After nearly 30 years in Tri-Cities, Casa Mia continues to out-compete multinational chains with its handcrafted Italian cuisine based on recipes developed by Italian-American immigrants to New York in the early 1900s. Founded in 1952 in Hoquiam on the west coast of Washington, Casa Mia founder Phil Bellofatto aided in bringing that cultural herita...

A smooth-talking bunco artist nearly separated Corrado Fantozzi, 25, an Italian railroad worker, from his life savings. An Italian man named Antonio Regis befriended Fantozzi by asking the way to the Catholic church. While strolling through the Spokane streets, Regis told him that he had recently inherited $18,000 from an uncle who owned a gold min...

As a gesture to the community, Joeseppi’s Italian Ristorante will serve its entire menu at half-off for the month of June. Ideally this promotion would coincide with a hopeful June 1 reopening of restaurant dining rooms, but Pierce County appears unlikely to enter Phase 2 of the state’s recovery plan by then. No matter, said owner Joe Stortini: “Pe...

Some good news for Spokane’s Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Executive Director Wes Jessup says the museum will be allowed to extend the run of an important exhibit about Mt. Vesuvius. That has been closed since March because of the coronavirus. "The Pompeii exhibition comes from Naples, Italy and we organized it to be here during the 40th an...

Like Tibetan sand mandalas or the Italian festival of Infiorata, Linda Miller Nicholson’s pasta art is meant to be destroyed. And by destroyed, she means boiled in scalding water, sauced with creamy goodness, and devoured for dinner. Known to fans as Salty Seattle, Nicholson is part chef, part artist, and has carved a unique niche out of both world...

Although Meconi's closed for a spell during the "stay home, stay healthy" orders they're up and running Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Phone orders (and pre-payment) are encouraged, but walk up orders through their COVID safe window ordering is an option (no cash accepted). You can also order online for contactless delivery through...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Seattle, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt. April is one of the top months of the year for consumer spending at restaurants across the Se...

The beauty of this digital fundraising cabaret is that its host, local Italian American choreographer Alice Gosti, was able to invite performers from all over the world to participate. See Italy's Meredith Pellon, Fox Whitney (with Gender/Tender), and Fabiana Mangialard; Boston's Sofia Engelman; New York's Phoebe Rose Sandford; and members of Gosti...

After staying dormant for the past couple of weeks during Washington’s stay at home order, West Seattle’s Italian destination Il Nido is open again for some takeout offerings. Currently, the James Beard Award-nominated restaurant from chef Mike Easton has an online store where diners can order a rotating menu of fresh pastas and ready-made sauces t...

I picked up Peg from her exercise appointment on North Pearl. It was almost 11:30, so I asked Peg if she wanted to got out to lunch. She said, “Sure. How about Joeseppi’s?” We were less than two hundred yards away, so I thought why not? This was just after our governor’s announcement about the Corona Virus and a ban on meetings of 250 people or mor...