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By Leora Y. BloomIN A CITY where it's increasingly difficult to keep up with the list of restaurant openings and closings, what keeps a Seattle institution such as Capitol Hill's Ristorante Machiavelli popular for so long?   Linda McElroy, who opened Machiavelli in 1988 with her husband, Tom, says the key to the restaurant's success has been...

By Michael Russell   "Renata is a dream," Sandra Arnerich says of the deceptively simple, deliriously ambitious Italian restaurant that she and husband Nick opened in May. That dream is what caused them to leave high-profile restaurant jobs in San Francisco, uproot their growing family and fly north to Nick's hometown of Portland. &nbs...

The Paulist Fathers, who have staffed St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland since its founding in 1912, will withdraw from the parish this summer, effective June 30. Care of the parish will go to archdiocesan priests. Paulist Father James Kolb will continue as pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish. The Portland Paulist Associates wi...

Not every neighborhood Italian restaurant can claim a world-class musician as its owner — but Giuseppe's on 28th in Central Phoenix can. For nine years, owner Richard Bock was the principal cellist for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra in Italy.   And if that's not impressive enough, he played with the Phoenix Symphony for 24 seasons,...

Trendy restaurant concepts and Portland go together like waxed mustaches and designer flannel, but Casa Mia isn't biting. This little Italian eatery serves breakfast, lunch—yes, there are restaurants open for lunch on Division—and dinner seven days a week in the former Detour coffee shop venue at 3035 SE Division St.   Opening last week, Cas...

October is Italian-American Heritage Month in the State of Utah, and the Office of the Mayor in partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Library is pleased to celebrate and showcase 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in our Capital City.   At 7pm every Tuesday in October, the public is invited to visit the City Library to learn more about...

Las Vegas has a habit of reinventing itself time and again to toss out the old and bring in the flashy and new. For the Bellagio, that means a new Italian restaurant from Julian Serrano, the Michelin-starred chef who already serves French fare at the resort's Picasso and tapas at Aria.   Serrano opens Lago, his spin on small plates with a Mi...

By John Gottberg Anderson    Diners who love Italian food have two restaurant choices in Bend's Old Mill District. Pastini Pastaria and Flatbread Community Oven stand side-by-side next to the Deschutes River on the north side of the shopping-and-entertainment district.   But I'm not a big fan of either one. Others may applaud the...

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, endowed by Nature with a perfect climate and ravishing beauty, the islands of the State of Hawaii are for many the symbol of the ultimate getaway, the vestiges of an earthly paradise. 11,000 Italians visited the State last year.   What not so many know is that this community of 1,5 million people of differ...

by Michael Russell   The new Sicilian restaurant coming to the former Fratelli space in Portland's Pearl District is set to open next week. Bellino Trattoria Siciliana comes from chef-owner Francesco Inguaggiato, a Sicilian native who owns two other Italian restaurants in Texas.   The highlights assaggini, or Sicilian tapas, such...

By Heidi Knapp Rinella   Karen Ericson inquired about local Italian bakeries that sell fresh pastries, especially cannoli, and as usual, her fellow Taste of the Town readers came through. Marlene Drozd recommended Montesano's Italian Eateria at 9905 S. Eastern Ave., which she said not only sells cannoli but also fills the shells when...

by Robert Pela   My Italian is lousy, but I know a lot of the swear words, so when I spotted cazzone as one of the specials of the day at Forno 301, my new favorite restaurant, I laughed. Cazzone means "big dick," not as in "giant penis," but more like "you're an idiot." Forno 301, on the other hand, is very smart.   The menu is...