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Historic Italian farmstead gets new life as urban park

There’s a new public park in south King County that owes its existence to Italian immigrants and a truck-farming enterprise once called Duwamish...

How one urban artist creates a colorful universe all his own

Fresh, intuitive and original, Leonardo Lanzolla’s artwork mixes semi-abstract objects, geometric shapes, bold colors and organic forms to create a...

Transforming a hotel dining room to nourish the soul

From Theodore Roosevelt to Elvis Presley, from William Howard Taft to Babe Ruth, guests who stayed in the New Washington Hotel in downtown Seattle...

Celebrating the bounty of food, cooking and community

Food and hospitality are two of the lodestones of Italian culture, part of its DNA. Lisa Caruccio and her husband Rino took these elements to the...

From Milan with love: Starbucks launches partnership with Italian baker Rocco Princi

Walk into the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle these days and the first thing that grabs your attention is the aroma. No, not of coffee roasting...

Nicoletta Machiavelli: from Italian movie star to Seattle language teacher

The camera loved Nicoletta Machiavelli, a sultry, dark-haired Italian beauty best known for her roles in the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. She co-...

Michelle Bufano: all fired up to bring glass art to the world

A semester abroad changed the very course of Michelle Bufano’s life. Bufano, executive director of Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, was a science...

Tom Perrotta: “The Steinbeck of Suburbia”

As a writer, Tom Perrotta may not be a household name but chances are you’re familiar with some of the films based on his books. Perrotta’s novel...

Gio Solimene Ross: The first First Lady of Seattle Opera

In 1975, just a dozen years after its founding, Seattle Opera created an international sensation when it staged the complete production of Richard...

Gai’s Northwest Bakeries: A Seattle institution and baking powerhouse for more than 50 years

From Seattle’s finest dining establishments to the local McDonald’s, from grocery stores to the Space Needle Restaurant, Gai’s Northwest Bakeries was...

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