It would have been easy for Vinny Nittoli to simply quit and get on with his life. He had already pitched everywhere from Bakersfield, California, to St. Paul, Minnesota, to Mexicali, Mexico, bouncing from organization to organization, and unable to stick. Now, at the age of 30, returning to the organization that first drafted him seven years ago a...

The end of opera season always competes with outdoor activities that can feel more appealing as the winter gray finally gives way to summer weather. And as we emerge from pandemic restrictions, a June opera stream is a particularly hard sell. Even so, it’s worth blocking out two hours to watch Seattle Opera’s “Tosca,” streaming June 25-27.  You’ve...

In case you haven't heard, we're having our first ever outdoor festival type event THIS SATURDAY June 19th from 11am to 8pm PT. Vespa Festa will have food booths, beer and wine garden, live music, merchandise booths/vendors, and best of all the drawing for the Vespa you've all seen on display at Casa!  Please reach out if there are any questions ab...

Black truffles and hazelnuts, Rainier cherries and rosebuds, rhubarb root and Willamette Valley hops. Although this may sound like a grocery list for your local farmer’s market, you might be surprised to know these organic ingredients form the basis of a distinctive and sophisticated amaro, an Italian liqueur, produced by a Seattle company called F...

Inauguration of Seattle’s new Casa Italiana in Burien (WA) with representatives of Governor Inslee, of the Mayor of Seattle Durkan and with the Mayor of Burien Matta. Casa Italiana was a dream of the Italian American community of Washington State for many years and it has now become a reality. It will host as well the Office of the Italian Honorary...

More than a century ago, Italian immigrants who had settled in the lush green valleys outside Walla Walla in eastern Washington perfected a sweet onion.  Once considered just a humble local variety, the Walla Walla onion today is prized for its mild sweet flavor. It commands higher prices in grocery stores and is feature in many high-end restaurant...

On Saturday, August 21, 1993, Borracchini's Bakery & Mediterranean Market in Seattle bakes, decorates, and sells a record 125 wedding cakes, enough, owner Remo Borracchini estimates, to serve 13,780 wedding guests. The Rainier Valley business, founded in 1922 by Italian immigrants Mario and Maria Borracchini, is famous for its custom cakes, friendl...

If you’re looking for a family whose roots in the museum and art world run deep, you’d be hard-pressed to find one with more extensive experience than the Bufano family. Some might say a bit of showmanship rubbed off as well: the family traces its roots to Castellaneta, a small town in Puglia where Rudolph Valentino was born.   Born in Rochester, N...

When: April 28, 2021 – 7:30 p.m. PTSpeaker: Maurizio Igor MetaTopic: “Ellis Island”Location: Online – Zoom (go to https://danteseattle.org/event/italian-language-meeting-april-28-2021/ on April 28th to get the link) There will be a “social hour” beginning at 7 pm. The presentation will start at 7:30. “Ellis Island” is the Journey of Life. It is not...

Seattle is losing another institution as Borracchini’s Bakery announced Saturday it would remain permanently closed due to financial losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Months of no gatherings, weddings or parties proved to be too much for the iconic Italian deli, which shut its doors after 100 years in business.  “Needless to say, it was devastatin...