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Gus Loprinzi. Phot Courtesy of the Loprinzi family

The Loprinzi’s: America’s Strongest Family Yesterday & Today

“There is no wealth but life. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of human beings; that man is richest, who, having...
Rick Gencarelli at his sandwich shop Lardo

Rick Gencarelli’s Grassa: A Captivating Blend of Fresh Pasta, All Things Pork, and… Rock & Roll

When Rick Gencarelli, chef and owner of Portland’s famed sandwich shop Lardo (known for its play-on-words motto: Bringing Fatback 7 Days a Week)...
Rebecca Ponzi, owner of Casal Cristiana Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive Oil: The Allure of Italy’s Most Exotic & Controversial Fruit

Michel Ponzi, co-owner of Ponzi Vineyards, one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries, has spent his entire life building a hobby business into an...
Evan Gregoire with one of his heirloom tomatoes

Banking On The Magic of A Seed

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there,...
Portland Opera Props Master Cindy Felice

Props in Portland: A Glimpse Behind the Magic

“Se avete due pani, vendetene uno e comprate un fiore, perché anche l'anima ha fame.” If one has two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a flower, for...
Alessandra Gardino

An Italian Countess in Portland

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” This quote by Italian poet, Cesare Pavese embodies the passion of Alessandra Gardino Melchiori...
Marco Roberti far left with his cousins

Italian Food & Language: An Enchanting Combination

“Italians say that someone who acquires a new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my...
International actor, clown, performer and teacher, Stefano Iaboni’s characters are hilarious and entertaining

Food and Laughter: Two of Life’s Best Medicines

Stefano Iaboni is fairly new to the Portland area, having only been living here for about a year and a half, but his unique talents allow him to fit...
The Lillebo family is looking forward to the opening day of their new coffee cart, Tired & Pour

Pizzelle in Portland: Tired & Pour Coffee Co. Opens Doors with Signature Old-World Cookie

Every Christmas, Tiffany Lillebo’s Nonna Angelina made pizzelle using a pizzelle iron that had been passed down through the family for generations. “...
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Taste of Italy: A Palette of Unique Adventures to Enchant the Senses

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” This quote by Walt Whitman embodies the mission of Taste of Italy, a company that offers culinary tours of...