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For centuries, green walnuts were collected around the Summer Solstice, and on June 24, for the feast of Saint John the Baptist, in preparation for an autumnal batch of the walnut liqueur. In the Middle Ages, the storied liqueur, known as “Nocino” in Italy, was often associated with women sorceresses who gathered the fruit by night and brewed the f...

Last week, the Rose City got the greenlight to open restaurants for dine-in service after months of takeout only. A spacious white tent with the words “One Love,” now stands next to Amalfi's Restaurant and Mercato, a black-owned Italian restaurant three generations strong. (Due to new guidelines, the existing dining room could fit just six tables,...

It’s an all-too-familiar story during the coronavirus pandemic. A woman arrives at her retail job only to hear that she is out of work. Many would respond with a sense of self-pity, but her reaction has been an inspiration to thousands. Like many of us, Michelle Brenner, who worked at a menswear store, first turned to comfort food—using her grandmo...

Campana, a new Italian restaurant that began as a pop-up at Grand Army Tavern, will replace the Northeast Portland bar permanently this Friday, owners George Kaden and Annalisa Maceda told The Oregonian/OregonLive. The move spells the end for Grand Army Tavern, a neighborhood bar opened in 2017 by Kaden and Maceda, another former New York City rest...

A new Italian spot has opened for business in the neighborhood. Called Spaghetto Italian Kitchen, the newcomer is located at 9570 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson. Spaghetto Italian Kitchen sources ingredients from local farmers markets, according to its website. Featured menu items include fettuccine Alfredo, portobello mushroom ravioli and linguine s...

Beloved Italian eatery Casa Vacca in Portland is going to reopen its dining room with additional patio and outdoor seating space on Tuesday, June 30. They’ve been serving up some of the most luxurious and delicious Italian tapas in Portland for a long while and even adapted to the lockdown with a finish-at-home meal kit menu. Next week, patrons and...

The owners of Pisolino recently shut down the neighborhood restaurant and replaced it with an Italian market with grocery items, to-go meals and a deli counter. They hope the change will help their business get through the coronavirus pandemic. “We knew we wouldn’t be able to make it. Rather than having to close our doors, we wanted to evolve,” sai...

Fredric "Rick" Rosati, CEO of the national pizza restaurant group Rosati's Pizza, died unexpectedly June 15 due to natural causes at his home in Cave Creek, Arizona, the chain announced Monday night. He was 70. Rosati was the driving force to franchise the Rosati's Pizza concept in 1979, a company statement said. He opened his first restaurant at t...

After nearly 30 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...

A smooth-talking bunco artist nearly separated Corrado Fantozzi, 25, an Italian railroad worker, from his life savings. An Italian man named Antonio Regis befriended Fantozzi by asking the way to the Catholic church. While strolling through the Spokane streets, Regis told him that he had recently inherited $18,000 from an uncle who owned a gold min...

As a gesture to the community, Joeseppi’s Italian Ristorante will serve its entire menu at half-off for the month of June. Ideally this promotion would coincide with a hopeful June 1 reopening of restaurant dining rooms, but Pierce County appears unlikely to enter Phase 2 of the state’s recovery plan by then. No matter, said owner Joe Stortini: “Pe...

Paola's Pizza Barn has long been a destination in Sandy for after-game pizza parties and family gatherings. Now, Stephen Ferruzza of the well-known Al Forno Ferruzza in Rhododendron, has brought a new flavor to the Paola's kitchen by adding some of his authentic, thin-crust pies to the menu. Ferruzza's additions to Paola's offerings was marked by a...