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The Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) is pleased to introduce the launch of our new logo and brand identity as part of the ongoing evolution of our center by refreshing our look to better reflect who we are. The Board of Directors has chosen a dynamic new logo that is both modern and represents Houston’s cultural diversity and the embracin...

The day has come for pasta fans via one of the more exciting restaurant openings in Fort Worth: Il Modo, a new Italian restaurant, has opened on the ground floor of the Harper Fort Worth, the restored historic landmark hotel in the former XTO Energy Headquarters building at 714 Main St. in downtown. Il Modo serves sophisticated Italian dishes, feat...

The Painters of Pompeii: Roman Frescoes from the National Archaeological Museum, Naples will see a number of collection highlights travel to North America for the first time. Opening June 26 and running through October 17, this historic presentation of the art of painting in ancient Rome will be presented exclusively at the Oklahoma City Museum of...

For years I’ve heard a variety of opinions about Drago’s from friends who visited the longtime New Orleans restaurant. Ever since the Drago’s family opened a Baton Rouge outpost, I had been curious to try it out. With an empty fridge and an envie for seafood, we threw caution to the wind and made the trek to Constitution Avenue. The menu is extensi...

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, who led the Tigers to the 2009 national championship and is No. 1 among active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories, announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the 2021 season. Mainieri, whose collegiate career spans 39 seasons – including the past 15 years at LSU – will coach the Tigers in the 2021...

Italian influence in New Orleans culture typically takes a second fiddle to more indiginous and inarguably dominant inspirations. And while jazz’s creation in New Orleans is credited to African-Americans, the Italians of the city, most notably Nick LaRocca and Louis Prima, can safely be assigned a supporting role. Of course, while the cuisine of th...

The first of Tangipahoa Parish’s traditional festivals to make comeback from the pandemic is happening this weekend – the Independence’s Sicilian Heritage Festival. Usually held the second weekend in March, the Sicilian Festival may be a little warmer than usual, but it is returning with all the favorite traditions – live music, the spaghetti eatin...

Grandscape is a massive multi-purpose Berkshire Hathway-backed development occupying 400 acres south of the Sam Rayburn Tollway in The Colony. It boasts a hotel and spa, an outdoor lawn and stage, restaurants, retail space, a theater and more. Davio's Northern Italian opened as part of Grandscape in November and comes to North Texas by way of Bosto...

You know you're in an authentic Italian eatery when conversations behind the counter are in Italian. And that's how the talk flows at Anthony's Italian Deli, where Marco Saia easily switches from Italian to English and back again. Though he was born in Baton Rouge, Saia's first language was Italian, taught to him by his parents, Anthony and Maria S...

The chink of glassware and china, the murmur of greetings and conversation sounded like an unexpected symphony in the grand, light-filled room that is Cafe Leonelli. It was the music of human pleasure and connection. I had missed it over the past year. Above the unclad tables and sleek, sculpted chairs hung a constellation — or rather a light work...

For two years now, the Louisiana festival season has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the return of the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival, happening the first weekend in June, will make up for lost time, said organizer Robin Taylor Abrams. “We know it’s going to be hotter than usual this year but we were dedicated to making sure we...

Another one of our guests of honor attending the Authentic Italian Table dinner, June 3, at Terra restaurant at Eataly is good friend of the chamber Richard Gussoni, the honorary Italian consul for Dallas/Ft. Worth and and founder and CEO of one of the most successful high-end catering and events planning companies in the state of Texas — Culinaire...