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Want to help? We'd like to expand nationally, but that means that we need your eyes, ears and hands for just a few hours a week. Take a look at the volunteer opportunities.

In the meantime, if you know of an Italian event, resource or anything that might come in handy on this web site, please drop a line to our feedback form. You can also help contribute to by sending us a book, music, video or restaurant review.

Everyone is also welcome to help us to spread the word.
The following promotional material is available: color brochure, b/w brochure, one page flyer, profile, or you can download the complete promotional package.
These are the press releases that have been issued: announcement, Los Angeles section launch, New York section launch.

we're in the press!

February 2001

The NIAF News
Fall 2000

San Francisco Chronicle
March 1999

RAI Corporation TV
January 1999

La Repubblica
September 1998

What... is an effort to organize, invigorate and bring together the Italian and Italian American community, starting with the San Francisco bay area and the Los Angeles and greater area.

We've never met an Italian who wasn't happy to make new and different friends and willing to learn from them to enrich his or her own life. Unfortunately, some of the clubs listed in the resource directory are for men only. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy Italian culture regardless of gender or cultural origin. We've listed information about these clubs in the hopes that those of you who join may be willing to shake things up at the top so that one day a woman, like the founder of this web site, may also become a member.


We're located in San Francisco Bay Area. However, we're always looking for volunteers in other geographic areas. If you'd like to get in touch with us, here is our contact information:
701 Howe Street, Suite A
San Mateo, CA 94401

(650) 347-3768, TEL
(707) 988-7785, eFAX

contact us


In 1982, 9 year-old Laura Debora Adrianna Pazzaglia arrived in the United States with her mother and sister. She learned English and made new friends, but none compared to those she left behind in Italy. During the intervening 16 years, the Italians she did meet were few and far between.

Early in 1998, Laura, by then an Italian American web pro, was convinced that there had to be other Italians hiding in the bowels of her fair city. In order to find them, she began by collecting information about Italian American events and realized that there are a whole bunch of Italians around, and that they too want to know where and how to meet other Italians. The first incarnation of was an extra page from her personal web site, called "A Taste of Italy".

When it became clear that the information deserved a dedicated web site, Laura set in search of a snazzy domain name (her results happen to be the name of this web site).

To expand content and add to the useful information on this web site, Laura asked her mother Alice, an avid recipe collector and excellent cook, to contribute to the recipes section. She contributes more than recipes: if you read her creations carefully, you'll also get glimpses of her life in Italy.

Everyone one has their own special story, but most of our volunteers contacted with enthusiastic emails -- excited about the project and wanting to get involved in serving the Italian American community... somehow. Jill shares her professional writing talent with us primarily through the travel section while Deborah generously shared content she'd already created to the genealogy section.

A year from the launch of Laura was "fixed-up" with Roberto. When she discovered his business savvy she ruthlessly recruited him to assist in growing and developing this site. Their relationship also grew and developed... into a merger!


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