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The food and the fig cookies will flow when area Catholic churches and organizations host St. Joseph's Altars over the next few weeks. While St. Joseph's Day is March 19, most altars will be open the weekend before. On Sunday, March 17, a St. Joseph's Altar will be open from noon to 4 p.m. at Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, 17560 George...

The following parishes, schools and entities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans will host St. Joseph Altars for the feast of St. Joseph on March 19. The tradition, which is Sicilian and Roman Catholic in origin but is carried on locally by Italian-Americans and people of all nationalities and faiths, includes baking cookies and cakes and preparing f...

Alcuin School’s Italian Night was a huge success drawing a record crowd of more than 500 attendees for a festive evening of family fun in the school’s gym on Jan. 27. The annual gathering was indeed a “bella notte,” hosted by guest chefs and servers from the Alcuin School Parents’ and Dads’ Clubs.   The scrumptious feast, catered by Campisi’s Resta...

Dallas' sad Italian-restaurant scene has an exciting newcomer in the works: Il Bracco, an Italian-inspired restaurant from a team with deep experience in the Houston's/Hillstone group, slated to open in the spring. Located at 8416 Preston Center Plaza, in a former bedding store called Iron Bed, Il Bracco will offer a fresh take on classic Italian d...

Thursday, March 21, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130 In this talk, Dr. Justin Nystrom of Loyola University New Orleans will share some of the bigger surprises that came out of the research for his recent book, Creole Italian. This work documents the important role that Sicilian...

If you’re looking for an Italian spot that’ll knock your socks off without knocking all the dollars out of your pocket, look no further than Two Guys From Italy. The dimly lit gem, located on Dallas’ Webb Chapel Road, has been around since 1979. Although the décor has yet to be updated, luckily the same seems to hold true for their menu prices. Wit...

For three decades, Chazz Palminteri has been reliving his life story, first as a one-man play, later as a film and now as a Broadway musical. “It’s because they’re archetypes, these characters, the father, the son. You don’t have to be from the Bronx, you don’t have to be Italian-American. ‘A Bronx Tale’ was a huge hit in Japan; you know, figure th...

As Tony Vallone once joked, he and his wife, Donna, live at Tony’s, his revered eponymous restaurant, and sleep at Persa. That would be their luxe townhouse on the edge of River Oaks. No surprise then that when we asked for a visit in his kitchen, Vallone allowed that he doesn’t cook there very often. But cooking runs in his blood just as a great m...

Thursday, March 14, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. All Michelangelo wanted to be was a sculptor, but Pope Julius II had other ideas, as did Pope Leo X, Pope Clement VII, and Pope Paul III. A long line of Popes with an eye for talent commissioned Michelangelo, often against hi...

Thursday, March 7, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST. Location: The Italian Cultural & Community Center - 1101 Milford St, Houston, TX 77006. $10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-members. Get tickets here Draped across the high Alps, where Italy, Austria and Switzerland collide and their cultures blur, Italy’s northernmost region is a major draw for holiday-makers...

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 p.m. Akin Hall, Midwestern State University, 3410 Taft Boulevard, Wichita Falls, TX 76308. Admission: $25, $22.50 senior citizens and military. Information: (940) 397-4267. The Italian-born Alessio Bax came to music by chance. “It was Christmastime and I received an electric keyboard as a gift when I was 6 or 7. I fell in...

In 2018, the descendants, residents, and friends of Little Italy, a historic community nestled in northwest Pulaski County in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, founded a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called the “Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society” whose mission is to preserve the history of Little Italy, Arkansas, celebrate its I...