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Louis Prima was a very talented Italian American jazz singer, trumpet player and bandleader. Fans knew Prima as a polite and friendly celebrity. He always signed autographs or posed for pictures with a smile. He was born in New Orleans on December 7, 1910. His father, Anthony Prima, was the son of Sicilian immigrants from Salaparuta. His mother, An...

Join us in congratulating Deacon Chris Dorer, who was ordained to the Diaconate for the Diocese of Little Rock by Bishop Anthony Taylor on Saturday. Chris, his wife Samantha and daughter Allison have faithfully served Little Italy for over 40 years. Today, we celebrate the commitment of this servant leader as Deacon Chris continues to serve St. Fra...

The restaurant company that includes Fort Worth chef Stefon Rishel has made a name for itself by developing bustling, jubilant, and colorful concepts — Wishbone & Flynt on South Main and Parker County Ice House in Aledo — that feature chef-inspired takes on American classics.  At Tre Mogli, the restaurant’s interior colors and overall vibe are more...

The 76th anniversary of the Italian Republic, "Italian National Day", was celebrated in Dallas, Texas. More than 230 participants attended the event, attended by the Consul General of Italy in Houston, the Honorary Consul in Dallas, various Representatives, of the Parliament, CGIE and Comites,of the State of Texas, Local Authorities and the Europea...

When Mitch Kauffman first toured an Old East Dallas property built in 1926, with burglar bars on the windows, one window air conditioning unit and linoleum flooring, his first thought was, “OK, it’s got a grease trap and a vent hood.”  Kauffman, an Ohio native, was searching for a new place for his Urbano Cafe. After working for hotels, including t...

Back in 2016 our blog looked a lot different. There were no videos. We’d show up to a restaurant and ask to talk to a manager or owner for a few minutes to get some basic information for our article. Well, let’s just say we’ve come a long way…. Also back in 2016, we walked into Giovanni’s Pizza & Pasta in Argyle and met who was then the new owner,...

Giaola Italian Kitchen is expecting to open its second location in Frisco; the original restaurant is located in Carlsbad, California. Giaola Italian Kitchen is a collaboration between owner Sandra DiCicco and Executive Chef Amy DiBase that is expected to open in October. Giaola Italian Kitchen will mimic the original menu of classic Italian dishes...

Mici Italian, the fast-casual Italian franchise, is gearing up to open the brand’s first Texas location in Frisco. The doors will open early July at 8244 FM 423, Suite 400, Frisco, Texas.  This exciting news is just the beginning of the Colorado restaurant chain’s expansion plans. Carlos Smith, the franchisee who owns the forthcoming Frisco locatio...

Practically until the end of his life, Les Bonano was engaged in his passion for boxing. Just days before he died Sunday at age 79, Bonano completed negotiations with Don King for Jonathan Guidry of Dulac to fight for the NABF heavyweight championship on June 11 in Miami. “I’m not doing too good, but we were able to make the deal because King likes...

The start of summer marks a long-awaited moment of magnificence– when Italians embrace every sense of the landscape as the earth explodes with juicy fruits and sun-ripened vegetables ready to quench sweltering summer thirsts. During this season of splendor, Italian cuisine foregrounds the full flavors of the harvest with uncomplicated, ingredient-d...

Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D. is the vice president for strategic industry ventures and professor of pharmacology at UT Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSA). He received his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Catania, Italy, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas San Antonio. In 2011, he served as an...

One of pop culture’ most celebrated performers is bringing her bad romance to Houston. Lady Gaga has added a Bayou City date to her The Chromatica Ball global stadium tour, one of three new dates. She’ll play here at Minute Maid Park on September 13. Houston is currently the second-to-last date on the tour, which starts in Denmark in July and ends...