Alberto Morello never shied from proclaiming that his lifelong goal was to open a Sicilian restaurant in honor of his upbringing on that Italian isle. But who knew this pensively jovial chef behind the Olio e Limone family of downtown Santa Barbara eateries wanted to be a professor of history, art, and culture as well? In just my first few minutes...

The L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele folks are staying busy, with planned outposts coming to Long Beach, California and New York City. The group isn’t planning on slowing down, either, because they’re soon to jump north with a new location in the Central Coast city of Santa Barbara. The incoming arrival of L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele — the famous 150-...

After deciding to drop its ship logo, the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board of Education has hired a consultant at a cost not to exceed $75,000 to create a replacement. On Wednesday night, the board unanimously agreed to hire Zeste Consulting, a Studio City-based firm. In September, the board heeded calls from some in the community...

Follow your passion. It seems like a simple concept, but it can be easier said than done. It takes courage, sacrifice, self-awareness and a firm belief in yourself and what you can accomplish. Tom Gamboa followed his passion and it led to a career in baseball that lasted over four decades and gave him a front seat to history on multiple occasions....

When you feel like indulging in some good old-fashioned comfort food, there’s nothing like paying a visit to your favorite Italian joint. We’ve got plenty of fantastic authentic Italian restaurants in Southern California, but there’s none like Petrini’s in Santa Barbara! Around for decades, this restaurant exudes the atmosphere of Italy through its...

Via Maestra 42, a North State Italian restaurant and deli, is serving its authentic Italian favorites under new ownership. Well, somewhat new. The restaurant’s now-retired owner Renato Moisio wasn’t going to let his legacy go to just anyone, so he called someone the restaurant’s regulars are likely to remember. Nicole Bitar worked as Via Maestra 42...

A few summers ago, on the last afternoon of a somewhat exhausting family vacation to Europe with our young kids, I slipped through a tourist-jammed square near Florence’s Ponte Vecchio into a smaller, almost abandoned piazza just steps away. This is where I found Le Volpi e l’Uva, an enoteca whose mellow vibes belied a revelatory wine selection and...

Goleta Valley Historical Society - 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117. The Santa Barbara Italian immigrant families and their descendants have had a significant impact on the Santa Barbara region in business, agriculture, education, construction; and have become part of the civic, social, and cultural fabric of our community. This exhibit woul...

Throngs of art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to admire locally produced street paintings in coronavirus-friendly, socially distanced style during the 35th I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival on May 29-31. Artists of all ages and stages will fan out on driveways, sidewalks, and South Coast nooks and crannies to offer inspiration and...

Teaching arts, participating in arts, performing, creating and displaying arts all traditionally are immersive experiences. COVID-19 pandemic-induced social distancing, sheltering in place, school closures and venue lockdowns changed the game for more than a year, and the Children’s Creative Project was there to help. “Carpinteria carried on, and k...