This has been a banner year — a green, white and red banner, to be exact — for Italian food in San Diego. Seemingly every month has been marked by the opening of another impressive Italian eatery. The mini boom started earlier in the year with Cesarina in Point Loma, Ciccia Osteria in Barrio Logan, Il Dandy in Bankers Hill, and later Il Dandy’s sin...

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...

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...

When the server places a thick white ceramic plate on the table, it’s all but spilling over with a pile of spaghetti. The noodles, and the two racquetball size meatballs astride them, are so drenched in viscous, red marinara sauce, only a dusting of parmesan crumbles lends contrast. Call in Lady and the Tramp, because we’re dealing with a textbook...

We are Naples. That’s what the name means of San Diego’s latest Italian restaurant operated by people from Italy, means. Siamo Napoli recently picked up where Il Postino left off in a large North Park restaurant row space. If you’re looking for a way to distinguish this one from what has become many worthy Italian options around town, it would be t...

Rain or shine, Little Italy’s Mercato farmers’ market kicks off every Saturday by hosting more than 200 local vendors on the streets of downtown San Diego.  The Mercato, or “market” in Italian, extends five blocks and features everything from fresh produce to house plants, olive oil, grape soda, jewelry and tablecloths. There is truly something for...

Friday October 4, 2019, 6:00 PM. $25 Italian Cultural Center of San Diego, 1629 Columbia Street  - San Diego, CA 92101. Professor Gabriella Ponzoli will provide an introduction to Ferrante's work which will include excerpts from her two books featured at FeStivale: L'Amore molesto and I giorni dell'abbandono. The ticket also includes entry to the F...

Every major film festival eventually faces the challenges associated with leadership change. In some cases that transition can be handled sloppily or unethically, compromising the event’s vision while permanently damaging staff morale and community support.  There are no such concerns regarding Diana Agostini’s recent appointment as the new executi...

September 26th; 6:30PM - 8:30PM. Piazza della Famiglia, Little Italy, San Diego (CA). Our annual State of the Neighborhood event will take place in Little Italy’s Piazza della Famiglia; the 10,000-square-foot public space playing host to the community as we hear Chief Executive Administrator of the Association, Marco Li Mandri, present on the past,...

A generous helping of Italian culture has landed in the East Village on the corner of Market Street and Ninth Avenue. At 4,800-square-feet, RoVino The Foodery is San Diego’s largest Italian market; it’s aiming to be an asset to the neighborhood, featuring an all-day eatery, grab-and-go foods, and take-home ingredients as well as offering free deliv...