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It's an annual event that's fun for the whole family and celebrates the Italian American Heritage of New Orleans the St. Joseph's Day Parade. Peter Gilberti, the event coordinator, and Lena Prima, the Grand Marshall of this year's St. Joseph's Day Parade join the Eyewitness Morning News to talk more about this weekend's parade.   Catch...

When the 8th edition of the popular annual festival rolls out in February it will, for the first time, have a theme. Festival 2015 will train the spotlight on creative talent of Italian heritage living and working right here in the Land of Enchantment.   IN FILMMAKING: Two award-winning Italian filmmakers, both Santa Fe residents, will be fe...

Nation's Restaurant News (NRN) announced today that Romano's Macaroni Grill® was the top-ranked brand in the Italian/Pizza segment among casual-dining chains in its 2016 Consumer Picks survey. Macaroni Grill also ranked 5th overall among casual-dining brands, moving up from its No. 7 ranking in 2015.   The annual survey, which NRN produced...

Corner Bakery Cafe is saying, "buon appetito," by introducing flavors inspired by Italy and handcrafted at the Corner, available from July 26 through September 26.   "We've combined traditional Italian meats and cheeses to create classic Italian flavors in our cafes," said Ric Scicchitano, Executive Vice President, Food & Supply Chain at...

Who are the "I Madonnari"? The Madonnari or Madonna painters go back to the 1500's, when traveling folk artists, using brightly-colored chalks, would copy paintings of the Madonna by Raphael, Michelangelo and other Masters onto the pavement of sidewalks or public squares in Italy. This creative and unique art form, also simply known as "street pai...

by Alissa Vilardo   Kicking off the 2014 Italian Festival season was a town hall packed with royalty, pageantry, elected officials and well-wishers from the Village of Tickfaw and beyond on Thursday night, March 27.   With so much sparkling royalty, handshaking and hugs amongst visitors, the well-wishers' true guest of honor this even...

A longtime local Italian/American restaurant has updated its name and atmosphere with its move to a new building. And its owner hopes to open more locations in the future.   Ciatti's Italian Grill opened Nov. 19 at 2846 Midwest Drive in Onalaska, just north of the Hampton Inn and near Outback Steakhouse and Manny's Cocina restaurants.  ...

By Scott Cherry One thing I like about Villa Ravenna Ristorante Italiano beyond the food and hospitality is the broad range of the menu, both in price and variety of dishes.   If one wants to have dinner for $10 to $15, the menu has plenty of dishes in that price range. If one wants to have a more upscale entree in the $25 to $40 range, tho...

Paolo Rossi, founder of the Italian travel site, Dante in America, is arranging for some exciting late summer travels that may interest the Italian community in New Mexico.   "I take groups of people on a journey through the regions of the world I know best, the places where I spent considerable parts of my life, truly exploring all their un...

A 170-year-old French Quarter church and a 190-year-old historic residence were among several properties vandalized along Chartres Street two days before Mardi Gras. One victim said police suspect an "anarchist parade" was responsible.   Vandals spray-painted St. Mary's Catholic Church and the neighboring Beauregard-Keyes House and Gard...

Piada Italian Street Food, one of 2015's most "buzzed about brands" according to the National Restaurant Association, will debut its first location in North Texas in Frisco on November 20. The 2,998-square-foot fast casual restaurant will occupy a prime spot on the endcap of The Centre at Preston Ridge development at 3301 Preston Road, just south o...

by Alessandra Verzera   Italians do it better. This provocative statement was printed on one of pop star Madonna's T-shirts in the 80s. It was a continuous "wink wink nudge nudge" referred to what Italians do better. And despite the allusion was sexual, many Americans thought of meatloaf, instead; a homemade dish popular in Italy and widely...