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After taking about 2 1/2 years to select a location and design a concept, Santiago Pelaez opened Zanti Cucina Italiana to bring authentic Italian cuisine to The Woodlands area in June 2019 on Research Forest Drive. Pelaez said he had a tie to The Woodlands area after visiting with his family from Mexico since he was a child. “We decided to do an up...

Get ready to unearth one of Italy's most prized ingredients – fresh black winter truffles are now in season! From January 29-31, treat yourself to this prized tuber with up to 25% off fresh black truffles, plus up to 30% off truffle products in our marketplace at Eataly Dallas. Revered as the ultimate culinary indulgence, truffles grow wild near oa...

Barbara Chifici, owner of Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants and matriarch of the Chifici Family, has passed away. She was 77. Family members say Chifici, who was also known as Mrs. Barbara, passed away late Saturday night at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner from Coronavirus complications. Chifici, who came from a large Italian family of New Orleans rest...

Anytime Paula Scholz hears an Elvis song, she thinks of Tom Ruggeri. She worked with him for 18 years, starting as a waitress, shuttling cocktails back and forth, then moving upward at Ruggeri’s restaurant to help with the business and, as she tells it, lovingly battle in a way you’d expect from a family-run joint. “He and I fought like cats and do...

Team Italy catcher and designated hitter Drew Butera recently signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers with an invitation to Spring Training Camp in Surprise, Arizona. The 37-year-old veteran, who has caught two no-hitters and has played for five different franchises during his 11-year MLB career, will be competing for an opening day r...

After a decade of serving Houston’s discerning gents in one location in The Galleria, Ermenegildo Zegna has made a strategic move to another space in the mall with a design update that provides a refreshed and innovative perspective for the Italian luxury menswear brand. Zegna joins other luxury brands that in recent years have taken a fresh approa...

Each year on January 27, the United Nations remembers the many people of Jewish origin affected by the Holocaust and this day is officially called the "International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust" (Il Giorno della Memoria). To remember the victims of the Holocaust, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 the ICCC in collabor...

Few things in life are as comforting as home-cooked Italian food. But if you're not part of a big Italian family, you can still feel like it at Napoli's Wine Cafe. The family-owned restaurant has been in business since 1992, first on Westheimer, then Texas Main in downtown, followed by Bayou Center and City Center (though under a different name), a...

Belotti SpA (Suisio) the Italian manufacturer of CNC machine tools, announces the opening of Belotti America, Inc., which will be headquartered next to DFW Airport in Irving, Texas, U.S. Following the successful launch of Belotti Deutschland (Germany) and the celebration of its 40th anniversary of designing and manufacturing three- and five-axis CN...

The new a Tavola Restaurant & Wine Bar takes culinary cues from different parts of Italy. It also draws other inspiration from what its creators say has lately proven a successful recipe in Metairie — a family-friendly approach with a large dining bar for times when the family is not in tow. Holding down the high-profile intersection of Veterans Bo...

Let’s make a collective new year’s resolution to keep supporting local restaurants, including neighborhood icon Jimmy’s Food Store. The family-run store at Bryan Street and Fitzhugh Avenue is a neighborhood favorite for all things Italian food. From imported cheese, wine, and pasta to hot to-go sandwiches, Jimmy’s has been a destination.  Cue the c...

Louis Anthony DiRosa, who served the legal profession for 62 years as a lawyer and a judge in New Orleans, died Dec. 16 at his Metairie home. He was 94. DiRosa established his private law practice after earning a law degree at Loyola University in 1950. He was elected a Civil District Court judge in 1983. Even though DiRosa left office in 1996, he...