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...

One of the oldest restaurants in Cheney, Lenny’s has served traditional Italian cuisine for over 20 years. The restaurant’s menu is massive, with over 50 entrées alone. Entrées range from pastas and eggplant parmesan to stuffed cod. According to owner and chef John Maticchio, the large menu is intentional. “The menu is big, but I give lots of choic...

Anna Vogel of Spokane’s Italia Trattoria is a semifinalist for a prestigious James Beard Award. Semifinalists were announced Thursday. Vogel is one of 20 semifinalists for best chef in the region that includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. She’s the only chef from the Inland Northwest to be named a semifinalist. Most of th...

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...

Tacoma Musical Playhouse continues its 2017-18 season with “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” which functions as the playhouse’s romantic Valentine’s show, featuring a bounty of songs about love and romance. The cast of eight singer/actors are backed up by a live band on stage: Jeffrey Stvrtecky on piano, Jessie Kuras on string bass and...

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...

The Washington Market, built in 1911, was a clothing store before turning over to groceries around 1914. Typical of the era, space was leased to a mix of independent dealers selling meat, produce, dairy and other specialties, such as tea and coffee, or candy. Awnings were extended over outdoor stalls of fruits and vegetables on the sidewalks when t...

Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, an idealistic artist, and a sadistic police chief is the next The Met: Live in HD screening at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. The Met’s new production of the 1900 Italian opera, entitled “Tosca,” features sumptuous new staging, with soprano Sonya Yoncheva and tenor Vittorio Grigolo...