Over a century ago, a tight-knit network of Italian American families started selling local produce in Portland’s Central Eastside. It began on a single city block and expanded from there — carts and wagons overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables often arrived before dawn to set up shop. It was “farm-to-table” before “farm-to-table” needed a s...

Keen-eyed Nostrana diners in Portland, OR may have noticed the Buckman Italian restaurant’s growing collection of unusual-looking cookbooks. The restaurant staff has spent years collecting all 20 first editions of the “In Bocca” (in the mouth) series of cookbooks produced in the late 1970s by Palermo, Italy, publisher Il Vespro. First, they built a...

Join the Scuola Team! Apply on Indeed or email us! Position: Executive Director. Employment Type: Salary, Exempt. Schedule: Part-Time (10-15 hours). Location: 1542 NW 14 th Ave, Portland, OR 97209. Scuola Italiana di Portland, a not-for-profit language school in Portland, OR is searching for an Executive Director to join our community. We are searc...

Let’s begin the new year of interviews by moving to one of the American territories farthest from Italy, the Northwest. The protagonists of the book written by Tessa Floreano are Idaho, Oregon and Washington, three states that are not among the best known in our country nor among those that have welcomed Italian emigrants the most. But as we have o...

Wishing for a fabulous Italian restaurant in Oregon where you can dine outside in the cold and rainy winter months? Try Montelupo Italian Market, which serves amazing food in a heated tent. You can also dine inside, but if you’re in the mood for outside dining, where’s the fun in that? (Actually, the inside space is quite lovely, too!) Montelupo op...

In Long Island, New York, Bree Licata grew up frequenting Italian American bakeries that stocked dozens of varieties of cookies and pastries. Customers would eye up trays of baked goods in a pastry case, order what they want, and their selections would be boxed up and priced by weight. Licata’s family was one that had always leaned toward cooking r...

ESPRESSO EXPERT, coffee roaster, and cafe owner Andrea Spella first established his reputation with the eponymous downtown Portland coffee cart he opened in 2006. Now after the pandemic, and massive changes in the neighborhood, Spella has once again put roots down in the city center with Spella Caffè, his new flagship that opened October 12. The ne...

Montelupo Italian Market opened its second Portland location on Thursday — bringing fresh-made focaccia and take-and-bake pasta to the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood. The new market, on Southeast Bybee Boulevard, offers lunch and dinner with indoor and outdoor seating, along with take-home dinner and dessert. “We’re so happy to be in the neighborho...

More than 20 years ago, while Portland restaurateur Adam Berger was learning to make pasta in Montelupo Albese, Italy, he would watch the matriarch of the the restaurant bake her daily focaccia: Pans slid into the wood-fired oven, and bread would emerge airy and crisp at the bottom to be placed at the tables in the dining room. “I can still remembe...

It’s time to celebrate summer with a picnic basket, blanket, a libation, and lawn chairs (low profile, of course) and then head to the park where you can hear live classical music for free. That’s right – free! Portland’s annual Opera in the Park will take place in Washington Park on Sunday, Aug. 13, with a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto...