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(Left to Right) Mark Chandler, Tiziana & Massimo Aloisio Photograph by David Wong

Orvieto & the San Francisco Connection

How does the striking city of Orvieto, Italy, a comune populated since Etruscan times, connect to San Francisco? The connection is easier than it...
Michele Cecchini autographs a book for Lawrence Ferlinghetti. photo courtesy of Catherine Accardi

Parla Italiese, Please – Michele Cecchini’s Newest Novel Explores the Italian Immigrant Experience

The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco recently welcomed Italian author Michele Cecchini who presented his acclaimed novel, “Per Il Bene Chi...
Joe DiMaggio Playground with commemorative tiles. Courtesy of Friends of Joe DiMaggio Playground

Piazza, Park and Pomodoro - Updates from North Beach

Little Italy is no longer little, nor has it been for a while. As a matter of fact, what once was the Italian District on the West Coast has morphed/...
Streetcars on Columbus Avenue, 1915. Copyrights: J.B. Monaco Collection (SFP 48), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

The Monaco Legacy Brings the Past to the Present

In the last issue of L’Italo-Americano, we explored the legacy of 20th century North Beach photographer, J.B. Monaco, a legacy that has endured...
Peter Rudolf Mondavi. Courtesy of the Mondavi Family

Peter Rudolf Mondavi: The Pioneer of California’s Mondavi Family Winery Passes Away at 101

Peter Mondavi Sr., Napa Valley visionary responsible for the success of his family’s winery for more than 50 years died on February 20th at his home...
The Gateway to North Beach, the intersection of Columbus and Kearny Streets, c1900. Copyrights: J.B. Monaco Collection (SFP 48), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

J.B. Monaco - The Dean of North Beach Photographers

Perhaps some people believe history is a thing of the past. Think again. It is all around you. You look at it every day and likely even admire it...
Gaia Capecchi teaching an Italian language class at Mills College. Photo courtesy of the Mills College Italian School staff

Mills College Welcomes the Middlebury Italian School

As reported earlier this year, the San Francisco Bay Area is enjoying a resurgence in all things Italian, an Italian Cultural Spring. Italian...
Owners Alberto Cipollina & Gaspare Giudice. Photo by Catherine Accardi

The Historic U.S. Restaurant Returns to San Francisco’s Little Italy

Many people, especially native San Francis-can’s, certainly noticed when the historic North Beach establishment, the U.S. Restaurant, closed for...
Dominic Angerame stands in front of the Columbus Tower building in North BeachPhotographer: Dennis Letbetter

Dominic Angerame – A San Francisco Filmmaker Speaks on Chiaroscuro & More

“To see the city through the eyes of Dominic Angerame is to see an organic beast of concrete that sifts and breathes in rich shades of black and...
Massimiliano Finazzer Flory as Leonardo da Vinci

What Is It Like Being Leonardo da Vinci?

Have you ever asked yourself this/the question, “What must it have been like being someone like Leonardo da Vinci.” It is likely very few of us will...

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