Portland

Every Christmas, Tiffany Lillebo’s Nonna Angelina made pizzelle using a pizzelle iron that had been passed down through the family for generations.  “They were always such a treat,” says Tiffany. “We enjoyed them during the holidays with Nonna but we …

The Associazione Culturale Italiana di Portland is excited to announce the 2015 Italian Film Festival USA of Portland, running Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12. Sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation and the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration …

Alison Greene is four-foot-something with a gregarious personality, dark eyes, curly hair and a quick smile. You like her as soon as you meet her.  I first met Alison at a meeting for an Italian memorial in Portland, where she …

I may be a chef, but every school year, I wig out organizing the lunchboxes of my culinary demanding children.   I grew up in Italy where school is only in the mornings, and every student comes back home around …

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 right into Portland’s eclectic mix of performing artists, while also setting …

Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore) is a comic opera (melodramma giocoso) in two acts by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. The opera premiered on May 12th, 1832 at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan and has continued to be one …

When Giuseppe “Joe” Lemma, Sr. came to America in 1900, he saw a landscape full of possibilities. He was a visionary, a born entrepreneur with boundless energy.  He arrived with little money and no formal education but believed that through …

Heritage is a precious thing. From our parents and grandparents, we learn who we are and why our cultural identity is important.  Sharing family traditions and memories is crucial to forming a bond between old and new generations.   Unfortunately, …

Although Gregg Matteucci grew up in Fairview, a little town near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, many of his strongest memories are tied to a home in southeast Portland in historic Ladd’s Addition where his grandmother lived.  Sundays …

Meeting Chef Renato Solpietro for the first time is a happy experience.  He is passionate about life in general and Italian culture and cooking in particular.  His wife, Adrienne Davis is just as outgoing – picture a glass jar full …

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