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Maccheroni e Cioccolato

It was in 1891, at the age of twenty, that Domenico De Domenico left his home in Santa Lucia, near Messina, Sicily and immigrated to the United...

The Golden Age for San Francisco’s Italian Colony

If ever there was a “Golden Age” for San Francisco’s Italian Colony, the year 1911 would undoubtedly be the quintessential example of that grand and...
Consul Battocchi on Columbus Day 2012

“There can be no future for Italy outside the Euro”

“There can be no future for Italy outside the Euro”. An interview with the Consul General of Italy in San Francisco Last week, L’Italo-Americano...

“Italy is a Cultural Superpower”

“Italy is a Cultural Superpower” - An interview with the Consul General of Italy in San Francisco The Honorable Mauro Battocchi is the newly-...
Looking south on Kearny from Columbus, circa 1900

Public Monuments. The statue of Benjamin Franklin

Father John Itzaina, pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church, was the first of many to correctly respond that the statue in the center of Washington...
Valente, Marini, Perata & Company 1930s

Valente, Marini, Perata & Company

Lillian LaPira almost correctly identified last week’s mystery photograph as Valente & Marini’s original 1926 mortuary on Mission Street in the...
Marini Pond (just below Washington Square Park) after 1906 Fire

The philanthropist Frank Marini

It’s becoming increasingly common for people to approach me in public, shouting out the answer to the current week’s Nel Vecchio Vicinato question...
By 1910 St. Francis Church had built its new spires

The legacy of an old Italian photographer

Once again, Cathy Burton correctly identified the location of last week’s photograph. If she keeps this up, she’s going to be awarded a knighthood...
The Madonna del Lume Parade progresses down Columbus Avenue

La Madonna del Lume Celebration

For the 77th consecutive year, San Francisco’s Italian community gathered together for La Festa della Madonna del Lume, a two-day celebration based...
The actual office of the Bank of Italy at #1 Montgomery Street, 1907

The Italian-American Bank

Complimenti to Ron Derenzi of South San Francisco for almost correctly identifying the business that originally build and occupied the building on...