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Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio, Commendatore Maria Fassio Pignati & Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi. Photo: Nickolas Marinelli

Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio Visits San Francisco & Knights a Commendatore

San Francisco was honored by the recent visit of Ambassador of Italy His Excellency Armando Varricchio, who spent several days visiting with leading...
Consul General of Italy in San Francisco Mauro Battocchi at the 2012 Italian Heritage Parade. Photograph by Nickolas Marinelli

Consul General Mauro Battocchi: Working Together to Build Strong Italian Communities

Mauro Battocchi’s last day as San Francisco’s beloved Consul General will be July 8, 2016. He has been Italy’s Consul General in San Francisco since...
Racecar drivers Alexander Rossi & Mario Andretti Photograph courtesy of the Marussia F1 Team & pitpass.com

The “Italian Cultural Spring” Continues into Summer & Fall

Earlier this year, our own San Francisco Italian Consul General, Mauro Battocchi, posted an important observation in his blog at San Francisco, Italy...
Tony Gemignani is the chef and owner of thirteen restaurants in Northern California and Las Vegas and an 11-time world pizza champion. Photograph courtesy of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

The World Champion Pizzaiolo is from the San Francisco Bay Area

Who is this world-renowned pizzaiolo? None other than Tony Gemignani. What exactly is a pizzaiolo? That would be a person who makes pizzas in an...
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi & Consul General Mauro Battocchi Photo credit must read:  Photograph courtesy of Nickolas Marinelli

The San Francisco Bay Area Celebrates Italy’s Republic Day

On May 31, 2016 the San Francisco Bay Area’s Italian community celebrated Italy’s Republic Day with an elegant event at San Francisco’s St. Francis...
Jojo Capece. Courtesy of Jojo Capece & The Daily Mail

Portofino Souvenir & A Conversation with Jojo Capece

Jojo Capece is an artist and the author of three books, All Roads Lead to Rome (2011), Bella Figura (2013) and most recently, Portofino Souvenir (...
Maria Grazia Affinito, Eating Pasta Off the Floor. Photograph by Louis Pepin

Eating Pasta Off the Floor: A solo theater piece written & performed by Maria Grazia Affinito

Eating Pasta Off the Floor is such an intriguing title for a play that it demanded L’Italo-Americano interview the play’s creator and solo performer...
The Italian Society at Berkeley barbecue

A Look at the Italian Society at Berkeley

The San Francisco Bay Area is the location of the Berkeley campus of the University of California. As such, residents, students and visitors have...
(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...