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The words piazza and plaza have the same Greek origin (although some scholars insist the origin is Latin), with plaza being the Spanish adaption and piazza the Italian one. Let’s opt for Italian for the purposes of this article! When …

This article is part one of two parts.  Part one investigates the ancient game of Bocce throughout the ages and part two, which will appear in the next issue of  the L’Italo Americano newspaper, will explore the modern-day game, where …

Yes, the Italians are coming and not necessarily in brightly colored Fiats as depicted in recent television ads. As charming as that image may seem, the Italians referred to here are coming to the Bay Area via our local PBS/KQED …

The Role of Italian Americans in Preserving the Character of North Beach The role of Italian Americans in the development and preservation of San Francisco’s Italian character dates back to the earliest days when thousands of Italian immigrants arrived in …

Have you ever heard the Italian language praised as one of the great romance languages in the world?  Of course you have!  I like to call it La Dolce Lingua.  It is both beautiful to hear and even more charming …

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). The PPIE opened on February 20, 1915 and continued to amaze visitors for over nine remarkable months until it closed on December 4, 1915.  This spectacular exhibition was …

In rare exhibitions, the work of two noteworthy Italian artists will be shown in San Francisco’s de Young Museum and Legion of Honor. Exhibits of the works of Sandro Botticelli and Elsa Schiaparelli arrived in the city by the bay …

Italian film “noir” is coming to San Francisco’s historic Castro Theater.  The Noir City-San Francisco Noir Film Festival 2015 began its 13th year on January 15th and will continue through January 25th.  Twenty-five classic films are included in the line-up …

Picture the following scene if you will.  The place is Verona, Italy.  The year is 1271.  Crowds of men, possibly naked, according to historic accounts, stand at the ready to run a foot race that will continue to be held …

It is not often that a metropolitan city like San Francisco has the opportunity to incorporate a new urban piazza in the center of one of its most historic districts.  That would be a rare opportunity indeed!  It does appear …