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,...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Lena Prima, New-Orleans based singer songwriter and daughter of the legendary Louis (Louie) Prima. In our Stories Segment, Anthony reads a section from his new book, Forty Days in Italy Con La Mia Famiglia: How to Travel to Research Your Italian Roots, which will be available on Tuesday,...

Generations of New Orleanians have vivid memories of Tony Angello’s Ristorante, which closed on Christmas Eve after more than 40 years in business. That includes Phil Rizzuto and Jack Rizzuto, two brothers who grew up eating at the beloved Creole Italian eatery in Lakeview. Now, they are developing their own restaurant in Tony Angello’s former home...

THE cellar is flooded and Chris Ranalli worries about snakes. From the safety of the back door, he points out the sturdy walls—two feet thick, as if to withstand Mediterranean earthquakes—and the elegantly vaulted ceilings. “They lived in the top two storeys and made wine in the basement,” explains Mr Ranalli, who now tends the 100-year-old vineyar...

Nel feb­bra­io del 1917, esat­ta­men­te un se­co­lo fa, ve­ni­va re­gi­stra­to dal si­ci­lia­no Nick La Roc­ca quel­lo che è con­si­de­ra­to il pri­mo di­sco jazz del­la sto­ria. Cen­to anni dopo ca­pia­mo quan­to an­co­ra ci sia mol­to da sco­pri­re in­tor­no alle ori­gi­ni di que­sto ge­ne­re, che ap­pas­sio­na vec­chie e nuo­ve ge­ne­ra­zio­ni,...

Gio's Villa Vanchere will close its popular Italian restaurant on East Causeway Approach in Mandeville at the end of May and reopen in the North Shore city's historic district a few weeks later. Giovanni "Gio" Vancheri, owner and executive chef, said he has purchased the building that formerly housed the Opal Basil restaurant near the Mandeville Tr...