By Peggy Sturdivant
Their parents didn’t immigrate to America. They are not first, second or third generation Italian-Americans. They work in research laboratories at UW, the Hutch, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. They work at Microsoft and Boeing, Amazon and start-up companies. They are the new Italians living and working in Seattle, and they want to create an Italian Cultural Center.
When contacted by Dr. Valeria Vasta about the quest for a home for a library and cultural center, I was bemused. Could there possibly be a need? I’d never heard much about an Italian community in Seattle.
But as one who loves the sound of the language and Italian-American food, I was curious. We arranged to meet so that I could learn more. When I found Monday night parking on Ballard Avenue to meet at Caffe Umbria there were not one, but four women, all looking at me as if I could open a locked gate. I was immediately lost to their cause.More ›