Westside Italians – Portland is a community of Italians, Italian Americans, and those who simply love Italian culture. We celebrate, promote, and strive to preserve the wonders of our family traditions, foods, and culture with guest speakers, events, demonstrations, games, authors, and more!
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Photos From Meetings & Events
2019 Christmas party finished the year with beautiful music from Pina DiRosa and Tim Uecker. A raffle and antipasti and Italian cookies added to the night’s festivities.
In November we played Tombola (Italian bingo). We had a lot of winners and practiced our numbers in Italian.
October’s gathering showcased a cooking class on how to make Ricotta Cheese. It can be made in less than one hour.
September was the perfect month to have a tomato sauce taste-off. Fun was had by all and it was tasty too!
In August, we took a trip to Willamette Valley Vineyards where Wende Kirkland gave a fabulous presentation on wine starting from the rich soils and how they ended up in the Willamette Valley to the bottled product. The tour and tasting was A++.
My Big Fat Italian Wedding Reception. Westside put on a mock Italian wedding reception for our July event. Good food, good friends, and good music! A great time was had by all!
Pasquale Madeddu and his son from Caffè Umbria gave a stellar presentation about coffee from the trees, to beans, to roasting and finished product. Quite an informative and entertaining meeting!
Christina and Dick Edick stepped in for the speaker who had to cancel due to illness. They shared stories from their recent trip to Italy, England, Scotland and Wales.
Sandro Paolini of Pinolo Gelato presents his gelato story at Westside Italian Culture.
Italian Dinner for Hope Diner Project – Our first event in March was a HUGE success! Thanks to our fabulous team of volunteers and donors of food and money, we were able to feed over 50 people. A few photos from the day. [Next dinner we are sponsoring and serving is in July.]
At the March 2019 meeting, Anna and Frank talked about olive oil co-ops in Italy and shared some taste tests with the members. Oh so good!
Joe Cavalli’s presentation was eye-opening with the information he presented at the February 2019 meeting about the Jewish population and communities in Italy dating back to 161 BC.
Documentary film and arousing discussion around the role of organized crime in Italy during Angela Zagarella’s presentation in January 2019.
Westside Italians Cultural Group Christmas celebration 2018. Pina di Rosa and Tim Uecker sang Italian songs and weaved Christmas tunes into the evening of fun and good food.
Cork Presentation by Jamie from Willamette Valley Vineyards. He is very knowledgeable in cork usage with wine. Meeting capped with a tasting of Willamette Valley wines. A good time was had by all!
Angela Zagarella had the Westside Italian Cultural group captivated with her presentation.
Tuscan Countryside painting party at Love Bites by Carnie. There must be at least on Picasso among us.
Wine tasting paired with cheese and meats at New Seasons. We learned a lot and tasted a lot!
Picnic and bocce tournament with Amici d’Italia. A good time was had by all.
Scott Sabbadini takes us through a year in the life of a vineyard. Captivating process.
Lecture from author Roger Sabbadini about an Italian Jewish Soldier’s war experiences.
Best of Spring – gardening and biscotti Italian style!
Italian traditions and food
Antimo Cimino talks travel to Italy
Comment from Patricia Badia-Johnson after attending a meeting:
“La Cuoca splendida Christina Edick showed the way to homemade gnocchi made with ricotta (vs. potatoes) and topped with vodka sauce and fresh parmesan. While we enjoyed this exquisite treat, she gave a beautiful presentation of their (Dick Edick) trip to Italy this last September. Standing room only for this Westside Italian Culture Group meeting!”