Duke LoCicero, who operated Cafe Giovanni in the French Quarter for 26 years before closing it in 2017, has taken over as executive chef at the newly-reopened N'Tini's Restaurant in Mandeville. LoCicero said a new, revamped N'Tini's menu will be unveiled Wednesday (Feb. 7). It will include some of the popular Creole Italian dishes from Cafe Giovann...

Ash Wednesday in Louisiana is a quiet day in which the celebrants of Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, try to be penitent. Many may go to the Catholic church to be marked with a smudge of ashes and to hear the words, “From dust you came and to dust you shall return.” The church says it is the beginning of the season of Lent. Yet celebrants in many locations...

James Clesi (205-837-3103; www.clesiscatering.com) knows a thing or two about boiling crawfish. After popping up outside bars and at tailgating parties for several years, Clesi opened his Mid-City flagship adjacent to the Banks Street Bar in 2015. He left that location last summer to start working on two new concepts, including a spot at Tulane Ave...

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 15th and the Civil Rights Movement, the Italian American Museum cordially invites you to attend a screening of "Linciati: Lynchings of Italians in America" (2004, 51 min.). Friday, January 19th, 6:30 PM - Italian American Museum - 155 Mulberry Street (Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets) - New...

An Italian restaurant is coming to Ruston. Lovino’s will replace Point Defiance Tap and Grill at 5101 N. Pearl St.. Point Defiance Tap and Grill opened in 2014 and closed in November. Friends Jeff Macaluso and Michele Lovino bonded over their Italian heritage at a fraternal organization. Now they’re opening a restaurant together. Macaluso’s wife, L...

Founder of Progresso, Giuseppe Uddo, arrived in New Orleans in 1907. One of the success stories of the French Quarter is Progresso. The soup label started as a produce company in what was then called Little Palermo. Giuseppe Uddo came to New Orleans with his wife from Sicily. Uddo went to work for his brother-in-law’s food import business. When his...

The most important Italian emigrant to the US, a marvelous person who spent her whole life helping their fellow Italians and not only them, and then acquired the American citizenship later becoming the first American saint ever: we're talking about Francesca Xavier Cabrini, the Patron Saint of Immigrants and Hospital Administrators. After being fun...

Please note that as of March 1, 2018 passports will not be issued the same day of the appointment. exception will be made for proven emergencies. Therefore, the day of the appointment, beside the required documentation, a prepaid and self-addressed traceable type envelope (express mail, federal express, ups, etc.) has to be provided to mail the new...

Unless you’ve spent a little time in New Orleans, or a lot of time watching food shows on TV, chances are you haven't encountered a real muffuletta sandwich. But you’re going to want to know what a muffuletta is — and where you can get your hands on one right here in Denver. While New Orleans is most famous for its po' boys (especially those loaded...

Team Italy softball slugger Erika Piancastelli was presented the 2016-17 Desmond Jones Athlete of the Year Award at Cowboy Stadium during halftime of a sold-out state rivalry football game between home team McNeese State University and Northwestern State in Lake Charles, Louisiana on November 11, 2017. The Desmond Jones Athlete of the Year Award is...