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Louis Prima's Big Night dinner will serve as an ode to the movie Big Night and a birthday celebration of the great jazz musician from New Orleans, Louis Prima, who would have been 106 this year on Dec. 7. L'Oca d'Oro will look back at Italian-American fare from the WWII era for inspiration, a time when Americans were first being introduced to...

By Kelley Crimmins For four generations, the Campisi name has been synonymous with traditional Italian dining. In April, the Dallas-based family-owned and -operated business relocated one of its two Plano restaurants from 3115 W. Parker Road to 4709 W. Parker Road just east of Preston Road.   This full-service restaurant originally opened i...

Grey clouds threaded with lightning marked another evening of intermittent rain when I met Natasha Terrell at the French Quarter's Le Richelieu Hotel on Chartres Street. We were on a mission: to find out just how tall her grandmother's tales were.   Terrell grew up on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain and had always figured the older woma...

By Scott Cantrell Well, that was a fun concert: a hit parade of arias and orchestral movements from operas by Verdi and Puccini, followed by Respighi's spectacularly vulgar and spectacularly entertaining Roman Festivals.   The perpetrators Friday night were the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Roberto Abbado and tenor Carl Tan...

By Kristin Finan The employees at Hotel Granduca care about customer service so much they'll even fix your car. Well, sort of. I learned this during a recent fall stay when, as soon as I pulled up, my car died — a battery issue, apparently.   This definitely wasn't the way I wanted to kick off a much-anticipated staycation with my husb...

When father-and-son team Georgios and Christos Batsios took over Sapore Ristorante Italiano last November from previous ownership that operated the establishment for more than two years, they had a vision of upholding the establishment's namesake.   The pair said "sapore" translates from Italian as "flavor." The duo—both Katy residents—said...

By Teresa Gubbins Uptown Dallas will get its Italian fix in a big way with the opening of a branch of North Italia, the modern Italian concept from Fox Restaurants Concepts, opening at the Union Dallas in 2018.   North Italia is the modern, full-service pizza and pasta Italian concept from restaurant mad genius Sam Fox. The 5,500-square-foo...

Si dice che in Texas "tutto è più grande." They say that everything is bigger in Texas.   It's probably not always true. But when it comes to wine sales in the U.S., Texas has Spec's, the behemoth wine retailer, importer, and distributor of fine wines and gourmet foods throughout the state. With nearly 200 stores, Spec's is by far...

By Olivier Uyttebrouck The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted this week to support the cause of sainthood for Sister Blandina Segale, an Italian-born nun who helped open schools and hospitals in the New Mexico territory and reputedly stood up to Billy the Kid. The work is complete on this side of the Atlantic, and now the decision rests wi...

Luciano Italian Restaurant owner Gennaro 'Jimmy' Centofanti (pronounced Chento-Fahn-tee) was given the "Campione peri Bambini" (Champion for Kids) Award from The Ferrari Kid organization at their Annual Gala at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa, Saturday, November 12, 2016.   The Ferrari Kid experience is designed to give children copi...

A local man on a quest with his family embarking on a 5,200 mile journey that was a decade in the making. It was a discovery that crossed continents, bridged generations and united two nations. It was the quest to find Lt. Loren Hintz that stretched from Northwest Arkansas to Italy. It was a hazy morning on April 21, 1945 when First Lt....

Il Comites di Houston, insieme all'ufficio del Consolato Generale, all'Italian Cultural & Community Center, e alla Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, è lieto di presentare "Un'ora con Sergio Pallottelli e Amici: Musica a beneficio delle vittime del terremoto in Italia". Il concerto avrà luogo Domenica 4 Dicembre alle 6,00 pm alla Salem Evangeli...