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When the first settlers from Sunnyside sat down to a harvest picnic in 1898, the thought of a Ferris wheel or carousel in eyeshot of the church house doors would have been inconceivable. Just as hard to fathom, though, would be the idea that the supper would become a tradition that would span a century and more. This coming week, the 119th Annual T...

With three weeks to spare, volunteers are starting to prepare the homemade pasta for the 119th annual Tontitown Grape Festival. Volunteer Jettie Franco said participating in the festival is a way to share a piece of her Italian heritage with her family and the community. "I think that's what happens in a lot of nationalities, they don't pass down t...

The Sugar Land City Council is collaborating with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, the International Film Festival of Spello and the Region of Umbra to host an Italian Film Festival. The festival Umbria in Sugar Land will be held in Sugar Land and will begin on Sept. 27, running through Oct. 1 in various venues across Sugar Land. There will be Eu...

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to be a co-presenter of authentic Italian food products and wines at this year’s Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace, held last week in Dallas. The TRA Marketplace brings together more Texas-based food, wine, and restaurant professionals than any festival or fair and it was thrilling to watch...

We joked after a confusing counter experience at Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen that it was fitting for it to have a name similar to Lord of the Rings character Gandalf. Because getting breakfast -- or so we had hoped -- turned into quite the epic. On a recent Saturday about 11:30 a.m., my date and I entered the newest Promenade at Chenal eatery...

In October 1890, David Hennessy, the chief of police in New Orleans, was ambushed outside his home. He was shot multiple times and died the following day. Several Italian men were put on trial, but a jury failed to convict them. Angry residents sought revenge, storming the old Parish Prison and killing 11 people, hanging two of them and shooting th...

Sophia’s Italian supper club is focusing on more seasonal dishes and a new bar menu with the help of its recently hired chef de cuisine – Caleb Higginson, a former sous chef at Central Standard. The Chicago-based BDG Hospitality brought Higginson on in May to support executive chef Mark Sparacino. While Sparacino is back and forth between Sophia's...

Texas in summer means hot days at the lake grilling. It usually doesn't mean opera. But beginning 7:30 p.m. July 18, students of Red River Lyric Opera will perform four operas in Midwestern State University's Fain Fine Arts Center Theatre. The three-week summer intensive workshop brings opera singers from across the country to study with voice teac...

Lorenzo Simonelli is house hunting in Houston's Inner Loop and is looking for Italian restaurants to check out now that he has become the CEO of the new Baker Hughes. He sat down with the Houston Chronicle at his north Houston office to discuss the transition, his role and the new company that trades on the New York stock exchange as BHGE. Edited e...

Nola Gondola, founded by Robert Dula, will wrap you up with the magic and allure of the Venetian Gondola, and mix it with the romance and flavor of New Orleans. Robert’s childhood dream of being a Gondolier was realized in 2003 when work on his authentic Venetian Gondola began in Venice, Italy. "I'm not Italian," said Dula, who goes by Roberto on t...

Piccolino is the Santa Fe exception: a family-owned, family-oriented and seriously local place that doesn’t serve New Mexican food. It’s all Italian all the time here. The pages-long menu has every Italian classic you can think of and I found myself wondering if the kitchen staff numbered in the dozens, all invisibly at work concocting sauces and w...

When he campaigned for his leadership job, Rep. Steve Scalise embraced two things he loved, baseball and his home state of Louisiana, handing out commemorative baseball bats and serving up a Cajun dinner with oysters and gumbo. The House's third-ranking Republican is known as much for that sort of joie-de-vivre, a backslapping, hearty embrace of t...