A new restaurant is taking over Bess Bistro's vacant space on West 6th Street: Sophia's from owners Matt Deichl, Jonathan Gillespie, and James Brown of BDG Hospitality. The name is meant to evoke actress Sophia Loren and modern Italy aesthetic.   Set to open in late spring, Sophia's is pegged as modern Italian-American supper club, serving p...

Posting in a hurry today because I'm super slammed with work. But, dulcis in fundo, how not to end the week on a sweet note after having visited my new favorite ice cream shop, Dolce Neve in Austin?   I loved talking to owners and ice cream-makers Marco Silvestrini from Umbria (below, right) and Leo Ferrarese (left) from Lombardy. I did...

This week I went to the Tavola Italiana at UT Austin. Tavola is a weekly informal meeting in which students, assistant instructors, teaching assistants, and professors (such as Antonella Olson, the founder of the Tavola, and Irene Alvisi) and anyone from the Italian community can come together to not only practice speaking Italian, but also discuss...

In an otherwise nondescript shop beneath the 7East Apartments in East Austin, Al Fini has created a tribute to his beloved home country of Italy.   Along two walls of his It's Italian Market, wines rest three or four bottles deep on shelves that stretch nearly to the ceiling. A bar serving coffee, wine on tap and other beverages stands nearb...

The Hotel Granduca Austin will be designated as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World organization. The only other hotel in Texas to receive that recognition is the original Hotel Granduca Houston. The organization includes about 420 hotels in 80 countries and was established in 1928 by European hoteliers who were interested in creating an e...

The MLA Italian American Literature Discussion group is seeking scholars and instructors interested in presenting at its round-table session—Negotiating Ethnic Politics: Teaching Ethnic Literature in an Italian American Context—scheduled for the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, TX, January 7-10.   The session proposes to explore approaches by...

Sarà Austin, Capitale dello Stato del Texas, ad ospitare dal 17 al 19 ottobre prossimi l'edizione 2013 della Young Leaders Conference, dal 1984 uno degli eventi di punta del Consiglio per le Relazioni tra Italia e Stati Uniti.   Destinate alla classe dirigente del futuro, le Conferenze si propongono quale occasione di incontro a livello inte...

Il sistema musicale italiana continua la sua diffusione e crescita all'estero: per la prima volta, dal 9 al 12 marzo, uno stand istituzionale rappresentera' il nostro Paese ad Austin nell'ambito del South by Southwest, la piu' importante fiera al mondo dedicata alla musica ed alla tecnologia. Per la prima volta, inoltre, l'industria musicale italia...

Born Claudia Lagona, Levante's life is a trajectory between Italy's two most fertile music scenes: Catania and Turin. Levante will make her US debut at SXSW, the world's leading music industry event, taking place March 17 – 21, 2015 in Austin, TX. Showcase dates follow on Monday March 23 in Los Angeles at Genghis Cohen, and on Wednesday March 25 a...

Il Nord America impazzisce per il gelato artigianale grazie al contest itinerante più goloso del mondo.   Oltre 63.000 persone hanno partecipato al Gelato World Tour di maggio 2014 in Republic Square, DownTown Austin, e alla preview esclusiva a New York City durante il weekend dei James Beard Foundation Awards.   Read more   So...