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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...
Seattle architect Fred Bassetti, seen in this 1960 photo, was committed to designing a more inviting cityscape, advocating for buildings that flowed with the landscape

Fred Bassetti leaves Seattle with rich architectural legacy

Perhaps no single architect has had a more profound influence on the buildings and public places that defined 20th-century Seattle than Fred Bassetti...
Seattle based architect and artist Iole Alessandrini. Photo courtesy of: gabrieladenisefrank.com

Artist Iole Alessandrini explores relationship between space and light

The interplay between light and space fascinates Seattle artist Iole Alessandrini. Her complex site-specific installations use controlled...
Former Seattle resident and current Umbrian chef Jennifer McIlvaine prepared a sausage dish with Walla Walla onions in a cooking demonstration held this September at the popular Cannara onion festival

A love of onions brings two cities together

This is the story of two cities on two continents brought together by a visionary corporate executive and a mutual love of onions. In December, if...
The stylish noir thriller, "The Ice Forest" by director Claudio Noce, will be one of the films screened at this year's Cinema Italian Style, to be held November 12-19 in Seattle.

Cinema Italian Style takes center stage in November

The very best in Italian contemporary film is the hallmark of Cinema Italian Style, a film festival that runs November 12–19 in Seattle. In just a...
Frank Isernio, center, brought his passion for great food, fresh ingredients and time-honored Italian traditions to his company, making Isernio's Sausage a top Northwest producer. Credit: Isernio's Sausage

Frank Isernio shares his delicious recipe for success

For more than 45 years, Frank Isernio’s life has revolved around sausage. As with many Italian families, food played a central role in the day-to-day...
Luigi DeNunzio, owner of Al Boccalino Restaurant, hopes to encourage other Italian restaurant owners to join him in creating a Little Italy

Seattle restaurateur dreams of creating a Little Italy in Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square is the heart of Seattle. Settled in 1852 by men and women who were drawn to its protected deep-water harbor, the area burned to the...
Outdoor writer Craig Romano has hiked more than 17,000 miles in Washington state. Photo credit: Craig Romano

Outdoor writer Craig Romano inspires readers to explore the natural beauty of Washington state

Ask outdoor enthusiast Craig Romano what has most influenced his life and his answer comes quickly and confidently: his Italian heritage and his New...
Mother Cabrini, who became American's first saint in 1946, is known as the patron saint of immigrants

America’s first saint helps ease the way for Seattle’s Italian community

In 1903, several national figures made their way to the shores of Puget Sound, no easy feat at the time. In April of that year, John C. Olmstead,...
Nabucco © Philip Newton courtesy of Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera Presents Nabucco—Verdi’s first "Big Hit"

Nabucco helped launch Giuseppe Verdi’s spectacular career in Milan in 1842 and still thrills audiences around the world. Seattle Opera opened their...
Hands-on quality control is what makes Ritrovo products successful. Owner Ilyse Rathet tests a Tavolozze cracker with the help of Figuli's Filippo Albertini (center) and distributor Marco Damiani

Ritrovo preserves culinary traditions and authentic flavors of Italy

Spread the love, share the wealth and eat well while doing it. These concepts drive the successful business model adapted by Ilyse Rathet and Ron...
Jim Corey (left) with Maurizio Rocchi whose family has lived in Civita for generations and own Alma Civita Restaurant there

Seattle’s Civita Institute helps preserve a hill town’s unique way of life

Civita di Bagnoregio is one of the most beautiful hill towns in Italy. Located about 60 miles north of Rome, this stunning gem has escaped the modern...
Stefano Catalani (right) & artist Nathan Vincent. Photo credit Emilie Smith

Stefano Catalani and the language of art

A degree in petroleum engineering is not the usual training ground for a museum administrator. But then, Stefano Catalani, director of art, craft and...
Sensoria designs, develops, and produces body-sensing wearable devices

Sensoria’s Smart Socks: the fascinating story behind a wearable tech success

Inspiration happens in the unlikeliest of places. It had been twenty days since Mario Esposito, a serial inventor and Microsoft engineer at that time...

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