Ciao from Rome, welcome to the #107 magazine of We the Italians! Summer is ending, everybody came back to work here in Italy and joined us, who never stop, never cease to explore and promote Italy in/to/for the US. It's still early for details, and we’ve got a lot of work to do, but I'm glad to announce that just yesterday we signed an important ag...

Chef Chris Barbato spent 17 years cooking at Commander’s Palace. For quite a few of those years, he was the chef de cuisine working directly below executive chef Tory McPhail. Two years ago, Barbato left to become the executive chef at Bywater’s The Country Club. On Sept. 25, Barbato and The Country Club will host the next Todd Price Taste Club pre...

Loyola University New Orleans professor and renowned local historian Justin A. Nystrom launches today a new book that explores how generations of Sicilian immigrants flavored local creole cuisine. Nystrom celebrates the launch of Creole Italian: Sicilian Immigrants and the Shaping of New Orleans Food Culture with a presentation and book signing Thu...

In 1970, when La Riviera opened in Metairie, Italian food had been around New Orleans for a long time. But chef Goffredo Fraccaro, who was born outside Genoa, cooked a grand, Northern Italian-style cuisine that was far from our city's homey pastas with red gravy. At first the city was skeptical. But Fraccaro, with his big personality, won them over...

Francesca just opened, but the Lakeview deli is full of things from the past. On the menu is a sandwich called The Moon, a muffuletta loaf with ham, roast beef, provolone, Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing. It's a take on the specialty of Charlie's Deli, which occupied this Harrison Avenue building back before Katrina. On the dining room wall is...

Baton Rouge’s annual Italian Heritage Festa features a “grape stomp,” when teams of women wearing coordinated outfits perform a dance routine and — you guessed it — stomp grapes. This year, the lighthearted charity event will be tinged with sadness. Buddy Amoroso, the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council member killed in a bicycle accident June 30...

The little restaurant on the corner of Perkins Road and Balis Drive has been through a lot in recent years. It was Marcello’s. Then it was Romacelli. Then it was Portico. Then it was Table Kitchen & Bar. But Marcello’s has returned to claim the spot it left in 2012, bigger and better and ready to break the location’s curse in the Southdowns Shoppin...

More than 1,000 visitors Thursday remembered Anthony “Buddy” Amoroso — the East Baton Rouge metro councilman killed on a June 30 bike ride — for his many roles as a family member, prankster, political leader, Boy Scout Master, law enforcement supporter and grape stomp contest judge. A driver struck and killed Amoroso, 61, as he rode his bike along...

There’s a very interesting book called “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge”, which tells very well about an important aspect of the Italian American experience.  The relationship between the Italian Americans and the African Americans reveals more than one could think, about how the Italian Americans integrated into the A...

Looking for a tasty Italian meal near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian restaurants around New Orleans, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fill the bill. 1. Irene's Topping the list is Irene's. Located at 529 Bienville St. in the French Quarter, the spot is the highest rated I...