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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to decimate businesses, arts and cultural organizations across the state, every once in a while there comes a silver lining. That was the case this fall when a business in Burien, Wash., forced to close its doors this past spring, ushered in an opportunity for Seattle’s Italian American community. A large property...

Ciao, amore, ciao. In 2015, the closure of Martinottis’, an ancient downtown fixture, meant saying goodbye to one of the city’s few Italian markets. The popularity of Italian restaurants waned, too, says Adam Berger, whose restaurant Tabla shuttered in 2016 after a 14-year run. “There were a ton of Italian restaurants, and then that all died for ye...

Mark your calendar: Eataly Las Vegas is celebrating its annual Truffle Day on Saturday, December 5. In time for the holidays, bring home fresh white truffles from Italy at the lowest price of the season!  In Italy and across the world, white truffles are considered culinary gold. The small, aromatic, and bumpy tubers are incredibly rare, only in se...

We are pleased to share with you the Seattle International Film Festival’s 12th annual "Cinema Italian Style” going virtual for 2020, from December 10-17. The festival is an event uniting the Italian community in Seattle like no other - and now, virtually, we can share with other Italian Sister City communities. We invite your participation in this...

An authentic taste of Italy is available only a block from the University of Oregon campus. Beppe and Gianni’s Trattoria has been a staple for fresh, handmade Italian food since its opening in 1998. The restaurant is owned by Beppe Machi and John “Gianni” Barofsky, who have now worked together for more than 20 years. The pair also own La Perla Pizz...

A tiny hole-in-the-wall Scottsdale pizza joint is getting a second, and much bigger, home on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix. Opened by Bill Forrest in 2012, Il Bosco Pizza quickly became Scottsdale resident Jeff Carlberg's favorite restaurant. In February 2019, Carlberg and his business partner John Dorsey bought the restaurant with plans to expand and b...

Seattle-based Due Cucina is opening its second location next month in Kirkland, Washington's The Village at Totem Lake, 12670 120th Avenue NE, Suite 170. "We appeal to foodies and discerning diners who love Italian food but don't want to break the bank to eat it," co-founder Davide Macchi said in a company press release. "They can taste the depth o...

This November, Caputo’s will spotlight Pump Street Chocolate from Suffolk, United Kingdom at the 9th Annual Caputo’s Chocolate Festival. Utah’s trendsetting chefs and beverage experts will craft chocolate-based creations to benefit the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund. For the first time, this year’s event brings participants together through the m...

James Faurentino opened Pizza a’fetta in Cannon Beach on Aug. 22, 1988 at 11:45 a.m. He was the only one behind the counter. When he saw a line outside the front door, he yelled, “Mom!” for some help. The family-driven pizza spot has been in business ever since. This past summer, a second Pizza a’fetta location was opened in Seaside. Faurentino was...

Seattle Opera’s opening-night stream from McCaw Hall of its new production; available for streaming until Dec. 4 to holders of season subscriptions (starting at $162 for a spring season that may be modified, and which include access to the fall virtual programs). Info: seattleopera.org While the world pins its hope on a coronavirus vaccine, anoth...

One of the nicest restaurants on the Strip, in decor and cuisine, has to be Giada. Since opening in 2014, De Laurentiis’ California-influenced Italian food has caused thousands of happy diners to pat their bellies in supreme satisfaction. Although it was closed for several months, fans could keep up with De Laurentiis via her website, giadzy.com, f...

It took until the second round, but the third Arizona Wildcat of the 2020 NBA Draft, Nico Mannion, is off the board thanks to the Golden State Warriors. Mannion, who played his prep ball at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, was drafted 48th overall. His head coach, Steve Kerr, is also a former Wildcat point guard. As a freshman last season, Mannion...