By Tom Cesarini
Art. Science. Music. Food. Fashion. The components that form Italian culture are multifaceted, foundational, and continue to inspire. The word “Italian” is certainly synonymous with “rich” and “vibrant.”
Amici House in Little Italy—through its own revamping of the Italian American experience—has become a touchstone for celebrating the Italian-immigrant story in recognition of its value to the foundations and fabric of our nation and for emphasizing the Italian component in the abundant multicultural landscape of our city. At Amici House, we celebrate the Italian American way.
To provide a better experience for our visitors, we have redefined our indoor and outdoor space: Inside, you will find new images covering the walls, celebrating all things Italian as well as honoring the past through local historical photographs donated by community members. Outside, our new patio deck houses our caffè—Little Italy’s only nonprofit coffee bar—providing an abundance of beverages and snacks. Proceeds help to support our arts, culture, and heritage programs as well as supporting unsheltered and at-risk children at Washington Elementary in the neighborhood.
Stop by, grab your favorite beverage, learn more about our nonprofit work, and feel good about supporting the community!
ItalianSanDiego—relaunching this month!
We are hard at work on relaunching the updates to our networking program, Italian San Diego, a virtual piazza of resources in our Italian community and a variety of special offers for community members. This free online resource will provide a directory of local Italian links to restaurants, retailers, and organizations in one convenient location. An event calendar will link to all the goings-on in our community, while our blog will highlight noteworthy updates in the community. Be on the lookout for the launch this month by following us: @italiansandiego.
Italian Honorary Consulate in San Diego
The office of the Italian Honorary Consulate is located at Amici House in Little Italy. The office has been closed temporarily due to the pandemic, but assistance is still available through the Web or by phone. For more information, please visit www.sditalianconsulate.org or call 619-800-7974.
— Tom Cesarini is the executive director and founder of Convivio and also serves as the Italian honorary consul of San Diego. Convivio cultivates community and fellowship, advances Italian cultural identity, and fosters multicultural awareness across myriad disciplines through education and research, social enrichment, and innovative programming. Visit: www.conviviosociety.org | Follow: @conviviosociety