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A Journey to the Heart of Italian Culture

My Visit to Convivio and Caffè Caritàzza

If you’ve ever dreamt of experiencing the enchanting world of Italian arts, culture, and heritage without leaving the heart of San Diego, look no further than Convivio. This vibrant community hub provides a diverse range of programming that showcases the very essence of Italy’s rich cultural tapestry. During my recent visit, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Cesarini, the Founder of Convivio and Italian Honorary Consul in San Diego, as well as his collaborator, Anna Tokie, at the delightful Caffè Caritàzza.

A Warm Welcome

From the moment I stepped through the doors of Convivio, I was greeted with a warm and genuine welcome. Tom and Anna’s enthusiasm for Italian culture was palpable, and their hospitality was second to none. It’s evident that they are not merely curators of this cultural treasure trove but passionate ambassadors of Italian heritage.

Cappuccino and Cookies with a Side of Italian Charm

My journey started at Caffè Caritàzza, a community-centric coffee bar that is truly one-of-a-kind in Little Italy. Tom and Anna treated me to a cup of cappuccino that was nothing short of perfection. As if that wasn’t enough, they also offered some delectable Italian cookies that melted in my mouth, leaving me craving for more. It was a delightful combination of flavors that set the tone for the rest of my visit.

Caffè Caritàzza: A Hidden Gem

Caffè Caritàzza, nestled within the Amici House Event, Heritage, and Visitor Center, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. The outdoor area, adorned with a charming bar, a petite stage for events, and tables filled with board games, is a serene retreat. It’s the perfect spot to savor your coffee, enjoy the sunshine, and even catch some live performances. Whether you’re looking for a quiet moment to relax or a lively gathering place for friends, Caffè Caritàzza offers it all.

Indoors, Caffè Caritàzza transforms into a little shop filled with historical pictures and beautiful artcrafts, allowing you to dive deeper into the heart of Italy’s cultural heritage. The walls speak of a rich history, and every piece of art or craft has a story to tell. It’s an immersive experience that truly brings Italy closer to you.

Thank You, Tom and Anna!

Tom and Anna
Tom and Anna

My visit to Convivio and Caffè Caritàzza was an unforgettable journey into the world of Italian culture. Tom and Anna, as my gracious hosts, made this experience truly exceptional. Their passion, knowledge, and dedication to sharing the beauty of Italian heritage left a lasting impression on me. I’m immensely grateful for their warm welcome and the memorable cappuccino and cookies they shared with me.

If you’re in San Diego and craving a taste of Italy’s arts, culture, and heritage, Convivio and Caffè Caritàzza should be at the top of your list.

This remarkable destination is a testament to the enduring allure of Italian sensibility, and the warm embrace of Tom and Anna will make your journey even more special. Discover Italy in the heart of San Diego—it’s an experience you won’t want to miss.


by Severino Ricci

Convivio & Caffè Caritàzza

250 West Date Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Ph. # +1 619 573 4140


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