The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute   Silvio Marchetti   is pleased to invite you to   "A Best Seller Ahead of Its Time: The Decamerone by Messer Giovanni Boccaccio"   A Lecture by Carlo Pulsoni

By Giovanni di Napoli   Thursday night (Sept. 5th) I attended a special double feature at the Italian American Museum in Manhattan. The program included a book presentation by author Giovanni Pellerito and a live performance by acclaimed Calabrian singer-songwriter Michéal Castaldo. Treated to a glass of sparkling prosecco, we got comfortable an...

A night of Italian/American Poetry will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Sodano Coffee House (D'Angelo Center Third Floor). Presented by The Italian Cultural Center, two writers will be featured: Rachel Guido DeVries and George Guida. Rachel Guido DeVries is a southern Italian American (Sicilian and Calabrese). Her latest b...

In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience. Looking beyond the familiar Little Italys and stereotypes fostered by The Godfather and The Sopranos, Laurino reveals surprising, fascinat...

Aside from being great jazz musicians, what do Steve Gadd, Louie Bellson, Flip Phillips, Tony Scott, and Frank Capp have in common? You wouldn't know it from their last names, but each of these talented gentlemen are of Italian heritage. Sometimes names were changed (Americanized) for the sake of simplicity or fitting in. Cappuccio became Capp, Sci...

"Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop," a novel by Rosanna Chiofalo, uncovers the special significance of food as the food writer Claudia Lombardo, uncovers a bakery beside a Sicilian convent, which produces a dessert beloved by all those who taste it.   Food – which brings people together, comforts and heals the wounds of strained relationships, an...

S.F. Vanni, the oldest running Italian bookstore in the United States, has released news of its end-of-January reopening in New York City.   The bookstore was first founded in 1884 by the Sicilian (Caltagirone) Sante Fortunato Vanni in Greenwich Village at the height of Italian immigration, and continued to stay in business until 2004; it ha...

di Riccardo Giumelli   "Conoscere, scoprire, relazionarsi con un mondo che gli è stato servito global fin da giovanissimi." Queste, tra le tante, sono le parole di Enzo Riboni, che descrivono i cosiddetti "cervelli in fuga", espressione criticabile come ho già scritto. Enzo Riboni è giornalista del Corriere della Sera, dove tiene una rubrica...

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - Thursday, August 06, 2015 Time: 6:30 PM. Location: IIC (814 Montgomery Street, San Francisco). During two of our upcoming evening events - the talk about war ambulances and the Debora Petrina concert - we will sell some of our surplus books. This is an excellent chance for fellow Italophiles to browse Italian boo...

by Silvia Donati   "When I refer to discovering Bologna, I admit to an ongoing seduction by her unique past and modern charm, not the least of which are the Bolognesi themselves." Mary Tolaro Noyes's love affair with the city of Bologna began in 1994.   That year, Mary, who lives in San Francisco, decided she'd learn Italian in o...