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After canceling the 2020 season because of the pandemic, SIFF Cinema Italian Style returned to Seattle for a week in early November, showcasing 13 films to celebrate the festival’s 13th season.  “Seattle loves this festival,” declared SIFF’s Artistic Director Beth …

Seattle’s Italian Cultural Center opens after months of planning After months of planning and hard work, fueled by the efforts of many volunteers, Casa Italiana—Italian Cultural Center officially opened on May 29, 2021.  When fully realized, the new Italian cultural …

When visitors arrive on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, they are greeted by a stunning Gothic masterpiece that dwarfs many of the surrounding buildings — Suzzallo Library. Gaze upwards and notice the library’s 18 terra cotta figures, …

Migration is an expansive concept with many applications and gradations of meaning. For some, the word is closely tied with parents or grandparents immigrating to the United States from Italy or another country. Others attuned to the natural world think …

Edo Vanni was as feisty as they come.  Some called him a firebrand; others, a hothead. His wife once said he could start a fight in an empty room. How much of that headstrong nature was just for show is …

Leonardo da Vinci was a remarkable genius, a man of far-reaching and extraordinary talents. Although we often think of him as an artist, he produced only about 20 paintings before he died in 1519. The majority of his career was …

Black truffles and hazelnuts, Rainier cherries and rosebuds, rhubarb root and Willamette Valley hops. Although this may sound like a grocery list for your local farmer’s market, you might be surprised to know these organic ingredients form the basis of …

This October, two site-specific installations by Italian artists were unveiled in some of Seattle’s most highly trafficked areas.  In the new Roosevelt Station, which opened to riders October 1 as part of the expanded Sound Transit system, New York-based artist …

Whether creating elaborate window displays, winning awards at flower shows, or helping launch the Italian Commercial Club a century ago, the Rosaia Brothers – Palmiro, Felix and George – brought energy, determination and, above all, a sense of beauty to …

Mild or spicy, made with fennel, anise or garlic, there’s nothing like a delicious Italian sausage. Just ask the Verone family, who has been in the sausage business for nearly 100 years. The company was started in 1923 by Joe …