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Filmmaker Laura Luchetti explores unlikely friendships amid violent realities

The new film from director Laura Luchetti , Twin Flower (Fiore Gemello) explores unlikely friendships and the loss of innocence, set against the...

Taking Seattle’s coffee culture to new heights

S eattle is said to have more coffee shops per capita than any other city in the country― at last count, 43 cafés every 100,000 residents. But even...

Cabaret approach adds pizazz to The Pink Door

Diners looking for The Pink Door restaurant, a Seattle institution for nearly 40 years, need to know there is virtually no signage. Just head down...

Washington’s wines nurture strong ties to Italy

In the early 1980s, Wine & Spirits magazine named a Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon the best in the nation. It was a surprising announcement...

Seattle composer uses musical talents to raise funds for Children’s Hospital

Composer and Seattle native Mateo Messina has scored the soundtracks for more than 50 films and 100 television episodes and won a Grammy award for...

Volterra and alabaster: More than 3,000 years of art in stone

The beautiful walled city of Volterra, an ancient Etruscan town some 45 miles southwest of Florence, is famous for its well-preserved medieval...

Marco Ponti’s newest comedy calls attention to Italy’s economic woes

Rank heists, police chases, beautiful actress, cruel gangsters, crooked cops and social criticism: Marco Ponti’s newest film, Reckless Life (Una Vita...

Film maker Daniele De Michele celebrates food as culture

For nearly two decades, Daniele De Michele has celebrated the spirit of Italian grandmothers, calling attention to their collective knowledge about...

Mary Bacarella: The “mayor” of Pike Place Market

Seattle’s Pike Place Market is a must-see tourist sight and one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers market in the nation. Its roots go...

First stand-alone Princi cafe finds a warm welcome in Seattle

Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz recently credited Italy with inspiring two of the most pivotal moments in his professional life. The...