by Kerry-Lynne Demarinis   Meeting Chef Renato Solpietro for the first time is a happy experience. He is passionate about life in general and Italian culture and cooking in particular. His wife, Adrienne Davis is just as outgoing - picture a glass jar full of swirling fireflies and you have a good image of the exuberance and joy that emanate...

In the first century of Italian-American cuisine, nothing north of Naples mattered. The vast majority of the Italian immigrants who migrated to this country in the late 1800s and early 1900s came from their motherland's hot and impoverished south, a land of red sauce made from heat-loving San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella from the milk of indigen...

As we're having a great time wandering all over the 50 States in search of Italian stories, our trip today stops by Portland, Oregon: we're far from the motherland, but that doesn't mean that there's no Italy, here in the Beaver State.   On the contrary, we're happy and grateful to meet our friend Tonya Russo Hamilton, who will help us understand...

Stalwart that he was, Mario Monti lived just long enough so he and wife Josephine could be honored as the longest-wed couple in Oregon. Monti, a member of St. Ignatius Parish in Southeast Portland, died March 14 at age 98, just hours after Worldwide Marriage Encounter presented the certificate for 71 years of faithful matrimony.   The M...

By Samantha Bakall   Southeast Portland's Burrasca, the rustic Tuscan food cart from Florentine native Paolo Calamai closed at the beginning of the year with plans to eventually reopen as a brick and mortar restaurant.    After five months of waiting, the food cart, one of The Oregonian's top 10 of 2014, is finally moving towards...

You could say that Master Baker Dean Chiotti knows baking. While this is a true statement, it is also a vast understatement. Baking is what his family has done for generations - nine generations to be exact."I love it," says 70-year-old Chiotti. "It's what we do," he adds with a shrug of modesty.   Dean's family dates back to 1687 in the Pie...

High-performance vehicles from Italian automakers Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini are a popular attraction at the 2015 Portland International Auto Show, which opened February 5, 2015.   To see Ferrari and Maserati, head to the Oregon Ballroom Luxury Loft on the second floor of the Oregon Convention Center. The Ferrari display features the...

The best thing I've eaten at the West End's Marmo is also by far the simplest. The humble Italian sub ($11) is light, classic and almost perfect—a balance of fatty mortadella, spicy coppa and salty finocchiona meats, with pepperoncinis and red onions and romaine lettuce providing crisp bitterness.   It's the sort of thing you'd get at a sub...

Date: Friday, March 06, 2015 - Saturday, March 21, 2015 Time: See link to festival programme. Location: Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland. Organized by: NorthWest Film Centre In collaboration with: IIC A selection of Italian Neorealist films to complement the Portland Art Museum's lavish exhibition of postwar Italian fashions,...

di Roberta Pinna   Al ristorante Bellino di Portland fervono i preparativi per la festa del primo compleanno che ci sarà il prossimo 14 aprile; nonostante i tempi sai che notizia un ristorante italiano negli States che festeggia un anno di vita! E invece in questo caso c'è una storia da raccontare...una storia di coraggio, di successi e...