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Northwest Italian Radio Show blazes a new trail

Everyone wants to be Italian! That pretty much sums up the raison d’etre of one of the Northwest’s most lively and fun radio talk shows. The...
Inspired by his Italian grandparents, Gary Figgins planted his first vineyard in 1974. In this 1979 photo with son Chris, now president of Leonetti Cellar, Figgins shares an early lesson about winemaking. (Leonetti Cellar)

How Italian immigrants helped define the wine industry of Walla Walla

Orselli, Saturno, Tachi, Locati, Arbini. These melodic names belonged to some of the early Italian settlers who found their way to eastern Washington...
Sitting elegantly in the glass, Orasella Maraschino Cherries are crafted using local cherries from eastern Washington, free of dyes and artificial ingredients

Orasella redefines the lowly maraschino cherry

Take two roommates who’ve been friends for 20 years. Add the fact that their Seattle homes are five blocks apart. Mix in one person’s expertise in...
Poet Lucia Perillo, who passed away in October, brought a unique voice to the struggles that all humans face

Poet Lucia Perillo speaks to the struggles that all humans face

“The body tells a story/mostly about loss.” So runs a line from the poem, “Rotator Cuff Vortex” by American poet Lucia Perillo, who died October 16...
The Seattle Art Museum's 16th-century Italian Room is one of the oldest wood-paneled rooms on display in the U.S. (Nathaniel Willson)

Seattle Art Museum’s Italian Room brings 16th century Italy to life

It may look as though the French have taken over the Seattle Art Museum this fall, as the museum hosts a lavish exhibit on designer Yves Saint...
Paolo Genovese's newest film, "Perfect Strangers," won top awards for best film and best screenplay. (Ali & Colapietro)

Cinema Italian Style brings the best in Italian contemporary film to Seattle

The dark days and rainy nights so common to the Pacific Northwest in November are tailor-made for movie-going. Seattle’s popular Italian film...

Political writer Richard Benedetto: An insider’s look at the art of covering politics

With one of the most hotly contested presidential elections right around the corner, there’s a lot on the line for both candidates and voters alike...
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...
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...
Rollicking good fun with Count Ory by Seattle Opera

Rollicking good fun with Count Ory by Seattle Opera

You may not have heard of Le comte Ory (Count Ory) by Gioacchino Rossini. Don’t feel too badly if you are unfamiliar with this work; many seasoned...
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...

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