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The dining room closures spurred by COVID-19 prompted many Houston restaurateurs and wine bar owners to start thinking of new, creative ideas of what they could do to continue not only serving customers but expanding their culinary worlds and wine knowledge. In the case of ROMA — located in a historic home built in 1939 at 2347 University — owner S...

Minuti Coffee, purveyor of Italian style coffees and gelatos, has opened a new location near Katy Mills Mall. The shop, located at 814 Katy Fort Bend Road, also serves a selection of pastries, sandwiches and snacks. The shop offers dine-in and drive-through options. Junaid Hassan, co-owner of the new Minuti, said that what sets Minuti apart is its...

The annual Grape Festival scheduled for Aug. 4-8 has been canceled because of the covid-19 pandemic, according to a news release from a festival representative. This year was to be the 122nd festival. "Due to the changing circumstances and unforeseen future due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we feel this decision must be made in order to protect the saf...

Like many of you, we miss visiting our Dallas and Fort Wort Worth museums for inspiration, or just to lose ourselves in the canvases of Rothko or Rembrandt. Many institutions had opened exhibitions shortly before the order came for us to shelter-in-place. The world-renowned Kimbell Art Museum, for example, had unveiled “Flesh and Blood: Italian Mas...

“Italiani in Texas in prima linea contro il covid19” è il tema del webinar organizzato oggi, 22 maggio, dal Consolato generale d’Italia a Houston in collaborazione con l’Ambasciata italiana a Washington.Dedicato ai rappresentanti italiani della comunità medico-scientifica impegnati in prima linea in Texas, il seminario vuole essere un'occasione per...

Efforts are still underway requesting the City of New Orleans to allow marker in the French Quarter which focus on the Sicilian Contributions. However since September, New Orleans has refused to proposed markers to be installed in Jackson Square, any other city land, or the river walk in the French Quarter. After the Dingley Tariff was passed in 18...

In a first-person essay, Bianca Turati wrote that she arrived at Texas as a “shy Italian girl who could barely speak English.” The All-American tennis star now has the confidence and credentials to conquer the world. Turati announced Wednesday that “my incredible journey at Texas has come to an end” and will go pro. “It is time for me to end a chap...

Charles Marsala, President of the American Italian Federation of the Southeast, met with Basil Russo, President of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America at the 2019 National American Italian Federation Convention. Initial start-up funding for the lodges was provided from the Marsala Cultural Fund. Each lodge was opened with twenty-five paid mem...

San Antonio Spurs' Marco Belinelli will be entering free agency whenever the NBA’s 2020 offseason begins. And if his time with the Spurs is over, he is looking to remain playing in the NBA. In an interview with Italian outlet Avvenire, Belinelli says staying in the league is a priority but won't rule out other options. “The priority is to stay on a...

General Giuseppe Garibaldi and Major Roberdeau Wheat landed at Marsala, on the westernmost point of Sicily, on 11 May 1860 to unify Sicily and Italy. Wheat was from New Orleans and would take 1,600 Prisoners’ of War with him when he returned from Sicily in 1861 to fight as Confederates. The was the beginning of Wheat’s raising a group of men who wo...

“Little Richard rolled into Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio (1947-1956) at 840 N. Rampart in New Orleans and cut the epochal “Tutti Frutti” in the fall of 1955. Richard wailed “A wop bop a loo mop a lomp bomp bomp” and kicked off one of the first great wailers in rock history. In 1956’s Here’s Little Richard — his boogie-woogie piano stylings weren’t a...

Tuesday, May 12 10 a.m. EST / 4 p.m. CET. A webinar series on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the After COVID-19 Era, featuring top food and wine importers, distributors, and buyers from across the U.S. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. EPISODE 1: “Open for Business: The Italian Food and Wine Supply Chain.” With veteran Italian food impor...