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It’s a tale nearly as old as time: Girl meets boy, falls in love, and so on and so forth until it all ends either tragically or “happily ever after.” But this time around, it’s a story that’s persevered in the hearts and minds of opera lovers across the globe for over 100 years—and is making its way to Tucson. Originally composed by Giacomo Puccini...

Saturday January 25, 2020, Scuola Italiana di Portland. Free Talk on Multiculturalism by Angela Zagarella from Portland State University on January 25, 2020 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm at Scuola Italiana di Portland at 1542 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209. Who are the Italians? What does it mean to be Italian? What happens when a country changes from bein...

Vintner and motorcycle aficionado Marcelo Doffo is selling part of his collection of gorgeous Italian sport bikes at auction in Las Vegas later this month. Doffo, an immigrant to California from Argentina who was raised on the land and on bikes by his immigrant Italian family, has made wine and motorcycles his lifeblood – after family, of course –...

What would a great lunch restaurant look like? It's a question James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco has been working to answer over the past few months as he's reworked the menu at his restaurant on Van Buren Street near downtown Phoenix.  The space was previously home to Roland's Cafe Market Bar, which Bianco helped open with Nadia Holguin...

To judge from the plate, Italy is taking over Utah. Every time a restaurant closes, an Italian restaurant takes its place. Yes, I’m exaggerating. Yes, you’ve likely read my complaints about this before. But imagine how dismal it feels, after 35 years of extolling and promoting creative regional cuisine, to be faced with so few new choices: a fast-c...

Let’s face it, navigating the world of pasta and sauces can be downright confusing when you have an endless resource like Google at your fingertips. Recipes vary and opinions differ when it comes to what makes a good pasta sauce, sometimes even regionally! Who should you trust, the big California Food Network star promising the “perfect Italian rec...

A squad of top Italian talents under coach Stefano Morini will spend five weeks training in the United States, Margherita Panziera revealed in an interview with Italian media last week. The 24-year-old Panziera spoke to Italy’s La Tribuna last week. One of four Italians already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Panziera told La Tribuna that he...

Madame Luisa Tetrazzini, an opera singer so famous that a gourmet dish was named after her, claimed to be captivated by the wintertime charms of Spokane. The “world’s most famous coloratura soprano” was driven around Spokane on a sunny day and stopped to watch young people skating at Cannon Hill and Manito parks, The Spokesman-Review reported. “It...

At the Oregon Symphony’s June 1 concert this year, Niel DePonte will play the famously energetic snare drum part in Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. The spring season will end his 42-year career as the symphony’s principal percussionist, a job he’s had since he was 24 years old. Symphonic percussionists’ duties have grown more complex in the past half-centu...

The phrase “you play the hand you’ve been dealt” is a fancy way of saying “use the resources you have at your disposal and operate realistically within the limits of your circumstances.” The story of Neapolitan native and current Portland, OR resident Pina Di Rosa is the saga of an individual that has overcome numerous difficulties to achieve a sat...

Once upon a time, if you were growing up in South Medford and you lived in walking distance of Main Street, your world was complete. What did you need that wasn’t there? Why would you ever leave? Why would you even need a car? According to Anita D’Antonio, Louise D’Antonio, and Nancy Chito, South Medford from the 1920’s until the 1980’s was a very...

The Fiat Centoventi Concept caused quite a ruckus when it was unveiled to the global public at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. An electric concept waiting to be personalized by customers, Centoventi will be making its debut on North American soil at the upcoming 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re wondering how...