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Celebrated chef and restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore launched his first restaurant in the Valley in 1977. Four decades later, he opened his latest venture, Tomaso’s When in Rome. The new 5,000-square-foot restaurant is on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak roads in north Scottsdale. It's the first spinoff of Tomaso’s Italian Restauran...

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...

To drill down to the secret of Tony Caputo’s success as a food purveyor extraordinaire, go back more than 30 years to a time when he was working for his old high school friend Sam Granato at Granato’s importing business. Tony was in his early 30s, raising two young sons, Matt and Peter, with his wife, Mary, while slicing salami and working the deli...

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...

Summer arrives at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens with First Italian-inspired display on June 12. The summer display by designer Ed Libby and the Bellagio Horticulture team brings the island of Capri to the Las Vegas Strip. Featuring a rugged landscape with multicolored villas high above a cove-studded coastline, 16-foot stone archways,...

Hive Modern in Portland's Pearl District hosted a VIP open house with Patrizia Moroso on June 1. The intimate event was well attended by the city's creative community. In addition to key furniture Morosopieces, the catered Italian menu and flowing Prosecco added to the ambience. Patrizia Moroso's warm and outgoing personality invited conversation w...

Festa Italiana returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square, " Portland's Piazza" August 24-26, 11am to 11pm. Get ready for nonstop Italian! Italian Food, Entertainment, Vendors, Opera and 2 Wine/Beer Gardens For Entertainment we will feature two large bands. Ray Massa's EuroRhythms, from Dublin Ohio is an Italian American show band that will have you on y...

You know “Rigoletto.” But you might not know you know it. If you’ve ever watched “The Simpsons” or “Seinfeld,” if you’ve ever caught a Doritos Super Bowl ad, if you’ve ever played the “Grand Theft Auto” video game, chances are you’ve heard Giuseppe Verdi’s jaunty, insanely catchy “La donna e mobile.” But it’s far from “Rigoletto’s” only memorable m...

This week I went to the Strip and visited one of my favorite celebrity restaurants, Buddy V’s Ristorante located inside the Venetian Las Vegas. Buddy Valastro of TLC’s TV show “Cake Boss” has brought his Italian flair for food from New Jersey to Las Vegas. I have been a big fan of the restaurant since it opened but now that I have discovered the We...

Arizona restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore is unveiling a new concept in North Scottsdale. The new restaurant, called Tomaso's When in Rome, will open Wednesday, June 14, in a 5,000-square-foot space at 23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 120 at The Pinnacle of Scottsdale center. The concept, which representatives are calling the "first derivative of the ori...