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by Mattie John Bamman   Figlia Americana, the new Italian-American cafe serving breakfast and lunch, opens Friday, December 23, at 1100 SE Grand Ave. (inside the Rejuvenation lighting and hardware store). Figlia is the follow-up to Renata (The Oregonian's 2015 Restaurant of the Year), and owners Sandra and Nick Arnerich say they hadn't plann...

If you have walked down Ballard Avenue in the past few months, you've probably noticed that the pea-green freestanding house that didn't really fit in with the slick new restaurants and boutiques has been getting a paint job—among other things. "The Pioneer Houses"—in fact, two houses connected—were brought from the International District years ago...

It's always nice when customers leave a restaurant happy and even say thanks for a great meal. But what happened Friday night at Pietro's Pizza Kauai went beyond the usual show of appreciation for a pie done well. Maria Lopez, a professional opera singer on her honeymoon on Kauai, stood up after finishing dinner.   "I haven't had p...

Italian restaurant La Locanda Italiano will host a grand opening Dec. 27 in Old Town Scottsdale. La Locanda Ristorante Italiano offers an authentic Italian dining experience using the best local ingredients, shop served with flourish. The menu is simple, order with fresh original recipes from the northern regions of Italy. Pasta is fres...

Amanda Knox, the American student accused of murdering her British roommate in Italy in 2007, said on Friday that "common sense" told her not to return to Italy for a retrial due to begin on September 30."It's not a possibility," Knox said in an interview on NBC television's "Today" show. It is the first time she has said she will not go back to It...

by Nikki Artale   The San Gennaro Feast took place on Sept. 9-14, 2014 at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center to celebrate its 35th Annual Feast. It featured 80 Amusement rides, over 70 food booths that included pasta, calamari, calzones, clams, pizza, stuffed artichokes, Italian sausage, corn on the cob and lots more that I can't remember to l...

Molly Wizenberg is co-owner of the Delancey and Essex restaurants in Seattle, founder of the popular Orangette blog, author of A Homemade Life and Delancey, and host of the "Spilled Milk" podcast.   She took an afternoon out of her busy schedule to eat a rather unique 16-course lunch, hang with Italy's coolest and most famous chef, and repor...

The Salem Philharmonic Orchestra will begin its 2016 season a performance from soprano Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco and the Salem High School Orchestra at 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at Salem High School, 77 Wilson St. Maniscalco-Giovinco will perform a selection of opera arias by Puccini, Massenet and others. Maniscalco-Giovinco, an Italian-American soprano...

One culinary upside of living in a town full of expatriates is the cross-section of regional delicacies available in the Las Vegas Valley. But two of the northeast corridor's favorite sandwiches, the Newark Italian hot dog and Philadelphia roast pork, have proven fairly elusive — rarely attempted and almost never done properly. Fortunately for...

by Gerald M. Gay   As food truck options continue to grow in Tucson, one family is banking that bigger is better. Joseph Sotomayor and his father, Daniel Sotomayor, launched the Jozarelli's Italian Street Food truck earlier this month. They enlisted the Armenco Catering Truck and Hot Dog Cart Manufacturing Co. in Los Angeles to bui...

In celebration of its Silver Anniversary, Coverings is headed to the entertainment capital of the world for four days of tile, stone, and glittering lights.   From April 29 - May 2, 2014, the Las Vegas Convention Center will be the ultimate meeting ground for industry experts, architects and designers, and Ceramics of Italy is pleased to be...

In the summer of 2015, Gavin Wilkinson sat in a hotel lobby in Buenos Aires, sipping coffee as he listened to Lucas Melano talk energetically about the prospect of joining the Portland Timbers.   It was the first time that the Timbers general manager had met the young Argentine striker face-to-face, though he had seen Melano play in person a...