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In 1985, Antonio “Momo” Gattini left Tuscany for Dallas. He thought he might open a shop and sell gelato or at least teach people how to make it. Instead, he founded MoMo’s Italian Kitchen, the quaint restaurant which now operates on Forest Lane near Greenville Avenue. After 30 years of success, Gattini put his son Carlo in charge, and a couple of...

Houston police say someone vandalized the Christopher Columbus statue in Bell Park overnight. Police were called to the scene between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday at Bell Park in the 4800 block of Montrose. It appeared someone dumped red paint on the statue. According to a plaque, the Italian-American Organizations of Greater Houston donated the statu...

The Uptown eatery Amici Ristorante & Bar (3218 Magazine St., 504-300-1250) has reopened following a change in ownership and a round of renovations. First opened in 2013, Amici was developed by the Rizzuto family through their Rizzuto Management Group. In July, however, the restaurant was purchased by Felix’s Restaurant Group, the company behind the...

In the summer of 1905, a Sicilian immigrant named Angelo Brocato Sr. opened his first ice-cream parlor on Decatur Street, just off Ursulines, in the part of the Vieux Carre known at the time as Little Palermo. Brocato, who had started his career as a 12-year-old apprentice in an elegant ice-cream parlor in the real Palermo, turned out such then-exo...

If someone were to ask what Texas contributes to the United States, one might hear cowboys or barbecue as typical responses. However, apart from these classic stereotypes Texas also performs an integral role in the U.S. economy. In 2016, Texas was ranked as the second largest state economy in the U.S., attributed to their fast economic and job grow...

Join us for a screening of the 2016 comedy Che Vuoi Che Sia! We will be celebrating the Italian holiday Ferragosto for the 7th year in a row with a film screening, pizza, and soft drinks. Bring your friends and a favorite bottle of wine to sip and share. Film will be in Italian with English subitiles. Sunday, August 13, 2017 | Doors open at 5:00 pm...

A title character plays only a supporting role this week at the Tontitown Grape Festival. That's the grape itself, now relegated to cameo appearances at this venerable yearly celebration, whose roots date to 1899. It's the case that not a lot of grapes are grown today around this Northwest Arkansas community, settled near the end of the 19th centur...

Thu, August 24, 2017. 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT. Gusto - 4800 Burnet Road - Austin, TX 78756. Beautiful weather, great company and fantastic food & wine: it’s not a Midsummer Night Dream! It’s a Sicilian Wine Dinner featuring Firriato’s wines! Gusto's Executive Chef Justin Turner designed a special menu, inspired by the distinctive flavors of Sicily....

When the first settlers from Sunnyside sat down to a harvest picnic in 1898, the thought of a Ferris wheel or carousel in eyeshot of the church house doors would have been inconceivable. Just as hard to fathom, though, would be the idea that the supper would become a tradition that would span a century and more. This coming week, the 119th Annual T...

With three weeks to spare, volunteers are starting to prepare the homemade pasta for the 119th annual Tontitown Grape Festival. Volunteer Jettie Franco said participating in the festival is a way to share a piece of her Italian heritage with her family and the community. "I think that's what happens in a lot of nationalities, they don't pass down t...

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to be a co-presenter of authentic Italian food products and wines at this year’s Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace, held last week in Dallas. The TRA Marketplace brings together more Texas-based food, wine, and restaurant professionals than any festival or fair and it was thrilling to watch...

We joked after a confusing counter experience at Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen that it was fitting for it to have a name similar to Lord of the Rings character Gandalf. Because getting breakfast -- or so we had hoped -- turned into quite the epic. On a recent Saturday about 11:30 a.m., my date and I entered the newest Promenade at Chenal eatery...