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The Italian Cultural and Community Center is seeking candidates to fill five upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors. The election will be held at the annual meeting of members on December 7, 2017. Each term lasts three years. We welcome strategic thinkers who understand “the big picture” and who can translate ideas into actions in order to fu...

PASATINA FIGS—a breed native to Sardinia—aren’t a common ingredient in the U.S. Yet if you look for the fruit in Houston, you’ll have little trouble finding it. Twenty years ago, Efisio Farris, owner of beloved Italian restaurant Arcodoro in the Galleria area, brought a single stick from one of his father’s trees back to Houston from Sardinia. He p...

The Italian American Bocce Club has returned from summer vacation!!! We will be holding Open Bocce Nights from 7pm - 10pm on Wednesday, August 23rd, and Wednesday, August 30th. As always, it is just $5 to play all night and we welcome all ages and skill levels. We will have cold beverages available for a suggested donation as well, so come on by! W...

Joe Impastato, wearing a black sport shirt with a New Orleans Saintsemblem on the pocket, balances six salad plates on his arm as he pushes past the swinging door of his kitchen into the dining room at Impastato's Restaurant in Metairie. The 78-year-old restaurateur delivers those plates expertly to a table of well-dressed men having lunch in the e...

In 1985, Antonio “Momo” Gattini left Tuscany for Dallas. He thought he might open a shop and sell gelato or at least teach people how to make it. Instead, he founded MoMo’s Italian Kitchen, the quaint restaurant which now operates on Forest Lane near Greenville Avenue. After 30 years of success, Gattini put his son Carlo in charge, and a couple of...

Houston police say someone vandalized the Christopher Columbus statue in Bell Park overnight. Police were called to the scene between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday at Bell Park in the 4800 block of Montrose. It appeared someone dumped red paint on the statue. According to a plaque, the Italian-American Organizations of Greater Houston donated the statu...

The Uptown eatery Amici Ristorante & Bar (3218 Magazine St., 504-300-1250) has reopened following a change in ownership and a round of renovations. First opened in 2013, Amici was developed by the Rizzuto family through their Rizzuto Management Group. In July, however, the restaurant was purchased by Felix’s Restaurant Group, the company behind the...

In the summer of 1905, a Sicilian immigrant named Angelo Brocato Sr. opened his first ice-cream parlor on Decatur Street, just off Ursulines, in the part of the Vieux Carre known at the time as Little Palermo. Brocato, who had started his career as a 12-year-old apprentice in an elegant ice-cream parlor in the real Palermo, turned out such then-exo...

If someone were to ask what Texas contributes to the United States, one might hear cowboys or barbecue as typical responses. However, apart from these classic stereotypes Texas also performs an integral role in the U.S. economy. In 2016, Texas was ranked as the second largest state economy in the U.S., attributed to their fast economic and job grow...

Join us for a screening of the 2016 comedy Che Vuoi Che Sia! We will be celebrating the Italian holiday Ferragosto for the 7th year in a row with a film screening, pizza, and soft drinks. Bring your friends and a favorite bottle of wine to sip and share. Film will be in Italian with English subitiles. Sunday, August 13, 2017 | Doors open at 5:00 pm...

A title character plays only a supporting role this week at the Tontitown Grape Festival. That's the grape itself, now relegated to cameo appearances at this venerable yearly celebration, whose roots date to 1899. It's the case that not a lot of grapes are grown today around this Northwest Arkansas community, settled near the end of the 19th centur...

Thu, August 24, 2017. 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT. Gusto - 4800 Burnet Road - Austin, TX 78756. Beautiful weather, great company and fantastic food & wine: it’s not a Midsummer Night Dream! It’s a Sicilian Wine Dinner featuring Firriato’s wines! Gusto's Executive Chef Justin Turner designed a special menu, inspired by the distinctive flavors of Sicily....