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The road to Italy begins at an old Seattle street address — starting line of a community’s search for a home, a Casa, a center, to celebrate friendship, food, and Italian culture. The starting point is 1520 17th Avenue on Capitol Hill, now a fenced parking lot, which was the site of the first Casa Italiana, dedicated in 1930. It failed once — falli...

Ask anyone for suggestions on where to eat when visiting Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country, and no doubt Rosmarino Osteria will be among those recommendations. This popular restaurant has a prime location on First Street in Newberg, Oregon. It's the gateway between Portland, Oregon suburbs and the unofficial start of Willamette Valley wine co...

Giada De Laurentiis is a California girl. And so am I. And maybe that’s why I’m so enamored of her Las Vegas restaurant, the eponymous Giada. Giada-the-restaurant encapsulates that California vibe, from the entry at the top of an escalator to the cozy bar and the elegant yet comfortable seating that fills the dining room. The dining room itself is...

When we discuss the cuisines Las Vegas does best, Italian food isn’t always in the mix. It should be. Between fancy restaurants inside casinos and friendly neighborhood favorites, the Valley has mastered this ever-popular option. The Summerlin area boasts an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Italian eateries, yet others keep popping up and a...

The sixth addition to the Spinato’s Pizzeria empire has just opened in Scottsdale as Spinato’s at The Block. The family-owned destination has been in the Valley for 47 years and is excited to continue growing its roots by serving up traditional Italian fare from their family’s own recipes.  The family-run business first arrived in Arizona in 1974 a...

When Italians found their way to the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of the 20th century, it was often to work in the coal mines, help build the railroads, or take on “pick and shovel” work as part of a construction crew. Some were tenant farmers hoping to save enough to buy their own little piece of paradise. The great wave of Italian immigrati...

A tempestuous tale of a love triangle between a singer, a painter, and a corrupt police chief, Tosca is a perennial favorite of opera-lovers, with good reason. It is the perfect combination of drama, spectacle, and lush Romantic-era music with a rich score from world-renowned composer Puccini. “This is a big, grand opera – we have a huge chorus alo...

Few people have done as much to popularize — or introduce newcomers to — opera and classical music as Andrea Bocelli. And while fans certainly know him through live performances and a procession of top-selling recordings, Las Vegans and Las Vegas tourists also have experienced his work in a unique sort of way: His rendition (with Sarah Brightman) o...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is set to honor NIAF Chairman Emeritus Jerry Colangelo at the Foundation’s Arizona Regional Gala in Phoenix on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the iconic Arizona Biltmore Hotel, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Colangelo will be receiving the inaugural Jerry Colangelo Sports Excellence Award in recognition of hi...

Not all fast-casual sub sandwiches are created equal. Most can be gimmicky, packed with an obnoxious amount of condiments or plain boring. This is not the case for Gaetano’s Sub Shop. The dark, brick building with tasteful graffiti art on either side is nestled between a tattoo parlor and a used car dealership. Blending into the scenery across from...

Mangiamo by 604 presents a new dine-in option for Italian cuisine on Oahu. Located on the Hickam Golf course, Mangiamo by 604 offers classic Italian cuisine provided by locally sourced vendors.  “We serve up your favorite classic Italian dishes, wine by the bottle or glass and incredible selection of cocktails and more. Great food starts with high...

On Jan. 8, 2022, Spokane welcomed its first authentic gelateria, the Tre Palline Gelato Napolitano. Located in the historic Steam Plant commercial complex, the local, family-owned business is situated amid the vibrant action downtown. Loosely translated to English, the Italian phrase "tre palline gelato" means "three scoops of ice cream." Napolitan...