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Italian-American families and fellow Walla Walla community members turned out on a busy Saturday, Sept. 11, to show support for a statue of Christopher Columbus, erected by local Italian ancestors. At least 150 people assembled at the Walla Walla County Courthouse lawn, with a steady breeze blowing an assemblage of flags — a half-staff flag on the...

Just as many of us are making the transition from smartphones back to brick phones, there’s something to be said for going back to the old-school basics. That’s what chef Chase Dopson, whose résumé includes Toro Bravo, Bistro Agnes, and Jacqueline, is doing at his new Bologna-style pasta pop-up, Pastificio d’Oro, which he runs along with fiancé Mag...

Waco businessman Tom Wright travels Interstate 35 almost weekly, craving the lasagna and the crab fondue at Pignetti’s Italian Restaurant in Temple. “Waco needs something like this, a high-class, upper-end, five-star restaurant,” said Wright, whose construction company bears his name. Heeding his own advice, Wright persuaded Pignetti’s owner Clinto...

Edo Vanni was as feisty as they come.  Some called him a firebrand; others, a hothead. His wife once said he could start a fight in an empty room. How much of that headstrong nature was just for show is hard to know. But no one disputes the fact that Edo Vanni was a talented athlete. Called the heart and soul of Seattle baseball, he is well-remembe...

The Italian Heritage Association of Walla Walla hopes to gather support for a Christopher Columbus statue on the Walla Walla County Courthouse lawn at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. The day marks the 110th anniversary of the dedication of the Christopher Columbus statue located at 315 W. Main St. Organizers plan to gather signatures on a petition a...

Spiegelworld, the mischievous live-entertainment company behind wild and wacky Vegas shows like Absinthe and Opium, wants to introduce diners on the Strip to “Italian-American Psychedelic” cuisine. Meet the new restaurant Superfrico, which will debut on September 24 next to the Opium theater at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort.  What, exactly,...

Although it may seem as if there aren’t as many Italian joints in Las Vegas as in other cities, you’ll be surprised at just how many there really are. Even though most of the resorts have just one or two Italian-themed restaurants, The Venetian and The Grand Canal Shoppes have many more. Among them are Buddy V’s Ristorante (702.607.2355), with fami...

For Rafael Barceló Durazo, who grew up across the border from Arizona in the Mexican state of Sonora, Venerable Father Eusebio Kino is a symbol of unity. Today, as the Mexican consul in Tucson, he also looks to the famed missionary known as Padre Kino — and declared venerable by Pope Francis — as an example to follow. “I have always admired the cou...

A new restaurant and lounge headed to Symphony Park promises Italian fare and live music when it opens in 2022. Vic’s brings together Chris Lowden of Stoney’s Rockin’ Country fame and Mark DiMartino, who had DiMartino’s Family Deli and later operated the upscale Tillerman restaurant. The venue takes over more than 6,200 square feet of ground-level...

Academy Award, Golden Globe and 12-time GRAMMY Award-winner superstar Lady Gaga today announced she will return to Park MGM in Las Vegas October 2021. Presented in partnership by MGM Resorts International and Live Nation, Lady Gaga will take the Park Theater stage for nine performances of her critically acclaimed LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO show. The sh...

Chicago writer-director Lucia Mauro announces completion of production for her new documentary, The Loneliest Road,  in Eureka, Nevada. The film was inspired by Fresno, Calif. author Silvio Manno’s 2016 book, Charcoal and Blood: Italian Immigrants in Eureka, Nevada and the Fish Creek Massacre, which unveils the little-known 1879 shooting of five It...

Shari Newman had a vision, and the pandemic helped bring it to life. The owner of Nicoletta's Table and Marketplace is holding festivities to kick off the opening of the restaurant's revamped Italian marketplace — typical to what folks might find wandering the streets of Italy. From Sept. 9-12, the downtown Lake Oswego restaurant organized the Harv...