Mark Hinshaw

Mark Hinshaw is a retired architect and city planner who lived in Seattle for more than 40 years. For 12 years he had a regular column on architecture for The Seattle Times and later was a frequent contributor to Crosscut. He now lives in a small hill town in Italy.

You Say Pizza, I Say Pinsa!

The Romans made it way before tomatoes were introduced into the culture. In the early years of this century, an enterprising Roman chef claims to have re-discovered pinsa.

Driving in Italy: Lost in a Medieval Maze

Driving in Italy can be hazardous to one’s mental health.

Italy — A Town That Really Works

A millennium of municipal governance has paid off. I have not seen such efficiency and dedication anywhere else.

Italy — Living Among Farms

"The farms of our Marche region feel approachable, intimate, and reflect individual family traditions."

Italy’s Holidays: Lost in Translation

"When we asked our village butcher to get us a whole turkey the first year, he politely asked if we wanted it alive or dead."

Buona Festa! Italy Has a Festival for Everything

Festivals devoted to almost every fruit and vegetable, as well as fests for grains, flours, and flowers, birds. and every imaginable kind of pasta.

Are Americans Targets of Italian Scams?

To hear some Americans talk, you'd think Italy was the promised land of the rip-off.

The More Things Change: Reasons Not to Fear Italy’s New Rightwing Government

Italy’s cultural composition still essentially echoes the plethora of kingdoms, duchies, city-states, and protectorates that carved up the peninsula for many hundreds of years following the fall of the Roman Empire.

Nano Nano: A Lesson in Italian Economics

'Nanoeconomics.' This is a system of economics centered around small transactions between individuals — often by people who know each other."

Shopping for Food in Italy: Buy It Today, Eat It by Tomorrow

"You buy just enough to eat for two days and then go out again for more."