by Tonya Russo Hamilton   Bill and Carol Sansone started LivingItalian in 2012, intent on sharing their years of experience living, working, and traveling independently throughout Italy.   Almost 40 years ago, they decided to explore the regional cultures, traditions, food and history of southern Italy where all of their grandparents...

By Kim Himstreet   Portland Opera's 50th anniversary season will conclude on Saturday Aug. 1 with a celebration featuring a street fair and free outdoor simulcast of their final production of Gaetano Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." While opera and a street fair might seem like an unusual pairing, Portland Opera ties it all together wi...

Who: The Italian Business Club Foundation (IBC)- A local nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating Italian culture! What: Italian Marketplace ~ Italian Food, gelato, olive oil, wine, music & entertainment, games, art, activities for the entire family!   Where: Beautiful Cannery Square "Piazza" in Old Tow...

by Tonya Russo Hamilton "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 the soul also has hunger. This Italian proverb spoken by Cindy Felice's mother throughout her life signifies her journey from childhood arts appreciation to becoming...

By Moira Macdonald   Ideally, one would travel to Portland Art Museum's new exhibit "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945" on the back of a Vespa motor scooter piloted by Gregory Peck. But Amtrak works just fine, too.   The exhibit, featuring dozens of elegant garments from the likes of Valentino, Prada, Armani and Pucci (who, it turns o...

By Samantha Bakall After more than seven months of waiting and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Burrasca, the rustic Tuscan food cart from Florentine native Paolo Calamai, and one of The Oregonian's top 10 of 2014, will open July 14 in the former Block's Cafe space in Southeast Portland.   Burrasca 2.0 will continue serving menu favorites...

by Catherine Accardi   Mauro Battocchi's last day as San Francisco's beloved Consul General will be July 8, 2016. He has been Italy's Consul General in San Francisco since September, 2012. For the past four years, Battocchi has presided over countless events with a never-ending smile and seemingly boundless grace that will be sorely mis...

I'm visiting the Italian community in Portland. There are around 900 Italian citizens in this North-Western state, while many more are the Americans of Italian descent. Honorary Consul Andrea Bartoloni is their active point of reference.Italians here are mainly professionals working in the apparel and hi-tech industry, as well as in Universities an...