For an Italian-style meal, visit The Old Spaghetti Factory (0715 S.W. Bancroft St., Portland; 503-222-5375), successfully owned and operated by the Dussin family since 1969. Over the years, additional locations have opened all over America, but that never stopped them from creating quality food made from scratch onsite, using fresh ingredients when...

While New Yorkers continue to boast about their oh-so-special Italian restaurants, Portland has built itself a remarkably robust Italian food scene, from wood-fired pizzas to handmade pastas. Beyond the typical red sauce fare, Portland has captured the Italian dedication to exceptional ingredients, from local artisan polenta at the legendary Nostra...

Portland’s incoming Italian place is pretty different from others that opened this season: It has no dining room, no cart, no pasta or amaro, not even a garlic knot. Nella Panzanella is all about Italy’s bread-based salad, only available for delivery. The company, a brainchild of husband-wife team Jasper Smith (Bar Casa Vale) and Ella McCallion, wi...

Westside Italian Cultural group has been invited to join Amici Italian at their annual family picnic. Details: Mary S. Young Park, located at 19900 Willamette Drive in West Linn, OR. Includes the famous Bocce-on-the-Turf tournament on Saturday, July 21. The picnic begins at 11am, lunch is served at noon and bocce begins at 1:30pm. The club will pro...

There are legendary musicians still performing their craft after all these years, and then there is Frankie Valli. The ageless front man for the Four Seasons, born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio to an Italian-American family in Newark, New Jersey, is still belting out songs some 65 years after he began doing it professionally in the early 1950s. Th...

The misty, verdant gorges of the Pacific Northwest and the sunny hills of Tuscany are 5,600 miles apart, but on June 23 they'll be bridged by the voice of Andrea Bocelli. The Tuscan opera/pop crossover sensation will bring his wheat-cracked tenor to Portland in a program of beloved arias and heart-on-the-shirtsleeve Italian contemporary music, back...

Sarebbe un bel soggetto per un film la storia di Susan Johnson e Paul Henke, due turisti americani in visita ad Asti. Lei infermiera e membro del Consiglio cittadino, lui vigile del fuoco, entrambi dell’Oregon (USA), il cui viaggio in terra astigiana si è trasformato in qualcosa di indimenticabile. Domenica mattina, durante la visita al Battistero...

It’s official: After hosting a pair of friends and family dinners tonight and tomorrow, Johnny Nunn’s Corzetti will open to the general public this Friday, May 25th. The new Italian restaurant, courtesy of French restaurant Verdigris, will help bolster an already food-friendly corner on NE Prescott and 15th, which has long been home to Grain & Gris...

The Portland Opera hosted the opening night of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1851 opera Rigoletto at Keller Auditorium on Friday, May 4, which brought the house to its feet and left the audience wanting more. The plot of Rigoletto revolves around the womanizing Duke of Mantua and his court jester Rigoletto who cruelly mocks the victims of the Duke’s escapades w...

With Italian roots and childhood memories of his grandfather and family making wine in their basement, Giorgio Furioso purchased Juliard Vineyard in 2014 to start what he thought would be a small venture. This month Furioso Vineyards is releasing its first pinot noir, an event coupled with the opening of a new lounge-style wine tasting room on Ward...