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Former teacher, editor, marketing manager and freelance writer, now Seattle's Rebecca Novelli can add first-time novelist to the list

Author and artist Rebecca Novelli paints a story of forgiveness and hope

With a gifted musician for a grandfather and an opera singer for an uncle, it’s no surprise that Rebecca Novelli chose an artistic path. A California...
Italian explorer Alessandro Malaspina, flying under the Spanish flag, explored the Northwest coast during his expedition of 1789-1793

Alessandro Malaspina: Early explorer of the Pacific Northwest coast

Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci might be famous for their early explorations of the New World, yet another Italian adventurer who commanded...
Artist Leno Prestini seen in front of his painting "Ghost Riders in the Sky" at the Triple R Restaurant in Clayton, Wash., in the 1950s. (Stevens County Historical Society)

Folk artist and sculptor Leno Prestini was a Stevens County original

Just north of Spokane lies the tiny community of Clayton, Wash., population 443, founded in 1889 and named after the abundant clay deposits nearby...
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...

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