When: Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 6:30 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute @INNOVIT, 710 Sansome Street, San Francisco As we approach the eve of Italo Calvino's centennial (October 15, 1923), nearly forty years after his death (September 19, 1985), questions arise spontaneously: what is the legacy of this Italian novelist in the United States...

Castro's newest Italian restaurant Pasta Panino (4150 18th St.) is now open — serving up fresh pasta and sandwiches at affordable prices. Hoodline broke the news of Pasta Panino taking over the former Taqueria El Capitan and Zapata space earlier this year. Opened July 6, Pasta Panino is owned and operated by chef Jeremias Guerra. Guerra will be fam...

Mark Guerra arrived in America as a 17-year-old in 1946, fleeing war-torn Italy. He came first to Cow Hollow, where a man from his hometown in Lucca had set up Puccini Meats, a now-closed chain of markets that became a gateway of sorts for Italian immigrants. Mark started on the floor and moved his way up to become a partner in the businesses by 19...

The first South San Francisco Festa Italiana 2023 will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at Orange Memorial Park from 11 am to 5 pm. The event will showcase South San Francisco and Italian history and culture. It is a free, fun family event. Attendees will be treated to on-stage entertainment performances and the Italian cultural dance troop...

Che Fico has been a special pizza, pasta and house charcuterie haven in a city that’s silly with the best in the nation in each of those categories. But despite our plethora of world-class pizza and pasta in San Francisco, chef David Nayfeld has a unique take unmatched in SF — or anywhere, for that matter. Yet the style is so very San Francisco. Th...

The Leonardo da Vinci Society and the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) Bay Area Chapter are seeking applications for the Leonardo Award 2023. This award was established in 2019 on the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death to recognize the outstanding contributions of Italian/Italian American early career...

San Francisco is getting a new hotel restaurant inspired by seafood-filled summers on the Italian Riviera. Corzetti, named for a thin, coin-shaped pasta born on the Ligurian coast, will open in August inside the Hotel G at 386 Geary St. in Union Square. It will be the first hotel restaurant from Back of the House, a restaurant group that operates 3...

ITA Airways, the Italian flagship carrier, has announced the launch of its nonstop service between San Francisco and Rome. The inaugural flight, AZ 641, departed from San Francisco International Airport on July 1 at 3:15 p.m. The flight, operated by ITA Airways' flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350, marks an important milestone in the airline's expan...

The story of the Italian American community in the founding of the San Francisco Opera is front and center in “Bravo  — Celebrating San Francisco Opera, Its Italian Roots and Legacy” at the Museo Italo Americano at Fort Mason. As the company celebrates its 2022-2023 centennial season, the life and career of Neapolitan conductor Gaetano Merola, the...

San Francisco's favorite pizzaiolo, Tony Gemignani, is launching a new festival this summer, and it features all the hits: pizza, bagels and beer. The aptly named Pizza, Bagel & Beer Festival is slotted to take place on Aug. 19 in North Beach, with over 45 participating local pizzerias, bagel-makers and breweries.  “For the last eight years, there’...