From September 25th to November 13rd, the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is please to offer eight episodes of IL CONTAFAVOLE (Teller of Tales), a fun new series from the beloved Italian childrens’ theater company, Teatro Verde, created exclusively for IIC SF for KIDS as a co-production of The Italian Cultural Institutes of San Francisc...

One, two, three lives, across many wine regions and the motherland. Simply put, Lorenzo Forbice is “the man who removes smoke taint from wine after fire seasons.” However, his life has been much more than wine. After an early career in physical therapy, Lorenzo changed path and started working for winemakers in Europe, South America, and the US. As...

FIOR D’ ITALIA CLOSED ITS doors in May 2012 to sad howls from the San Francisco culinary community. The restaurant was already venerable by then: For 126 years, it had served plates of pasta and veal to presidents and Pavarotti. It wasn’t a bad run for a place that got its start at a brothel in 1886.  But San Francisco only went without Fior D’ Ita...

After years of bankruptcy, the Italian government is finally replacing Alitalia with a new national airline, Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA). It remains to be seen how different the new airline will be from Alitalia, given that ITA intends to purchase some of Alitalia’s assets, potentially including the branding and planes. As of now the plan is for I...

The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is proud to announce its return to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 10, 2021. The Italian Heritage Parade will be the first major parade to take place in the city since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and will once again coincide with San Francisco Fleet Week. Graziano Cerchiai, owner of S...

Starting a new job in the middle of the pandemic has been tough for many. Needless to say, it is as hard if that means moving overseas to take on the role as new Consul General. Consul General of Italy, Sergio Strozzi, arrived in San Francisco with his husband, Simone, and his daughter, Caterina, at the end of May, a few weeks before the official k...

Fiorella, the Italian restaurant with locations on Clement and Polk, will start slinging its top-notch Neopolitan-style pizzas in the Inner Sunset on Monday, August 30. The restaurant’s third location is its most ambitious: it’s the first to feature a full bar and is housed in a bi-level space with a wood fireplace and a rooftop deck. The building...

Ciao paesani… and Greetings From Italian CALIFORNIA! This past July, we made our way out West to explore the Italian side of the Golden State, as we set out to film four brand-new episodes of our popular YouTube web series, “Greetings From Italian America.”  Joined by our amici from the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), we took a whirlw...

You’re not going to watch Nico Mannion play basketball this year, unless you’re a fan of international hoops. The Golden State Warriors 20-year old point guard, who was the No. 48 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, is signing a deal with Virtus Bologna in Italy’s Serie A, the top professional basketball league in Italy. Because the Warriors extended the q...

Itria, that hot new Italian restaurant in the Mission, is finally opening for indoor dining this Thursday, August 5. The news might not seem like that big of a deal, in this era of reclosing and reopening restaurants with rotating service styles, but it kind of is. First of all, it’s a totally different menu, moving from pandemic-necessitated pizza...