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Before Burger Stevens owner Don Salamone began layering beef patties with Tillamook cheese and fancy sauce, before he worked the line at glitzy Las Vegas kitchens like Joël Robuchon or Restaurant Guy Savoy, before he cooked 16-person dinners for British musician Robbie Williams as his private chef, Salamone would sit down to meals of Sunday sauce,...

Revealed back in March, New York’s Zeppola Italian Bakery is officially “coming soon” to the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes and has announced a few hints of what to expect when it debuts on the resort’s replica of St. Marks Square. Replacing the shuttered two-level Paris Baguette Cafe and facing Italian restaurant Brera Osteria, Zeppola’s sweet and...

After months of planning and hard work, fueled by the efforts of many volunteers, Casa Italiana—Italian Cultural Center officially opened on May 29, 2021. When fully realized, the new Italian cultural center will include an Italian library, exhibition space to preserve documents and photos that record the heritage and contributions of Italians in t...

Heads up Bainbridge Islanders, famed Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra’s work is on display and available for purchase at a local small art studio run by his grandson, Jacopo Vecchiato. The showroom is an extension of the Seattle gallery Lino Tagliapietra Inc, of which Vecchiato has been president for nine years. Currently, space is only open...

Long before ice cream was invented, there was gelato. For Maria Coassin, there's really no comparison. "I always say, ‘Gelato - you can eat it twice as much and feel half as guilty,’” she said. It’s true, gelato usually has fewer calories, less sugar and lower fat content than ice cream. But Coassin believes there’s a difference in the overall expe...

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...

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...

Put this one on your bucket list. A new restaurant in Ahwatukee is pioneering a concept we never knew we needed in our lives: spaghetti and meatballs in a bucket. You may have seen this on an episode of Scooby-Doo, but this ain't no O'Greazy's Bucket of Fun restaurant. This is the real deal.  The spot is literally called By the Bucket, and it's the...

Mike Candrea wanted to go out his own way. That meant no fuss, no long goodbye. And no sharing news of his retirement during the Women’s College World Series — no matter how much ESPN’s Holly Rowe pleaded with him. The 65-year-old Candrea wanted to make the softball-shaking announcement in Tucson, where it all began. Tuesday in Mckale Center, about...

In 2020, chef and TV personality Bobby Flay closed his Mesa Grill at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace hotel and casino. Last month, Flay revived the space as Amalfi by Bobby Flay, his first venture with Italian cuisine. Joining his other restaurants, including Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, N.J., Amalf...