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...

Sala, a new restaurant near the New Orleans lakefront, is the latest venture from members of the Riccobono family, owners of the long-running Riccobono's Peppermill, Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe and Cafe Navarre. Siblings Heather and Joe Riccobono opened Sala in December. Located steps from the West End marinas, Sala seems designed with a younger...

As genres go, New Orleans-style jazz is the quintessential musical hybrid, mixing everything from brass band marches and French quadrilles to beguine, ragtime and blues. There’s no disputing that the cross-fertilization was carried out under an innovative performance style that first took root in New Orleans in the hands of African-American musicia...

Horizon Italian Tile, Inc. (HIT), vanguard importer of fine porcelain tile with offices throughout Texas, opens a new showroom in the heart of New Orleans. From a custom floor layout and Big Slab displays to the right lighting, everything in the showroom has been designed to maximize a client's visual and tactile senses. Strategically, tile on disp...

Horizon Italian Tile, Inc. (HIT), vanguard importer of fine porcelain tile with offices throughout Texas, opens a new showroom in the heart of New Orleans. From a custom floor layout and Big Slab displays to the right lighting, everything in the showroom has been designed to maximize a client's visual and tactile senses. Strategically, tile on disp...

The Kenner Italian heritage festival was started by former kenner chief of police, Nick Congemi to celebrate the rich Italian heritage that was part of the formation of New Orleans. The day was inspired by the customs shared by many Kenner residents, such as the St. Rosalie Procession in Rivertown. "The city of Kenner at one time was the center o...

So proud of his Italian heritage, Renzo Gerard Cantin decided to use it as the basis of his seventh grade Louisiana history project at Holy Cross School. He created a tabletop Saint Joseph Day altar and an accompanying poster presentation on the influence of Italian immigrants in Louisiana. Cantin was pleased that the project qualified for state le...

Piled high with 500lbs of spaghetti, 150 gallons of sauce and 50lbs of cheese, the world's biggest pasta bowl made its annual appearance for St. Joseph's Day celebrations. The whopping bowl of pasta, spanning eight feet in diameter, was more than enough to feed hungry New Orleans spectators on Friday.  In addition to the noodles, meatless gravy and...

THEN: Starting in 1884 and continuing through to 1924, an estimated 290,000 Italian immigrants -- a great deal of them from Sicily -- arrived in New Orleans, fleeing economic and political turmoil. In short order, their indelible influence would be felt on the city. With the French Quarter no longer a fashionable address, many of the city's more we...