The efforts to establish a bona fide Little Italy neighborhood in San Jose have leaped a major hurdle. All one-zillion of the required permits to construct a gateway arch on Julian Street in front of Paesano Ristorante are now signed off.   This is not as simple as it sounds because the intersection in question—North Almaden Avenue and Julia...

Today we have the pleasure to publish a guest post by Ken Borrelli, a leader of the Italian American Heritage Foundation of San Jose. Ken focuses on what he describes as a "Second Diaspora", i.e. what he sees as the demise of Italian ethnic neighborhoods in the Bay Area. This is great food for thought.   Ken's article raises questions that m...

August 29 11 am - August 30 6 pmGuadalupe River Park, 350 E. Julian St, San Jose, CA The Italian Family Festa is the chance to spend a day experiencing what Italians grow up learning. Sharing a day with family and friends, savoring authentic Italian Foods, and enjoying live entertainment. Come play Bocce, watch or participate in a grape stomp, vis...

by Sal Pizarro   After several years at the Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose, this month's Italian Family Festa will be at a new address -- History Park at Kelley Park. Festa Director Joe Rizzi said there were many factors to consider when choosing the new location for the Italian-American Heritage Foundation's 36th annual cele...

Little Italy San Jose has obtained the official work permit to start construction of the Little Italy Arch!!!!   We already have completed construction of the Arch beams and metal scrolls offsite at S&S Welding when we were approved for the structural design. We also just received a donation of the "Golden Gate Bridge" paint for the Arch...

After several years of fundraising, seeking in-kind donors and city approval, and project managing the construction, Little Italy San Jose is ready for the unveiling ceremony of its 31 foot Little Italy Arch. The unveiling ceremony will take place on Friday, March 27th at 6:00 PM, and the celebration will continue until 9:00 PM. The unveiling...

di Roberto Zanni E' il futuro. È qualcosa di vero, ma che non sembra tale. Quando si parla di Silicon Valley è come raccontare una favola, che poi però diventa realtà ogni giorno. Come ci si può immaginare quell'insieme di aziende che in pochi anni, e non si fermano mai, hanno cambiato il mondo? Silicon Valley, una valle che sì esiste, ma il cui n...

By Andrew Gilbert Italian drummer Peppe Merolla is determined to bring a dose of hard-hitting New York jazz to the South Bay. The premise might sound strange, but the Neapolitan native spent a dozen years plying his trade in the Big Apple, and he's been embraced by many of New York's elite players.   Since settling with his wife and two dau...

La 33^ edizione dell'Annuale Festa Italiana a San Jose – Si è svolta con successo la tradizionale Italian Family Festa a dowtown San Jose nello scorso weekend, Sabato 24 e Domenica 25, nella bellissima location del Guadalupe River Park.   Il festival più grande della Nord California ha attirato come al solito molti appassionati di "italianit...

California's Mediterranean climate is similar to Italy's, so the Italian immigrants felt at home and were able to bring their food and culture to this new land.   The California soil was ideal for planting crops Italians were used to growing, such as eggplant, artichokes, broccoli and Sicilian lemons. Italians also brought with them a love o...