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"Festa della Repubblica", italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The story of the "Festa della Repubblica" and the Italian tricolore

Dear Readers, Festa della Repubblica, simply stated, commemorates June 2, 1946, the date the Italian people were asked to VOTE in a referendum and...
The Italian magician, Aldo Colombini, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Farewell to the Italian parlor magician Aldo Colombini

Dear Readers, A May mix of Italian connections: Aldo Colombini (1951-2014) left us recently and the world of magic lost one of its greatest...
36 anniversary, Museo ItaloAmericano, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The thirty-sixth anniversary of the Museo ItaloAmericano

Dear Readers, Looking back “ Anniversario numero 36 ” coming up for the Museo ItaloAmericano in San Francisco, reminds me that actor Charlton Heston...
Ciao Italia, Mary Ann Esposito Foundation, Benefit Dinne, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Ciao Italia Mary Ann Esposito Foundation Benefit Dinner

Dear Readers, Rosaria Restaurant, in Saugus, Massachusetts, named after owner Joe Pace’s mother, Rosaria, who hailed from Abruzzo, the region known...
Shirley Jane Temple, Lenci dolls, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Shirley Jane Temple and her Italian made Lenci dolls

Dear Readers, When Shirley Jane Temple was born April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California, little did her parents George and Gertrude dream that...
Romaggi Adobe Foundation, gold country, California, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The Romaggi Adobe Foundation in the gold country of California

Dear Readers, My South Bay friend Ken Borelli, author, president emeritus and longtime cultural chair of the Italian American Heritage Foundation (I...
Marina District, Joe Di Maggio, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The Marina district in San Francisco, the second Italian-American neighborhood

Dear Readers, San Francisco’s Marina District has many Italian connections . The neighborhood known as the Marina District did not exist one hundred...
St. Patrick was Italian, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The celebration of St. Patrick and St. Joseph

Dear Readers, March brings shamrocks and my annual “St. Patrick was Italian” column: A “St. Patrick was Italian” remark, tossed into your March...
The lifelong Italophile, Thomas Jefferson, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The lifelong Italophile Thomas Jefferson

Dear Readers, during the month of February when we traditionally pause to celebrate lovers (Valentine’s Day) and Presidents’ Day. Once Lincoln (...
San Francisco 49rs, Italian roots, American football, Italian-American, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

The Italian roots of the San Francisco 49rs

Dear Readers, The San Francisco 49ers’ quest for their first Super Bowl title in nearly two decades evaporated a few Sundays ago when they came up 18...