The Little Italy Association has partnered with the San Diego Rescue Mission (SDRM) to provide person-centered outreach services to those experiencing homelessness. Each person’s journey into homelessness is unique and often complex. SDRM’s approach is to lead with compassion while offering help. Carla Vanegas, SDRM’s Outreach Coordinator, says, “I...

The Little Italy Association will kick-off the holiday season welcoming back its annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday, December 4th, from 4PM-8PM. Transforming into a winter wonderland with Christmas twinkle lights down all the streets, Little Italy will be adorned with brand new magical décor including 10-foot tall g...

After a most busy October celebrating Italian American Heritage Month, we are taking some time to enjoy the fall season in Little Italy, relish our special place in the neighborhood, and express our grati-tude to our community for what we have accomplished together. Our respite will be brief, of course, as we begin to plan for the holiday festiviti...

Cardellino, chef/owner Brad Wise’s Italian-American all-day eatery and bakery in Mission Hills, was only open for six weeks last year before the pandemic arrived and shut it down in March 2020. Now, as pandemic restrictions gradually ease, Trust Restaurant Group (TRG) founder Wise has been tinkering with the concept of Cardellino, which has only be...

Join journalist and adjunct college professor Rebecca Romani for an informative presentation on the Italian American Internment during World War II. During the war, the U.S. government saw Italian Americans as a threat to homeland security. Executive Order 9066 not only forced Japanese Americans from their homes into concentration camps, it also pu...

Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to get ready for all the upcoming holiday festivities. Before we start talking about candy corn, stuffing, and egg nog, however, let’s talk about this month’s celebratory theme: October is a time when we collectively honor Italian American culture in our nation and the many contributions of Italians to the fabri...

San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) will return to the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas on Sept. 30 with the sharp comedy “Figli” (Kidz), directed by Giuseppe Bonito and starring Paola Cortellesi and Valerio Mastandrea. La Paloma Theatre has been SDIFF’s North County home since 2012 when the Film Festival expanded on its success in downt...

Over the past five years, San Diego’s Milano Five Group has made a name for itself with hyper-authentic Milanese food at its popular Ambrogio15 pizzerias in Pacific Beach, Little Italy and, now, Del Mar. But Semola, the latest restaurant from two Milano Five co-founders, Andrea Burrone and Giacomo Pizzigoni, is Milanese, by way of South America, th...

With things finally opening up in our communities, we are happy to see people out and about (taking prop-er precautions, of course). At Amici House, we are excited to reopen and bring back our diverse programs. This month provides a variety of events and initiatives for you to engage with your community and give back to our causes that benefit the...

Ciao paesani… and Greetings From Italian CALIFORNIA! This past July, we made our way out West to explore the Italian side of the Golden State, as we set out to film four brand-new episodes of our popular YouTube web series, “Greetings From Italian America.”  Joined by our amici from the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), we took a whirlw...