Although California was mercifully far from the battles waged during World War II, the war did make its way to Highland through a variety of activities from the draft, to rationing, to scrap drives and the presence of prisoners of war brought to San Bernardino from overseas. From February 1944 to the end of the war, 499 Italian POWs were kept at U....

“I like food,” explains Giuseppe Crisa, founder and owner of the pizza oven company Forno Classico, “and that’s how everything happened.” Twelve years ago, and still new to the United States, the Sicilian-born Crisa was living in Summerland and craving a better pizza. So, like his grandfather before him, he decided to build his own oven. “My Englis...

How does an immigrant, Italian fisherman rear, endear, and ultimately prepare his gifted son to rewrite most of American baseball records and somehow rise up from the murky depths of the unforgiving sea to net and symbolize America’s, baseball best in grace and power?  That’s the incredible story of Joe DiMaggio, a first-generation Italian kid, wor...

Saturday January 11. 7:30 pm. St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037. The San Diego Early Music Society is proud to present the long anticipated San Diego debut of the award-winning Concerto Italiano under the direction of renowned harpsichordist Rinaldo Alessandrini. Concerto Italiano will perform music of Corel...

From Friday, January 17, 2020, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Scripps Ranch Theatre, 9783 Avenue of Nations, San Diego, 92131. Age limit: 18+ Cost: $37 | Get tickets. The plot of this Italian American comedy is near operatic: 2 men, 2 women and an overseeing matriarch - Aunt Mae. Huey is married to Janice, Aldo loves Janice, Teresa hates Janice. Huey also loves...

Galerie XII Los Angeles (www.galeriexii.com) is celebrating its first anniversary with the solo exhibition of world-renowned, Milan-based photographer Paolo Ventura. The exhibition of Ventura's magical photographic works, "An Invented World" spans six series over the last decade and will provide the most comprehensive overview of the celebrated Ita...

The kitchen is ready to go. The white tablecloths are draped over the tables and the doors are ready to open, but diners will have to wait a little longer to taste the rustic Italian menu at Slay Italian Kitchen, the latest restaurant by respected chef David Slay. “As of now it will be after the new year,” Slay wrote in an email to the Southern Cal...

Next year, the first comprehensive presentation of Lucio Fontana’s work will be debuted in the U.S. at Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles gallery. Entitled “Walking the Space: Spatial Environments, 1948 – 1968,” the exhibition will showcase the Argentine-Italian artist’s groundbreaking work that was influenced by his interest in science and aerospace dis...

If 2019 was a banner year for dining in San Diego, it will also go down as the turning point for truly high-quality Italian food, thanks to three new exciting, first-rate eateries, Cesarina, Siamo Napoli and Il Dandy, and its fine dining restaurant-within-a-restaurant, Arama. The number three is key because on Oct. 18, 2018, the Union-Tribune publi...

After playing for Team Italy in three World Baseball Classics (2006, 2009, and 2013) and having spent nearly a decade as the everyday Rimini shortstop, Jack Santora began his Minor League Baseball-affiliated coaching career in 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels Single-A affiliate Burlington Bees before taking on the managerial reins of the rookie-lev...