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Last week, Jeff Gigante and managing partner Jay Brunetti opened a new restaurant in Hyde Park Village called Forbici Modern Italian. The restaurant serves a variety of Italian dishes, but the emphasis is on their Roman-style pizza. It's what inspired the name of the restaurant, Forbici, meaning scissors in Italian. It represents the Roman traditio...

Earlier this month, the Association of Italian Chambers of Commerce (Assocamerestero) sent nine top North American bloggers to Umbria, including one from Houston, Melody Price. The weeklong trip gave the writers, including lifestyle and food bloggers, the opportunity to experience not only authentic Umbrian wines and food products but also classic...

Russo's New York Pizzeria, the nation's only chef-driven New York-style, Italian restaurant and pizzeria franchise concept, marks its 50th location in the Pearland Town Center. The Pearland location's milestone opening was one of five openings for the brand in 2018, with new locations in Austin, Texas, Cedar Park, Texas, Spring, Texas and Dubai, Un...

While visitors descend on the Dallas Museum of Art for its groundbreaking Dior fashion exhibition this summer, they also have the rare opportunity to see a 16th-century masterwork by Caravaggio. Martha and Mary Magdalene (c. 1598, oil on canvas) is on loan to the DMA from the Detroit Institute of Arts from June 23 to September 22, 2019. It is such...

Thursday, July 11, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Join us at the AICC on Thursday, July 11 for an author presentation and book signing with Kathy Curto featuring Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood. "In this tense and tender memoir, Curto dishes up her family's c...

Duke LoCicero is a familiar name in New Orleans dining. For his next act, the chef is planning a new restaurant to bring something a little different to Metairie. He’s now developing Dab’s at 3401 N. Hullen St., which he plans to open by Sept. 1. LoCicero describes Dab's as a New Orleans bistro, and it will have some of the signature dishes from th...

A new all-day Italian eatery is headed to the Woodlands thanks to a third generation Sicilian-American who’s reviving his ancestor’s recipes from the old country. Radunare Italian-American Table will open mid-July at 2520 Research Forest Drive, Suite 500. It draws its name (pronounced “rah-due-nar-a”) from the Italian word that means “to gather or...

Before the hoopla that greeted the most homecoming of homecomings for Cavan Biggio, who had spent his boyhood shagging flies in Minute Maid Park, then served as an Astros bat boy while his dad sealed a Hall of Fame career with more than 3,000 hits, then starred on St. Thomas High School’s state championship teams under his dad’s obsessive coaching,...

Rebecca Wilcomb talks about tortellini en brodo the way a Cajun talks about gumbo. Every time the chef goes to an Italian restaurant where the menu looks promising, she orders the dish that she grew up making with her Italian grandmother. “I’ve only had one that has come a close second to hers,” she said of her nonna’s meat-stuffed pasta dumplings...

Playing independent league baseball is nothing new for Chris Colabello, who played seven seasons at that level before getting the call to join the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays from 2013-15. This season he has continued his professional career back in independent ball with the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters. Colabello joined the team...

Downtown Dallas is getting a new Italian restaurant this fall. The authentic southern Italian concept from Dino and Megan Santonicola will open in a historic building at 1901 Main Street, Suite 102. Dino, a master pizzaiolo and chef from Naples, will be cooking up Neapolitan-style pizzas and pastas in the Titche-Goettinger building. Partenope Risto...

Documentarian Matteo Zengaro ’19 received an Arkansas Traveler Certificate for helping preserve Italian-American culture in the Delta through his short films, “Con Gusto!” and “I Sopravvissuti,” at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock to kick off the second annual Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival, held in late April at the Clinton Pr...