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Festa della Mamma and Campania Italy


always opened by appointment in Los Gatos.
Call Kathy
 408.640.6628 or
Contact at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com.
And always at your disposal online atwww.gioiacompany.com

Festa Gioia Open House May 7th -- THIS SATURDAY

RSVP by return email or call 408.640.6628 or contact Kathy at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com


And always available for your convenience online at www.gioiacompany.com
Shop now at Gioia Italian Piazza Experience...
for yourselves, and for those Spring and Summer occasions.
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Festa della Mamma, Province of Salerno in Campania and Nonna Giovannina Salerni

Mother's Day PlaqueJoin us at Gioia for Festa della Mamma on Saturday, May 7, noon to six pm. We will feature cuisine of Campania and of our Nonna from Salerno. You can order regional treats from La Biscotteria BakeryNorth Beach's Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, and San Jose's Giorgio’s.

Campania is one of the regions of Southern Italy stretching along the Tyrrhenian Sea from Naples to Sapri. It is diverse and a great vacation destination. Campania is an ancient Greek settlement from before the Roman Empire. The Romans named the region Campania felix, which translates to "fertile countryside." Campania has a magnificent coastline, beaches, waters, and mountains, including the famous volcano Mt. Vesuvius and the ancient cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Agropoli, and Paestum. It’s rich culture includes its famous Opera House in Naples, Teatro di San Carlo. Naples is home to Enrico Caruso, honored by local Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito.   His CD and DVD are available at Gioia. The Palace of Caserta is also located in Campania province of Caserta. In addition to opera, Campania is well known for the dance of the Tarantella, the Spider Dance originally a medicinal healing art and still practiced today, and for the Commedia dell’Arte character Pulcinella.

LimoncelloFabulous foods that have made history are Pizza Napolitana, Scamorza cheese, wines and olive oils, many seafood dishes that include anchovies, and favorite desserts the Napolitana Pastieracake. almond torte and, of course limoncello. (We hold cooking  classes at Gioia; contact us (408.640.6628) for information about the July class.

The canals of Venice are incredible, but so are thecities on the rocky cliffs of Campania such as Maori, Positano, Ravello, and Praiano,  All are part of the incredibly beautiful terrain along the Amalfi Coast and south to the beautiful secluded beach ofPolinuro in the province of SalernoPolinuro Grotto and beach

Sorrento and CapriSorrento is the home of the art of intarsiato (inlaid wood) which we feature at Gioia.,This city is described as cliffs to the sea surrounded by terraces of citrus, olive trees and vines. A stay in Sorrento is relaxing and beautiful and a great place to stay to access the Amalfi Coast and Islands as the boats travel from the Sorrento docks. There are several breathtaking islands to visit off the coast of Campania: Ischia, Capri, and Procida. Campania is home to masters of music and entertainment, inlaid wood arts, cameo arts, ceramic arts. Gioia features beautiful custom painted ceramics from Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast; browse La Cucina Italiana to see examples.
The provinces of Campania are: Naples Caserta, Benevento, Avellino, and Salerno. Our maternal grandmother, Giovannina Salerni is from the province of Salerno. Her family name was changed from SalJennie Salerni Giordanoerno to Salerni at Ellis Island upon arrival into the United States at the end of the 19th century. I treasure her gold medallion of the Madonna of Pompeii that she always wore and now I always wear. Giovannina worked in the rubber factories during WWII, she mastered the art of crochet, and had such great humor, always playing tricks on us. She taught us to stand up for what is right and just. She never tired of travel and adventure and loved everything Italian. It was a treat when she made her homemade pasta, and cookies: the sesame cookies, the wedding cookies, her chocolate and many more.

Salerno CoastThe Salerno Province includes ancient history, the beauty of cliffs, caves and beaches, the Apennine Mountains and a national park, Parco Nazionale del Cilento, a Unesco Site The docks of Salerno Bay offer excursions to various places along the Amalfi Coast and the islands. The park is a natural treasure where the green of the oak, maple, ash and chestnut forests on the mountains meet tall beech forests, the source for the beautiful woods of Inlaid Wood Sorrento. The rivers, green forests, picturesque villages,ancient traditional festivals, hillsides of geometric designs of planted San Marzano tomatoes,in a region dotted with castles, the turquoise waters along the Cilento Coast, from Agropoli to Sapri. all make up a magnificent culture and a beautiful region in a magnificent Province of Campania for your vacation planning.

SorrentoThere is much more than you thought when you arrive in the airport in Naples. We were fortunate to visit Sorrento, The Amalfi Coast, Vietri sul Mare and Cava dei Terreni and Salerno recently, and are looking forward to visiting the Salerno Province and explore more of the beautiful land of our grandmother’s family! Join us at Festa Gioia Mother’s day to talk more about this province and enjoy the cuisine and the beautiful ceramic arts and inlaid wood arts we have to offer.

Procida Island




Inlaid wooden boxValle Monte League Luncheon and Fashion Show
Shop Gioia at the Valle Monte League event
Date: May 6 (Friday)
Location: San Jose Country Club
Contact: dugganking@comcast.net

Vietri VaseFesta Gioia May Mother’s Day -- This Saturday!
Date: May 7, Saturday
Time: Noon to 6 pm
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court LG
Celebrate Mother’s Day Italian Style
Villa Montalvo Shopping Fundraiser at Gioia
Date: May 11 and May 15 (Wednesday and Sunday)
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court, L. G.
Come shop for your Venetian Gala Carnevale Masks at Gioia
Pasquale Esposito in Sacramento
Date: May 14 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Crest Theater, Sacramento
Tickets: 877-987-6487 FREE


Lots of Fun and Surprises
Date: June 5, Sunday
Time: 12 noon to 6 pm
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court LG
RSVP: 408.640.6628


Italian American Heritage Foundation
425 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408.293.7122
Fax: 408-293-7154
Email: iahfsj@iahfsj.org
Join us for one of our many fun events, bring a friend or make some new ones. 
members and non-members are all welcome!
If you have an idea for an event or would like to become part of our event team contact send an email to or call the office 408.293.7122 and let us know what's on your mind.

GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS always opened by appointment in Los Gatos. Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or Contact kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com
And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2016!! Save the Dates!!

Casa Ida Vietri sul MareCAMPANIA

Thinking of staying in the Vietri sul Mare region? Here is a B & B owned by one of our friends in Italy, check it out.  
CASA IDA Historic House Rental & B&B Italy
Campania, near Vietri sul Mari, 
Cava Dei Tirreni, Campania, Italy
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Sorrento vacation postcardSORRENTO

Sorrento Emotions and Dreams
Italian Specialist and Local Residents
Luxury, tailor made vacations
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri and all of Italy
Enjoy holidays, short breaks, weddings, honeymoon, dining, cooking, shopping, scuba diving, water activities, coastal excursions with personal crew.
Contact Signore Tonino Pepe, pepetonino@hotmail.it, and tell him Gioia Co. sent you.

Puglia, Italy with Valentina
Sept. 1-12, 2016. (She takes groups at this time each year.)
Travel through the Puglia region
A step into real Puglia with Valentina, author, designer, artist and native

UMBRIA/TUSCANY-- Right on the border
Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contactinfo@gioiacompany.com or 408.640.6628 for a special introduction to the owner. Sleeps six or 12. Two stories. Separate units. Beautiful view. Organic olive grove. Walking trails. Full kitchen. Swimming pool.

Travel with those that live there and learn about the culture.
The Grand Tour June 19 to 30, 2016.
Italy the Beautiful Tour September 1 -11, 2016.
Thanksgiving Tuscany Tour November 20 – 28, 2016.
Contact: italy@italiancenter.net, 916-482-5900

See you soon...

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