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March 2, 2021. 8:00 pm Pacific. Organized by Italian Portland. Please click here to register. A link will be sent the day before the event. REGISTRATION here. Travel to Italy not on your calendar yet? How would you like to tiptoe around the Civic and Archeological Museum of Manduria, in the South of Puglia? It's almost like being there! Join us as...

A year into the pandemic, perhaps no business sector has been more gravely affected than the hospitality industry – from restaurants and bars to hotels and inns. Without commitment, determination and a huge dose of creativity, it’s been nearly impossible for these businesses to stay viable and vibrant.  Joe Fugere, founder of Seattle’s Tutta Bella...

This is dangerous. My walking route runs along Beretania directly past ‘Ili‘ili Cash and Carry, making it way too easy to drop in regularly. That’s just what Aker Briceno and Keola Rapozo envisioned when they scoped out the former Watanabe Bakery space next to Mini Garden last year. They signed a lease and today the shop opens at 11 a.m. with 18-in...

Tiny glass beads from Venice made their way to Alaska decades before Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World. The beads, the color and size of blueberries, were uncovered in a house pit in Punyik Point, a seasonal Inuit camp near the Continental Divide in Alaska's Brooks Range. Archaeologists determined the objects were created between 1440...

ANGELO PELLEGRINI, fond of wearing basil as a boutonniere, was fonder still of the Italian bean he called “monachine.” It grew like Jack’s beanstalk astride Northwest cedar poles and, like Pellegrini, aged well in its adopted country. He always ate them slowly, mashing each brown-and-white orb with the tines of his fork, swiped through a smear of o...

Franco Cacace used to come into his Italian restaurant and change the tables around if the mood struck him. Some days he was more humble than others, family described. He didn't like to be contradicted, cared about whether his hat matched his shirt, and wouldn't let work get in the way of his tennis and poker games. On the morning of his cremation,...

The Italian-American Cultural & Heritage Society of Washington County is currently accepting applications for $3,000 scholarships from high school students in Washington County who will be graduating in 2021. To qualify, students must demonstrate high academic achievement with at least a 3.5 QPA in a rigorous academic or career and technical cur...

Roma Imports stands alone, and not just figuratively. It has been standing alone since 1984 in midtown Tucson in a corner of Barrio San Antonio amid other tucked away and dusty commercial and corporate enterprises. It is not too difficult to find, although one would never just be driving by it. This is a true destination. The current owner, Lilian...

Arizona restaurant legend Tomaso Maggiore, a fixture on the Valley culinary scene for more than four decades, died after battling cancer, the family announced Saturday. He was 73. Maggiore, who was born and raised in the Sicily region of Italy, opened Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant on Camelback Road in 1977. He would go on to launch more than 50 resta...

Burien’s new Casa Italiana – Italian Cultural Center (13028 1st Ave S, Burien, WA 98168) will be hosting a no-contact Food Drive on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. “As we continue through the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are those among us who need help more than ever,” organizers said. “ Please join us, in this, our inaugural...

Another Spokane restaurant has announced its plans to reopen under the state’s modified guidelines for indoor dining. Italian Kitchen will open for dine-in services this coming Monday, with proper protocols in place. Shortly after Governor Inslee detailed the ‘Stay Healthy Washington’ plan, the state released a set of guidelines, allowing some rest...

Sixth + Mill Ristorante, Pizzeria and Bar is being replaced with a new Italian restaurant, which will launch next month. The space that houses the casual pizza and pasta spot in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian soon will be home to BRERA Osteria. The new restaurant, set to open in mid-February, promises “a personalized interpretation of Ital...