By Nancy Amdur Thanks to a grassroots effort led by a group of San Jose residents, a formerly blighted downtown neighborhood is being revitalized by new business, construction and an identity-as the South Bay's "Little Italy." What began six years ago as a plan to preserve a slice of San Jose's cultural heritage in a [...]
After decades of plans that went precisely nowhere, San Jose's Little Italy is finally on its way toward becoming a bellisimo villaggio. The nonprofit Little Italy Foundation and Los Gatos-based SV Home in recent weeks have acquired five historic - if dilapidated - homes, along with a 10,000-square-foot lot, in the compact neighborhood between Julian and West St.
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.
Update from my original post: Recently I heard from Joshua DeVincenzi Melander, the Director of Membership for the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, regarding work on Little Italy. He wrote: "I know a few years ago you wrote a piece about Little Italy on your site.
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.
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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.
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.
SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Little Italy San Jose ( www.littleitalysj.com) 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.
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.
As the sun turned the asphalt along Lincoln Avenue into a licorice whip during the first day of the Italian-American family festival, organizers were trying to turn the two-day event '" which was celebrating its 29th year '" into a year-round way of life.
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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.
Posted: 03/26/2014 01:40:18 PM PDT Updated: 03/26/2014 01:40:19 PM PDT Seven years ago, Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson began hosting a party at their Naglee Park home to give Silicon Valley artists a chance to show off their work and raise money for themselves and arts organizations.
Posted: 02/19/2010 05:31:08 PM PST Updated: 02/22/2010 09:59:06 PM PST Click photo to enlarge San Jose's fledgling Little Italy district on North Almaden Boulevard has taken some big strides lately, with a new Italian restaurant set to open in spring and an Italian Festa planned for summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 Little Italy San Jose announced today that it has selected MomentSocial to deliver iBeacon-enabled smartphone experiences to enable downtown San Jose visitors to actively engage with local businesses and their historical district.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.