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By Vanessa Holt Piada Italian Street Food opened its third Houston-area location on June 3. Piada Vintage Park, located at 10420 Louetta Road, joins Houston locations on Memorial Drive and in Sugarland for the Ohio-based fast-casual Italian eatery.   Community Marketing Manager Jordan Blossom said the restaurant's signature item the pi...

Houston certainly doesn't lack for outstanding restaurants that burst onto the scene, but Helen Greek Food & Wine made a particularly memorable impression since it opened a year ago. From its intimate location in Rice Village, the restaurant has racked up serious acclaim, including being named the best new restaurant in the state by Texas Month...

L'orchestra houstoniana "Mercury: the Orchestra Redefined" presenta due appuntamenti dedicati al grande compositore veneziano.   Il 28 marzo Mercury eseguira' al Wortham Center del Cullen Theater il concerto "Dreams and Nightmares", una selezionen di concerti fantasiosi ed insoliti che vedra' il concerto per flauto di Antonio Vivaldi "La Not...

Evoking the Amalfi Coast with fish, cheese and wine imported directly from the area, chef Giancarlo Ferraro's Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar is sure to ring with authenticity when it opens Monday, Nov. 10, at 6100 Westheimer Road, Suite 140. "This restaurant is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream," said Ferraro, who hails from Salerno, Italy...

By Tanji Patton The limelight can be fleeting for new restaurants in Houston. The competition is fierce. The truly successful restaurants often understand that while headline news is a good thing, cultivating a loyal base of local customers is even better. And I suspect, that's exactly what Amalfi, the new spot in West Houston on Westheimer, is ai...

You will not want to miss "The Big Night" where the Italian Club of Dallas will showcase this famous movie as you feast on a Cena reminiscent of "The Big Night." Lovely gifts, baskets, wine and jewelry will be available to bid on in a Silent Auction during the evening.   Please contact Barbie Gumin if you would like to make a donation for th...

Mangiamo Brownsville! The most authentic Texas-based Italian eatery has just opened. One of Brownsville's most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the year, Russo's New York Pizzeria opens on December 15. Local residents, commuters and visitors can now savor the tastes, aromas and unmistakable ambiance of an authentic New York-style pizz...

By Lucian When one thinks of frontier justice or violent lynchings in the United States, it conjures the specter of lawlessness in the old West or the anti-black intolerance of the Deep South.   This is inevitable, not only because of the magnitude of such atrocities, but because of the attention brought to them by modern American society,...

The Sons of Italy - La Famiglia di Southeast Texas Lodge 2887 held its 1st Anniversary on May 14th at Rao's Bakery in Beaumont. President Ron Bassana said the celebration included a representative from the Texas State University- Italian Studies Department and members enjoyed some great stories, good food and an informative session about Italian im...

A stroll through New Orleans in the 1850s would have revealed a subtle but significant change in architecture. The austere Greek Revival style, which started to replace Creole aesthetics in the 1820s and flourished during the 1830s and 1840s, began to give way to a more ornate and luxurious look.   Known as Italianate and later Victorian Ita...

by Marty Cook   Renowned Italian restaurant Mary Maestri's once occupied a stately building on the outskirts of Tontitown, far removed from the hustle and bustle of northwest Arkansas. Now the restaurant, which first opened in 1923, stands on a busy four-lane Springdale street, an icon in name but just another restaurant by outside appe...

by Mia Pons   Cultural Connections: Arezzo, an art exhibit that contained works exchanged between local and Italian artists, will reopen next month in the Paseo district during the First Friday Art Walk at the Paseo Plunge.   "When the Italian artists were here back in the fall creating the exhibit, I took them to the Paseo Arts Distr...