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

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
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for yourselves, and for those special occasions.
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Holidays Begin
Enjoy Celebrations the Italian Way!


Family photo“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert 

I love this quote and I love to travel. As a girl growing up in the country, we traveled each year to Los Angeles from Hollister to visit my mother’s family. My father’s parents lived next door to us on the Apricot and Walnut Ranch. My Grandmother, Giovannina Salerno Giordano, LOVED to travel. She lived near Disneyland, and we went to the park every year with her and my mother’s twin sister Rachel. We had eight kids in the family; they had six kids. Can you imagine? 

I learned to love family life; we were very close with our cousins and the Italian culture. I was fascinated as a young girl by the Italian language. My grandfather who lived next door to us on the ranch would talk with me in Italian when we went out to trim trees together or to check the irrigation. Both sides of the family were growers, fig trees and vegetables. Always when we were together, there was lots of cooking, eating, and having fun around the table, usually playing cards after the meal. 

As a student at Santa Clara University, I learned about the study abroad program. One of my freshman year friends lived in Rome, and that was it for me. I applied and by junior year of college, I was living in Rome, It became my second home, my first real home away from home, where I learned who I was, what I loved, and how to cheer up and deal with difficulties … my love of the arts, especially the Italian Arts. So at the age of 20 I made this business in my mind and in my heart. 

Lee Marie Michals helped me to give birth to this “daughter,” Gioia Company, many years later.

linensWe have a variety of beautiful Italian items to offer you this holiday season. From Venice we have jewelry, masks, and linens, to beautiful works of Art in Ceramics from Deruta, Lucca, Firenze, Vietri, and the Amalfi Coast. Think about inlaid wood boxes from Sorrento in various sizes, and inlaid wood tea carts. We have statues from Volterra and flatware from Lake Garda. Magnificent wall plates from Sicily can also be found here. 

We greet you with Italian Family Hospitality that we learned from our family, and we offer the same hospitality with online shopping. Your gifts will come wrapped and ready to give. 

We continue to pray for the people of Italy shaken from their normal lives after the several earthquakes that have rocked the regions of Umbria, Lazio, and Le Marche. “A Practical Aid” for the earthquake victims that everyone can give ... purchase the products of our places, the ciauscolo salami, the varnelli Italian liquor, the lentil of castelluccio, vernaccia di serrapetrona wine, you can request the products of the sibillini … that are lentils, truffles, cheese or salami … the earthquake has put us on our knees, help us to rise up. Thanks to who will do it.” Read more about the regions affected by the earthquake in Anne’s Italy blog. If you would like to help the victims, here is the link

earringsFall is a marvelous time to look through our closets and renew our “look” with the changing colors and practical fashions for what we do in daily life, and, like the Italians, still wanting to look our best. Join Valentina for her workshop at Gioia on Sunday November 13th. Valentina tells you all about it in this video.

We will also host our Festa Gioia Open House after Thanksgiving on Saturday and Sunday for those of you who would rather come over for lunch and shopping than hit the shopping malls. Or do both. 

A great way to share time with family and friends and have a holiday outings includes the Pasquale Concert, Italian American Heritage Foundation Opera Night Event, and of course Villa Montalvo Yuletide. Gioia will have items for sale at Yuletide and the Opera Night. And Mark November and December Festa Gioia on your calendars please.

Enjoy this Festa Gioia slideshow! Click on the picture to begin!

Christmas Wreath

We welcome you to make an appointment and come by any time it is convenient during this next few months. Call 408.640.6628 for your appointment.
(see calendar below)




Valentina Fashion Consultant Class “Making Friends with Your Closet.”
Date: Nov. 13 (Sunday)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Gioia, 16395 Roseleaf Court, L.G.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/become-friend-with-your-closet-and-your-body-tickets-28674216353

Santa Clara University Catala Club
Date: November 16 (Wednesday).
Wonderful group of women raising funds for college scholarships
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/scu.catala

Christmas treeVilla Montalvo Yuletide Marketplace Artisan Shopping Experience
Date: Nov. 18 - 19 (Friday & Saturday)
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. no charge for entrance
Location: Villa Montalvo Saratoga
Gioia will be part of the Marketplace Vendors
No charge for entrance

Date: Nov. 26 - 27 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: noon to 6 p.m.
Location: Gioia, 16395 Roseleaf Court, LG
RSVP: Kathy 408-640-6628


Valle Monte League Christmas Tree Elegance
Raising Funds for Charity
Date: Dec. 1 - 2 (Thursday & Friday)
More Information and tickets: http://www.vallemonte.org/events
Gioia is a donor of gifts and funds.

World of Italian Opera at Italian American Heritage Foundation 
Boutique, Dinner and Opera
Date: December 2 (Friday)
Time: 6:00 PM 
Location: 425 N. Fourth Street San Jose
RSVP at eventrsvp@iahfsj.org or call 408-293-7122
Gioia will be part of the boutique

maskGioia Buon Natale Festa
Date: Dec. 11 (Sunday)
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Location: Gioia, 16395 Roseleaf Court, L.G.
RSVP: Kathy 408-640-6628

Santa Clara University Catala Club
Date: December 14 (Wednesday).
Wonderful group of women raising funds for college scholarships
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/scu.catala

Italian American Heritage Foundation Buon Natale Regional Luncheon
Date: Thurs. Dec 15
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: 425 N. Fourth Street, San Jose
RSVP: eventrsvp@iahfsj.org or call 408-293-7122
Gioia will have a display for sale at the luncheon

Date: December 17 (Saturday)
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Bayside Performing Arts Center, San Mateo, California
Buy Tickets Now: 408-528-6308 or www.pasqualeesposito.com and mention Little Italy San Jose

They host many Italian Cultural Events each month:

Cooking classes, regional luncheons, cena fuori (dinner out at local Italian restaurants), language classes and the upcoming festival. Please join in and check out their website!
For more information: http://www.iahfsj.org/#!events/cfvg

The growing Little Italy San Jose Area in downtown San Jose near the Arena and Guadalupe Park
THEY INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE EFFORTS. Check out the projects and follow the news. http://www.littleitalysj.com/projects.html 

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
Or on Facebook

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
May 2017. (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

Sacramento Italian Cultural Society
Nov. 20-28, 2016
Florence, Siena, Lucca, Chainti Wine Region, Pisa, San Gimignano, Vinci and Volterra
Contact: italy@italiancenter.net, 916-482-5900
Click here for more info.

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.
Thanksgiving Tuscany Tour November 20 – 28, 2016.
Contact: italy@italiancenter.net, 916-482-5900

See you soon...

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A Glass of Wine, A Cup of Tea and Gioia Italian Art and Products, a formula for a relaxing evening!
Every gift personally wrapped, shipped and guaranteed.

Katherine Winkelman
Gioia Company LLC

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