The path to Third Avenue and Main Street has been anything but straight for a sculpture that will be installed there as a tribute to the community’s Italian heritage. “A Farmer’s Prayer” was unanimously accepted into the city’s public arts collection by the Walla Walla City Council on Wednesday. The bronze statue, created by Walla Walla Valley a...

The Italian Heritage Collection at the Dorothea and Henry H. Hood Local History Center, Citizens Library, Washington, is seeking the donation of program books from the Washington County Italian Heritage Festivals held in the 1980s in downtown Washington. The program books, about 70 pages in length, were given out free and included stories about loc...

Cassano’s Grocery is looking to move to a smaller location to keep its authentic feel and to move closer to what the restaurant originally was. The local grocery store has been a staple in Spokane for many years since its opening in the 1920s. It was a hub of Italian food and atmosphere for everyone in the area. Cassano’s Grocery is located at 2002...

The place that's a Seattle birthday tradition is having a big one of their own this year. "This is our 95th year in business.  I have worked in this building since I was five years old. Because in the Italian family, everybody pitches in and works,” said Remo Borracchini, owner of the bakery that bears his family name. According to Borracchini - wh...

While it may sound crazy, Americans are notorious for not using their vacation days. But instead of proving tireless dedication to our employers, it often leaves workers frustrated and frazzled. Sometimes we fear leaving inboxes unattended, sometimes it’s sticker shock for that dream cruise, trip, or theme park. But no matter the reason, working wi...

His restaurant Arista might be closed forever, but Chef Ben Herreid cooks on. Herreid closed his downtown Puyallup restaurant in April, which followed a short closure five months earlier, but this last time was for good. Two local business owners had been looking at opening a restaurant in the former Arista space, with plans to hire Herreid as chef...

Seattle native Elizabeth Weitz fell in love with Italian culture while working as an au pair in Bari, a major port city in southern Italy, from 2014 to 2015. No place is perfect, however, and when she returned to Seattle, Weitz thought about how she could find a way to spend more time in Italy while addressing a few of her concerns. The result? Put...

Consistency plays a key role in Casa Mia’s success with menu items still centered around original recipes from the first restaurant’s opening in 1952. What started as a storefront restaurant in Hoquiam, Washington, turned into seven restaurants across the state; an Italian blessing was brought to the Tri-Cities in 1993 when Dave and Glenda Brazell...

Emma Smith has been living and working as an intern at the UW Rome Center since last summer. She will continue her journey in Italy in the fall as an intern with the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Department at the U.S Embassy in Rome. Below Emma reflects on the year she has spent abroad, and gives advice about balancing your personal...

The Vespa Club of America is very pleased to announce a huge scooter auction happening at the end of our national scooter rally Amerivespa Seattle July 6-9. One of our long time members and supporters is auctioning off their huge collection of mostly Vespas, both new and old, Lambrettas and a lot of funky other bikes. Many desirable bikes in this n...