After closing its downtown shop during the pandemic, Spella Caffè is doing something unusual for a business that shuttered in the city’s core: reopening in the same neighborhood. Founder Andrea Spella tells WW the new outpost will be located in the former Moonstruck Chocolate store at 608 SW Alder St. That’s in the Selling Building, which is owned...

Our Festa in the park is fun for the entire family and a great venue to meet with family, old friends and also an opportunity to meet new friends. There will be Entertainment, Italian Food/ Beverages, Raffle, Wall of Wine and Auction. The Festa Italiana 4 Person Open Bocce Tournament will start up at 8:30am (see here). Come to the Park and have a g...

Airports have always fascinated me. Traveling as much as my family did, I was always excited to experience everything from check-in and security to even waiting at the gate. I lived for it. I was less excited when I had to leave Portland, Oregon, at age 15 to move to Lerici, Italy, a small harbor town in the Northwest region of the country. I felt...

Please join us to immerse yourself in the beauty, sights, sounds, and stories of Italian culture! The Italian Film Festival opens this Friday, April 14th, with the Film, 'The Champion - Il Campioni' in the new theater at Lincoln High School (1750 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205). This film is sponsored by, Caffè Umbria and Giovanni Cafiso. We can'...

Last weekend, the Department of Italian Studies hosted “Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour,” an Italian film festival showcasing a selection of rare and restored films from the world-renowned Cineteca Bologna. The event marked the tenth anniversary of the festival’s first visit to the University. Held in the Martinos Auditorium at the Granoff Center for t...

Please join us for our Preschool Open House on March 11 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, to learn more about our part-time Italian language Preschool. Although it isn’t required to pop by, please RSVP (even if you aren’t certain you’ll make it), it helps us to be prepared for how many families might attend. RSVP by emailing [email protected] will...

Ten years ago, I learned something valuable while eavesdropping on a conversation between Aaron Coe and Tuscan winemaker Paolo de Marchi of Isole e Elena fame. Coe was working for local Italian wine importer Casa Bruno at the time, and it was clear that his love for Italy and the sangiovese grape ran deep. The kind of deep that makes you drop every...

A long-mothballed restaurant in downtown Portland has now been revived. Il Solito, the homestyle Italian American spot inside Kimpton Hotel Vintage at 627 SW Washington St., began serving customers Nov. 2 after a two-and-a-half-year absence. The business temporarily closed in March 2020, like every other restaurant in the state, to help quell the s...

When was the last time you tasted a dessert so vibrant, so shockingly alive, that it caused you to laugh out loud with sheer joy? Have you ever tried an appetizer so salty, sweet and oily that it warranted a burst of applause, as if it had just performed a magic trick? I was lucky enough to have both experiences at Tartuca, the sensational new Ital...

Using a mattarello, a three-foot long Italian rolling pin, and his hands, Chase Dopson makes pasta magic. Within a St. Johns kitchen, the chef takes freshly kneaded balls of dough and rolls them into sheets, cutting noodles by hand or using traditional tools to stamp out filled pastas like anolini. Pastificio d’Oro, the pop up he co-owns, has serve...