Joshua DeVincenzi Melander

Executive Director/Founder Little Italy San Jose

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San Jose Little Italy Arch - Acadia Architecture

The entry point to an historical neighborhood, the fruit of a grassroots operation of fund raising, in kind donors of materials and workmanship. It had to respond to the local need for a traditionally recognizable shape but also to the architect desire to avoid mimicking historical forms, and ultimately the relative humbleness of the available materials being donated.

Enoteca La Storia Invigorates San Jose's Little Italy

If you're already a fan of the original Enoteca La Storia in Los Gatos, you're sure to embrace its big brother that's more than three times the size that opened last year in San Jose's Little Italy neighborhood.

Little Italy Street Fest Brings Out Charming Side of San Jose | Metroactive

Krazy George surrounds me on the walls, as does a jersey of San Jose Earthquakes legend Chris Wondolowski. Photos of former Quakes heroes like George Best, Chris Dangerfield and Landon Donovan also grace the interior of Enoteca La Storia in downtown San Jose, so much that I can almost hear George's trademark gravelly voice and decades-old snare drum.

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Little Italy San Jose's "Boss of the Sauce Tournament"

var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push(['embed']); More than 400 people attended Little Italy San Jose's "Boss of the Sauce Tournament" on June 25. Members of the public helped crown a winner by sampling pastas with a $20 "passport" and casting ballots for People's Choice.

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Little Italy San Jose hosting pasta sauce throwdown

Whether you call it sauce or gravy, or make it marinara or meat style, it's all good. In the past, the historic Little Italy San Jose neighborhood has hosted cannoli and ravioli tournaments. Now, executive director Joshua DeVincenzi Melander has decided that sauce needs its day in the sun.

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Pizarro: San Jose's Little Italy cooking up a street festival

San Jose's Little Italy district may seem a little bigger when it holds an inaugural street festival this Sunday. The festival will take place on North Almaden Boulevard, which will be closed between Henry's Hi-Life on St. John Street to Paesano Ristorante on Julian Street for the big party.

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Pizarro: Salute! Little Italy Street Festival is back this weekend

If you went to last year's inaugural Little Italy street festival, you probably came away with two thoughts: Boy, that was fun, and there sure were a lot of people there. The Little Italy San Jose Foundation actually estimates that 10,000 people showed up for last fall's party - which made things a little chummy on Almaden Boulevard.

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Mio Vicino wins Little Italy San Jose's pasta sauce competition

Want to try the best pasta sauce in the Santa Clara Valley? You can't go wrong with any of the eight tomato-based entries at Little Italy San Jose's Boss of the Sauce competition June 25 - but two restaurants came away winners.


One sniff outside the door at La Biscotteria, and you'll be hooked. Serving handmade pastries and pasta made from authentic Italian recipes, La Biscotteria has perfected the biscotti and more in an unassuming bakery shop in Redwood City on El Camino Real.

A devoted team of flippers take charge in helping rebuild Little Italy.

The teams are up early to scout the list of properties up for auction today. They have only two hours to make quick decisions on the homes before risking big money at the auction. In San Jose, there's a 2-bedroom home up for bid, and Rick and Vinny have secret intel on the neighborhood that has them ready to take a big risk.

Little Italy | San Jose | Gateway Arch | Silicon Alleys

The efforts to establish a bona fide Little Italy neighborhood in San Jose have leaped a major hurdle. All one-zillion of the required permits to construct a gateway arch on Julian Street in front of Paesano Ristorante are now signed off.

Little Italy is a big project, backers say

Posted: 05/07/2014 06:07:05 PM PDT Updated: 05/07/2014 06:07:11 PM PDT Transformation is slow but sure Slowly but surely Little Italy San Jose--nestled along N. Almaden Boulevard between Guadalupe River Park and Highway 87--is taking shape. It was Josh DeVincenzi Melander who envisioned bringing back "one of the original Italian settlements in San Jose," and in just five years his dream is coming to fruition.

Little Italy hosts Tuscan-themed gala

Little Italy San Jose is hosting a Gala Celebration on Sept. 13 in the heart of their district, adjacent to Guadalupe River Park. Proceeds from the event will go toward fixing up the old Victorian at 323 W. St. John St. for use as a cultural center.

Little Italy honors prominent citizens with hanging banners

Posted: 08/18/2011 08:03:15 PM PDT Updated: 08/18/2011 08:03:16 PM PDT Twenty-two banners hon- oring prominent Italian-Americans from Silicon Valley's past and present will be unveiled on Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. The banners will hang on light poles in the Little Italy area of San Jose now under development.

Pizarro: So much history in Little Italy banners

Posted: 08/22/2011 06:19:37 PM PDT Updated: 08/23/2011 11:01:57 AM PDT Decades of history filled the quick stroll Sunday around the Little Italy area of the Guadalupe River Park. It was the dedication ceremony for the 22 red-white-and-green banners placed in the park's new Little Italy section that honor Italian-Americans who have made an impact on Santa Clara County.

Pizarro: San Jose's Little Italy district can't grow with passion alone

Posted: 07/16/2013 07:00:00 AM PDT I attended a reception for San Jose's Little Italy last week at Paesano Ristorante, the anchor business for the fledgling historic business district, nestled where Julian Street meets the Guadalupe River. I learned there is still plenty of passion for the slow-moving project.

"Viva La Moto" Italian Motorcycle Festival - Little Italy San Jose

"Viva La Moto" Italian Motorcycle Festival - Little Italy San Jose - Page Text Content BC: WWW.LITTLEITALYSJ.COM WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LITTLEITALYSJ 1: "Viva La Moto" Italian Motorcycle Event Photos Little Italy San Jose Projects and Sponsorship Programs 16: HOW CAN YOU HELP LITTLE ITALY SAN JOSE!!!

San Jose Salvage

From Little Italy San Jose 's Facebook page.: Little Italy has our "Development permit" sign up and ready to submit our final plans for the "Little Italy Cultural center & Museum" later this month. We have so many In Kind donors, but need a Structural Engineer, Plumber, and contractor to assist with the Foundation ASAP.

San Jose to offer taste of Italy

Placing Little Italy between the HP Pavilion and San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose may preserve the culture of Italians in San Jose, said Joshua DeVincenzi Melander, the chairman of Little Italy. When thinking of Italians, Jose Calderon, a junior radio, television and film major, said he envisions pizza, spaghetti, "The Godfather" and the troubles Italian immigrants had when they came to America.

Little Italy San Jose Will Host First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Little Italy San Jose ( will host the first Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony together with the grand opening of Paesano Ristorante, the first restaurant to operate in Little Italy San Jose, Sunday, December 5 th, 2010.

A Nov. 21 fundraiser draws attention to a campaign to designate a Little Italy neighborhood in...

THIS WEEKEND, the campaign to designate a Little Italy neighborhood in San Jose will blossom even more when a gala fundraising dinner erupts on Saturday (Nov. 21) at 100 N. Almaden Ave. The Little Italy San Jose committee will host a grand-scale evening of authentic Italian cuisine and entertainment-a multipronged effort to raise $200,000 for an official Italian business and cultural district.

Little Italy awaits you this weekend.

The 31st Annual Italian Family Festa is back in San Jose this weekend and it is an event not to miss. With revelers that were 25,000 strong from previous years, be prepared for a big treat as you will find activities and entertainment galore to include live continuous entertainment, grape stomping, bocce ball, unique arts and crafts, fun activities for young and old, wine, beer and soft drinks, and Italian sweet and savory specialty foods.

Review: Paesano Ristorante Italiano

Paesano Ristorante Italiano opened its doors in downtown just three years ago, but it has a history that pre-dates almost every restaurant in San Jose. The building, located on Julian Street just off of Highway 87, was constructed in 1885 and originally served as a corner grocery for the first of three Little Italy neighborhoods in San Jose.

Little Italy has a Grand Rebirth in San Jose

It was an honor to be in San Jose the other week and meet the Little Italy San Jose Foundation, which is building a world-class Italian district in San Jose next to the HP Pavilion. As in many parts of California and the world, this history of San Jose is enmeshed with that of Italy.