shutdown, opened recently in San Francisco with Puccini’s Tosca, to a fully vaccinated and masked audience of two thousand. This was the S.F. Opera’s 99th season, but without my friend Joe Brucia’s father and his friends, back in 1922, the S.F. Opera seasons may have been slow getting started. San Francisco’...

WHEN: October 22, 2021, 5-7 PM - WHERE: The Commonwhealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco - Attendees: Please bring proof of vaccination.  Join Humanities West in person at The Commonwealth Club, or via livestream, to celebrate the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s death with a two-hour, three-lecture Dante feast. Visit The Commonwealth Club fo...

October 21, 2021. 18:00 - 21:00 Pacific Time. SF Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco (CA). Register Here. 6 p.m. Reception; 6:45 p.m. Film (1.5 hour film); Q&A with Director Maurizio Gigola after the film. NOTE: per SF mandate all guests must provide proof of vaccination. Screening of the documentary "Harvest 2020" by Maurizi...

We cover a lot of subjects here on the blog, and this time we’re going to tackle a hyperlocal topic: Italian fraternal organizations. Living as I do in North Beach, I’ve long been familiar with our own San Francisco Italian Athletic Club (SFIAC) on Stockton Street. But speaking with Tony recently, I found out he actually belongs to three separate c...

I’m Roma girl. Blessed to travel the world often for work, including almost every country in Western Europe multiple times, I connect with some places more than others. Among many of my globetrotting friends, thier favorite European city is often Paris. But mine has long been the Eternal City: Rome. Yes, it’s dirty, sprawling, and chaotic. But it i...

One of the great delights of living in hilly San Francisco is all of the magical, hidden stairways. Climbing these passageways, often landscaped with lush vegetation, frequently brings a surprise (and usually panoramic views) around every corner. The Vulcan Steps in the Castro offer year-round blooming wonders; the 16th Avenue tiled steps provide a...

When: Sunday, Cctober 24, 2021 at 5:00PM - Where: Museo Italo Americano, Building C, Fort Mason, SF Join us for a discussion of a new play about Edgardo Mortara, whose story has been reimagined by Carey Perloff, Artistic Director, Emerita, of the American Conservatory Theater and Graduate of Stanford University in Comparative Literature, inspired b...

On September 28, 2021, Consul General of Italy in San Francisco, Sergio Strozzi, invited all the Italian community associations of the Bay Area. We're honored to have attended as BAIA and would like to thank Hon. Sergio Strozzi for this initiative. For all of our subscribers and supporters, we wanted to share a quick snapshot of what BAIA has done...

A popular Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood has closed after three decades in business. Pane e Vino Trattoria officially closed its doors on August 26, according to a post on the restaurant website. The statement read: "To our Dearest Customers, Our last day of operation was Thursday, August 26, 2021. We are truly thankf...

Friday, October 8, 2021, 6pm - 8pm. The kickoff to Italian Heritage Festival Weekend as well as Italian Heritage Month. The Italian Heritage Parade welcomes you to join us in Washington Square for a lighting ceremony and Italian Heritage Weekend Kickoff – the kickoff to Italian Heritage Parade and Festival Weekend as well as Italian Heritage Month....