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Mangia Italiano! Hilarity, delicious dishes and two over-the-top plus-size Italian sisters from Brooklyn, stars of their very own fictional cable television show, take audiences on a tour-de-force of Italian songs and cuisine as they sing ("Volare," "Botcha – Me" and much more), dance, joke and laugh through a very special cooking lesson in "C...

by Kelsey Thomas   Imagine serving more than a thousand turkey dinners in just a few hours. The family that owns Piero's Italian Cuisine did just that to make sure families in need got a Thanksgiving dinner to remember. Volunteers served up more than 300 pounds of turkey and 250 pounds of potatoes. It's all part of a tradition that's be...

By James Bartlett After more than a decade at Via Veneto in Santa Monica, Fabrizio Bianconi has come to Beverly Grove and put down his own roots on Third Street with an eponymous restaurant.   The large space is split into separate rooms with different styles and tones. There's the casual sofa lounge, which rests under rough brick arches an...

When Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli burst onto the scene in the '90s, hearts swooned to his arias and love songs. "Con Te Partiro," later recorded as a duet with soprano Sarah Brightman titled "Time to Say Goodbye," became a global hit shortly after its 1996 release.   That year the single was added to Bocelli's compilation album Romanza, whic...

By Mike Prager The Manito United Methodist Church on South Grand Boulevard looks a little bit like the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, and the resemblance is intentional.   Designed by renowned Spokane architect Kirtland Cutter as a replica of the Basilica in Assisi, the Manito church is being being recognized through a nomination...

When Jeffrey, "Cheffrey" Wilson, owner of Capitol Hill's Americana, was searching for a second location, he wasn't expecting to fall for an Italian restaurant in Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood. But once he visited 9400 Roosevelt Way, Wilson was inspired to give his classic American comfort food menu an Italian twist, and called his new restauran...

By Ronald Holden One of the things that's always impressed me about Seattle is the ease with which we can find people in unexpected positions. Thank our melting pot of cultures and traditions. For example, a woman born in Burma serving as a restaurant hostess isn't surprising in and of itself — but she's at the door of an Italian restaur...

by Kerry-Lynne Demarinis Brown   Are you looking for a relaxing way to unwind at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend? Come to Enzo's Caffè Italiano on Sunday at 5:00pm, order a glass of wine and listen to the soothing sounds of Pina di Rosa and her musical partner, Tim Uecker, as they present the best of traditional and contemporary...

Luca Cazzanti says his wife calls him an "International Man of Science." The "international" part comes from having moved back and forth between Italy and the United States a number of times, plus his many travels and his job at NATO. The "science" part comes from working in research and development, both in academia and industry.   We're go...

By Cathalena E. Burch A protégé of pizza maker Chris Bianco is opening his own pizzeria in Tucson's downtown warehouse district. Scott Girod hopes to open Monello — Italian for "brat" or "street urchin" — by late December or early January, once he finishes renovations to the former gallery space at 222 E. Sixth St. Work includes knocking down...

By Rebecca Scott Italian restaurants are all about atmosphere. Deep, rich paint on the walls, wood-grain tables, the sound of wine glasses clinking and intimate chatter. The world falls away while you share a meal with family or friends.   That warm, engaging mood is alive and well at Cicily's Pastaria & Grill in Medford. My mom an...

The newest dining concept at Wynn Las Vegas opened just a year ago with a dramatic change with the chef, tweaks to the menu and a new name. Costa di Mare took over Paul Bartolotta's Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare and installed long-time Wynn chef Mark LoRusso in as the executive chef. The changeover last year was abrupt, but now LoRusso and his gene...