On the 300th anniversary of New Orleans's founding, and as the United States and the world celebrate the city's rich and diverse history, I am reminded of the many links that join the Big Easy to Italy. New Orleans has a unique and impressive Italian tradition that has blended into the city's broad cultural tableau and has become a key feature of t...

Two Renaissance masterpieces are coming to the New Orleans Museum of Art — only the third museum ever to display them together, and the second outside Italy. Paolo Veronese (POW-loh veh-roh-NAY-zuh) painted "St. Jerome in the Wilderness" and "St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter" during 1566 and 1567 for a church on Murano, an island in the la...

St. Joseph was honored by the American Society of Italian Heritage at "La Festa di San Giuseppe" held at Benedict's Plantation on March 11. In the Middle Ages, a famine devastated Sicily, and prayers to St. Joseph are credited for the gentle rains that brought forth crops. The saint is celebrated on or near his feast day of March 19. After the Pled...

The new Auction House Market in the Warehouse District is getting a neighbor: Sofia restaurant will open next door in late 2018 with Italian staples like wood-fired pizzas and pastas, plus roasted meats and Gulf seafood. Former Ampersand (a popular New Orleans nightclub in the early aughts) and current Barcadia, Belle’s Diner, and Ohm Lounge owner,...

Most Italian communities across North America are immersed in their heritage as we rapidly approach Palm Sunday and Easter during this Lenten season. A big part of experiencing Italian tradition is rooted in the Catholic faith and that is precisely why younger generations should always know “why”  traditions such as La Tavola Di San Giuseppe exist;...

A Tulane associate dean is helping to keep an old New Orleans tradition alive. T.J. Stranova, associate dean for student affairs and admissions in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is president of the Italian-American Bocce Club of Greater New Orleans. In the sport of bocce, players throw balls at a target ball called a pallino. Th...

It was a mostly sunny and beautiful day for St. Joseph's Day altars across the New Orleans area on Monday, March 19. Catholic churches, homes, restaurants and grocery stores hosted altars laden with beautifully decorated cakes, cookies, breads and seafood dishes to honor and thank St. Joseph, the patron saint of Sicily. Legend credits St. Joseph wi...

It's a tradition that's been going on now for 48 years. Only the Italian American St. Joseph Society could come up with the right recipe now for nearly half a century. WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood is at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans where there's a big parade for the what will be the World's Biggest Bowl of Pasta. It's t...

The Italian American St. Joseph Society held its 48th annual maid presentation at Audubon Park's Newman Bandstand on Sunday (March 4).  Girls in white dresses and long gloves danced in circles and posed for photos under beautiful blue skies.  There's more fun coming up for the society. The group will present "the world's largest pasta dish,'' an an...

Every year since 2006, David Greco has journeyed to New Orleans to participate in the Italian American St. Joseph Society’s annual celebration. For Greco, chef and owner of several Italian delis in New York, it’s a way to observe his heritage. “My father comes from the bottom of the boot — he lives for wine, women and mozzarella,” said Greco, whose...