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A Rita’s Italian Ice location in Houston is pushing the envelope and experimenting with ways to deliver their tasty frozen treats to eager customers. Co-franchisees Michael Schwartz and Dan McCracken have teamed up with UberEATS and Favor Delivery to make Rita’s beloved custards, Italian ices and frozen treats available and convenient for those in...

River Oaks District is getting a new star and it's not of the retail kind. Taverna, the Italian restaurant known for its hand-made pasta and indulgent risotto dishes, is welcoming Francesco Schintu as its new executive chef, according to the Lombardi Family Concepts. The Dallas-based restaurant company whose restaurant brands also include Toulouse...

On Sunday, April 9, chefs David Uygur and Justin Holt at Lucia, which is normally closed on Sundays, will share their tiny kitchen with Sprezza chef Ryan Ferguson. There are only two seatings for the dinner, which is likely to fill up fast. “We thought it would be fun to get together and cook with someone else who does Italian,” Uygur says. “We dec...

Without too much of a stretch, Giorgio Borlenghi could play a suave, playful diplomat in a Federico Fellini movie. Relaxed yet formal in the relaxed yet formal setting of his hilltop Hotel Granduca Austin, Borlenghi, 65, is the very image of Old World gentility: impeccable manners, immaculate attire, artful conversation. Alert to the social dynamic...

What: Debut of Molteni&C shop-in-shop. Where: BeDESIGN. The scoop: BeDESIGN CEO Adrian Dueñas and lead designer and partner Marcelo Saenz welcomed more than 100 guests to check out the new Molteni&C shop located inside the design store's 6,500-square-foot showroom on West Alabama. Houston Symphony violinist Maxine Kuo performed as guests sipped on...

In a historic collaboration between Filmmaker and Exhibitor, Austin based Director Sergio Carvajal-Leoni and San Marcos based EVO Entertainment Group are bringing local storytelling to the silver screen with Carvajal-Leoni’s celebrated Texan-Italian comedy Tiramisu For Two. After a sold out local premiere and packed limited trial run, the locally p...

The Kenner Italian heritage festival was started by former kenner chief of police, Nick Congemi to celebrate the rich Italian heritage that was part of the formation of New Orleans. The day was inspired by the customs shared by many Kenner residents, such as the St. Rosalie Procession in Rivertown. "The city of Kenner at one time was the center o...

Dear Members and Friends, Join us at the ICCC for an evening Milan Style on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm; the second edition of 2017 of our wine tasting series Come Wine with Us, which debuted in June of 2016. It will offer a selection of wines from the Northern Italian region of Lombardia, presented by Food and Wine Historian Jeremy Parzen....

When: From Friday, April 21, 2017 to Sunday, April 23, 2017. Organized by : WorldFest Houston & Consulte General of Italy in Houston (Consolato Generale d'Italia in Houston). In collaboration with : IIC. Entrance : With fee WorldFest Houston celebrates 50 years of international independent cinema. The 12th Annual Panorama Italia section devoted to...

If Marco Silvestrini gives you the cold shoulder, that's a good thing. He traffics in cold. Icy cold. And soon his brand of frosty chill will satisfy Houston's appetite for sweet snow. Dolce Neve, the Austin-based gelato shop that Silvestrini operates with his sister, Francesca Silvestrini, and her fiancé, Leopoldo Ferrarese, is set to open in the...

Joining the Italian Club of Dallas for a Friday night cena, or dinner, is like time-traveling. The group's warmth and sense of community evoke an era when Italian Americans lived in the same neighborhoods, attended the same churches, and socialized together. Non-members are welcome for this dinner, and my husband, friends and I are among this minor...

“You know, being Italian, wine and food is in our DNA,” Chef Tore says over a glass of Sardinian wine. The Cannonau he’s pouring is from his hometown, Dorgali, made from grapes grown at a vineyard he worked in as a youth. The guy behind all the delectable Italian dishes at Urban Crust, Salvatore Gisellu — “Chef” or “Tore” as he’s known by friends —...