Giorgio Tavecchio’s story is one of those stories that should be told to youngsters. His story is an example of how tenacity and grit in sport, and especially in life in general, can really help dreams come true. Much has been said and written about how he fought to play in the NFL, America’s top-flight American football league, and succeeded in be...

Giorgio Tavecchio, a huge international soccer fan, wanted to take home a piece of history from the Oakland Raiders game at historic Estadio Azteca. So the Raiders kicker grabbed a ball that had the NFL In Mexico logo emblazoned upon it when the team arrived back at its headquarters on Monday. Then he wondered if the K-ball he grabbed, labeled No....

For five years, it was the same disheartening scenario. Giorgio Tavecchio would intrigue a team just enough to make its preseason roster and go through training camp, only to get cut. Sometimes it was earlier, sometimes it was later. But always he’d find himself at home, watching yet another NFL season start without him. “Close,” Tavecchio said whe...

This foray into football began innocently enough for Giorgio Tavecchio. It was fun. A catchy Italian song from the 1950s, “Eh, Cumpari!” by Julius La Rosa, bounced from the stadium speakers at Campolindo High in Moraga, California, whenever the Italian-American took the field for a field goal or extra point. He relished the time spent with friends....

History and literature buffs often speak of 19th century writer Horatio Alger, whose characters rise from obscure poverty to great esteem. For a sporting twist, the 2005 film “Goal! The Dream Begins” and its sequels follow a fictional soccer player from undocumented immigrant struggles to professional stardom. Anyone who appreciates those narrative...

It may have been a weekday noon Mass, but worshipers thronged St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland on Tuesday in numbers that could have rivaled an Easter service. The standing-room-only crowd of at least 1,500 converged on the cathedral for the one-day opportunity to be near a few bits of hair and cloth that would connect them with one of the most venera...

Sad news for fans of one of the cornerstone businesses of Oakland's Temescal neighborhood: Genova Delicatessen is packing it in and closing up shop later this week, on April 30. The Italian deli is, as the Mercury-News tells it, one of the last reminders of Temescal's long-ago identity as an Italian-American enclave, and the same family, the DeVinc...

Credited as "one of the most important showcases for the contemporary guitar" by The San Francisco Chronicle, International Guitar Night (IGN) is a long-standing Bay Area tradition known for its friendly and informal ambiance, as well as its exceptional guitar performances.   The Italian guitarist Pino Forastiere will be one of the special g...

By Kim Westerman How is it that there are so many variations on the theme of flour, water, yeast, tomatoes and cheese? What makes pizza "authentic?" This food with Italian origins is now an American staple, and there are more styles than you can shake a stick at, the most common in the Bay Area being traditional Italian and Californian.   T...

Wednesday september 17, h 19,00Fratellanza Club - 1140 66th St, Oakland 94608 Michael Parenti award-winning political writer with a sweet, comical and bitter memoir: Waiting for Yesterday   Open to the Public - Light Refreshments Served$5 Suggested Donation - Beverages, No Host Bar Sponsored by: The Western Regional Chapter...