A massive rural of a black eagle is the only art on the walls inside the West End's new quick-turn pasta café, Grassa, and he seems to be there to say, "It is I who killed the curse of Corazón."   Some quick history: Mexican restaurant Corazón was the leviathan investment, and failure, of Kurt Huffman's ChefStable. From the ashes, bit-by-bit...

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church was the beating heart of Portland's Little Italy neighborhood. Built in 1902 by Italian immigrants with funds raised in less than five months, it was the center of the Italian immigrant's lives and was designated an Italian National Parish. The little Italian church is the only remnant of Little Italy...

by Silvia Simonetti   From the Embassy's magnificent headquarters in Washington D.C., Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero traveled to the West Coast on his official visit to California and – for the first time ever – to Oregon, in the week of March 8th.   While in Los Angeles, he was welcomed by the Italian institutions and communit...

A native Sicilian — and former professional basketball player — will open an authentic Sicilian restaurant with a touch of Oregon flair in the Pearl District later this month. Francesco Inguaggiato, a chef and former professional basketball player for the Italian League in Italy, recently moved to Portland and will open his third restaurant, B...

by Grant Butler Portland chef Jenn Louis' star has been steadily rising in recent years. In 2012, she was named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs, a prestigious honor, given that the list of past recipients reads like a "Who's Who" of modern American cooking. The following year, she competed briefly on TV's "Top Chef Masters."...

Italian Film Festival USA of Portland is Pleased to Announce the 2016 Program LineupPORTLAND, Oregon (March 12, 2016) - The Italian Film Festival USA of Portland, will feature ten new movies, from both emerging and well-accomplished Italian directors. The festival is presented in collaboration with the Associazione Culturale Italiana di Portland (...

"Cucina povera" and "alta cucina" may be apples and oranges (or rather mele e arance), but we Americans adore them just the same—indeed more than any other foreign cuisine, according to recent reports.   These 20 best Italian restaurants in America—which stretch from the best restaurants in Miami in the south right up to San Francisco's best...

This major exhibition will be a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day.   The story is explored through the key individuals and organizations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style. The exhibition will include both women's fashion and menswear, highl...

Restaurant-loving Oregonians, particularly food cart fans, won't be completely in the dark about piadinas: the thin, dusty flatbread native to Italy's Emilia-Romagna region appear occasionally at local Italian restaurants and have a permanent home at North Portland's Gabagool food cart.   Now Strada, a fast-casual chain that started with a s...

by Carla Escoda   Oregon Ballet Theatre opens its season this weekend with the slyly titled Amore Italiano - a double bill that bows to the Italian roots of ballet, in both classical and contemporary manner, in moods both light and dark.   The inimitable Danish choreographer Auguste Bournonville was so enamored of the city of Naples w...