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...

The muffuletta sandwich was born here and it should be celebrated here, so says Mark Subervielle, owner of Nor-Joe Import's, who is putting on a Muffuletta Festival on Sunday (Sept. 10). The festival, organized by Subervielle and Jared Zeller, will pay tribute to the sandwich as well as Italian-American contributions to New Orleans area food and cu...

Our city is home to myriad festivals, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have room for more. On September 10, Metairie will host the first ever Muffuletta Festival, a free event in which the iconic sandwich plays a starring role. Nor-Joe Imports (505 Frisco Ave.)will be the site of the food, music, and cultural event that will also include cooking demo...

The popular trend of taking down Confederate statues and the resulting controversy and violence was put on steroids by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. And now this tactic has predictably attracted mentally-disturbed white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, Antifa anarchists, and outright communists. However, Mayor Landrieu's virtue signaling only goes so f...

The Italian American Bocce Club has returned from summer vacation!!! We will be holding Open Bocce Nights from 7pm - 10pm on Wednesday, August 23rd, and Wednesday, August 30th. As always, it is just $5 to play all night and we welcome all ages and skill levels. We will have cold beverages available for a suggested donation as well, so come on by! W...

Joe Impastato, wearing a black sport shirt with a New Orleans Saintsemblem on the pocket, balances six salad plates on his arm as he pushes past the swinging door of his kitchen into the dining room at Impastato's Restaurant in Metairie. The 78-year-old restaurateur delivers those plates expertly to a table of well-dressed men having lunch in the e...

The Uptown eatery Amici Ristorante & Bar (3218 Magazine St., 504-300-1250) has reopened following a change in ownership and a round of renovations. First opened in 2013, Amici was developed by the Rizzuto family through their Rizzuto Management Group. In July, however, the restaurant was purchased by Felix’s Restaurant Group, the company behind the...

In the summer of 1905, a Sicilian immigrant named Angelo Brocato Sr. opened his first ice-cream parlor on Decatur Street, just off Ursulines, in the part of the Vieux Carre known at the time as Little Palermo. Brocato, who had started his career as a 12-year-old apprentice in an elegant ice-cream parlor in the real Palermo, turned out such then-exo...