Roughly 700 keen Vespa and scooter enthusiasts gathered in beautiful Seattle, Washington, USA this year at the start of July for Amerivespa 2017, the US counterpart to Vespa World Days.  Not only was Amerivespa celebrated but also the 25th anniversary of the VCOA (Vespa Club of America). Amerivespa is the largest Vespa scooter rally in the USA with...

Maria Coassin is passionate about gelato. Not just its creamy texture, distinctive flavorings or even the specialty ingredients she imports from around the world: Madagascar vanilla, Sicilian pistachios, couverture chocolate from Tanzania.   Coassin loves the science of it. As the founder of Gelatiamo, Seattle’s first gelateria, Coassin revels in t...

Don’t be alarmed if you see 30 flashy Lamborghinis during your morning commute. It’s not a celebrity or the president. It’s just some people with big pockets and a luxury road trip ahead of them. Lamborghini’s Giro is an annual event where Lamborghini owners from around the country meet up for a massive road trip. This year, the trip will be a five...

The fifth annual Festivale Italiano will be Saturday and Italian food and games will be the highlight of festivities at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market during market hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The festival will feature a booth of the Italian American Club of Spokane, Order of Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2172. Professional sausage maker and retailer...

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...