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Carnevale in Italy

We met Mossimo Bodrin in Venice at his little shop he shares with his brother, Sergio, while he was putting the final touches on one of his whimsical creations. This video captures some of how they make these wonderful creations. The shop is incredibly packed with the magic of these maestro brothers.

Some of you were asking about what we know about Carnevale. This is what says about the extraordinary festival:

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Poggi Bonsi Featured in the Renton Reporter

Renton Reporter Staff Writer
May 14 2010, 5:16 PM · UPDATED

All roads lead to Poggibonsi, or at least that’s what it appeared when one Renton business owner was lost in Tuscany more than 10 years ago.

And so Keli DeRitis convinced friend Michelle Codd that the name Poggi Bonsi, split for tongue-tied Americans, would be perfect for a European-style kitchen store.

The import-savvy business is among 20 other companies in the United States to take part in the Made in Italy national promotion this week.

Along with free events, the storefront is packed with special Italian wares through May 22, Codd said. “We’re just celebrating Italy.”

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Made in Italy 2010 Coming to Poggi Bonsi at The Landing in May

Poggi Bonsi has been selected by the Italian Trade Commission as one of only 20 retailers in the United States to host the 2010 “Made in Italy” national promotion.

From May 9 to 22, 2010 Poggi Bonsi will host the work of Italian artisans — including hand painted ceramics, terra cotta, jewelry, olive oil and more — these products will be featured in our store at The Landing in Renton. On May 16 from 4-7pm Poggi Bonsi will host a reception featuring Italian food and wine.

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New Poggi Bonsi Customer from Houston

We had a delightful visit today from Cheryl who had traveled to Seattle from Houston to attend a family graduation. She and her family were dining at Volterra Restaurant in Ballard (one of our favorites restaurants!) and she admired the Raffaellesco salt and pepper dishes that they purchase from Poggi Bonsi for their tables. The server told her about our retail outlet in Burien and Cheryl “Googled” us on the spot. She bought the Italian ceramic salt and pepper dish as well as a Raffaellesco spoon rest, butter dish and utensil jar.

We always love hearing these stories and gaining new customers from all over the world. Cheryl has promised to visit soon to add to her collection. Thanks, Cheryl!

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Signature Torrefazione Raffaellesco Italian ceramics

Torrefazione , a northwest coffee company famous for serving its Italian-style espresso drinks in traditional Raffaellesco Italian pottery coffee cups, was purchased by Starbucks Corp. in 2003. Starbucks closed all Torrefazione retail locations in 2005; the coffee brand lived on but the Italian ceramics were discontinued. has entered into an agreement with F.I.M.A. Deruta …

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“La Strega di Radda” (The Witch of Radda)

Roberto made some suggestions as to the perfect restaurant for our luncheon. He explained the specialities, wine selections and locations of each possible venue at length, then raised an eyebrow and said, “Or perhaps you would like to dine at an osteria in Radda that is owned by ‘una strega’ who makes an excellent bistecca di Fiorentina.”

“‘Una strega,’ a witch in Radda?” We certainly can’t pass up this adventure–Florentine beefsteak served up by a Tuscan witch. “Yes, yes, we want to go there! Is she really a witch?”