Our presenter next Wednesday February 28 will be Cecilia Strettoi from the University of Washington.   Cecilia will first outline some crucial events of Italian history during WWII – specifically the events that led to the civil war and to the Partisan Resistance. Secondly, she will explain how the war experience has motivated some authors to write...

As someone who used to live outside a small town in central Italy (and makes an annual pilgrimage back), I don’t think we can have enough reputable Italian restaurants in Seattle. But hitting the gelato-sweet spot that good Italian hits is tougher than an over-cooked Bistecca Fiorentina. Too many places either focus on overwhelming by pure weight o...

From Theodore Roosevelt to Elvis Presley, from William Howard Taft to Babe Ruth, guests who stayed in the New Washington Hotel in downtown Seattle ranged from presidents to sports stars to music idols. This once-elegant 14-story building on the corner of Second Avenue and Stewart Street, built in 1908, was the city’s premier hotel for decades. It h...

L’Italian connection di Amazon sopravvive all’addio (pro-tempore) di Diego Piacentini. L’ex- responsabile di tutte le attività internazionali nel retail del colosso di Jeff Bezos è stato ceduto in prestito al governo italiano come responsabile per la trasformazione digitale della pubblica amministrazione. A tener alto il tricolore a Seattle ci pens...

Most of you reading this column are a lot like me when it comes to our wines. We are always in search of something new and interesting, something not found everywhere, a wine that that is food friendly yet can be sipped on its own, cool story and cool label. Here are a few notes that fit all the criteria listed above. The 2016 Casasmith Cervo Barbe...

Seattle’s Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room appears to be as popular as ever. It is vast: Fifteen thousand square feet, with a capacity of 497, and what seems like at least that number of patrons swarming throughout the premises on even Seattle’s dreariest winter day. They drink coffee — espresso, pour-over, cold-brew, more. They take selfi...

When we think about the Italian superior quality in how to educate our children, a world well known excellence is the Reggio Emilia Approach. Launched after the war by Prof. Loris Malaguzzi, it has slowly but constantly carved out an ever-increasing and appreciated space, in a field as important and delicate as that of primary education. The US has...

When Jason Prefontaine was growing up in Canada, he and his brothers would help their father fill orders for the family business, which supplied instant coffee, tea, and soups to offices in Alberta's financial and oil center, Calgary. Later, with a degree in computer programming and a flair for photography, he turned to a very different venture: se...

The Capitol Hill Italian restaurant Spinasse has been named one of the top 100 best restaurants in the U.S. in 2017, according to the restaurant reservation service OpenTable. Spinasse, which serves handmade pasta and Northern Italian dishes, is the only restaurant from Washington on the list.  OpenTable creates its annual 100-best list by analyzin...

The most important Italian emigrant to the US, a marvelous person who spent her whole life helping their fellow Italians and not only them, and then acquired the American citizenship later becoming the first American saint ever: we're talking about Francesca Xavier Cabrini, the Patron Saint of Immigrants and Hospital Administrators. After being fun...