This April, the food world’s eyes will be on Portland, Oregon, when Bravo launches the 18th season of its hit show Top Chef. An exciting roster of guest judges and cheftestants will make appearances, including actors from the cult comedy series, Portlandia. Cathy Whims isn’t among them, though it’s not overstating it to say that Portland’s food sce...

We’re not shy about our fondness for the muffulettas and cannoli at Sebastiano’s, the Pacific Northwest-meets-Sicilian deli and bakery in Montavilla. Just a few short months after its opening in June 2020, we named Sebastiano’s one of Portland’s Best Restaurants in our Fall 2020 issue.  Now, Elise and Dan Gold, the duo behind Sebastiano’s, are gear...

Sat, February 27, 2021. 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CET. Organized by Portlad State University. Free event, register here. Italy, a country of emigrants, victims themselves of prejudices and discriminations in the past, faces its own ‘hidden’ legacy of colonialism and racial discriminations. Inspired by the the Black Lives Movement protests in Usa, black and...

Last Friday, my 20-year-old heater stopped working, under duress from a historic snowstorm that ripped through Portland. On Monday morning, I woke up shivering, confused as to why my electric space heater had shut off overnight—and then I realized my power was out. The power returned Tuesday evening, and I sent a triumphant text to my coworkers. “I...

March 2, 2021. 8:00 pm Pacific. Organized by Italian Portland. Please click here to register. A link will be sent the day before the event. REGISTRATION here. Travel to Italy not on your calendar yet? How would you like to tiptoe around the Civic and Archeological Museum of Manduria, in the South of Puglia? It's almost like being there! Join us as...

One of Portland's top Italian restaurants has served its last meal. Burrasca, the Southeast Clinton Street dining room with a menu influenced by chef Paolo Calamai's hometown of Florence, announced Jan. 15 via social media that it has shut its doors. Eater PDX first reported the news. "With our lease at an end, we felt this presented an opportunity...

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...

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...