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New Orleans paradegoers will switch out their Mardi Gras beads and lucky four-leaf clovers for fava beans and Italy’s red, white and green flag this weekend. The Italian American St. Joseph Society of New Orleans has planned a weekend of events mostly open to the public, including its annual parade and pasta party, to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day on...

Luxe-loving locals will soon be able to shop Gucci's inventory of high-end wearables without having to travel outside of San Antonio. The company confirms to MySA that The Shops at La Cantera will soon house a Gucci store.  The $1.5 million project is in the early stages, but a representative for the brand tells MySA Gucci is eyeing an early fall o...

Pinocchio’s Italian Restaurant is reopening on Campus Corner in late 2022 after being closed since 2001. The restaurant originally opened in 1972 in Stubbeman Village by Glen Woods, serving breadsticks, pizza, spaghetti and salads. Woods closed the restaurant in 2001 when he realized he wanted to pursue a teaching career in music. He graduated from...

A jewel of an Italian restaurant with an impeccable pedigree is coming to Frisco. Called Caffe Baonecci, it's a family-owned restaurant whose owners are natives of Italy and who moved here from San Francisco where they owned a similarly-named restaurant in North Beach. The restaurant will open in late spring at 7151 Preston Rd. #451D, in a center e...

Sandra Scalise Juneau has lived St. Joseph's Altars all her life. At age 5 in 1945, she portrayed the Virgin Mary in the "tupa tupa" ceremony, representing the Holy Family knocking on the door, at her Nonna Accardo’s dining room altar. She learned from her two Sicilian grandmothers how to prepare and bake the special foods, and she has passed that...

Alto cucina has arrived to the Dallas Arts District with the March 10 opening of La Stella Cucina Verace, an elevated Italian restaurant with star power. Serving only dinner for now, La Stella inhabits the former Flora Street Cafe space at 2330 Flora Street. It’s from Giuseppe “JP” Piccinini, Luigi Iannuario, and Riccardo Ravaglia, three guys who k...

For the first time in the festival’s 14 years, a mother-daughter duo was chosen to reign over the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival this weekend. Brenda Liuzza, the festival’s madre, and her daughter and festival queen, 21-year-old Faith Liuzza, said they’ve been involved in the celebration all their lives, and the opportunity to serve on the...

The Boardwalk at Towne Lake will soon welcome Passerella, a new Italian eatery, at 9945 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 122, Cypress. Passerella is a new concept from Gr8 Plate Hospitality, the parent company of The Union Kitchen and Jax Grill, which both have multiple locations across the Greater Houston region. A “seafood-forward” menu is planned for t...

One might say it took a proverbial village for prolific restaurateur Benjamin Berg to launch his latest Houston restaurant. Trattoria Sofia is located in The Heights, but it would be at home in tiny burg outside Palermo, or a remote hamlet high in the hills of Tuscany where one can stop at a trattoria any time for simple, rustic fare. Fast becoming...

Houston restaurateur Ben Berg has found a new home for B.B. Italia Bistro & Bar. The casual Italian-American restaurant will reopen later this spring in the Sugar Land Town Square mixed-use development. Originally opened in 2019 in the former Carmelo's space in the Energy Corridor, B.B. Italia serves classic Italian-American fare like chicken parme...

The American Italian Cultural Center is hiring! We are seeking an Administrative Assistant to join our team. Duties include basic financials, daily operations, and planning our events! Must have solid computer skills, be dependable, and have a positive attitude. Please click here to start your application or call 504-522-7294. American Italian Cult...

B.B. Italia Bistro  & Bar, 16250 City Walk Drive, is expected to open this spring in Sugar Land Town Square. The Italian restaurant from Berg Hospitality Group first opened in 2019 in the space formerly occupied by Carmelo's Cucina Italiana. B.B. Italia closed temporarily in February 2021, as we reported here in the Houston Press. Owner Benjamin Be...