San Diego Italian Film Festival kicks off its 13th year at the Museum of Photographic Arts with a madcap murder mystery and new leadership. Here's a preview. Being Italian I can say that Italians love to talk and at the San Diego Italian Film Festival they love to talk about films. With 37 film screenings over the past year in San Diego and Encinit...

Things almost never change at Ottavio’s Italian Restaurant. And that’s just how patrons of the family-owned business in Old Town Camarillo like it. “We love that people feel at home when they walk in the doors,” said Julie Belvedere Thomason, whose parents, Ottavio and Noella Belvedere, opened the Ventura Boulevard restaurant in 1969.  As co-owner,...

In occasione della visita ufficiale negli Stati Uniti del Presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella, Confindustria e ICE Agenzia organizzano – sotto l’egida del Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale – la partecipazione di una delegazione italiana impegnata nell’ambito di progetti innovativi e processi di innovazione...

As thousands of people enjoyed Italian Heritage Day celebrations in San Francisco's Little Italy, public works crews were scraping red paint off the city's statue of Christopher Columbus just a few blocks away. The inscription painted at the base of the statue, near Coit Tower, was especially disturbing: "Destroy all monuments of genocide and kill...

Franc D’Ambrosio is one of those performers and the proof will be at the Yreka Community Theater, when he sings “Songs of Broadway.” He is best known as “The Phantom” in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Tony award winning musical, “Phantom of the Opera.” This is a role he performed for five years in the San Francisco production. For its 2019 fall concert, the...

The 8-foot statue of Christopher Columbus fronting a Chula Vista park is akin to having a Hitler statue in a Jewish community — “if not worse.” So said Benjamin Prado of Unión del Barrio after reading aloud a letter Saturday that local American Indian groups are sending to the Chula Vista City Council. They’re demanding the statue be removed. “That...

Just as ordering ristretto at a coffee shop promises a caffeinated wallop in a small dose, the San Diego Italian Film Festival’s new competition promises to demonstrate the power of short films. The festival will be held at Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts from Tuesday through Oct. 27. Of the 60 submissions to the festival’s short-film com...

Between the pizza, the stories of hard-working immigrant families, the accordionist singing Nino Rota’s theme from “The Godfather,” and the big green, white and red flags, St. Helena’s inaugural Festa Italiana was about as Italian as anything you’ll find this side of Sassoferrato. Saturday’s celebration, the first of three events marking Italian He...

We have exciting news as we gear up for the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade this Sunday, October 13th. The Board of Supervisors just unanimously approved Supervisor Catherine Stefani’s resolution recognizing October as Italian American Heritage Month. Please join us at City Hall this Friday, October 11th, to celebrate. RSVP here: https:...

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has announced a partnership with Italy’s Istituto Luce – Cinecittà under which the state film entity will become a “founding supporter” of the museum as part of a five-year agreement that will involve a series of annual events celebrating Italian cinema. The Italian cinema series will kick off with a centennial...