NEWS FROM : WEST  

Having been born in the Bronx to Italian American parents, it is my birthright to seek out and enjoy the best Italian food in any area I live or visit, especially pizza. Unfortunately, the further west on my travels, the less authenticity I am likely to find.   Having lived in southern Utah for more than a decade, I have found only one place...

By Jackie Varriano Carla Leonardi, owner of Seattle's iconic Cafe Lago, is getting into the grocery business. When she heard that the short-lived Canal Street Market in her own Portage Bay neighborhood was closing, she decided to jump on the opportunity to expand her reach and fill a need in the community. Leonardi grew up in a grocery store and...

By Ted Scheffler Utah's first Illy Artisti del Gusto location, Caffe 222 (801-561-3018), has opened at 222 Main downtown. It will occupy the space that was the short-lived home to Sonny Bryan's BBQ and the even shorter-lived Salt Flats Grill & Taproom. Maybe the third time's a charm.   "The opportunity to be aligned with Illy has been a...

by Dan Myers   Bettolino Kitchen has opened in Redondo Beach with Michelin-starred chef Fabio Ugoletti, who moved to the United States from Italy to open the restaurant, at the helm. The restaurant is under the same ownership as the popular Gaetano's Restaurant, and the 65-seat plan offers tables, booths, and communal seating.   The k...

On August 4, the "Italians are coming" to Emerald Downs to celebrate and honor Italian heritage and traditions while enjoying a day at the races.   Some of the activities are bocce ball and a spaghetti eating contest. We will have a grape stomp for kids and our free children activities in our park include pony rides, face painters and bounce hous...

You are invited to join us in celebrating the life of Paolo Soleri. We set aside 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) around Fall Equinox for this celebration. There will be "An Evening at Cosanti" in Paradise Valley on Friday, "A Day at Arcosanti" on Saturday and "High Noon at the Soleri Bridge" in Downtown Scottsdale on Sunday. There will be add...

The Italian-American Civic League of Utah (IACL) is pleased to announce Festa Italiana, which will be held September 19 -20 in downtown Salt Lake City. The inaugural festival, which will be located at 300 South and 400 West in front of the historic Rio Grande Train Station, will provide locals with an authentic Italian Street Festival experience t...

Dan and Seattle Trentino Club are starting a Kickstarter to bring to Seattle the Coro San Romedio in Fall 2016. Coro San Romedio is an a cappella mens group from Northern Italy, precisely from Val di Non, Trentino, in the beautiful Dolomites. They have been traveling around Italy and Europe to represent the trentino folks culture.   It...

By Mary Minor Davis   When Vito and Rose Croce came to the United States from Italy, both at the age of 15, they had no idea they would end up in Tucson, owning and operating an authentic bakery and Italian restaurant. The former Milwaukee couple came to Tucson 30 years ago and opened a bakery that would offer authentic Italian fare. &...

Named for a monastery outside of Lonigo, Italy, San Fermo in Ballard is probably the first new Italian restaurant in a long time that wants to make its name in rustic, homey southern Italian food.   Instead of focusing on the current trend of modern, interpretive Italian dishes, co-owners Tim Baker (Percy's & Co.), Scott Shapiro (Melrose...

by Terence Murnin   In a turn of events that can only be explained by the stars aligning or perhaps, poetic justice, "Whisked Away" is the name of the bakery shop where Arizona Culinary Institute's December 2014 Student of the Month, Laura Callan, decided to pursue her dream in the culinary arts.   "A woman had opened this cool bakery...

The Salt Lake City Arts Council's is proud to present the annual Living Traditions Festival, a celebration of authentic and traditional folk and ethnic arts. Living Traditions brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to honor cultural traditions and diversity within our beautiful city.   Local ethnic artists—craftspeople, dancers,...