The long-running Italian celebration event known as Festa Italiana is now happening at Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood instead of Pioneer Square.  COVID-19 restrictions have forced organizers to take the event out of the Italian-feeling parquet square we call Portland’s Living Room, and stage it in an area with a little more elbow room. The traditi...

Ciao, amore, ciao. In 2015, the closure of Martinottis’, an ancient downtown fixture, meant saying goodbye to one of the city’s few Italian markets. The popularity of Italian restaurants waned, too, says Adam Berger, whose restaurant Tabla shuttered in 2016 after a 14-year run. “There were a ton of Italian restaurants, and then that all died for ye...

An authentic taste of Italy is available only a block from the University of Oregon campus. Beppe and Gianni’s Trattoria has been a staple for fresh, handmade Italian food since its opening in 1998. The restaurant is owned by Beppe Machi and John “Gianni” Barofsky, who have now worked together for more than 20 years. The pair also own La Perla Pizz...

James Faurentino opened Pizza a’fetta in Cannon Beach on Aug. 22, 1988 at 11:45 a.m. He was the only one behind the counter. When he saw a line outside the front door, he yelled, “Mom!” for some help. The family-driven pizza spot has been in business ever since. This past summer, a second Pizza a’fetta location was opened in Seaside. Faurentino was...

It's a Virtual Party!! December 1, 2020, 7:00 pm PT. Please register for this event to receive the event link prior to the event: REGISTRATION. Join us for our yearly Christmas party. Unfortunately, we won't be gathering together in person but that's not stopping us from enjoying beautiful Italian Christmas music sung by Pina. Even if you are growi...

November 10, 2020. 8:00 pm pacific time. Zoom Meeting. Please REGISTER HERE for this event to receive the Zoom link prior to the event. This is a very exceptional presentation to swing into the Italian Christmas mood and start putting the tragedies of 2020 behind. Thanks to Antimo Cimino who will be the moderator of the upcoming meeting, we will he...

McMenamins Kennedy School in NE Portland is home to local beers, music and mementos of the school’s colorful history. The building was renovated by the chain in the ‘90s and now serves as a lively neighborhood hub; however, if you take a walk through its hallways, you will be transported back to the early 1900s — childhood shenanigans and all. The...

My family started arriving in Portland from southern Italy in 1951, and established roots in the southeast area of the city. My Italian family felt that aside from the sunny weather they were used to south of Naples, the terrain and the things they enjoyed doing (gardening, fishing, mushroom hunting for porcini, & making wine) were just as vibrant...

That weekend bucket-list flight to New Orleans for a muffuletta fix at the famed Central Grocery is on hold indefinitely. An alternative: Sebastiano’s, a self-described Sicilian-inspired deli “through a Pacific Northwest lens,” which opened in the Montavilla neighborhood on June 2, serving muffulettas with hand-stretched mozzarella on house-made fe...

“I’ve got my game face on trying to run this restaurant,” says Kiauna Floyd, owner of Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant on NE Fremont. A business-threatening pandemic coupled with mass protests has Floyd, a Black business owner, mentally and physically exhausted. But for the former collegiate athlete, wife, and mother of two, defeat is not an option. Flo...