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In 1891 a transatlantic steamship departed Italy, headed for New York City. It never arrived. The S.S. Utopia, carrying 880 passengers, many of them Italian immigrants who had boarded in Naples and Palermo, was sailing through the port of Gibraltar when it struck another vessel. The hole created by the collision sank the Utopia in just twenty minut...

Piled high with 500lbs of spaghetti, 150 gallons of sauce and 50lbs of cheese, the world's biggest pasta bowl made its annual appearance for St. Joseph's Day celebrations. The whopping bowl of pasta, spanning eight feet in diameter, was more than enough to feed hungry New Orleans spectators on Friday.  In addition to the noodles, meatless gravy and...

As big as a hubcap and layered with ham, salami, provolone cheese and -- critically -- olive salad, a single muffuletta sandwich can feed four grown adults. The muffuletta, despite its Italian-sounding name and ingredients, is pure New Orleans. It can be found neither in Italy nor in the other American cities that, like New Orleans, received an inf...

Owner Arturo Huerta said if The Woodlands residents are looking for a restaurant that serves high-quality, italian-inspired food at a good price, Papa Amadeus is the restaurant to visit. Since opening nearly a year ago off I-45 North in Spring, Papa Amadeus, which is named after Huerta’s grandfather, has experienced success as a result of its regul...

Nestled in the heart of downtown Coral Gables is the ivy-covered Hotel St. Michel, one of Miami’s most historic hotels. Built in 1926, the building still boasts the same vintage European design, reflecting the chic and dashing clientele of that era. In 2017, the inn is adding a dining venue to breathe new life into the charming boutique property. O...

Culturemap Houston has an inside look at 006 Pizza, which peddles a pizza style that’s less familiar to Houston slice-lovers. Roman-style pizza — also known as “pizza alla pala,” because of how it’s manipulated in the wood oven in which it’s prepared — is a bit different from the usual, says chef Andrea Dal Monte, purveyor of 006. Dal Monte himself...

Each year, hundreds of people gather at the Hilton Riverside Grand Ballroom to dig into a giant bowl of pasta and kick off the pre-party of the annual Italian American Marching Club St. Joseph Parade. The pasta will be served on March 17 at noon from a bowl that stretches 8 feet wide and holds 500 pounds of pasta and more than 150 gallons of meatle...

The third annual Taste of Italy Houston 2017 (March 5-6) trade fair and festival marked the event’s biggest gathering ever: More than 60 exhibitors came to Texas from Italy this year to attend the show, the largest trade fair devoted exclusively to Italian wine and food in the U.S. And they presented more than 300 authentic Italian food products an...

The new Loveria Caffe Taste of Italy is open, and a second might not be far behind. Architects and a chef from Ravenna, Italy, have brought Texas a finely crafted turn on authentic northern Italian dining and coffees, and the result is a classy yet comfortable restaurant with appeal far beyond Colleyville. As if to prove everything is homemade, at...

Astros owner Jim Crane has opened two restaurants at the 500 Crawford apartment building adjacent to Minute Maid Park: Osso & Kristalla, a casual, all-day trattoria; and this dinner-only, upscale Italian restaurant where Crane pulled out all the stops. THE SPACE. Potente's main dining room is quietly sumptuous, outfitted with plush high-back chairs...

After a earning reality TV glory and cutting its teeth in Houston, a new-to-Dallas chef will soon open the city’s newest food truck. This spring, Italian-inspired food truck The Lucky Fig will make its way to Dallas. The truck is operated by chef and cookbook author Luca Manfé, who won season four of Gordon Ramsay-hosted food reality show MasterChe...

National Meatball Day falls on Thursday (March 9) and Thursdays were always the day of the week when my Sicilian grandmother made red gravy. Often, she would stew young hens in tomato gravy, but sometimes she'd make meatballs. In fact, she had a special pot, which we were not allowed to use for anything else. (I boiled water in it to make a big pit...