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An Italian-American manufacturer of 3D parts and printers with its U.S. headquarters in Houston is touting what's billed as a first-of-its-kind innovation — an innovation that's helping drive the need for more local workers. Roboze recently introduced Roboze Automate, and it's being promoted as the world's first industrial automation system to brin...

After an employee described his experience eating a muffuletta in New Orleans, his bosses at Brett’s Barbecue Shop started thinking about creating their own spin on the iconic Big Easy sandwich. Pitmaster/owner Brett Jackson got busy smoking brisket pastrami, turkey, ham and bologna. General manager Jacqueline Herrera began concocting a version of...

Paesanos – the name conjures an image of the perfect place for a first date or an engagement party, and it has built that reputation over the past several decades. Open for over 50 years, Paesanos has become known for its flavorful offerings. Earning the 2021 Readers’ Choice Award for the Best Italian Food in San Antonio is a valued addition to its...

This weekend, Rice Cinema and the Menil Collection will be joining forces for an outdoor screening of a film by someone who is considered the master of Italian neo-realist cinema. On April 9, Roberto Rossellini’s 1946 film “Paisan” will be shown on the Menil’s front lawn. The second film in Rossellini’s “war trilogy,” nestled between his 1945 class...

They grew up around grandpa, who they recall being a fantastic Italian cook. Their grandfather once had his own restaurant in Albania, right next to Italy, where traditions among the two countries were commonly shared. Cousins Labinot Gashi and Njazi Hoxha, co-owners of Roma’s Italian Kitchen in Tyler, remember learning the family trade of cooki...

Last year, Kristina M. Jacobsen, associate professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology (Ethnology) at The University of New Mexico, traveled to Italy on a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnomusicology. The grant allowed her to live in Sardinia for a year as a visiting researcher and to do ethnographic fieldwork to writ...

Dave DeGuglielmo knows Ruston, Louisiana, is in America, but he was perplexed when he couldn't find any Bank of America branches. “Here I thought I was in America,” DeGuglielmo joked. It was just a reminder to "Guge," as he's affectionately called, that he's not in New York anymore.   In February, Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz hired DeGu...

A new cafe will soon open in the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Cafe Leonelli will open April 16, a concept envisioned by the restaurant group the Bastion Collection, will embrace Italy’s culinary culture and generosity, and will reflect the nearby community and its local ingredients. Led by Michelin-starred che...

In the vast high plains of New Mexico lies a ghost town, one among many in the American West. A frontier of little towns that would spring up thanks to unexpected fortunes, and would be born and die in the blink of an eye, then leave these towns to the mercy of time. But this one tells a very particular story. Around 100 years ago, its population r...

The State of Mississippi and City of Vicksburg honored five Italians who were lynched just across the Mississippi River in Tallulah, La., on July 20, 1899. Five Italian men who owned grocery stores in town, were seized by a mob of local residents and publicly hanged. The men honored are Giuseppe Di Fatta, Francesco Di Fatta, Pasquale Di Fatta, Giov...

Vic Cadice, of Jefferson City, recalls admonishments from his father that included staying out of trouble as not to defame yourself, your country, your family name, and remaining focused on earning a good education. These teachings were the result of his father's experiences in his native Italy and were highlighted by two brothers serving on separa...

Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, assistant professor of Italian, recently co-edited Italian Americans on Screen: Challenging the Past, Re-Theorizing the Future, with Alan Gravano (Lexington Books, 2021). The edited collection reconsiders Robert Casillo's definition of Italian-American cinema as "appl[ying] to works by Italian-American directors who treat It...