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By John M. Glionna It was a Thursday night and the place was packed: the Italian American Social Club was saying goodbye to one of its own.   Singer Mark Giovi was leaving town, and the dress-for-success crowd sipped martinis and watched him work the room with the verve of a Rat Pack member. Just like the old days.   Read more &nbs...

By Moira Macdonald   Ideally, one would travel to Portland Art Museum's new exhibit "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945" on the back of a Vespa motor scooter piloted by Gregory Peck. But Amtrak works just fine, too.   The exhibit, featuring dozens of elegant garments from the likes of Valentino, Prada, Armani and Pucci (who, it turns o...

By Samantha Bakall After more than seven months of waiting and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Burrasca, the rustic Tuscan food cart from Florentine native Paolo Calamai, and one of The Oregonian's top 10 of 2014, will open July 14 in the former Block's Cafe space in Southeast Portland.   Burrasca 2.0 will continue serving menu favorites...

by Ronald Holden   What's up here? A liquor license application from an outfit named Aglio e Olio (2743 E. Madison St.) lists Luigi DeNunzio as one of the applicants. He's well-known in the Italian-American restaurant community, with two Pioneer Square restaurants to his name (Al Boccalino and Che Sara Sara), plus Cafe Bengodi, recently relo...

by Darin Moriki   Moncler, an Italian outdoor lifestyle retailer with French roots, may be opening a second Hawaii store in Honolulu's Ala Moana Center, which is set to unveil close to 40 retailers in its new Ewa Wing expansion project within the next two weeks. Architect Giancarlo Teglia of Venice, Italy, on behalf of Moncler USA Retail, L...

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...

For 33 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival.   The festival, held each year over Columbus Day weekend, is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions. This year, the event will be held October 11-12. Not sure if you can make it? Here are seven...

I'm visiting the Italian community in Portland. There are around 900 Italian citizens in this North-Western state, while many more are the Americans of Italian descent. Honorary Consul Andrea Bartoloni is their active point of reference.Italians here are mainly professionals working in the apparel and hi-tech industry, as well as in Universities an...

Seattle's celebration of all things Italian returns to Seattle Center, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, in Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion.   Seattle Center Festál: Festa Italiana Seattle, now in its 27th year, offers free live performances, arts, foods and food...

by Rita Cipalla   On a quiet street not far from downtown Seattle, tucked between overgrown fields and train tracks, are several drab-brown buildings with white roll-up doors. Their nondescript location belies the fact that some of the world's most revolutionary research in automotive materials is going on inside. The Automobili Lamborghini...

By Randall Hauk   For months, people have been asking what's going on at the former La Romanza Bistro site at 4521 California SW in The Junction – especially once mosaic tile started to cover the facade.   Finally a sign went up. And then, Pellegrini Italian Market opened for business quietly during the recent West Seattle Summer Fest...