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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...

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."...