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Heads up Bainbridge Islanders, famed Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra’s work is on display and available for purchase at a local small art studio run by his grandson, Jacopo Vecchiato. The showroom is an extension of the Seattle gallery Lino Tagliapietra Inc, of which Vecchiato has been president for nine years. Currently, space is only open...

Long before ice cream was invented, there was gelato. For Maria Coassin, there's really no comparison. "I always say, ‘Gelato - you can eat it twice as much and feel half as guilty,’” she said. It’s true, gelato usually has fewer calories, less sugar and lower fat content than ice cream. But Coassin believes there’s a difference in the overall expe...

It would have been easy for Vinny Nittoli to simply quit and get on with his life. He had already pitched everywhere from Bakersfield, California, to St. Paul, Minnesota, to Mexicali, Mexico, bouncing from organization to organization, and unable to stick. Now, at the age of 30, returning to the organization that first drafted him seven years ago a...

The end of opera season always competes with outdoor activities that can feel more appealing as the winter gray finally gives way to summer weather. And as we emerge from pandemic restrictions, a June opera stream is a particularly hard sell. Even so, it’s worth blocking out two hours to watch Seattle Opera’s “Tosca,” streaming June 25-27.  You’ve...

In case you haven't heard, we're having our first ever outdoor festival type event THIS SATURDAY June 19th from 11am to 8pm PT. Vespa Festa will have food booths, beer and wine garden, live music, merchandise booths/vendors, and best of all the drawing for the Vespa you've all seen on display at Casa!  Please reach out if there are any questions ab...

After nearly 31 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...

Put this one on your bucket list. A new restaurant in Ahwatukee is pioneering a concept we never knew we needed in our lives: spaghetti and meatballs in a bucket. You may have seen this on an episode of Scooby-Doo, but this ain't no O'Greazy's Bucket of Fun restaurant. This is the real deal.  The spot is literally called By the Bucket, and it's the...

Mike Candrea wanted to go out his own way. That meant no fuss, no long goodbye. And no sharing news of his retirement during the Women’s College World Series — no matter how much ESPN’s Holly Rowe pleaded with him. The 65-year-old Candrea wanted to make the softball-shaking announcement in Tucson, where it all began. Tuesday in Mckale Center, about...

In 2020, chef and TV personality Bobby Flay closed his Mesa Grill at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace hotel and casino. Last month, Flay revived the space as Amalfi by Bobby Flay, his first venture with Italian cuisine. Joining his other restaurants, including Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, N.J., Amalf...

Every year, Las Vegas Restaurant Week returns, opening the doors to the city's best restaurants as their top chefs offer amazing menus at affordable prices. And this year, La Pizza e La Pasta is participating! Now in its 14th installment, Las Vegas Restaurant Week gives restaurants in our community the opportunity to give back through the culinary...

Black truffles and hazelnuts, Rainier cherries and rosebuds, rhubarb root and Willamette Valley hops. Although this may sound like a grocery list for your local farmer’s market, you might be surprised to know these organic ingredients form the basis of a distinctive and sophisticated amaro, an Italian liqueur, produced by a Seattle company called F...

Inauguration of Seattle’s new Casa Italiana in Burien (WA) with representatives of Governor Inslee, of the Mayor of Seattle Durkan and with the Mayor of Burien Matta. Casa Italiana was a dream of the Italian American community of Washington State for many years and it has now become a reality. It will host as well the Office of the Italian Honorary...