FOR A LONG TIME, the Alki Homestead served fried-chicken dinners, the old-fashioned, family-style kind with plenty of side dishes plus, of course, biscuits with butter and jam. The décor of that era inside the circa 1904 West Seattle building — a sort of log-cabin manor, constructed of Douglas fir — might best be described as Extreme Grandma, with...

If you've got Italian on the mind, a recent opening is need-to-know. The fresh addition to Ballard, called Valentinetti's, is located at 5425 Russell Ave. NW. Valentinetti's offers Italian dishes like ricotta gnocchi, brick oven meatballs, calamari, spaghetti, seafood linguine and more. Valentinetti's also offers plenty of gluten-free options—inclu...

Father Joseph Cataldo was in frail health throughout his life, but he built an immense spiritual legacy across the Inland Northwest. Cataldo was born in 1837 in Sicily and became a Jesuit priest in 1852. He came to the western United States as one of the first Jesuit missionaries in the region. The sickly young priest arrived in the area around 186...

While locals have long known this fact, it's now been nationally recognized that Spokane's Italia Trattoria serves some of the best pasta in the country. On a list recently published by the Food Network, Italia Trattoria was included with 98 other restaurants making the "Best Pastas in the Country." Specifically, the list mentioned Italia's pappard...

The hum of an accordion might transport you to the streets of Paris or a drafty Italian restaurant with red and white checkered tablecloths and candles stuck in Chianti bottles. Maybe polka comes to mind; senior citizens with their socks pulled up to their knees squeezing the bellows in the corner of a Polish community center. But accordions have r...

Looking for a delicious Italian meal near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Seattle, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings. Topping the list is Il Terrazzo Carmine. Located at 411 First Ave. South (between King and Jackson streets) in P...

Custom Works draws on Dainese’s 45 years of experience in the design and production of personalized leather racing suits. Since its founding in 1972, Dainese has outfitted some of the greatest riders of all time, including Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi. Custom Works makes all of Dainese’s innovation and craftsmanship available to motorcycle...

Pizza al taglio (“by the cut” in Italian) isn’t a style often seen stateside—most pie lovers think round and thin for Italian-style pizza. Developed in Rome, and cooked in big rectangular pans for easy dividing into smaller rectangular slices, pizza al taglio is traditionally sold by weight, and now available throughout Italy—my favorite is Pizzeri...

Italian Americans are known for barbering – an occupation that combines artistry, precision and personal service. The career didn’t have much of a presence in the United States until Italian immigrants arrived here. During the years of mass emigration from Italy – 1880 to 1930 – nearly four million Italians, mostly from southern Italy and Sicily, s...

Transport yourself to Italy at The Italian Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29. This festival, part of the Festál series, has filled Seattle Center with Italian art, food and culture since 1988. Catch a variety of local Italian-American musical acts — including The Tarantellas, Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band and Tony La Stella — on the Moret...