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A Tulane associate dean is helping to keep an old New Orleans tradition alive. T.J. Stranova, associate dean for student affairs and admissions in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is president of the Italian-American Bocce Club of Greater New Orleans. In the sport of bocce, players throw balls at a target ball called a pallino. Th...

WALK INTO THE GALLERY, and there’s Michelangelo, staring right at you. Above that set of dark eyes, the master’s crinkled forehead bears the weight of a lifetime as the most prodigious Western artist of them all. His crooked nose reflects the battle scars of his time as an insufferable know-it-all youth (a fellow sculpting apprentice reportedly obl...

The passion and fire of Italian Baroque music is highlighted this coming April in Mercury's upcoming spring concerts specially curated by Artistic Director Antoine Plante to shine a spotlight on the orchestra's talented musicians, especially its Concertmaster. "These concerts are all about the energy and drive of a great violinist. Mercury's own Jo...

When La Bistro opened 34 years ago, this part of Tarrant County was called the “Mid-Cities” and there was only one other white-tablecloth restaurant. A generation later, La Bistro will throw a celebration dinner Wednesday to thank customers who have made it an old-school Italian dining classic and now, a new OpenTable.com “diners' choice.” “We've h...

It’s not a stretch to call Tony Vallone a Houston restaurant legend. For over 50 years, he’s been the powerhouse behind Tony’s, the swanky Italian restaurant that’s long been a staple for foodies and the see-and-be-seen crowd alike. He also founded Vallone’s steakhouse in the Memorial area and Ciao Bello near the Galleria. He also started La Grigil...

Cheese and charcuterie boards can be perfunctory affairs, laid out with a scatter of pickles, a blob of mustard, some sliced baguettes. Not so at Sud Italia, the cozy Italian spot in Rice Village where chef Maurizio Ferrarese recently took over the kitchen. His new menus include a festive, showstopping antipasto spread, with its array of house-made...

It was a mostly sunny and beautiful day for St. Joseph's Day altars across the New Orleans area on Monday, March 19. Catholic churches, homes, restaurants and grocery stores hosted altars laden with beautifully decorated cakes, cookies, breads and seafood dishes to honor and thank St. Joseph, the patron saint of Sicily. Legend credits St. Joseph wi...

Mazzio's Italian Eatery will be offering a free dinner and drink to all teachers on Tuesdays beginning March 20.Each Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., teachers can show a valid teacher ID from an Oklahoma school district and get one free dinner buffet and a free soft drink. Mazzio's has a history with teachers – Founder Ken Selby was a teacher before...

Opened in December in the space most recently occupied by Galisteo Bistro, Trattoria A Mano has transformed the long, narrow, high-ceilinged room into a lively gathering spot for good food, good drink, and good company. The decor is eclectic, combining iron window grilles, oversized photos of ’50s Italian haute couture and hands kneading dough, a w...

Sofidel, an Italian manufacturer of tissue paper, broke ground Friday on a $360 million investment that will include construction of a facility that will support 300 jobs. “Sofidel will build here a new modern, integrated plant to serve the south-central and central-western areas of this great country, where we have been operating since 2012,” Luig...

During Il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar in Southlake’s twilight between lunch and dinner, Chef Luciano Salvadore began making pasta for the possible rush to come. He said the restaurant emphasizes its Italian fare, with food and talent from the country itself. Salvadore said the dining establishment is the product of a partnership between its majority...

La Sicilia Italian Bakery & Cafe just opened in Montrose last weekend, bringing with it all kinds of authentic European treats. The shop at 515 Westheimer Road is the first foray into food for the family of owners, Antonio Rios who serves as general manager and part owner with his parents Antonio Sr. and Olga Rios. But Diego Chiarello, Antonio’s hu...