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“I’ve got my game face on trying to run this restaurant,” says Kiauna Floyd, owner of Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant on NE Fremont. A business-threatening pandemic coupled with mass protests has Floyd, a Black business owner, mentally and physically exhausted. But for the former collegiate athlete, wife, and mother of two, defeat is not an option. Flo...

Bao Tran, executive chef of Mad Bene on Oʻahu, spent 10 years honing his craft in New York City.  One of his most treasured memories is when his chef sent him to Viareggio, Italy, to stage at Ristorante La Dogana – a family-run, hilltop restaurant overlooking the ocean and a small town. For four months, Tran worked beside its chef, rolling pasta an...

After making some controversial comments calling for Philadelphia to allow indoor dining, Marc Vetri announced today that he’s taking the Fiorella name to Las Vegas for a long-term pop-up with the potential to turn into a permanent project. Starting July 10th, Osteria Fiorella will open inside the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, serving a much larg...

When it comes to pizza, I’m typically a fan of the less-is-more approach. I’m a stickler for solid ingredients that can speak for themselves. When it comes to food trucks, I want more, and I always want them within walking distance. The last food truck boom happened when people lost their jobs and rents for brick and mortar locations became unfeasi...

For centuries, green walnuts were collected around the Summer Solstice, and on June 24, for the feast of Saint John the Baptist, in preparation for an autumnal batch of the walnut liqueur. In the Middle Ages, the storied liqueur, known as “Nocino” in Italy, was often associated with women sorceresses who gathered the fruit by night and brewed the f...

Last week, the Rose City got the greenlight to open restaurants for dine-in service after months of takeout only. A spacious white tent with the words “One Love,” now stands next to Amalfi's Restaurant and Mercato, a black-owned Italian restaurant three generations strong. (Due to new guidelines, the existing dining room could fit just six tables,...

It’s an all-too-familiar story during the coronavirus pandemic. A woman arrives at her retail job only to hear that she is out of work. Many would respond with a sense of self-pity, but her reaction has been an inspiration to thousands. Like many of us, Michelle Brenner, who worked at a menswear store, first turned to comfort food—using her grandmo...

Campana, a new Italian restaurant that began as a pop-up at Grand Army Tavern, will replace the Northeast Portland bar permanently this Friday, owners George Kaden and Annalisa Maceda told The Oregonian/OregonLive. The move spells the end for Grand Army Tavern, a neighborhood bar opened in 2017 by Kaden and Maceda, another former New York City rest...

A new Italian spot has opened for business in the neighborhood. Called Spaghetto Italian Kitchen, the newcomer is located at 9570 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson. Spaghetto Italian Kitchen sources ingredients from local farmers markets, according to its website. Featured menu items include fettuccine Alfredo, portobello mushroom ravioli and linguine s...

Beloved Italian eatery Casa Vacca in Portland is going to reopen its dining room with additional patio and outdoor seating space on Tuesday, June 30. They’ve been serving up some of the most luxurious and delicious Italian tapas in Portland for a long while and even adapted to the lockdown with a finish-at-home meal kit menu. Next week, patrons and...

The owners of Pisolino recently shut down the neighborhood restaurant and replaced it with an Italian market with grocery items, to-go meals and a deli counter. They hope the change will help their business get through the coronavirus pandemic. “We knew we wouldn’t be able to make it. Rather than having to close our doors, we wanted to evolve,” sai...

After nearly 30 years in Tri-Cities, Casa Mia continues to out-compete multinational chains with its handcrafted Italian cuisine based on recipes developed by Italian-American immigrants to New York in the early 1900s. Founded in 1952 in Hoquiam on the west coast of Washington, Casa Mia founder Phil Bellofatto aided in bringing that cultural herita...