Tacoma Opera’s production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” is scheduled to open Oct. 26. In addition to a great story, music and sets, the production promises lavish costume design. “The costumes for our production of ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ are going to be absolutely stunning,” said Tacoma Opera Artistic Director Noel Koran. “They are being given to us by o...

Love Street Playhouse cooks up a gourmet event with family, faith and food in October with its production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” by Joe Di Pietro. The play centers around Nick, a single man from New Jersey, whose parents are retired and move to Florida. Every Sunday, he sees both sets of grandparents at dinner. Then, one day he...

The Milford community is mourning the passing of John Filone, one of three brothers who purchased the Mount Haven Country Resort and turned it into a roaring success and a beloved local institution with help from their sister, Theresa. John died on Friday, Aug. 24, at 75. He leaves behind his wife, Lorraine Filone; sons Jeffrey Filone and his wife,...

The Italian Festival is Sept. 29-30 at Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, with music, dance, authentic foods, workshops and activities for everyone. This will be the 20th year for the popular festa Italiana Seattle. There will be a grape-stomping competition and pizza tossing, and a new event called Opera for Kids,...

Seattleites love their ice cream and their coffee, so it's only natural to combine the two. Affogato, the classic Italian dessert with espresso poured over gelato or ice cream, is the answer. Bonus: since it pairs cold scoops with steaming espresso, it's also an ideal vehicle for ice cream on these transitional days between summer and fall (not to...

Since its completion in 1908, the Tacoma Armory has been many things. Originally it was made to house the Washington National Guard. It had horse stables and space for drilling, as well as a swimming pool. Almost from the beginning it has been a cultural touchstone of the city, providing a venue for concerts, balls, sporting events and speechifying...

Mike Easton and his wife Victoria are expanding their Italian reach to West Seattle. The couple has taken over the old Alki Homestead and is turning it into an Italian dinner destination near the shores of Elliott Bay. Il Nido, which means “the nest” in Italian, will join the Easton flock, complementing the brisk lunch service at Pioneer Square’s I...

August Wine Group, a Seattle-based importer of industry-leading wineries and family-owned boutique estates in Europe and South America, today announced an exclusive partnership with prominent Italian producer Fantinel to import its wines, Tenuta Sant’ Helena, Borgo Tesis and Fantinel Sparkling. Fantinel is a third-generation family winery founded i...

The San Gennaro Festival Italian street fair livens up Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood with Italian music, food and festivities Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-9. Now in its sixth year in Seattle, the festival celebrates the patron saint of Naples in a tradition that dates back to 1926, when immigrants from Naples brought it to New...

August marks a decade of perfect pasta and carefully curated wine inspired by northwest Italy on Capitol Hill’s 14th Ave. Cascina Spinasse turned ten this month and it celebrated with a party full of longtime customers. “Most of our regulars came over and showered us in love and support,” Spinasse’s general manager Angela Lopez said. “We’ve been on...