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A major limitation is the steerer tube length. No matter how many times you cut a steerer tube it won't get longer.
Getting Riser Bars or simply flipping the stem over or getting one with a different rise and reach might give you the added height you need. If you LIKE the handlebars, the stem is the best and least-invasive option as most new ones come with front loaders (detachable front caps) that allow replacement without stripping components off one side of the handlebar. In minutes a Bicycle Shop could swap any number of them onto your bike for you to try.
The best thing to do is take into your local bike shop so that they can both look at the Fork and determine "why" it is having this problem and so they can show you how to maintain the fork properly as well as any other tips they can provide, such as setting up for you weight, riding style and terrain.
There are a number of possibilities as too why your fork is not moving, and without seeing it or a better description this is best advice I can offer, anything else is simply guessing. I believe that the Zoke front end was a Marzocchi fork, They are very good about listing all their owners manuals however that one seems to be missing. On a 16 year old fork, most likely it needs to be overhauled (minimum), or replaced.
Look on the brake lever for a manufacturer and model number (probably Shimano). Even if you can't establish a model number, go to the website and find the mountain bike shifter that is closest to yours, There will probably be a technical manual for it and it will describe how to install and adjust it. You'll also want to look for and understand the derailleur it controls.
I would contact your local Bianchi Dealer and have them order you a Owner's Manual. They can get one through their Distributor. You can find your local Dealer at this link http://www.bianchiusa.com/dealer-search/