by Mauro Battocchi Sometimes we Italians complain that we don't have enough of a sense of national identity because of our relatively recent political unification (1861). Yet I believe that we are developing a sense of belonging to a national community. There are several indicators that point to that reality. One of them is rather visual: more and...

by Mauro Battocchi   Sergio Barbieri, the passport officer of the Italian Consulate, travelled to Honolulu, Seattle and Portland last month and issued 151 electronic passports. This process generally requires require nationals to travel to San Francisco and present themselves at the Consulate in person.   In fact, the passport office...

It has been just over a year since Mauro Battocchi arrived in The City as the newly-appointed Consul General of Italy in San Francisco.   He had already paved the way for his grand entrance by posting a much-circulated YouTube video, in which he introduced himself by driving through the streets of Rome, explaining who he was, and what he was...

Lido Cantarutti, director of the Italian Film Festival and long-time resident of Marin County, CA, has been acknowledged by the President of the Republic of Italy with the promotion and conferral of the title of Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della RepubblicaItaliana (Knight Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy).  ...

Please mark your calendars for Friday, November 22, 2013. Our annual ItaLingua Fundraiser is here again! We are pleased to announce that this year's event will be held at the beautiful Italian Consulate in San Francisco. It promises to be an exciting evening with live jazz, delicious food, donated by some of the best Italian restaurant in San Fran...

By: Maria Greco   The always smiling, always effervescent Angelo Quaranta—insurance executive, restaurateur, former Parking Commissioner, and former Police Commissioner—can now add another title to his long and growing list: Commendatore.   To be more precise, the title of the knighthood that was bestowed on him last night is Commenda...

by Flavia Idà   Dear Editor, I've often heard that people of Italian descent born abroad have no sense of patriotism toward the land of their ancestors, aside from superficial aspects that often lend themselves to stereotypes: "Italians are the best cooks, the best lovers, the best soccer players" and so on.   But my experience o...

di Mauro Battocchi - Console Generale d'Italia a San Francisco   Cari concittadini maggiorenni o prossimi alla maggiore eta', per potervi essere di aiuto in maniera sempre piu' rapida e efficace, vorrei chiedervi una cortesia. Vorrei dedicaste tre minuti del vostro tempo per inviare all'indirizzo anagrafe.sanfrancisco@esteri.it il vostro in...

Americans and Italians are magnetically attracted to each other. This is one of Beppe Severgnini's statements on May 7th at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco.   Hardly anyone could have questioned it, as 500 Italians and Italo-philes crowded the theater. The event was co-organized by BAIA, the Consulate and the Italian Cultural In...

by Mauro Battocchi   It was an honor to be in San Jose the other week and meet the Little Italy San Jose Foundation, which is building a world-class Italian district in San Jose next to the HP Pavilion. As in many parts of California and the world, this history of San Jose is enmeshed with that of Italy. The Italian fishermen, agriculturists...