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The first thing that visitors notice as they walk up the red carpeted steps at The Corinthian in downtown Houston where a traveling Sistine Chapel exhibit is at the back of the venue. A huge, magnified version of Michelangelo's crowning depiction of The Last Judgment pops out at the viewers from a few hundred feet away. The tangled mess of angels a...

Houston’s own Russo’s New York Pizzeria, the only authentic New York-style, Italian restaurant and pizzeria franchise concept, is now open in Pearland. The location, which officially opened Monday, July 16, invites Pearland residents, commuters and visitors to savor the unmistakable tastes and ambiance of the chef-created, chef-inspired and chef-dr...

World-renowned Italian winery, Santa Margherita(www.santamargheritawines.com), is proud to announce the launch of their Behind the Vine tour, bringing the Italian winery experience to U.S. consumers all summer long. As part of the drive, Santa Margherita will host a series of experiential pop-ups in key markets nationwide to showcase the essence of...

Francesca just opened, but the Lakeview deli is full of things from the past. On the menu is a sandwich called The Moon, a muffuletta loaf with ham, roast beef, provolone, Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing. It's a take on the specialty of Charlie's Deli, which occupied this Harrison Avenue building back before Katrina. On the dining room wall is...

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Marco Belinelli. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Belinelli, 6-5/210, previously spent two seasons with the Spurs from 2013 to 2015, helping San Antonio capture the 2014 NBA Championship. Belinelli averaged 10.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.0 m...

THERE’S NO ARGUING THAT KATY’S LINES OF STRIP MALLS are firmly chain restaurant territory, a morass of Chik-fil-As and Corner Bakeries. And to the casual observer, Mona Fresh Italian Food doesn’t stand apart from that pack. That changes the moment the door opens to a line of tomato plants cultivated by chef-owner Sidney Degaine. The restaurant may...

Baton Rouge’s annual Italian Heritage Festa features a “grape stomp,” when teams of women wearing coordinated outfits perform a dance routine and — you guessed it — stomp grapes. This year, the lighthearted charity event will be tinged with sadness. Buddy Amoroso, the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council member killed in a bicycle accident June 30...

Decades before celebrity chefs like Giada De Laurentis and Mario Batali brought fine Italian dining into our living rooms courtesy of television’s Food Network, Amerigo taught Jacksonians how to enjoy refined Italian fare at its Ridgeland restaurant.   In the constant revolving door of new restaurants that have come and gone, Amerigo has maintained...

The little restaurant on the corner of Perkins Road and Balis Drive has been through a lot in recent years. It was Marcello’s. Then it was Romacelli. Then it was Portico. Then it was Table Kitchen & Bar. But Marcello’s has returned to claim the spot it left in 2012, bigger and better and ready to break the location’s curse in the Southdowns Shoppin...

MONA Fresh Italian Food located at 19355 I-10, Ste. 500, Houston, held a soft opening July 9. The fast-casual Italian restaurant offers fresh housemade pasta dishes that can be customized with various meats, dressings and seasonings. Some of the ingredients MONA creates dishes with, such as tomatoes, basil, oregano and other vegetables and herbs, a...

Would you risk your life to save a stranger, and never talk about it? Scores of Italians did just that as part of a secret underground to save Jews from extermination in Nazi-occupied Italy. Some were ordinary citizens, others were prominent figures. One was Giovanni Borromeo, a distinguished physician who created a fictitious contagious disease to...

Upon seeing an opportunity to expand business to Tomball, Alban Bulliqi and Ekrem Hyseni opened a second location of Adriatic Cafe & Italian Grill in April 2017 in the Northpointe area. The duo opened their first restaurant in Jersey Village in 2012. “We had a lot of customers and guests that had been coming [to Jersey Village]from Tomball, so we w...