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...

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...

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...

Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House opened just last week, on Friday (June 30) to be precise. Already, though, there's a common theme among the people making reservations or dropping in for a bite at the bar. They all want a look at the new restaurant that has taken the place of an old restaurant they once knew by heart. How could it be any other way...

Every neighborhood needs a pizzeria, but the new one in Old Algiers is about more than just take-out pies or the easy family pizza night. At Tavolino Pizza & Lounge (141 Delaronde St., 504-605-3365), there’s room for the stroller crowd and there’s also a back bar lounge for date night without the kids. And then there's the mysteries of ping, a comf...

A muffuletta is fresh bread, cold cuts, olives, cheese and Italian heritage all wrapped in one white paper package. Unlike the other quintessential New Orleans sandwich — the po-boy — the muffuletta is not subject to refinements. The sandwich is as it was when it was created in 1906: layers of salami, ham, mortadella, pepperoni, capicola, provolone...

NOLA Horror Film Fest and Creepy Fest present a "Monday Night Massacre" double feature of classic Italian horror movies tonight, June 19 at 8 p.m. at Rare Form (405 Frenchmen St.). A cemetery caretaker fends off zombies in Michele Soavi's 1994 Cemetery Man. Dario Argento's 1982 Tenebre stars Anthony Franciosa as an American author who becomes invol...

Citizens of Italian descent comprise a significant percentage of South Louisiana's total population, and have had a tremendous impact on Louisiana culture, from architectural masonry to foodways to jazz and brass band music. In Independence, the proportion of Italian residents is conspicuous in that Italian-Americans outnumber any other cultural gr...

Herbert “Herb” Montalbano Sr., the advertising executive whose 57-year career include creating successful marketing campaigns and catchphrases for dozens of local businesses and clients, died Tuesday. He was 85. Montalbano and his wife of 43 years, Cheryl, founded the advertising company, Herbert P. Montalbano Inc. Advertising and Public Relations,...

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, wounded Wednesday after a gunman opened fire on an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field, has stepped up to the plate for Republicans many times since taking office in 2008. His first year playing in the annual congressional baseball game, he wore a jersey repping his alma mater, Louisiana State University. In 2011,...