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From Milan with love: Starbucks launches partnership with Italian baker Rocco Princi

Walk into the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle these days and the first thing that grabs your attention is the aroma. No, not of coffee roasting...

Nicoletta Machiavelli: from Italian movie star to Seattle language teacher

The camera loved Nicoletta Machiavelli, a sultry, dark-haired Italian beauty best known for her roles in the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. She co-...

Michelle Bufano: all fired up to bring glass art to the world

A semester abroad changed the very course of Michelle Bufano’s life. Bufano, executive director of Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, was a science...

Tom Perrotta: “The Steinbeck of Suburbia”

As a writer, Tom Perrotta may not be a household name but chances are you’re familiar with some of the films based on his books. Perrotta’s novel...

Gio Solimene Ross: The first First Lady of Seattle Opera

In 1975, just a dozen years after its founding, Seattle Opera created an international sensation when it staged the complete production of Richard...

Gai’s Northwest Bakeries: A Seattle institution and baking powerhouse for more than 50 years

From Seattle’s finest dining establishments to the local McDonald’s, from grocery stores to the Space Needle Restaurant, Gai’s Northwest Bakeries was...

Gelatiamo: Bringing the tantalizing taste of authentic gelato to Puget Sound

Maria Coassin is passionate about gelato. Not just its creamy texture, distinctive flavorings or even the specialty ingredients she imports from...

Director Max Croci explores love, life and Joan Crawford in a recent Seattle visit

A new Italian film, “The Truth About Love Is… (La verità, vi spiego, sull’amore),” was warmly received by audiences during its North America premiere...

Almonds from Sicily: A delicious taste all their own

California may have a lock on the production of almonds—the state produces more than 80 percent of the world’s supply—but if you have never tasted an...

Giuseppe Tassone: Opening the door to the dynamic world of Italian business

Communicating effectively with clients, suppliers or colleagues in Italy is indispensable for anyone interested in relationship building or financial...

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