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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...
Coal was king in Black Diamond, a small town about 25 miles southeast of Seattle along the Cascade Mountain range. Russell Lee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

When Italian immigrants fueled the coal mining industry

A century ago in Black Diamond, Wash., the freight trains arrived empty twice a day and twice a day they left, loaded with coal. Railroad assistant...
Angelo Pellegrini, shown here circa 1985, celebrated good food, wine and the culture of the table. To ensure his legacy, friends and family created the Pellegrini Foundation which focuses on awareness and education in four fields: agriculture, viticulture, culinary arts and literature. (Pellegrini Foundation)

Pellegrini Foundation: Celebrating the legend of an American buongustaio

The list of honorees reads like a who’s who among Seattle’s culinary elite: Armandino Batali of Salumi; food marketer Jon Rowley; Frank Isernio,...
Essential Baking co-founder George DePasquale loves sharing his passion for making bread, whether with customers in one of the company's four cafes or in one of his popular baking classes. (Cara Kennedy Photography)

Essential Baking Company embodies the measure of success

The smell of freshly baked bread is arguably one of the world’s most sublime aromas. A British study last year found that the smell of baking bread...
Journalist and author Gloria Steinem was interviewed recently about her new book, "My Life on the Road," by Terry Tazioli, co-host of public television's Well Read.  (Well Read)

Terry Tazioli takes television viewers inside the hearts and minds of today’s writers

The love of words has fueled much of Terry Tazioli’s 40-year career. He’s been a print reporter, newspaper editor, television producer and news...
John Croce, founder of Pacific Food Importers and its retail counterpart, Big John's PFI, was a pillar of Seattle's Italian-American community. Both businesses are well-known for their extensive selection of imported food offerings at wholesale prices. (Seattle Times)

Big John’s PFI offers Seattle food lovers a cornucopia of imported delights

In an industrial area just south of downtown Seattle, under the shadow of CenturyLink Field and down the street from several auto repair shops, sits...
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi (right), executive director of Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre with Actor Tom Skerritt was one of the many guests who joined Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi and his team to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ACT Theatre in October. (John Ulman)

Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi transforms local theater into a thriving cultural center

Charming, energetic and passionate about the arts, Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi has been a shot in the arm for Seattle’s ACT Theatre since he joined the...

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