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By Jackie Varriano Carla Leonardi, owner of Seattle's iconic Cafe Lago, is getting into the grocery business. When she heard that the short-lived Canal Street Market in her own Portage Bay neighborhood was closing, she decided to jump on the opportunity to expand her reach and fill a need in the community. Leonardi grew up in a grocery store and...

Like the Spanish siesta, afternoon naps in Italy are a beloved tradition — one that Rachel De Marte said her husband abides by with fervor.   Chef James De Marte picked up his affection for the so-called pisolino during his 10 years living as a chef in Italy. Now, he brings the essence of that experience to Pisolino Caffe, which opened in No...

Borracchini's Bakery was chosen as the bakery with the BEST CAKES by voters of Western Washington in the 2016 Best of Western Washington Contest. 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. Becau...

by Susan Stapleton and Agnes Poliquin Now that the weather is starting to cool down, there is nothing cozier than a bowl of pasta to warm you up. Not that winter weather is the only excuse to dig into a hearty bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, but it sure is comforting.   It shouldn't be surprising that the Las Vegas Valley is home to many I...

by Cliff Newell Lolly Pasotti has only been in Lake Oswego since late August, but the Italian exchange student already has a lot of fans.   "Even after a long, tiring flight from Italy, she greeted us with a big smile and a great attitude," says Ken Jensen, who heads up the Lake Oswego Rotary Club program that brought Lolly from Brescia, It...

By Jan HoganGrimaldi's Pizzeria in Boca Park, 750 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 7, boasts East Coast flavorings in its selections. When there's essentially one thing on the menu, it had better be good. Grimaldi's comes through with its Naples-born, thin-crust pizza, which Zagat has honored with Best Pizza awards more than once. The eatery has been a...

By Erin Owensby It was meant to be the "War to end all wars." As new lines were drawn and empires clashed across Europe, the United States stormed to the front lines in waves beginning in 1917. Casualties were staggering: 10 million dead or missing in action, more than 20 million more wounded in combat.   World War I marked the first t...

Tucked away in the back corner of a shopping center on Scottsdale Road, sits Guido's Chicago Meats and Deli — a place that also lies in the hearts and stomachs of the Chaparral High School students a few blocks away.   For 33 years, the Italian-style restaurant has curbed the hunger of its neighboring students, serving as a local hotspot for...

Little Lago, the neighborhood market and Italian deli spin-off of Montlake's popular Cafe Lago, has quietly opened. The project from Carla Leonardi replaces Ericka Burke's upscale mercantile Canal Market, which closed in February.   Little Lago's social media channels are calling this a "soft opening," which for all intents and purposes mean...

West Seattle is on one heck of a roll, with the recent openings of a number of exciting bars and restaurants — New Luck Toy, Ounces, Dumplings of Fury, and an A La Mode Pies expansion, to name a handful.   Add to the mix today's launch of Raccolto, the new venture from Vendemmia's Brian Clevenger. Take a look through the photos above — the t...

by Marco D'Angelo   If you have been in Las Vegas for any amount of time chances are you've eaten at Nora's Italian Cuisine. When I moved here eight years ago this was one of the first Italian restaurants I tried.   It is a family-owned operation that was started by Nora and Gino Mauro. The success has grown over the years. In fact, i...

Address: Downtown Summerlin, 10940 Rosemary Park Drive Phone: 702-259-6025 Status: Open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.   Maggiano's Little Italy doubles down on Las Vegas with a second location. The oversized 9,732-square-foot Downtown...