Bottega opened in the old Crepevine space on Valencia Street during the pandemic and started serving take-out, yet I never noticed them even though they’re less than two blocks from us (bad neighborhood food reporter, bad!), but I did espy them just before they started serving indoors/outdoors, a few weeks ago.   The scoop is, they’re all scrappy,...

When: May 20, 2022 | 6:00 PM & 8:15 PM - Where: Brava Theater Center. The Event is co-presented by BAMPFA under the auspices of the Italian Consulare General of San Francisco An evening of film to commemorate the recent passing of beloved legend of Italian cinema, Monica Vitti, showcasing her comic and dramatic talents in Mario Monicelli’s La ragaz...

After years of anticipation, Eataly is finally bringing a 45,000-square-foot, three-story Italian food haven to the Bay Area. The massive Italian food hall is gearing up to open its first Northern California location at Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose in the next few months, Eataly confirmed. It’s the first concrete news on the project since it w...

Players and coaches from three state-championship teams are among more than three dozen people who will be honored May 16 at the sixth annual San Francisco High School Awards, presented by the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. The football teams from Balboa and Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Stuart Hall boys basketball team will be feted in a ba...

Talking with tenor Pasquale Esposito, the spirit of Enrico Caruso looms large. It’s there in the memories Esposito traces back to his Neapolitan childhood, and it infuses the music he’s sung in multiple concerts, recordings, and the PBS specials he’s created to share that music with television viewers. Audiences will hear Esposito in person this we...

Since the late 1980s, Italian cuisine in the U.S. has been shaped by a tension between traditional- and creative-leaning forces. Remember the wave of “northern Italian cuisine” that came around in the Reagan years? “Sunday gravy” was out and polenta was in. The problem was that culinary interpreters often didn’t see these dishes in historical or cu...

Pane di Pasqua, it is beautiful and decadent. The love and respect that goes into the process of baking it, transpires in the traditions carried on today. San Francisco is the home to many Italian-Americans and Easter is a reminder of the value of family history and roots in Italy. “See that, that is the perfume of my youth,” explained Franc D’Ambr...

At nearly 100 years old, the landmark Sicilian seafood establishment Alioto’s Restaurant will permanently close its doors, the San Francisco Business Times reported.  The institution has a rich, storied history in the famous port of San Francisco — and its closure marks the end of a family legacy.      Founded by Italian immigrant Nunzio Alioto in...

In the spring of 2013, my great friend Andrea Mancia, then Deputy Editor of the Italian newspaper "L'Opinione", asked me to collaborate by reporting on the world of relations between Italy and the United States. That was how the interviews began, which today are almost 300: We the Italians had not yet been born. Then, as now, the desire was to cove...

Andrea Bocelli has announced a new run of US shows. The legendary Italian tenor will kick off his In Concert Tour on December 1 at San Francisco's Chase Center, before stops in cities including Las Vegas, Boston, and New York, wrapping in Miami on December 18.  Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on April 11. The trek follows his previous...