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Amid the 40th anniversary celebrations at Riccobono's Peppermill (3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-455-2266; www.riccobonospeppermill.com), there is a changing of the guard. Another generation of Riccobonos is ready to leave its mark on the neighborhood restaurant.   "We're sharing a new vision we have for the restaurant — totally respecting...

Fuddruckers. Romano's Macaroni Grill. Cozymel's. These are some of the 25-plus restaurant concepts that Phil Romano, 75, has created, producing some $1.5 billion in annual sales. (There have been some flops too, including a lobster restaurant in Dallas.) Romano, who survived malignant lymphoma, has branched into other realms. His latest is Trinity...

Si informa che l'edizione 2013 del Premio Luigi Malerba di narrativa e sceneggiatura e' riservata ad un'opera di narrativa originale inedita. Gli elaborati dovranno pervenire alla direzione del Premio entro il 25 luglio. Il Premio Luigi Malerba rientra nelle iniziative organizzate nell'ambito del Festival delle Identità (www.festivaldelleidentita....

In New York City, one cannot throw a slice of pepperoni without thwacking an Italian joint of one kind or another; in Albuquerque, the situation is practically reversed. Jeff Spiegel and Katie Gardner moved from NYC back to Albuquerque a few years ago, finding the dearth of Italian restaurants as a call to action: M'Tucci's Kitchina threw open its...

Members of the American Society of Italian Heritage recently gathered at the Clarion Inn & Suites Conference Center for fellowship, food and fun as they honored St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Alexis with their annual Rising Star Award. Since 2003, the north shore group has given the award to an outstanding deputy who has worked for...

Navighiamo dapprima lungo la riva sinistra, che è quella dello Stato del Mississippi, più alberata che la riva opposta. Lunga isola coperta di bella vegetazione. Poi traversiamo il fiume e dopo circa un'ora e mezza abbordiamo a Sunny Side. Alcune balle di cotone giacciono sulla riva, in attesa di essere caricate. Sono le ultime del prodotto dell'an...

by Phaedra Cook   Think you know everything about Houston's venerable, high-class hotel Four Seasons? The hotel is full of nooks, crannies, kitchens, wine rooms, special suites and ballrooms. Every Friday in July starting at 7 p.m., executive chef Maurizio Ferrarese and his staff of the hotel's restaurant, Quattro, are taking culinary advent...

by Denise Morris   An upcoming exhibit will bring to San Angelo art that's seldom seen outside of major museums. Masterpieces by artists such as Tintoretto, Tiepolo, and Veronese will be featured in "Venetian Paintings from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation" and "Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection."...

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...

The Italian-American Marching Club's St. Joseph's Day Parade is Saturday, March 9, starting at 6 p.m. at Chartres and Canal streets. The parade marches through the French Quarter and Central Business District, with men passing out flowers in exchange for kisses or throwing beads from the new Rolling Cannoli float. After the parade, which ends on Co...

We barely got a chance to say goodbye to Barter, the just-closed restaurant on McKinney Avenue from brothers Patrick and Michael Halbert, and already we are saying hello to its replacement: Italian restaurant Patrizio.   A manager at the Patrizio in Highland Park Village confirmed that it would be relocating after its closure on February 28....

by JJ Velasquez   Steve Swindell said his business grew 47 percent from 2013 to 2014, but it was not long ago the Kyle restaurant owner had to go back to the drawing board. Swindell opened Panhandler's Pizza in Kyle in 2011, a buffet featuring Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. But he later realized it was not the right business model, he s...