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...

After nearly 31 years in Tri-Cities, Casa Mia continues to out-compete multinational chains with its handcrafted Italian cuisine based on recipes developed by Italian-American immigrants to New York in the early 1900s. Founded in 1952 in Hoquiam on the west coast of Washington, Casa Mia founder Phil Bellofatto aided in bringing that cultural herita...

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...

Heads up, pasta lovers! A new Italian restaurant has opened in downtown Spokane. Seattle-based Tavolàta has opened their fourth location in a 5,000-square foot space at the corner of Wall Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard.  The space has a high ceiling, light gray walls, a smattering of exposed brick and lots of natural light. It features an open...

A master pastry chef known in Walla Walla wine country for savory sourdough and other delectable breads is showcasing his skills on the Food Network. Michele Pompei, the co-owner of Walla Walla Bread Co., is one of 10 bakers to battle it out on “Best Baker in America.” Pompei is the first contestant from the Northwest to appear on the TV competitio...

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...

I grew up in a very meat and potatoes family. We ate our share of pasta, too, but, when we did, it usually wasn’t anything more than canned Prego over boxed Barilla spaghetti. If it was a leftover/fend-for-yourself night, it more than likely was ravioli prepared by the illustrious Chef Boyardee. It wasn’t until I was about age 14 and visiting a fri...