Continuing our journey through the United States, we arrive in the northern part of the West Coast, in Washington State. We are a long way from Italy, but here too there are stories from the past, present and even the future that represent our country in its relationship with America. We talk about this with Elisabetta Valentini, Honorary Consul of...

Sonia Lewelling had me at hello. Her infectious smile said it all as she grasped my hand to greet me. My husband Ed and I had driven over from Helena to dine at her Italian restaurant in Butte, La Casa Toscana. I instinctively knew we were in for some delicious Italian fare. Sonia was born in Texas, but when her dad was deployed to Vietnam, her mom...

Ciao from Rome! As every January, the yearbook of We the Italians is available with the 24 interviews of the past year, both in Italian and English. This is our eighth book: one in English, one in Italian, and six yearbooks like this one, in two languages. Dear friends, I am writing this editorial in the days when the Italian Parliament elects the...

The Cristoforo Columbo Fellowship is gifted to graduate students, faculty, and/or independent scholars pursuing research on Italian people and their communities of Butte, Montana. Fellowship awards of $500 -$3,000 s. Award funds are to be used for research support, including travel and lodging expenses, but not as salary. Awards are to be used for...

My go-to entree at Lucca’s, located on Helena’s downtown walking mall, is always the veal scallopini. I intend to try other dishes, but I always fall back on the veal when push comes to shove. It’s scrumptious and more than filling! When you have the same executive chef at Lucca’s for 14 years, that being Mike Hyyppa, you can expect consistency in...

For Sofia Bertei, the only home she has known until just a few months ago, was in Genoa, Italy. But Sofia wanted to be a foreign exchange student and that meant leaving home in Italy for a year. “I decided to be a foreign exchange student because I’ve always been curious about other cultures and also because I think the experience is going to make...

In honor of the 21st annual Week of the Italian Language in the World, Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles & San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles & San Francisco, would like to invite K-12 students to participate in a poetry contest that will showcase their creativity and...

Libby’s menu expanded last week when Dorio’s, an Italian restaurant with an old-school, home-style flair, marked its soft opening. Chef Johnny Coiro Jr., who launched the California Avenue eatery, said he aims to deliver fine Sicilian dining to southern Lincoln County. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Coiro draws on more than 10 years of experience in...

Siblings Emily and Michael Annandono have both worked in restaurants since they were 15. In 2006, they became the owners of a restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio’s Little Italy neighborhood called Michaelangelo’s Ristorante. On March 2, 2016, they opened a restaurant of that same name in Big Sky, Montana.  Michael originally discovered Big Sky when he ve...

Billings MT- Join Principal flutist Tyler Menzales as he leads the BSOC strings through Bach’s series of courtly dances, culminating in the highly spirited Badinerie. Montana soloist Carrie Krause brings her “supreme virtuosity and flair” to Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons. The live stream only performance begins at 7:30 PM on Saturday, January 23,...