Room 234 in McCool Hall was full of attendants last week, both students and spectators, as Paul Canonici told the stories of Italian immigrant families who moved to the southern United States for a better life many years ago. Canonici is the son of Italian immigrants who moved to Mississippi in the early 1900s to work on cotton plantations. A Missi...

The Italian Garden opened Feb. 9 in downtown Ocean Springs and in the first month the new restaurant has already gained a large number of fans. Several people with whom The Mississippi Press spoke had eaten at The Italian Garden and the response from each was virtually the same: Great food, ample portions and reasonable prices. A tough combination...

Rouses Markets is partnering with the Italian Trade Agency to add Italian imports to Rouses stores throughout the Gulf Coast, including cheese, cured meats, preserves and wine. “This partnership expands exponentially the Italian imports we have on our shelves for our customers,” said Donny Rouse, CEO of the Thibodaux, La.-based grocery chain. “We’v...

Great food, music, fellowship and more will be on the menu for St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church's 17th annual Irish-Italian Festival on March 17. The festival will feature games for children, a silent auction and an art show featuring local artists.  The menu for the festival includes Irish stew, spaghetti and meatballs, sausage dogs, pizza, cott...

Gondolier Italian Restaurant & Pizza will open its doors in the 550 Russell development in early summer. The new Italian and pizza restaurant will be located next to The Mill on Russell Street, adjacent to downtown Starkville and Mississippi State University. The architect for the project is Dale Partners, and Copeland and Johns is the construction...

Thanks to Friday night traffic, it took me nearly 90 minutes to get there, but get there I did. I’d heard rumblings of an incredible pizzeria waaay down Mississippi Avenue in Lakewood. I’d seen the charred, bubbly crusted pictures popping up on Instagram. As a Neapolitan-style pizza enthusiast, I had to taste what the Pizzeria Lui chatter was all a...

Please join us for an Italian night out sponsored by the Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm. The event will take place at the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS.  Keynote speaker will be the Honorable Frank M. Maselli, Honorary Consul of Italy at New Orleans, LA. Great entertainment by Zac Cra...

A special event celebrating the legacy of pianist and teacher George Imbragulio (1923-2015) will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Commemorative remarks about the renowned musician and instructor will be given by those who knew him, as well as perform...

As a child, John De Chiaro often traveled with his stepfather, a shoemaker in New Jersey, into New York City to buy supplies, but on one trip, at about 5 years old, he wandered next door to a pawnshop and found an object that changed his life. "There was a guitar on the wall, and I just, for some reason, wanted that guitar," De Chiaro says. "My ste...

Corks & Cleaver Italian Bistro is only days away from opening. The restaurant, at 111 Main St., will hold its soft opening at 5 p.m. Thursday, chef David Dickensauge said. After that, he and business partners Jim Parish and David Woodward will have the restaurant open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with Sunday’s hours a bit shorter. He sai...