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It seems a little too easy to drive by Castalano's Deli on Park Avenue in Houma. Indeed, the sign out front that announces that the dining room can still have room when the small parking lot is full practically admits it. Craving some sort of Italian sandwich last week, I tried it for the first time and found, at the very least, it's a great place...

The longtime chef and owner of former French Quarter favorite Cafe Giovanni, Duke LoCicero, opened his new restaurant and bar in Metairie this week. In the works since spring, Dab’s Bistro brings LoCicero’s Southern Italian and Louisiana flavors to the neighborhood two years after closing his 26-year old Decatur Street fixture. LoCicero (also known...

Craving Italian food? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around New Orleans, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill. 1. Irene's Topping the list is Irene's. Located at 529 Bienville St. in the French Quarter, the Italian spot is the highest-rated Italian res...

The romantic mythology surrounding Texas cowboys and cattle drives is the gift that keeps on giving—and giving and giving—and few people know that better than Fort Worth chef Tim Love. From his steak, wild-game, and seafood flagship, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (named, of course, in honor of Larry McMurtry’s sprawling novel), to White Elephant Sa...

When kids venture into their grandparents’ basements, they usually find relics of centuries past: boxes of VHS tapes, broken humidifiers. But when chef Chris Cosentino was growing up, he found something completely different in his great-grandmother’s cellar: jar after jar of tomatoes. The entire basement of her three-story tenement in Rhode Island...

Looking to chow down on some Italian fare? A new restaurant has you covered. The fresh arrival to North Dallas, called Speranza, is located at 18204 Preston Road, Suite E-1. According to the business' Facebook page, Speranza provides a "chef-driven menu with a unique blend of new contemporary and creative flair," and serves items inspired by the cu...

Chef Chris Cosentino of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Jackrabbit in Portland, Ore., will open Rosalie Italian Soul in early October in Downtown Houston's C. Baldwin Hotel. It's the first Houston venture for the chef, who owns two other restaurants in California, Acacia House and Cockscomb. Cosentino named Rosalie after his great-grandmo...

From Australia to the States, Dallas’ newest upscale Italian concept has had a long journey to America. 400 Gradi, located in the Arts District, offers visitors Italian cuisine just steps away from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Winspear Opera House. Since opening the first location in Melbourne, Australia, chef and founder Johnny Di Francesco ha...

Pizza Domenica opened its second location (3200 Banks Street; 504-459-2072; www.pizzadomenica.com) Sept. 13, taking over the former Echo’s Pizza site at the corner of Banks and South Lopez streets in Mid-City. The new location shares the same food menu as the original Magazine Street restaurant, including garlic knots, wood-roasted cauliflower and...

The pizza is landing in downtown Dallas: Partenope Ristorante, the Southern Italian restaurant going into the historic Titche-Goettinger Building at 1900 Main St. at the northeast corner of St. Paul Street, has arrived. According to a release, it will open September 23. Partenope comes from Dino Santonicola, the master pizzaioli born and raised in...

Brian Brossa, the general manager and co-owner of Enoteca Rossa, said he was kicked out of the kitchen of his Italian-American family as a child more often than he was invited to help. “It’s not like somebody was nurturing me to cook,” Brossa said. “But there was a lot of passion and a lot of recipes that I use at the house that are generations old...

Restaurant owner Carmelo Mauro ran his Memorial Italian restaurant for 37 years before retiring from the competitive food world. Before he served his last supper, Houston restauranteur Benjamin Berg of Berg Hospitality Group (owner of B&B Butchers & Restaurant, B.B. Lemon, The Annie Café & Bar) made Mauro a deal he couldn’t refuse. Berg quietly ran...