Los Angeles

A young Lee Curreri. Photo courtesy of Lee Curreri

Lee Curreri: an eclectic artist in search of his Italian origins

Best known as Bruno Martelli, the introvert and talented star...
Gabriele Tinti. Photo credits: Howard Schatz

Gabriele Tinti on Poetry and Boxing

Gabriele Tinti is an Italian poet and writer, whose poetry has...
Ugo Mamolo in one of his bakeries

A Venetian in Los Angeles: Ugo Mamolo on Cakes, Bakes and Benê’s Bakery

Walking into Gelson’s Market, on Laurel Canyon Blvd., the first...

San Francisco

Luca Vullo. Photo Credits Marco Parollo

Beyond stereotypes: Director Luca Vullo and the art of Italian gestures

A journey around Sicily and among Sicilians. The attachment to...
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...
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Conversations with Lawrence Ferlinghetti Part II - The Man and His Lasting Legacy

Part I of my Conversations with Lawrence Ferlinghetti appeared...


Jim Corey (left) with Maurizio Rocchi whose family has lived in Civita for generations and own Alma Civita Restaurant there

Seattle’s Civita Institute helps preserve a hill town’s unique way of life

Civita di Bagnoregio is one of the most beautiful hill towns in...
Stefano Catalani (right) & artist Nathan Vincent. Photo credit Emilie Smith

Stefano Catalani and the language of art

A degree in petroleum engineering is not the usual training...
Sensoria designs, develops, and produces body-sensing wearable devices

Sensoria’s Smart Socks: the fascinating story behind a wearable tech success

Inspiration happens in the unlikeliest of places. It had been...

San Diego

John Asaro at the Meyer Art Gallery

A Big Grazie to artist John Asaro!

John Asaro, a native Californian of Sicilian descent has a...
Paola Bonacina Benzoni in her own design firm

Italian architect brings her signature style to San Diego

Approximately 20 years ago, Paola Bonacina Benzoni, and her...
Joe Busalacchi inspecting addition to Zucchero Restaurant

Sicilian Son Follows Father’s Footsteps

Taking on a bold and daring adventure, Pietro Busalacchi and...

Orange County

Mauro Barbato, Giampaolo Mancuso, Consul General Antonio Verde, and Fiorella Cagnolo. Photo by Kaylee Duff

Dinner’s ready for the Italian Institutions and the entrepreneurs of Newport Beach

On June 4th, right after the grand National Republic Day...
Fashion designer Nadia Bozzetti

OC Fashion Designer Nadia Bozzetti: Calm, Cool and Custom Fit for Success

These days, most people answer the phone in a few ways. Either...
Rolando Ravello e Ambra Angiolini on the set of "Ti ricordi di me?"

Ravello’s Do You Remember Me? at the Newport Beach Film Festival

The Italian Spotlight section of the 16 th Annual Newport Beach...


Photo from Elixir of Love by Cory Weaver courtesy of the Portland Opera

Perspective on Portland Opera’s production of The Elixir of Love

Elixir of Love ( L’elisir d’amore ) is a comic opera (...
As Vice President of Sales at Securus Contact Systems, Joe Lemma enjoys the fast pace and rapid growth of the company's  virtual administrative services

Joe Lemma: Namesake to an Original Entrepreneur

When Giuseppe “Joe” Lemma, Sr. came to America in 1900, he saw a...
Renato Solpietro teaches how to cook Italian recipes with enthusiasm and humor

Sharing a Passion for Italian Culture, Travel and Cuisine

Meeting Chef Renato Solpietro for the first time is a happy...