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Luigi's has been a landmark in downtown Skiatook for the last four years. Whether you are looking for a casual night out with the family, a business lunch or a romantic date night, the Italian restaurant can serve up exactly what you are looking for. Adam Luigi has been managing the restaurant owned by his brother, Vito, since it opened in Skiatoo...

Alberto Lombardi was born in Forlì, and he is one of the pioneers of Italian Restaurants in Texas. In 1977 he opened his first restaurant in Dallas and today his company counts more than 14 restaurants in the United States, specifically in Texas, Nevada, Georgia and California, as well as one in Mexico.   During his successful career, he ope...

MOST RESTAURANT WEEKS work on a pretty simple pay-for-play basis. Not Italian Restaurant Week. Its existence owes to the Extraordinary Italian Taste campaign, an effort backed by both Italian government agencies and North American associations, such as Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas, to promote certified Italian food products. The campa...

Not many people think Italian when they think of Las Cruces, but a small group of people have managed to stay connected to their roots through the Italian Culture Club.   The club was formed in 2011 by Al "Chance" Cella, a fourth generation Italian-American who was born, raised and married in Brooklyn, New York. Cella and his wife, Maria, wh...

David Campisi treats diners who walk through the doors of his restaurants as though they're guests in his own home. And in a way, they are. If walls could talk, those in the original Campisi's Egyptian Restaurant in Dallas would tell nearly 70 years of stories about four generations of Campisis, the famous guests who dined there, and the family's S...

Beloved New Orleans gelateria and bakery Angelo Brocato (or as many call it— Brocato's) has been operating since 1905, when a young Angelo Brocato, who grew up working in ice cream parlors around Palermo, Italy, opened his first store on Ursulines Street in the Quarter. Two of the shop's bestselling desserts, the torroncino gelato— vanilla with cin...

Nato a Crecchio (Ch) il 21 settembre del 1883, fu per oltre 30 anni (dal 1911 al 1946) l'indiscusso e più grande gioielliere ed orafo di El Paso (Texas). Una storia raccontata da Geremia Mancini – Presidente onorario "Ambasciatori della fame"   Lombardi nacque a Crecchio (Ch) il 21 settembre, 1883. Unico figlio maschio di Vincenzo Giova...

The American Society of Italian Heritage, north shore chapter, recently held its annual Rising Star Award Banquet at Mandina's Restaurant in Mandeville to honor an up-and-coming law enforcement officer.   Criteria for the award includes having a desire to advance one's education, displaying achievements in the field and a committment to comm...

Amedei Tuscany, which has been called "the world's best chocolate," has been added to the shelves at all Central Market locations, including the store in Houston.   Made in Italy, Amedei has won many best-chocolate awards and has acquired a cult-like status among chefs for its creamy texture and bright flavor. Food and Wine magazine did a st...

A slice of the Big Apple landed on Brookside's plate with the recent opening of the chic Virgola Oysters & Italian Wine Bar. New York City has three Virgola Oysters locations, including the original, and Ormond Beach, Florida, has a franchise store like Tulsa's. That's it. "People come in here, and it's like being in New York," said Jenni...

Brunello Italian Kitchen has opened in the Deer Park Avenue building that used to be Ludlow Bistro. Chef-owner Domenick Maresca ran the kitchen for more than 25 years at Vinnie's Mulberry Street in East Islip; his partner here is Vincent Palmieri, who used to own Vinnie's.   Maresca's extensive (and reasonably priced) menu mixes classic Ital...

The latest issue of Opera News heralds the return of Kathleen Battle, that supernaturally gifted American soprano who raised the fine art of singing into the ether in the '70s and '80s.   With dazzling technique, crystalline plush voice, and radiant stage presence, Battle embodied all true aspects of the perfect lyric soprano. She was a wiz...