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With festivals growing bigger, and the local festival calendar getting more crowded, there was something refreshingly different about the debut last year of the Muffuletta Festival in Old Metairie. On paper, it seemed to follow the standard recipe for a New Orleans food festival: start with a familiar dish, bank on its built-in name recognition and...

It’s hard to believe there wasn’t a Muffuletta Festival in New Orleans before 2017. Last year, the event made its inaugural appearance in Metairie, LA with a goal to “honor the legacy of Italian immigrants in the Greater New Orleans and current day bakeries throughout the area while offering delicious food and good family fun.” Unsurprisingly, it w...

When: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m - Location: University of Houston, AH 210 Celebrate settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo (The Week of Italian Language in the World) at the University of Houston with "Look Who's Talking: 101 Things No One Ever Told You About the Magic of Italian Dubbing"! This special presentation will be l...

A long-awaited restaurant with roots in New York's most glamorous circles has finally opened its doors in Uptown Dallas. The restaurant is Circo Dallas — pronounced "CHEER-koh," and not like sir-koh which the rest of us have been doing all this time — and it's at 2619 McKinney Ave., on the corner of Routh and McKinney in the One Uptown high rise. C...

The promotional logo for this weekend’s New Orleans Opera production of “Turandot” features a stylized image of a fire-breathing dragon. A widely recognizable symbol of ancient China, the mythical creature could also represent the opera’s title character, who fits the description of a “dragon lady.” However, if the opera were to be given a subtitle...

A collection of relics of Saint Padre Pio will be on display Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 907 S. Dixie Blvd., as part of a national tour commemorating the 50th anniversary of his passing. Padre Pio was born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887, in the town of Pietrelcina, Italy. He later took the name Pio in honor of Pope Pius I...

Tickets for the Second annual Columbus Day Hall of Fame dinner are on sale. The dinner will held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. Cost of the tickets is $35. They may be ordered by calling 719-671-0205. This year's inductees include: The Knights of Columbus Organization; the late Hector Ch...

Acclaimed Italian chef Gabriele Bonci is bringing Bonci Pizzeria to the The Julia, a $50 million mixed-use development in the New Orleans Warehouse District, joining Oprah-backed True Food Kitchen, according to the Eater tipline and The Julia website. Bonci made its American debut in Chicago just last summer, but Gabriele Bonci made a name in Rome...

Mark your calendar now for St. Joseph’s annual Spaghetti Supper. The first week of October has featured this Pine Bluff Italian cuisine since the 1920s.  People come from near and far for the authentic Italian meatballs with hand snipped parsley and many secret ingredients. Carry-out orders, chaired by Connie Boutwell, will be available on both Tue...

Astros owner Jim Crane’s luxe Italian spot next to the ballpark could have been just another vanity restaurant. Instead, under chef Danny Trace, it’s home to some very personal Creole Italian food that draws on Trace’s Louisiana and Italian family roots. He buys great regional ingredients from places like Covey Rise Farm and Waco’s Brazos Valley Ch...

Amorino Gelato, an Italian creamery known for its cones of rose-shaped gelato, will soon open its third Texas outpost at the bustling Legacy West development. Amorino first made its Texas debut in the upscale River Oaks district of Houston, followed by an outpost in Fort Worth’s Shops at Clearfork early this year. The newest arrival will open at 77...

La Volpe, the Italian restaurant from the owners of downtown spot Cedar Door, is opening today, September 21. Located at 201 Brazos Street, next door to its sibling restaurant, La Volpe serves Italian food with Southern American influences. The menu from La Volpe (which means “the fox” in Italian) include starters, entrees, and small plates. For ex...