Little Italy gets architectural with OH! San Diego

Posted: April 6th, 2018 | Columnists, Featured, Little Italy Heritage | No Comments

By Tom Cesarini | Little Italy Heritage

Springing into Italian community events

Our region continues to exemplify the best in arts and culture programs, and this spring, a multitude of social and cultural opportunities with an added Italian flair abound for our community and visitors to embrace and to help in promoting San Diego’s arts and culture scene.

OH! San Diego

Amici House in Little Italy was privileged this past weekend to be a part of Open House San Diego, an event held by the San Diego Architectural Foundation, celebrating our region’s unique architectural and cultural assets. Amici House was one of 88 sites for this year’s event of exploration. Visitors to Amici House learned about the cottage’s craftsmanship and history as well as the cultural opportunities our organization provides through programs and events. We look forward to participating in next year’s OH! San Diego event as it continues to evolve to include even more sites. For more information on the foundation and the event, please visit

(L to r) Filmmaker Roberto Angotti and professor-author Lawrence Baldassaro, at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) gala in Washington celebrating Angotti’s win of the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Award.

Convivio upcoming events

April 24: Introduction to Solo Italiano

Are you a retailer of fine Italian products, or are you involved in the following industries that have an Italian element?

  • Food and beverage
  • Household goods
  • Luxury items
  • Travel services
  • Accessories and clothing
  • Italian gifts
  • Leather goods
  • Handbags and shoes

Join us on April 24 at Amici House as we present a reception and information session on the Little Italy Association’s newest event, Solo Italiano, launching in October. For more information on the presentation, please contact us at

April 28: ‘The Son of a Fisherman: Beyond DiMaggio’

As part of our “Live the Game. Love the Heritage” series of programming celebrating the Italian-American influence on baseball (and culminating with Italian Heritage Night with the Padres at Petco Park on May 31), we are privileged to host a lecture and book signing with University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Professor Emeritus and renowned author, Lawrence Baldassaro, followed by a film screening of the “Italian American Baseball Family,” an award-winning documentary and Q&A with filmmaker Roberto Angotti.

Visitors of Amici House during the OH! San Diego architecture event held on March 24 and 25 flank Dominique Valentino, OH! San Diego Volunteer and Amici Ambassador. (Photos by Tom Cesarini)

April 28–29: ArtWalk

Painting by the people! Join us at this year’s ArtWalk event in Little Italy for an interactive painting exhibit. We will be in the new Piazza della Famiglia with a traditional Sicilian carretto (horse-drawn cart), in an interactive display of artistry and folkloric tradition. Add your artistic contribution to help paint our cart and learn about Italian and Sicilian history, tradition, and folklore — and engage in Convivio with fellow community members!

—Tom Cesarini is the executive director of Convivio. Reach him at

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