NEWS FROM : SOUTH  

I’ve known Joey Pennisi, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 42 years of teaching and coaching in El Paso County (including the Ysleta, El Paso and Socorro school districts), since he was a little tyke.  I watched him grow into one of the finest human beings on the planet. I used to play golf and tennis with Joey’s father, Joe, as...

On Saturday, the Bellaire Sons of Italy will host a Bocce tournament for the Special Olympics of Belmont County. Several years ago, the Special Olympics of Belmont County added Bocce to the list of it offers to individuals in the county with intellectual disabilities. Over the last few years, the sport has gained more and more interest from the ath...

Brothers Sam and Michael Billelo come from what you might call a “restaurant dynasty.” They spent time at their great-uncle Sal’s restaurant in New York. And their father and grandmother, Josephine, currently operate what has been called the best Italian restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. So, how lucky are we that Sam and Michael have chosen to open t...

The mood was joyful on Tuesday (May 28) night inside Gio’s Villa Vancheri in Mandeville, where owners Giovanni and Yoko Vancheri hosted a dinner celebrating the restaurant’s victory on the Italian reality TV show, “Little Big Italy.” The premise of “Little Big Italy” is this: Italian restauranteur Francesco Panella meets with three Italians now liv...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm. Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St., Houston, TX 77006. $10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-Members. Presented by Louis F. Aulbach and Linda C. Gorski of the Houston Archaeological Society. The ancient city of Ostia lies at the mouth of the Tiber River, about 15 miles southwest of the center of Rome. Foun...

Having opened more than 75 years ago, Lasagna House has withstood the test of time, owner Matt Vernon said. While Lasagna House was first opened in Chicago in 1942 by Pete Pizzo, an 18-year-old Sicilian immigrant, Vernon said the restaurant relocated three times since then to its present location at Westheimer Road and Eldridge Parkway in Houston....

On April 12, 2019, the city of New Orleans issued an official apology for its role in the 1891 lynching of eleven Italian Americans who had been tried and acquitted in the murder of the city’s police chief, David Hennessy. Gunned down while walking home on a rainy evening in October 1890, Hennessy allegedly stated that “dagoes” had attacked him. In...

Thursday, June 6, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Italian food has taken its spot in the echelons of global gastronomic heritage thanks to the diaspora of millions of emigrants to key spots like New York and Buenos Aires. Through testimonies from all over the globe, we d...

More than a dozen Ferraris were abandoned in a Texas field for nearly a decade after their owner became seriously ill and missed warehouse storage payments.  Even after the payments were made, the cars became stuck there for almost 10 years as the collector's family fought through legal proceedings.    Now the value of the collection, which could h...

Tuesday, June 4, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM CDT. Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St, Houston, TX 77006. $10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-Members. Come join us for the movie screening of Ferrante Fever, a journey between New York City’s cultural hub and Ferrante’s native Italy. A short lecture overviewing Elena Ferrante's work will be held...

THE CONCEPT Restaurateur Benjamin Berg (B&B Steakhouse and B.B. Lemon) and his brother, chef Daniel Berg, are partners in this restaurant that recently debuted in the space that was once Carmelo’s restaurant. It serves contemporary takes on classic Italian-American dining staples. THE SPACE The hodgepodge of rooms that was once Carmelo’s make sense...

This French Quarter cottage sits on a storied plot of land with a written history dating back to the 18th century. Ursuline nuns established themselves on the property as early as 1766 and sold this lot to the U.S. government in 1825, according to records from the Historic New Orleans Collection. In the 1850s, this cottage was built. It was transfe...