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The Prada store anchors the Italian block at the corner of Post and Grant.  Photo: C. Accardi

San Francisco’s Italian Block – Like Being Home for the Holidays!

Head to toe, you can meet your wardrobe needs on San Francisco’s Italian Block, a vibrant collection of shops on the streets of the City’s Union...
John Chiarito in the cellar with his wine & the hanging prosciutto he made. Photo courtesy of John Chiarito

Modern Winemaking – Vinificazione Italian Style

We all know winemaking in Italy goes back centuries, actually back approximately 4,000 years, when a climate ideally suited to growing grapes made...
L to R: Mauro Battocchi, Mauro Aprile Zanetti, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Paolo Barlera. Photo: Catherine Accardi

An Italian Cultural Spring Arrives in the San Francisco Bay Area

Recently, our own San Francisco Italian Consul General, Mauro Battocchi posted an interesting observation in his San Francisco, Italy blog at www...
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, S. Francisco, 1993, Acrylic on paper, 36 x 74 1/2 in. Photo by Elisa Polimeni

Fluxare! A New Italian Verb And An Art Exhibit

How many people do you know that are capable of creating a new Italian verb and use that verb to name their art exhibit? Not many. Leave that kind of...
Dario Barbone & Renato Sardo of Baia Pasta. Photo credit: Renato Sardo

Italians in Today’s San Francisco Farmers’ Markets

The September 3rd edition of L’Italo-Americano featured an article titled “Before Ferry Plaza There Was the Italian Farmers’ Market”. It told the...
Mario Del Chiaro and Lisa Pieraccini in an Etruscan tomb at Cerveteri, 1997. Courtesy of Dr. Lisa Pieraccini

People Behind the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at UC Berkeley

In the last issue of L’Italo- Americano we featured the planned Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at the University of California Berkeley. This...
The San Francisco Produce Market-View of Davis Street from Washington Street, November 13, 1945. Photo: San Francisco Public Library

Before Ferry Plaza there was the Italian Farmers’ Market

Italians are portrayed as authorities in a wide variety of occupations and vocations, including artists, designers, entrepreneurs of all types, chefs...
Beniamino Bufano at work in his North Beach, Greenwich Street studio-1955 Courtesy of the San FranciscoHistory Center, San Francisco Public Library

Bufano – The Art of Public Art

Have you ever wanted to walk the streets? For arts’sake? Italy’s immeasurable collection of public art is a forgone conclusion. You stumble over it,...
North Beach Festival. Photograph by Catherine Accardi

Festeggiare! 2015 Bay Area Italian Festivals

It’s summer in the city and although two of San Francisco’s Italian themed festivals have come and gone, there’s still more serious festeggiare (...
View of the Piazza from Columbus Avenue. Photo credit: Dennis Sullivan

A Vision Realized Is Coming to North Beach: Piazza St. Francis-Poets’ Plaza

As with most extraordinary projects, they begin with extraordinary people and their inspirational ideas. The new Piazza St. Francis-The Poets’ Plaza...

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