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As business transactions go, the passing of Carmelo's restaurant from one hand to another was drama-free, according to new owner Benjamin Berg. Carmelo's longtime owner, Carmelo Mauro, was ready to retire and leave his 37-year-old Italian restaurant in Memorial to new operators. And he made a good connection in Berg, who despite opening two new pro...

For a restaurant that opened over a decade ago, Nonna still feels like a secret. It hovers on the edges of the spotlight, watching as newer openings and other Dallas favorites steal our attention. Its website hails from an era of the internet when people thought it was a good idea to imprison every word of text in stationary GIFs. Each year, Nonna...

Wed, April 25, 2018. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT. Italian Cultural & Community Center - 1101 Milford St. - Houston, TX 77006. Cost: $10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-members. Get your tickets - Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7. Want more information? Click here. Born and raised in Rome, Alex di Bagno has always been very attached to this captivating histo...

St. Joseph was honored by the American Society of Italian Heritage at "La Festa di San Giuseppe" held at Benedict's Plantation on March 11. In the Middle Ages, a famine devastated Sicily, and prayers to St. Joseph are credited for the gentle rains that brought forth crops. The saint is celebrated on or near his feast day of March 19. After the Pled...

One of the most memorable – and filling – meals in Albuquerque can be found on Eubank at Paisano’s Italian Restaurant, a family-owned gem that’s been doing business since the 1970s.  There’s nothing better than a good fettuccini alfredo. It’s a classic dish, simple, delicious, and nearly as synonymous with Italian food as spaghetti and meatballs. I...

Our dear friend Fred Petrucelli celebrated his 100th birthday last weekend. It might seem like an April Fools’ Day joke because he doesn’t look or act 100. He could pass for decades younger. He is well-read, well-spoken and has a great sense of humor. Fred has been a journalist for more than 60 years, and my husband and I met him when we worked wit...

Russo's New York Pizzeria, one of the most iconic, authentic New York pizzerias in the Lone Star State, is now open in Cedar Park. The location, which officially opened Monday, March 19, offers authentic New York-style pizzeria. The popular, chef driven, fast casual Italian restaurant — "that brings to life old-world charm and hospitality," officia...

Tucked away in a strip mall on Coursey Boulevard is Bistro Italia, an intimate, casual dining spot with gems on the menu that will have you kissing your fingers like an Italian chef. We started off with a trio of appetizers: the fried mozzarella ($8), garlic knots ($8) and fried ravioli ($7). The knots — and there were a lot of them — were loaded w...

A sold-out crowd celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph at The Community House on Sanibel with a homemade Italian dinner, followed by karaoke song and dance. Hosted by the Sanibel Catholic Women and Men, the celebration marked the fourth charity event to benefit local Catholic and island charities since the organization's formation in 2017. Following F...

This last week Kim Yacone of Forghedaboudit NY authentic Italian in Deming NM place 3rd and in the money for Best traditional pizza in the Southwest at the 34 th annual International pizza expo competition in Las Vegas which is the SuperBowl of pizza makers world wide. Kim entered the contest confident since she was the returning 2017 Champion. The...

North Little Rock is getting ready to turn red, white and -- green. From April 20-21, everything from the bridges over the Arkansas River to the cotton candy carried through the North Shore Riverwalk Park will sport the tricolore -- the colors of the Italian flag -- for the inaugural Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival. Patrick Presley, direct...

The new Auction House Market in the Warehouse District is getting a neighbor: Sofia restaurant will open next door in late 2018 with Italian staples like wood-fired pizzas and pastas, plus roasted meats and Gulf seafood. Former Ampersand (a popular New Orleans nightclub in the early aughts) and current Barcadia, Belle’s Diner, and Ohm Lounge owner,...