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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...

Seattle and the Northwest pizza wars

Pizza is one of those ubiquitous food items that can be prepared in so many different and delicious ways: crusty or chewy, thin or thick, square or...

Sharing recipes among friends: a simple joy transcends the ages

Maria Lucia Luongo is a woman who takes joy in the simple pleasures of life: cooking, fashion, yoga, friendships. For the past 70 years, life’s...

A career well-lived: New book explores a newspaperman’s life

From 1978-1993, Virgil Fassio was the publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, one of the city’s two daily newspapers until it closed in 2009...

Historic Italian farmstead gets new life as urban park

There’s a new public park in south King County that owes its existence to Italian immigrants and a truck-farming enterprise once called Duwamish...