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What is Italy in SF?

Italy in SF is the ultimate directory for everything Italian in the San Francisco Bay Area. Italy in SF is the insider’s guide to learn where Italians go to find the special and unique products, foods, and traditions they were accustomed to in Italy.

Our editorial team is entirely comprised of Italian expatriates who want to share their passion for all that is Italy in the Bay area. From the right old world pizza dough to the best Parma prosciutto, Italy in SF is the quintessential place to look for the best of Italy.

We are still struggling to find a place that carries Mulino Bianco cookies on the West Coast, gramigna pasta (impossible to find!) and the original Nutella (a side-by-side tasting will confirm that the one made from the American market objectively tastes different!). However, we have discovered fabulous prosciutto, sumptuous mozzarella, and some treasured destinations featuring the best gelato, tiramisu & cannoli!

Go ahead, indulge your inner Italian!

About Vanessa

Vanessa DellaPasqua is the founder and chief editor of Italy in SF. Born and raised in the culinary paradise of Italy, Romagna, she moved to the Bay Area in 2001 to pursue a career as a bridge engineer.

Vanessa was born into a culinary family and grew up in the restaurant business, and she realized early on that her core passions were food and travel. She decided to make a business out of these passions and started Italy in SF in January 2008.

Vanessa brings more than thirty years of experience in travel and hospitality to Italy in SF. Her entrepreneurial experience includes launching a bespoke travel consultancy, “Le Sorelle”, offering tailored culinary experiences “off the beaten path” in Italy. She now runs the business at Global Epicurean offering culinary trips to her home country. In addition, she most recently developed and managed a web-based luxury travel site and worked with the team of Slow Food Nation on their online marketing tasks.

Vanessa is an advocate of good food and is passionate about eating well: meals are always cooked from scratch and with the best, local, in–season ingredients. Her interest is in exploring cooking as an expression of culture. Her culinary heritage is put in action with Italy in SF. Vanessa holds a Masters in Engineering from Universita’ di Bologna and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. You can reach her at vanessa at italyinsf dot com.

Contributors and Guest Bloggers

Maurizio Fava

Maurizio is a wine and grappa expert from Piedmont. Maurizio is a sommelier and a certified grappa taster. In addition, he is publisher and editorof “Door to Italy“, a travel publication, and founder of Alessandria Top Wine, a showcase of Piedmont wines taking place every year in late Winter. Maurizio was an editor for Slow Food Publishing, and among his publications you can find Guida ai Vini d’Italia Slow Food/GamberoRosso, the ultimate guide to Italian wines.

Maurizio cooperates as a consultant for many premium Italian wineries. You can reach him at maurizio dot fava at topwine dot org.