Osteria la Spiga isn't just a delicious Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill - it's a paradise for prosciutto-lovers. La Spiga's food pays homage to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Chef Sabrina Tinsley and her husband, Pietro Borghesi, create dishes that honor Italian flavors while using local ingredients.  And the prosciutto! Let's talk about th...

The 2020 Slow Wine US Tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the English-language edition of the Slow Wine Guide, was held last month in five cities across the United States, to an enthusiastic reception from trade, press, and consumers. The guide was born in 2010  with the objective of expanding Slow Food’s work to the world of wine. The “Slow...

Paolo Banchero almost stopped midstride.“If I was to reclassify, these would be my last couple of games,” the O’Dea junior shared the eve of the Fighting Irish’s playoff run. He was referring to a fleeting moment last summer when Banchero and his family contemplated him graduating high school early. Joining the trend for elite high-school athletes...

Celine “CeCe” Cimino (Patricelli) passed away suddenly February 21st surrounded by her loving family; vivacious and vibrant to the end. Celine was a long time Mercer Island resident where she was known for her years of primary school teaching, her Italian cooking and her radiant personality.  Born in Seattle in 1939 to a large Italian family, Celin...

The Cannara Italian Sister City Exchange Project is hosting a benefit dinner Feb. 29 at Amavi Cellars, 3796 Peppers Bridge Road. Cugini Italian Import and Deli will serve up the family-style Italian dinner at 6 p.m. Seats at the dinner are $125. Each ticket sold will help build upon the legacy of local Italian heritage and provide young people the...

We had eaten at Lovino’s in Ruston before and enjoyed the food, but not since it sold and became Macaluso’s Italian Restaurant. It’s been on our list to try for some time. We were in a little time crunch. Peg had to pack her clothes and tools of art for a trip the next morning with two friends to Port Townsend. We decided since the Ruston restauran...

Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca is a passionate and beautifully elegant opera, especially as presented by the Tacoma Opera Society. First mounted in January 1900, it was based on a fictitious events in Rome that happened during the Battle of Marengo, Napoleon’s conquest of Italian territories on June 17 and 18, 1800. Tosca is based on the melodrama by Vict...

Among incomprehensible duties and wonderful excellences, the export of Italian wine to the United States proceeds not without difficulty, but also with great pleasure of Italian producers and American consumers. Today we welcome Giancarlo Gariglio, curator of the Slow Wine guide: the ideal tool to get to know and appreciate Italian wine, which this...

Jason Bailey had to tear down some walls so people could enjoy his pizza. Bailey, who co-owns The Brick Oven Pizza Lounge on Bothell Way NE, had a 4-ton brick-lined oven shipped to his restaurant from the East Coast. But the monster oven, 7 feet tall and 6 feet wide, wouldn’t fit through any of the doors. “I thought we were going to have a problem,...

Toward the tail end of Dan Marino’s Hall of Fame career, the Miami Dolphins quarterback got a new backup, Damon Huard. A mentor-mentee relationship on the field soon became a friendship in wine: After games, the two would retire to Marino’s Miami home to watch movies and dive into the veteran QB’s 5,000-bottle collection. “I had a fun time robbing...