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AJ Ferrari joined a rare brotherhood in the most historic college wrestling program in the country. The Allen, Texas, native became just the third true freshman in Oklahoma State history to win a national championship – the first one since Pat Smith in 1990. “The legacy, having that history, it’s crazy,” Ferrari said. “To idolize these dudes, like...

Easter is just around the corner! From pre-ordering all your seasonal ingredients to set the table to shopping artisanal colomba cake, check off your shopping list and plan your visit now.   Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner! From pre-ordering all your seasonal ingredients to set the table to shopping artisanal colomba cake, check...

Lance Fegen, the chef who founded Liberty Kitchen in the Heights a decade ago, has announced a new restaurant that will open in the original Liberty location on Studewood later this spring. The chef, whose cooking experience goes back to 1991 in kitchens like Brennen’s, The Houstonian Hotel Club & Spa, and Trevisio, is returning to The Heights afte...

Wine lovers, rejoice: Vino Days are here! On March 26-28, 2021 celebrate all things Italian wine with 20% off any six or more bottles of wine from our wine shop, and wine specials in our restaurants. Ready to say salute? Our wine shop features more than 1,200 Italian wine labels, specially curated by our expert wine team.  For one weekend only, enj...

The Dickinson Little Italy Festival of Galveston County aims to celebrate and honor contributions, culture and history of Italian immigrants and settlers in Galveston county for the past 100 years. A procession kicked off the festivities starting near Dickinson Bayou and ending at the St. Joseph Altar just south of the Water Grove Event Venue. The...

Thu, March 25, 2021. 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT. The Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St, Houston, TX 77006. Tickets here. March 25th - also known as Dantedí - is the national day to commemorate Dante and the beginning of his journey to the afterlife in the Divine Comedy. 2021 also marks the 700th anniversary of the poet's death. This l...

Award-winning singer Lena Prima is the youngest daughter of music icon Louis Prima and his singing sidekick (and fifth wife), Gia Maione. A Las Vegas native, Lena spent much of her childhood in her father’s hometown of New Orleans, where she now resides and performs regularly. With seven albums to her credit, her sixth and seventh on Basin Street R...

They've been a tradition since the late 1800s, when Sicilian immigrants settled in New Orleans, and they're still going on, pandemic aside. Elaborate St. Joseph's Altars are unveiled every March 19, as Catholics mark the feast day of the saint who provided relief during a famine in Sicily. There are some changes: Fewer meals will be served, and mas...

On Oct. 15, 1890, New Orleans police chief David Hennessey was shot as he was walking home late at night. Hennessey returned fire, but was mortally wounded. When police captain William O’Connor asked him, “Who gave it to you, Dave?” Hennessey whispered “dagoes,” a racist term for Italians. “ASSASSINATED,” read the front-page headline on the New Orl...

IS THERE WINE IN THE MEATBALLS? (Yes, there’s wine in the meatballs.) Is there wine in the stuffed mushroom caps? (Yes, there’s wine in the stuffed mushroom caps.) Is there wine in the gooey brown butter blondie? (Yes, there’s wine in the gooey brown butter blondie.) You get the point. Wine is incorporated in every dish on nearly every menu at Mess...

The Italian American St. Joseph Society parade and gala are canceled this year, as mass gatherings are prohibited under coronavirus regulations, the society announced this week. It's the second year the events have been called off due to the pandemic. The 51-year-old organization plans the parade through the French Quarter every year, and follows i...

Organizers of the annual Italian Festival in McAlester say they have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event — but they plan to come back stronger than ever in 2022 to celebrate a major milestone. This marks the second year in a row the Italian Festival has been canceled due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. "We've had sever...