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Yes, they did it again. The Lazzarone family, a longtime Reno clan, bested about 40 other cookers from around the West to win the pasta sauce contest at the 37th annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival, Sept. 6-7 in downtown Reno. This year marks the third win for the Lazzarones in the last five years. The family emerged as the top cooker in the 201...

Love Street Playhouse cooks up a gourmet event with family, faith and food in October with its production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” by Joe Di Pietro. The play centers around Nick, a single man from New Jersey, whose parents are retired and move to Florida. Every Sunday, he sees both sets of grandparents at dinner. Then, one day he...

Portland Opera is thrilled to begin the 2018/19 season with Verdi's La Traviata. A crown jewel of grand opera, La Traviata tells the story of the brilliant and beautiful Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry as she falls in love with Alfredo Germont. Haunted by her reputation and illness, Violetta navigates sexual politics and confronts societal expec...

If you’ve ever faced the dilemma of where to find good authentic Italian food in the Islands, you’re not alone. Insert Festa Italiana, and all of our pasta, pizza, wine and gelato dreams have come true. The second annual event brings a taste of Italy to Honolulu with a mix of authentic Italian food, drinks, performances and a showcase of European l...

Eldorado Great Italian Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Reno from Second to Fifth streets. Cost: Admission and entertainment are free. The food, of course, costs money. Sauce-tasting: For $5, you can get a four-compartment muffin tin to try sauces from more than 25 family sauce-makers. Entertainment: Music...

The Milford community is mourning the passing of John Filone, one of three brothers who purchased the Mount Haven Country Resort and turned it into a roaring success and a beloved local institution with help from their sister, Theresa. John died on Friday, Aug. 24, at 75. He leaves behind his wife, Lorraine Filone; sons Jeffrey Filone and his wife,...

On Saturday, September 22, Casa Italiana di Las Vegas, in collaboration with the West Charleston library, presented guest speaker Raffaele Di Martino, of Di Martino Law Group. Di Martino’s practice is focused on corporate, immigration and real estate management. He has been instrumental to many foreign companies and entrepreneurs in establishing or...

The Sicilian Butcher will soon be slicing up its popular Italian eats in the Southeast Valley. Scottsdale-based the Maggiore Group plans to open a second location of its north Phoenix concept in Chandler at the Viridian PrimeGate development. It will occupy a 4,600-square-foot space at 3151 W. Frye Road and is slated to open in December. The Sicili...

Tickets are now on sale for the Taste of Italy Gala to be held on Friday, Oct. 5, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Lincoln City The annual benefit dinner will start at 5 pm with a no-host wine bar, appetizers, live music and a silent auction. Guests will be served an Italian dinner, including salad, a lasagna, breadsticks and tiramisu. Gluten-fr...

Flagstaff City Council may be ready to declare Indigenous Peoples Day to occur on the second Monday of October, the same day as Columbus Day. A resolution to do so was originally brought up in 2015 by Councilmember Eva Putzova. But rather than passing a purely symbolic resolution, Council, pushed by indigenous members of the community, voted unanim...

Festa Italiana, Hawaii’s first-ever and only Italian festival, offers locals and visitors alike an opportunity to taste the many amazing flavors of Italy in one extraordinary evening. After a successful first year, where over 6,500 people were in attendance, the festival will return to Honolulu’s vibrant Kakaako District on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018....

The Italian Festival is Sept. 29-30 at Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, with music, dance, authentic foods, workshops and activities for everyone. This will be the 20th year for the popular festa Italiana Seattle. There will be a grape-stomping competition and pizza tossing, and a new event called Opera for Kids,...