The Italian American Bar Association of San Diego
Cordially invites you
To our first Dinner Gathering April 25

Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant
2061 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Join us beginning at 5:30 to greet friends old and new; discuss upcoming IABASD events, Board and Committee positions; hear a great speaker; and eat some good food.

La Località (The Venue)

First established in downtown San Diego in 1956, Mona Lisa is a landmark Italian restaurant and deli. Before or after the meeting you might enjoy perusing the deli, where you’ll find specialty Italian groceries and other nostalgic items from the Old Country.

Cibo e Vino (Food and Wine) 6:00

Dinner includes antipasti, house-made garlic bread, lasagna with Italian sausage, chicken parmigiana, angel hair pomodoro with shrimp, pesto alla Genovese with chicken, traditional desserts, and of course, the required glass of Chianti. Additional beverages will be available at the no-host bar.

La Chiacchierata (The Chat) 6:45 – 7:15

Enjoy an entertaining talk about acquiring Italian citizenship, presented by the very spirited Avvocato Roberto Ruocco. Born in Napoli, Signore Ruocco has been registered at the Bar of Naples since 1985, was a Colonel of the Italian Air Force (R) until 2003, and served as the Vice Consul of Italy in San Diego from 2007 to 2017.

Dai, vuoi venire, no? (Come on, you want to join us, right?)

Please RSVP to Christine De Santis at
By Friday, April 14, 2017

$40 per person for members; $45 for guests
*Please note that for planning purposes, payment in advance is required

Payment may be made via PayPal on, or
Via check payable to IABASD, mailed to IABASD, 1620 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, SD, CA 92101

Lest you think this will be a boring event, look at how much fun we had at our last gathering. That’s our guest speaker Avv. Roberto Ruocco, on the right, with Avv. Paolo Calabrese, at the January 2017 kick-off event.

Any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Board Members:

Fausta Albi

Christine De Santis

Gino Serpe

The fledgling Italian American Bar Association of San Diego
Is spreading its wings and is ready to fly.
We’d love it if you would join us!

Kick-Off Social Hour
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack
401 West A Street, Suite 2600, San Diego, CA 92101-7910

Please join us for antipasti, beer and wine, as you meet old friends and make new ones, while learning about the goals and plans of the IABASD.
Please RSVP to Christine De Santis at by Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Cost: $35 per person in advance. Please submit payment via PayPal

or $40 at the door via cash or check payable to IABASD. Unfortunately we will not be able to accept payment by credit card at the door.

Mille grazie to our host Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP
For providing the venue and sponsoring the beer and wine.
And a very special thank you to Higgs’ Executive Director Henry Angelino for volunteering to bartend for the event.
The IABASD sincerely appreciates their graciousness and generosity.


On the back patio of Isola Pizza Bar

Located in Little Italy at 1562 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
A wide selection of appetizers and beer/wine are available for purchase from the happy hour menu

Members and friends are welcome


my nonna’s name was isola, a wonderful cook who gave me a passion for food and fresh, simple ingredients.

I have vivid memories of my grandmother turning plain bread into amazing desserts, simple apples into incredible fritters sprinkled with a little sugar and honey, and even treating my sunburns with olive oil. Thirty years later, I still savor every meal and moment.

Isola is proud to serve the finest local ingredients, dalla vite, from the vine. I hope you enjoy every bite, plucked from my family tree for your table. Buon appetito!

– massimo tenino

Daral Mazzarella
Fausta Albi
Christine De Santis
Gino Serpe

Daral Mazzarella
Fausta Albi
Christine De Santis
Gino Serpe