Dozens of volunteers spend hours baking breads and cookies and preparing pasta milanese in preparation for St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) in the New Orleans area. St. Joseph Day altars, which pay tribute to the St. Joseph the patron saint of Sicily, were built at more than 75 churches, schools, bars, restaurants, hotels and grocery stores throughout t...

Members of the American Society of Italian Heritage celebrated the Festa di San Giuseppe, or Feast of St. Joseph, during a recent dinner at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville. President Frank Simoncioni welcomed the group and led in prayer, and members enjoyed a buffet-style feast including a variety of meatless, Sicilian-style dishes. Many wore r...

There are two reasons why Venezia Restaurant rarely sells dessert. One is the size of the servings at this Creole-Italian classic. The other reason is its neighbor. Angelo Brocato Ice Cream & Confectionary, the city’s oldest gelato parlor and Italian bakery, is just four doors down the street, or about 80 eager steps away. In the evening, the sidew...

Wednesday March 27, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT. Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115. Join us at the Prytania Theater for the world premier of The Monumental Journey! This documentary shares the journey of Italian artist Franco Alessandrini and the American Italian Cultural Center in creating and gifting a statue of Saint...

Like the Irish, Italians around the city will toast their heritage with celebrations unfolding over the next several days. Highlights include folk dancing, an enormous communal bowl of pasta and a mobile St. Joseph's Altar rolling through the French Quarter. The events are hosted by the Italian American St. Joseph Society, and they’re free and open...

The following parishes, schools and entities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans will host St. Joseph Altars for the feast of St. Joseph on March 19. The tradition, which is Sicilian and Roman Catholic in origin but is carried on locally by Italian-Americans and people of all nationalities and faiths, includes baking cookies and cakes and preparing f...

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm EST. Entrance: Free. Italian Cultural Institute of New York - 686 Park Avenue - New York, NY 10065. Book Now. Screening of Sicily Jass The world’s first man in Jazz by Michele Cinque, followed by Q&A with the director and author of the movie. A journey inside the Sicilian chromosome of jazz, forgotten...

Thursday, March 21, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130 In this talk, Dr. Justin Nystrom of Loyola University New Orleans will share some of the bigger surprises that came out of the research for his recent book, Creole Italian. This work documents the important role that Sicilian...

Thursday, March 14, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. All Michelangelo wanted to be was a sculptor, but Pope Julius II had other ideas, as did Pope Leo X, Pope Clement VII, and Pope Paul III. A long line of Popes with an eye for talent commissioned Michelangelo, often against hi...

Russo’s, which has been well regarded for its "Creole and Italian soul food" since 2002, has a baby brother, Bacchus Lounge, on the back side of the building. It has a smaller, less expensive menu that keeps the New Orleans/Italy emphasis, and a very casual atmosphere. Bacchus sports a solid wine list, fancy martinis and other specialty drinks alon...