by Mauro Battocchi   The third annual Mercato di Natale (Italian Christmas Market) will be held in San Francisco on December 5th and December 6th. The event is promoted by D.I.V.E. SF, a group of Italian women expats living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Inspired by the famous Christmas markets in Northern Italy and throughout most of Europe...

The first computer mouse was wooden. Designed by Douglas Engelbart in 1967, the gadget was essentially a wooden block with two wheels on it. Rudimentary to say the least, but the mouse marked a huge step forward in computer user interface. Check it.   Guerrino de Luca, the Italian CEO of Logitech, recently let us in on a little secret. The b...

Often with cars like the Volkswagen Beetle or Fiat 500, the curse of cuteness can be totally reversed by adding slick wheels, applying a few decals, and slamming the sucker. You don't even have to touch the engine. Fleets of first-gen Scion xBs roll around Los Angeles in just such a fashion. They might make the same 108 hp as those transporting the...

S.Y. Kitchen and Luca Crestanelli, executive chef and partner, are hosting "Godfather Night," a special "Family" dinner Tuesday, April 1, inspired by his Italian-American immigrant tradition. Reservations start at 5 p.m.   For one night only, S.Y. Kitchen will be transformed into an Italian eatery of the past, complete with red checkered ta...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:00pmLecture by Dr. Vincent Fausone Jr. at the Museo Italo Americano.   Did you know that Amadeo Peter Giannini was the first banker to extend financial support to ordinary folks or that without his financial support, the Golden Gate Bridge would not have been built?  Did you know that he bankrolled the Hollywo...

The Italian Opera Festival is the first event of its kind, built around the masterpieces of the Italian Opera. During the 21st of November 2009 the IAOF was presented at the audience with the special participation of an Italian Star, the Baritone Bruno Pratico'. Their artistic superior level is sure to have posted Orange County and Southern Califor...

Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival took advantage of Columbus Day to announce the recipient of its 2014 Italian-American Icon Award. David O. Russell will be feted at the upcoming edition of the festival. The New York-born director is of Lucanian origin on his mother's side.   Last year, the festival presented him with the Capri Ma...

The Festa del Libro (Italian Children's Book Fair) will be held at Spazio Italiano (note the venue change!) on the second weekend of November (8-9 November). It will showcase more than 500 books for children (0-10 years of age) selected from some of the most distinguished Italian publishers such as Emme Edizioni, Dame, Giunti, Mondadori, Gallucci,...

by Mauro Battocchi   La Scuola Internazionale di San Francisco, the Bay's premier pre-K though 8th grade international Italian school, is set to hold their annual fundraiser gala called "La Dolce Vita" on March 14th at the Regency Center on 1270 Sutton Street in San Francisco.   Last year, over 400 people attended to show their suppor...

by Pete Allman   In Italy, people enjoy every moment of life. The pace of everyday living is much different than life in America. This style of life, encompassing good wine and authentic Italian cuisine is what Italy is known for. For the last 10 years Giorgio Pierangeli, Mario and Raffaele Sabatini, two brothers from the region of Abruzzi,...