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...

For nearly half a century, until it closed in the 1980s, Delerno's on Pink Street was a fixture of Old Metairie. Chef and owner J.B. Delerno turned out standard New Orleans and Italian cooking, like stuffed artichokes, turtle soup, seafood gumbo and fried seafood. Delerno also played a role in expanding the local culinary canon. In the 1970s, when...

The name synonymous with St. Louis’ square beyond compare is branching outside of pizza. Piazza Imo, an Italian square, is being built in St. Louis’ the Hill neighborhood, just across the street from St. Ambrose. With a price tag between $3 million to $4 million, it will have ornamental gates, benches and chess boards, with a marble fountain and gr...

Italy’s passion for food finds a common ground in America, where consumers are looking for new authentic products, buyer Debbie Jones said in this interview with Italianfood.net at IDDBA 2018 trade show. Jones, who represents Pavilions, the premium specialty grocery banner of US food retail group Albertsons, explains in an interview what she is loo...

Italian olive maker Ficacci is launching “Take Eat”, a new pack of chilled fresh olives ready to be eaten for a snack as it seeks to expand its distribution in North America. Speaking on the sidelines of the IDDBA show in New Orleans, export manager David Dottorinipresented its new offer for the US market, where educating buyers to the color and ta...

Former McNeese State softball standout Erika Piancastelli signed a one-year deal last week with the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, an independent women’s professional softball team. Piancastelli will split time with the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch and the Italian National team, for which she played the last three years. The four-time Southland Conference Player...