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For the first time in the festival’s 14 years, a mother-daughter duo was chosen to reign over the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival this weekend. Brenda Liuzza, the festival’s madre, and her daughter and festival queen, 21-year-old Faith Liuzza, said they’ve been involved in the celebration all their lives, and the opportunity to serve on the...

The Boardwalk at Towne Lake will soon welcome Passerella, a new Italian eatery, at 9945 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 122, Cypress. Passerella is a new concept from Gr8 Plate Hospitality, the parent company of The Union Kitchen and Jax Grill, which both have multiple locations across the Greater Houston region. A “seafood-forward” menu is planned for t...

One might say it took a proverbial village for prolific restaurateur Benjamin Berg to launch his latest Houston restaurant. Trattoria Sofia is located in The Heights, but it would be at home in tiny burg outside Palermo, or a remote hamlet high in the hills of Tuscany where one can stop at a trattoria any time for simple, rustic fare. Fast becoming...

Houston restaurateur Ben Berg has found a new home for B.B. Italia Bistro & Bar. The casual Italian-American restaurant will reopen later this spring in the Sugar Land Town Square mixed-use development. Originally opened in 2019 in the former Carmelo's space in the Energy Corridor, B.B. Italia serves classic Italian-American fare like chicken parme...

The American Italian Cultural Center is hiring! We are seeking an Administrative Assistant to join our team. Duties include basic financials, daily operations, and planning our events! Must have solid computer skills, be dependable, and have a positive attitude. Please click here to start your application or call 504-522-7294. American Italian Cult...

B.B. Italia Bistro  & Bar, 16250 City Walk Drive, is expected to open this spring in Sugar Land Town Square. The Italian restaurant from Berg Hospitality Group first opened in 2019 in the space formerly occupied by Carmelo's Cucina Italiana. B.B. Italia closed temporarily in February 2021, as we reported here in the Houston Press. Owner Benjamin Be...

The ideal candidate shall support the promotional activities of ITA Houston Office, according to the following tasks: Cooperate on promotional activities such as trade shows exhibitions, conferences, business trips and advertisement campaigns. Market analysis, research projects, data collection and processing, reports and presentations. Production...

The St Joseph’s Day Parade is BACK! March 19, 2022. It's FREE. For more info visit: www.iasjs.org Honoring the end of a famine in Sicily by prayers to St. Joseph. The 50th Annual St Joseph's Day Parade presented by the Italian American St Joseph's Society and its Post-Parade Gala, are the premier Italian-American events held post-Mardi Gras in the...

The new Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe was bustling with a lunchtime crowd on March 3, three days after its grand opening. The sandwich shop, located at 345 Main Ave., opened its new location on Feb. 28. "People are really enjoying it. It's been a long time coming and I'm so happy that I can bring Nardelli's to lower Fairfield County," said Matthew Youn...

The story of Italians in Baton Rouge stretches like a parade route across the city. The perfume of olive oil and garlic-infused tomato gravy signals proximity to an Italian kitchen where the coveted recipes came from the old country to this new place where immigrants landed, joining family members who came before them. Accompanied by devout faith a...

Preparations are underway for the return of the traditional St. Joseph’s Altar at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denham Springs that will once again be open to the public after two years of interruptions brought on by concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Friends of St. Joseph organization have already started bakin...

As part of a study on how different cultures impact their daily lives, students in the fourth grade at Independence Leadership academy have been exploring the Sicilian roots that still run deeply in a number of communities in Central Tangipahoa Parish and especially Independence, which at one time had earned the unofficial title of “Little Italy.”...