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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.”...

On February 18, Horacio Pagani, founder of the eponymous Italian automaker, paid a visit to Dallas, Texas, the reason being that the city has now become home to a Pagani showroom. Pagani of Dallas, located just north of Dallas proper in Richardson, Texas, has created a brand new, dedicated showroom and the Pagani of Dallas experience has become so...

The revival of iconic Italian restaurant Sfuzzi is set to commence: The one-time Uptown Dallas hot spot will re-open in a new location on Henderson Avenue on Friday, March 4. The restaurant, which is going into the old Capitol Pub space at 2401 Henderson Ave., will be open with upscale Italian food and cocktails including their signature frozen Bel...

When I started writing a book exploring the crucial contributions that Sicilians had made to New Orleans food culture, I sat down to talk with fabled restaurateur Salvatore “Joe” Segreto. “You’re not going to do one of those “who killa da chief?” histories, are you?,” was the first question he asked me. Segreto referred to a familiar catcall heard...

The Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden, home to the Corrado Giacona Family from 1904-1925, will again honor the Patron Saint of Sicily with its annual St. Joseph’s altar March 16-18. The public is welcome to join staff and volunteers in marking this sacred Sicilian tradition, which has been celebrated in the French Quarter since Sicilian immi...

I've scouted out NWA's newest Italian restaurant, Isabellas Italian in Fayetteville, that opened last week. Background: This upscale, dinner-only restaurant is the latest project by Todd and Nickki Golden, who own Mermaids and TJ's Sandwich Shop in Fayetteville.  - In fact, Isabellas is in the former home of TJ's Sandwich Shop, before it moved acro...

Azzurro Italian Coastal Cuisine restaurant is coming to Hughes Landing® in The Woodlands® on the ground level of One Lakes Edge®, the luxury multifamily development by The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC). Azzurro represents the fourth restaurant opened in The Woodlands by local restaurateur Enrique Orioli and his family-owned and operated re...

When Neil Diamond’s “America” cues up inside the Mobile Civic Center, and the Crewe of Columbus marches out Friday for their 100th anniversary tableau, Terry Ankerson will be dancing right along with them. It’s a fellowship the 75-year-old retired banker from Mobile has been involved with since 1974. His family has been linked to the mystic society...

The Italians in Monroe, Louisiana, are a small, tight-knit group of successful, family-oriented people who have established deep roots in the Delta while maintaining a connection to each other and to their home country, despite pressures to become mainstream Americans. Even though Italians were the largest immigrant population of turn of the 19th c...

Birthed from a legacy of classic Italian cooking Marcello's has become a staple across Louisiana. Gene and Marcello Todaro founded the restaurant in 1981 after noticing the lack of authentic Italian food in the Acadiana area. Now almost 41 years later, the legacy and recipes of that family continue to warm the hearts and tummiesof Lafayette. The fi...

Arrosta, one part of the dual Italian restaurants from the Maverick Restaurant Group, will officially be opening its doors to breakfast and lunch service on Valentine's Day — Monday, February 14. Hours of operation will last from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to a restaurant representative.  The restaurant will provide It...

Some of the best Italian food in Texas is hiding where you’d least expect to find it: the densely forested landscape of the Piney Woods. Switch Brick Oven Pizza & Wine Bar in Palestine is an East Texas icon, but the rest of the state doesn’t even know it exists. From the authentic Neapolitan-style pizza to the wine room that looks like it belongs a...