When Lawrence Ferlinghetti died in February, for some it felt like the poet and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers co-founder took a piece of San Francisco with him. Like the store, Ferlinghetti was a literary landmark, his presence in North Beach and around the city as much a given as the fog or cable car bells. While his death at age 101 was pe...

Sunday 05/02/2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT. The Italian American Experience: The Archive as Classroom. The Museo presents a conversation with Professor Lina Insana on how archives can become  spaces of active learning and fruitful collaborations, offering a more experimental approach to the study of Italians in places such as Pittsburgh, PA, and Santa...

Earlier this year John & Elena Duggan, the brother sister team behind Original Joe’s North Beach and Westlake, opened Little Original Joe’s, a takeout and delivery only concept in West Portal with a focus on what they do best: pizza, pasta, and parmigiana.  For people that don't know much about the history of Original Joe's, Original Joe’s first op...

The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is pleased to present CINEDAY al femminile, a series of productions directed by Italian female filmmakers. This selection is dedicated to Italian director Cecila Mangini (1927-2021), considered the first Italian female documentary filmmaker, and it is available to the first 300 to register. Please not...

La Scuola International School is a vibrant Pre-K – 8th Grade international community with a focus on inquiry-based learning, creative expression and language immersion.  They are an IB accredited, Italian-immersion school serving Preschool – 8th Grade. La Scuola’s mission is to inspire brave learners to shape the future. La Scuola aims to nurture...

Two veterans from popular Bay Area restaurants AL’s Place and Rooster and Rice are bringing a modern Italian restaurant to the Mission this spring. Itria is taking over the former Obispo space at 3266 24th Street, Thad Vogler’s colorful and short-lived rum bar, which sadly permanently closed during the pandemic, leaving the prime Mission location e...

Williams Sonoma, a specialty retailer for high quality kitchen and home products, and Nutella, The Original Hazelnut Spread®, announced five virtual events that will feature a celebrity chef, baker or food personality from across the country. Participants at each event will learn recipes and techniques for cooking breakfast dishes featuring Nutella...

This Spring, wherever you are, there’s a program full of events launched by the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco that can be followed on your laptop or streamed through your TV, safe at home. From food to arts, to literature, there are many opportunities to stay connected and active virtually while we follow guidelines to avoid the sprea...

Caffe Trieste, San Francisco's iconic high temple of coffee in North Beach, is marking its 65th anniversary on Thursday, a milestone that seems even more noteworthy after surviving through the pandemic and temporary closure.   San Francisco's Board of Supervisors declared Thursday "Caffe Trieste Day" in San Francisco, and the cafe planned to hold s...

The first two U.S.-based Refettorio projects -- the no-waste soup kitchens and cultural centers from Massimo Bottura and his partner, Lara Gilmore -- are showing signs of life. With help from New York's Italian consulate, Refettorio Harlem will open at Emanuel AME Church (37 W. 119th St., Manhattan). While the actual spaces aren't open to the publi...