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Nicolo Melli already had his flight booked to the Bahamas when he found out he needed to tweak those plans. As the Pelicans wrapped up their final shootaround before the All-Star break Thursday, executive vice president David Griffin informed the Italian forward he’d been chosen as an injury replacement in the Rising Stars Game. At first, Melli tho...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end Italian restaurants around St. Louis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike. 1. J Devoti Trattoria Topping the list is J Devoti Trattoria. Located at 5100 Daggett Ave. i...

Dallasites, rejoice! Texas is one of the lucky cities in the United States that will be part of the Gelato Festival America 2020 because it's coming to Dallas. If you are a lover of this decadent dessert, this is the perfect opportunity for you to try every flavor because the festival will offer unlimited samples for all the attendees. Sweet! Gelat...

Sicilians in Independence Louisiana trace their history to the 1880s. Much like the New Orleans French Quarter, during the period 1885-1915 thousands of Sicilians migrated to Tangipahoa Parish to the railroad towns of Amite, Hammond, and Ponchatoula. The main crop was strawberries. The first festival was held in 1972 and named “The Little Italy Fes...

Virginia Colletti, 100, of Houston and formerly of Port Arthur passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020, at Brookdale Senior Living in Houston, Texas. Virginia was one of the founders of the Italian American Cultural Society of Southeast Texas and taught Italian lessons. She was an officer in the Department Club. Virginia was a Eucharistic Minister...

On February 10, 2020 the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas opened an office in New Orleans to promote Italian food and beverage products. New Orleans food culture is nearing $9 Billion annually. In Jerry Thomas’ 1862 Bartender’s Guide for drink #105 “The Cocktail & Crusta” he writes: “The ‘Cocktail’ is a modern invention, and is generally...

Count 'em on one hand — and with apologies to anybody we inadvertently didn't count: Bruno's Little Italy. Ciao. Ristorante Capeo. Cafe Prego. Bravo Cucina Italiana. Zaffino's in Sherwood. To make a half-dozen, add Graffiti's, a Mediterranean hybrid with a primarily Italian accent.  Now add Milano's Italian Grill, perched near Little Rock's western...

Chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Rebecca Wilcomb of Gianna will host a winemaker lunch featuring Alois wines on Friday, Feb. 21, at noon. Winemaker Massimo Alois brings his Italian wines from Campania found in the Southern region of the boot-shape peninsula of Italy to Louisiana, the boot-shaped home of New Orleans. Chef Rebecca will craft...

February 14–April 26, 2020. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005. This exhibition examines Italy’s postwar explosion of disruptive design. Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985 presents furniture, lighting design, architectural models, paintings, and other objects drawn from the landmark collection of Dennis Freedman. The first U.S...

A one-of-a-kind art exhibit will open at the Kimbell in Fort Worth next month. It will feature more than 40 late Renaissance/Baroque masterpieces from the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, including “Antea” by Parmigianino and the ravishing ”Danaë” painted by Titian for the pope’s grandson, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese; Annibale Carracci’s “Pietà“ and...

Born to Calabrian mother and a Pugliese father, ROMA’s executive chef Angelo Cuppone is a true son of southern Italy. Cuppone grew up along Italy’s Adriatic coast, where he studied at one of the country’s most prestigious culinary schools. One of his first jobs in Italy was in Il Pescatore, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. A...

One of the things that Cubs’ fans have learned about their prominent first baseman is that he’s never afraid to support his alma mater in Florida. In 2018, Anthony Rizzo showed that in a number of ways. After donating $150,000 to Stoneman Douglas High School the previous November to help install lights at their baseball field, he held a fundraiser...