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by Geoff Roth   You may have seen the popular piece of public artwork in the Houston Heights, a colorful mural with the title "Greetings from Houston." What you may not know is that it was put up a year ago by the owners of the gelato shop around the corner from the mural, a shop becoming as popular as the art itself.   Gelazzi serves...

by Whitney Filloon The former Mi Piaci space at Preston Road and Northwest Highway has a new tenant on the horizon: Crudo Taverna. This wil be the restaurant's second location; the first is in a swanky Frisco strip center on Lebanon Road near the Dallas North Tollway.   Crudo describes itself as a family-owned, upscale bistro "with an...

Sophia's, the Italian-American restaurant replacing shuttered Bess Bistro on West 6th Street, is looking to open sometime in July. The restaurant will offer late night food from Thursday to Saturday, though hours aren't available yet.   Mark Sparacino moves to Austin to join Sophia's as the executive chef. He will keep his position as execut...

By Janine Young   Of the many Jesuit priests who served in the Diocese of El Paso, one of the most significant was Father Petronius Zagni. During the depths of the Great Depression in the 1930s, Father Zagni established a famous charity kitchen, called the Cocina Caridad at Sacred Heart Church in Downtown El Paso that fed hundreds of po...

Marco Belinelli was not among the prominent NBA free agents last summer. Four teams had employed him in six seasons, and he was always something of a peripheral figure. When he signed a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs in July, it attracted little attention. Tom Thibodeau knew better.   The Bulls coach saw first-hand what Be...

Italian Cultural & Community Center - Houston, TX - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (CST). How did Italy emerge from the destruction and ruins of World War II to become an industrial powerhouse in a few short years? How did the '50s and '60s shape Italian life, culture, and music? What events...

This weekend, amorous Italians will return to the French Quarter for the 45th annual Italian-American Marching Club’s St. Joseph’s Parade and other festivities. The events honor St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19.   The celebrations begin at noon on Friday, with a presentation of the “World’s Largest Pasta Dish,” holding pasta con sard...

Italian Cultural & Community CenterThursday, May 21, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)Houston, TX Join us for an amazing evening with Executive Chef Alberto Baffoni of Ristorante Mascalzone,as he leads us through a culinary tour of the Region of Veneto. The recipes will be demonstrated live for you to view, followed by an excl...

Coming off a record year in 2015 for both attendance and donation to the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital, Italian Festivals of New Mexico is poised to deliver another rousing edition of its annual flagship event. This year's program unfolds in Albuquerque and showcases 7 critically acclaimed contemporary films flanked by a kickoff rece...

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Conductor and Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto and award-winning Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo will present free masterclasses this month at Loyola University New Orleans. These classes afford Loyola students the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from world-class artists in preparation for mu...

di Tiziana Triolo   Si è svolta il 6 dicembre presso l'Auditorium del Consolato Generale d'Italia a Houston, in Texas, la Decima Conferenza dei Ricercatori Italiani nel Mondo, organizzata dal Comitato degli Italiani all'Estero (Comites) della circoscrizione consolare di Houston, che comprende gli Stati dell'Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma e Te...

by Eric Sandler   After a week of previews with friends and family services, Osteria Mazzantini has officially opened. Developed by Mockingbird Bistro chef/owner John Sheely in tribute to his mother's Italian heritage, Mazzantini is an upscale casual restaurant along the lines of Ciao Bello and Coppa Ristorante.   Inside the attractiv...