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To judge from the plate, Italy is taking over Utah. Every time a restaurant closes, an Italian restaurant takes its place. Yes, I’m exaggerating. Yes, you’ve likely read my complaints about this before. But imagine how dismal it feels, after 35 years of extolling and promoting creative regional cuisine, to be faced with so few new choices: a fast-c...

Let’s face it, navigating the world of pasta and sauces can be downright confusing when you have an endless resource like Google at your fingertips. Recipes vary and opinions differ when it comes to what makes a good pasta sauce, sometimes even regionally! Who should you trust, the big California Food Network star promising the “perfect Italian rec...

A squad of top Italian talents under coach Stefano Morini will spend five weeks training in the United States, Margherita Panziera revealed in an interview with Italian media last week. The 24-year-old Panziera spoke to Italy’s La Tribuna last week. One of four Italians already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Panziera told La Tribuna that he...

Madame Luisa Tetrazzini, an opera singer so famous that a gourmet dish was named after her, claimed to be captivated by the wintertime charms of Spokane. The “world’s most famous coloratura soprano” was driven around Spokane on a sunny day and stopped to watch young people skating at Cannon Hill and Manito parks, The Spokesman-Review reported. “It...

At the Oregon Symphony’s June 1 concert this year, Niel DePonte will play the famously energetic snare drum part in Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. The spring season will end his 42-year career as the symphony’s principal percussionist, a job he’s had since he was 24 years old. Symphonic percussionists’ duties have grown more complex in the past half-centu...

The phrase “you play the hand you’ve been dealt” is a fancy way of saying “use the resources you have at your disposal and operate realistically within the limits of your circumstances.” The story of Neapolitan native and current Portland, OR resident Pina Di Rosa is the saga of an individual that has overcome numerous difficulties to achieve a sat...

Once upon a time, if you were growing up in South Medford and you lived in walking distance of Main Street, your world was complete. What did you need that wasn’t there? Why would you ever leave? Why would you even need a car? According to Anita D’Antonio, Louise D’Antonio, and Nancy Chito, South Medford from the 1920’s until the 1980’s was a very...

The Fiat Centoventi Concept caused quite a ruckus when it was unveiled to the global public at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. An electric concept waiting to be personalized by customers, Centoventi will be making its debut on North American soil at the upcoming 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re wondering how...

The wild hair flowing out the back of his helmet is gone now, replaced by something more suitable for a middle-aged man. He's probably lost a step or two from that slashing running back style that he once possessed. Yet he still has that great football name, an identity created from Italian heritage, a public-address announcer's dream: Brenno DeFeo...

The restaurateur behind several popular Italian restaurants in the Phoenix area is introducing a new pasta and steakhouse in Scottsdale called Americano. Owner Stefano Fabbri is known for Pomo pizzerias and the fine dining restaurant Mora Italian, which he co-owns with celebrity chef Scott Conant. Fabbri's new project carries his nickname to reflec...

A couple of years ago, Frank Marino was cast in a British TV reality series called “Last Laugh In Vegas.” Marino clearly feels he’s getting that as he embarks on his next full-time gig on the Strip. Marino is the new, permanent emcee of “Legends In Concert” at Tropicana Theater. Marino, along with “Legends” vice president Gina Capecci Adams and pro...

A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet owned by a California collector for more than two decades will highlight RM Sotheby’s annual sale in Arizona in January, with a presale estimate of between $6 million and $7 million. The car will be one of the most desirable early open Ferraris to be publicly offered, the auction house said Monday. The Ferrari was o...