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Overview of Palazzolo Acreide and the Iblei Mountains beyond

Palazzolo Acreide: Sicily’s hidden gem of culture, history and cuisine

The small town of Palazzolo Acreide, nestled along the rocky slopes of Sicily’s Iblei Mountains about 25 miles north of Siracusa, is a charming gem,...
Father Giuseppe Cataldo, a pioneering missionary in the Pacific Northwest, founded Gonzaga University in Spokane in 1887 to serve the growing Catholic population in the area. (Gonzaga University Archives)

Giuseppe Cataldo: Pioneer Missionary and the Last of the Black Robes

In 1881, a stash of silver dollars, 936 of them to be exact, bought 320 acres of land overlooking the Spokane River in eastern Washington. At the...
At the opening of the Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Lab in Seattle, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, left, with Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali, praised the company's breakthrough research in carbon fiber used in both the automotive and the aeronautical industries. (Lamborghini)

Lamborghini Opens New Carbon Fiber Research Center in Seattle

Since 1963, Lamborghini automobiles have topped the list when it comes to ultralight, ultrafast, ultracool sports cars. In 2007, to conduct research...
In 2012, Tutta Bella transported a portable pizza oven to Boeing Field where Air Force One was parked. There a chef made Neapolitan-style pizza for President Obama, his staff, flight crew and press corps. (Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria)

Tutta Bella Pizzeria: Feeding Dreams, Nourishing Lives, Building Community

Never let it be said that Joe Fugere, owner of Seattle’s Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, won’t move heaven and earth, or even a pizza oven, to...
Elvis Presley presents a Tennessee ham to Governor Albert Rosellini, far left, during the 1962 Seattle’s World Fair

The Rosellini cousins: among the most influential people in mid-century politics and business

Cousins have often played complementary roles throughout history. Take Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, fifth cousins, who became president of the...
Kent Bakke, CEO of La Marzocco International, imported La Marzocco espresso machines from Italy for 15 years before acquiring a controlling share of the company and establishing corporate headquarters in Seattle. (Jill Greco Bodnar)

Got coffee? La Marzocco International calls Seattle home

If you are a coffee aficionado, you’ve heard of La Marzocco. A hands-down favorite among baristas, these high-end espresso machines can be found in...
A 1937 Fiat Topolino is on display at America's Car Museum, located in Tacoma, Wash. Fiat built more than 500,000 Topolinos over two decades of production

Impressive collection at America’s Car Museum includes vintage Italian vehicles

From a 1926 Model T to an ice-blue 1951 Studebaker to the Flintmobile made for the 1994 Flintstones movie, all sorts of automotive rarities can be...
The tasting room at the Northwest Wine Academy, located on the campus of South Seattle College, features award-winning wines produced by the students. The room has a distinctly Northwest feel with reclaimed redwood and basalt rocks

Northwest Wine Academy guides students from vine to wine

The airy, light-filled tasting room at the Northwest Wine Academy would feel right at home in any of Seattle’s swankier neighborhoods. Designed with...
Today, Pike Place Market is one of Seattle's most popular sites, a must-see for out-of-town visitors. Known as the city's neighborhood marketplace, it offers an amazing array of fresh, locally produced, top-quality food, goods and handcrafted products

Joe Desimone: From produce farmer to owner of Seattle’s Pike Place Market

Giuseppe “Joe” Desimone was a bear of a man, 6 foot 2 inches tall, 300 pounds. He arrived in America in 1897 from Naples at the age of 18 with 50...
An enthusiastic host and excellent cook, Mattiacci recently published her first cookbook, "A Kitchen with a View," that includes more than 50 family-friendly recipes featuring fresh ingredients picked locally and in season

Seattle explores the harmonious cooking of Umbria

Ingredients are like musical notes, says cookbook author Letizia Mattiacci, and cooking is like composing music. The results, when done well, are...

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