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by Annachiara Sacchi Annusare: «Sente l'aroma? Al cento per cento naturale». Toccare: «Avverte la morbidezza del siero sul viso? Merito del nostro centro ricerche che collabora con l'Università di Ferrara». Guardare: «La confezione rispecchia il nostro stile. Italianissimo».   Gabriel Balestra espone al pubblico di Cosmoprof North America,...

by James Patrick Kelly   Gino Vuolo didn't have to look into a crystal ball six years ago when he moved his popular Italian restaurant from Downtown Boise. He knew Meridian was becoming Idaho's fastest growing city and wanted to situate his eatery, Gino's Italian Ristorante, smack dab in the center of the suburban sprawl.  ...

Something about the desert, that vast expanse of nothingness, leads to Utopian thoughts. Here is where you can take a stand. Here is where you can make things right, correct society's ills and begin again with a blank slate. Here, you can create.   The problem is, in much of Arizona, the desert isn't deserted anymore. Sprawl has leached out...

by Andy Wang   New York's Carbone is a spectacular, surreal restaurant, a place you could imagine being in Tom Wolfe's next novel. It's the type of establishment that could be derided as an example of extravagance gone mad, but it's so damn good and fun that you just have to give in to the experience.   If you can afford it, that is.&...

There was a line in last weekend's "Bend Follies" at the Tower Theatre that went something like this: "Bad Italian in Bend? You don't need a fortune teller to predict that!"   I won't come right out and tell you the Italian food in Central Oregon is invariably bad. But I will say, with the notable exception of the intimate Trattoria Sbandati...

Dear ISSNAF members and friends, I am pleased to announce a rose of fantastic speakers for our upcoming 2013 ISSNAF summer meeting, that will take place in the Harborview Medical Center (HMC) Auditorium (300 9th Ave, 98104, Seattle) on Thursday August 29th 2013.   Our first speaker, the celebrated Italian writer Sergio Campailla will introd...

by Susan Stapleton   Italian-based fashion house Paul & Shark debuted its first Las Vegas boutique inside the Forum Shops at Caesars. Founded in 1975 by the Dini family and synonymous with Italian elegance and style, Paul & Shark offers a comprehensive range of sportswear, smart casual and luxury clothing designed to meet both profes...

by Derek Shuck   After serving the Tacoma area from its Jefferson Street location for more than four decades, the Old Spaghetti Factory will be moving to a new location on Friday, Jan. 22, right down the road to 1250 Pacific Ave. "It's a newer building, newer infrastructure. We're closer in proximity to some downtown employers. Were going t...

Las Vegas is a melting pot of cuisines, offering an opportunity to try unfamiliar and unexpected new flavors. And while culinary exploration can be intriguing, sometimes you just want a meal, which reminds you of home. So look no further than Grotto at Golden Nugget, where, even if you're not Italian, you can imagine your Sicilian nonna churning ou...

By Heidi Knapp Rinella With so many Italian restaurants in Las Vegas — as is the case with most American metropolitan areas, Italian being one of the most popular restaurant genres nationally — when I review one, I look for something that makes it stand out from the crowd.   When that was Buon Gusto in 2011, I wrote that I thought the main...

Fifty years ago, in a small village in Southern Italy, there lived a taciturn family man with the nickname "Mbrascatu"—"Dirty Face." To this day, when Andrea Algieri returns to his home village of Luzzi in Calabria, most people don't remember who he is until he reluctantly shares the nickname of his grandfather: "Oh! Mbrascatu! Andrea Mbrascatu!"...

Yes, his proper title is a mouthful. But "Executive Director of Mixology & Spirits Education" doesn't communicate the impact Lafranconi has had on the local beverage scene since he left Venice, Italy, in early 2000.   He did so at the invitation of Southern Wine & Spirits boss Larry Ruvo, who wanted Lafranconi to develop an education...