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By Jonathan Garris Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant staved off its eviction after Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Edie Connelly ruled in favor of the restaurant that had been stuck in a prolonged court battle. On Monday, Connelly ruled that the eviction notice submitted by Janet Maass, landlord and manager of The Colonade Shopping Center, where the...

The second-deadliest coal mining disaster in U.S. history occurred 100 years ago this week in a northern New Mexico town that no longer exists, save for the small cemetery bearing the remains of many of the 263 miners killed in a massive explosion on the afternoon of Oct. 22, 1913. Though the town of Dawson and the Stag Canyon No. 2 coal mine are...

Chef Nick Lama opened his Italian restaurant Avo (5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; www.restaurantavo.com) May 20 in the former Martinique Bistro space. A great-grandson of Sicilian immigrants, Lama describes his food as "regional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.   "I'm trying to get ingredients that have been...

Free tastings of a New Mexico grown organic balsamic vinegar will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Market Café located at 614 N. Bullard. There is a farm in Monticello, N.M., making a very special product that is now available at the Market Café, according to a news release. The Darland Company LLC makes America's only traditional-...

Sofia Loren, già definita come uno dei più grandi tesori del cinema mondiale, si presenterà al pubblico nell'ambito della Brilliant Lecture Series il 10 maggio 2013. La sua presentazione si svolgerà al Brown Theater, Wortham Center, nelll'ambito della serie "Conversations with Brilliance" nella quale personalità di rilievo internazionale parlano de...

The American Italian Cultural Center invites you to join us in sampling delicious wines by regions of Italy! Peter Patti, local wine specialist with Republic National Distributing Company, brings his 44 years of experience to lead a fun and informative session focusing on Italian wines. If you would like to join us, please register by clicking...

Sunday October 12 2.30 - 4.30 pm - HoustonITAL Austin will be traveling to Houston for Italian Cultural and Community Center's FESTA ITALIANA! We will be screening 3 episodes and Q&A with the filmmakers of the series. The screening will take place at the cultural movie theater inside the festival.We will be selling DVD's of the series for...

By Syd Kearney Robert Del Grande, the first Houston chef to win a James Beard Award (1992's Best Chef: Southwest), will be inducted into the Wine & Food Week Chef of Chefs Hall of Fame on June 6. Del Grande is the chef behind RDG & Bar Annie and the Grove. The induction ceremony will take place during the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting...

By Adrian Gomez   Take two classic Italian films. Add some traditional Italian food. And it's a party. This is what Maria Berry has been working on for months. The result is "Firing Up Italian Classics on Route 66." The two-day event takes place beginning Saturday, Sept. 17. Berry, managing director of the Italian Fi...

by Denise Parker   Who's in the mood to drive to Land O' Lakes and find a nice spot for a romantic, upscale Italian dinner? Don't everyone raise your hand at once. However ... although you may think that Pasco County is too far a haul from most parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas, Benedetto's is worth the trip.   Somewhat incongru...

Join us at the ICCC for an evening of delicious celebration and sublime exploration as our chocolate expert, Laura Pipkin Kramer, Executive Chef at Camp Waldemarfor Girls, pairs her well-chosen homemade aromatic truffles with a selection of Italian wines, presented by Jack M. Fassetta, owner of Beviamo International. The ICCC is excited to continue...

WHEN ALBERTO LOMBARDI OPENED TAVERNA at River Oaks District over the weekend, it was not his first rodeo, or perhaps more accurately, risotteria.   This is the eighth location of the pasta, pizza and risotto specialist. It's one of seven members of Lombardi Family Concepts, which also includes Kai Asian Bistro, Lombardi's Romagna Mia and Tou...