By John Gottberg Anderson The only thing that really disappoints me about the new Pasta House Bar & Grill, in the Bend Factory Stores on S. U.S. Highway 97, is its lack of fresh pastas. The restaurant doesn't make its own pastas, and there are too few varieties of what it offers.   Beyond that — and partners Chip Simmons and Karen Davis...

by Tonya Russo Hamilton   "Whatever satisfies the soul is truth." This quote by Walt Whitman embodies the mission of Taste of Italy, a company that offers culinary tours of Tuscany. Astrid Ensign, founder and owner, states, "Taste of Italy is more than a culinary tour - it is a carefully chosen palette of unique adventures designed to enchan...

"I have an obsession with marble," Kevin Chambers, the former Chefstable operations manager, says. In May, Chambers, with culinary guidance from friend and former Bluehour chef Thomas Boyce, will be opening Marmo, a refined, casual Italian deli in downtown Portland.   Italian for marble, Marmo has been a dream in the running for Chamber...

by Samantha Bakall   The transformation of downtown Portland's formerly decrepit west end into a bustling shopping and dining district seems to be creeping south. Marmo Deli and Bar, which took over a former Big Town Hero a block from Central Library, implies it has made it to Southwest Morrison Street.   The new cafe, owned by a form...

by Tonya Russo Hamilton   Bill and Carol Sansone started LivingItalian in 2012, intent on sharing their years of experience living, working, and traveling independently throughout Italy.   Almost 40 years ago, they decided to explore the regional cultures, traditions, food and history of southern Italy where all of their grandparents...

By Kim Himstreet   Portland Opera's 50th anniversary season will conclude on Saturday Aug. 1 with a celebration featuring a street fair and free outdoor simulcast of their final production of Gaetano Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." While opera and a street fair might seem like an unusual pairing, Portland Opera ties it all together wi...

Who: The Italian Business Club Foundation (IBC)- A local nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating Italian culture! What: Italian Marketplace ~ Italian Food, gelato, olive oil, wine, music & entertainment, games, art, activities for the entire family!   Where: Beautiful Cannery Square "Piazza" in Old Tow...

by Tonya Russo Hamilton "Se avete due pani, vendetene uno e comprate un fiore, perché anche l'anima ha fame." If one has two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a flower, for the soul also has hunger. This Italian proverb spoken by Cindy Felice's mother throughout her life signifies her journey from childhood arts appreciation to becoming...

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...