Giordano Mozzi is one of the most decorated Italian drivers in history, the winningest competitor alive in the famous 1,000-mile “Mille Miglia” rally in his home country. Last week, he flew to New Orleans to add to his list of accolades: leading a line of more than 40 cars in the first “CentoMiglia” rally on U.S. soil on Saturday. And he did it in...

If you're looking for classic Italian comfort food, this West Bank spot has a menu for you. Specialty Italian Bistro (2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, 504-391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com) is a family-owned restaurant that brings Old World Italian food into the modern age. Opened in 1991 by Patrick Himel's father, the restaurant now has a...

A long-lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci will go up for auction in New York City on Wednesday, when it is expected to fetch well over $100 million. But a dozen years ago, the same painting — albeit obscured by time and the brush strokes of later artists — went up for sale at an auction house in Louisiana and sold for only $10,000. Not much is know...

The university has many partnerships with international universities. One of the partnerships is with Università degli Studi di Verona, and it has been in effect for around 10 years.  Languages and Communication Department Head Dr. Lucia Harrison created the partnership in conjunction with Professor Francesco Fiumara. Harrison who is an alumna of t...

And I don’t know about about you, but it takes me a little while to finish a steak that size. That’s just what I did. And I soaked up each bite with the Marsala sauce, which is basically a red wine/mushroom/beef stock concoction. A saucy 16 oz ribeye topped with mushrooms, sauteed onions and roasted peppers is my modus operandi. But when it’s serve...

More than fIve years after closing his popular Enoteca Marcello’s Wine Bar and Café in the Southdowns Shopping Center on Perkins Road, Gene Todaro is bringing the restaurant back to the same space, which has been home to a string of short-lived eateries ever since Marcello’s departed. “We’re thrilled,” says Todaro, who also operates Marcello’s rest...

BRUNCHWIRE — Reginelli’s Pizza is moving into the brunch game with a new Italian-inspired brunch (frittatas, ciabatta French toast). In staying true to its brand, breakfast pizzas are on the menu. Brunch is now available at the Garden District location. [GAMBIT] EATER IDK — Taco Bell’s clothing collaboration with Forever 21 is way cooler than it ha...

Italian roots still run deep in south Kenner. It is a rich heritage that has been kept alive through traditions carried down through the generations. Family and friends gathered recently to preserve this culture at the annual St. Rosalie Procession held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.  Hundreds processed through the streets of south...

Cured meat and olive salad were celebrated in Old Metairie today for the city's first ever Muffaletta Festival, which honored the popular sandwich.   The muffaletta was born in New Orleans in the early 1900's.  Many believe Central Grocery in the French Quarter started it.  The muffaletta definitely brings the Italian culture to our city. Richard L...

On March 14, 1891, in the city of New Orleans, 11 Italian Americans were lynched by an angry mob.  The anger stemmed from a jury’s failure to convict the men of killing a police officer, Daniel Hennessy.  Refusing to accept the verdicts, a crowd marched to the prison where the acquitted defendants were held post-trial, broke down the doors screamin...