Three New Orleans area high school students have received scholarships from the Italian American St. Joseph Society (IASJS). Selected for the honors were graduates Gabrielle LoCoco and Katherine Lorusso, both of Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, and Benjamin Broussard, of St. Paul's High School in Covington. This marked the third year for the so...

At a time when we still have to painfully realize how much the racial question is an open wound in the evolution of the United States of America and a very urgent situation to be resolved, our Italian heart in love with America is also shaken by the specious and mistaken attempts to promote hostility between the African American and Italian communi...

The chrome Harley-Davidson parked outside Lilette on Magazine Street most nights belongs to a restaurateur who escaped Chicago. Five years ago, Anthony Potenzo owned two of the hippest joints in my hometown, Three Aces and Charlatan. When rising rents threatened profits, Potenzo called it quits. That was the culmination of a hospitality career for...

This Saturday from 9am to noon at Metairie Cemetery "we" will continue the cleaning of the 15+ Italian / Sicilian Mausoleums. Please share this to your Italian Organization's members. We are being assisted by a dozen volunteers from http://www.SaveOUrCemetery.org and a crew from the Monumental Task Committee http://www.MonumentalTask.org  Please vo...

Sitting on Daggett Avenue, there’s a plain, white stone wall begging to be painted. It’s been there for four generations, waiting for the right artist and time. Volpi Foods (5256 Daggett Avenue, 314-446-7950) announced a mural contest as a way to commemorate its 120th anniversary while honoring its home neighborhood, The Hill. The business put out...

Right now former McNeese two-time All-American Erika Piancastelli is on a plane with her Italian softball team headed to Japan for the 2020 Olympics. ”I think the word everyone can agree on right now is FINALLY,” said Piancastelli. “We’ve been waiting so long for this moment and its finally here. It feels unreal right now. My teammates and I have b...

What a difference a clam makes. The fresh linguine vongole on the menu at San Lorenzo restaurant in the recently opened Hotel St. Vincent is revelatory. Beyond the house-made pasta — and beyond the heft of the toasted garlic in buttery sauce topped with ribbons of parsley and fried breadcrumbs — there are those clams. Although littleneck clams are...

“How to Stuff in Italian”: a delicious collection of family recipes. “How to Stuff in Italian” is the creation of published author S. Gary Polozola, a native of Baton Rouge who currently resides in Arlington, TX with wife, Kathy. Polozola earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Texas A&M School of Law and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University....

As New Orleans jazz landmarks go, it’s an unlikely one. For starters, it’s still standing, somehow having survived that period in history in which the idea of preserving the city’s cultural landmarks simply didn’t exist. Also, there’s its location. It’s not Backatown, that then-unfashionable area behind the French Quarter where the city’s Black pop...

Leaving the horrors of the Covid-19 pandemic horrors behind, people has started stepping out from the comfort and safety of their homes. Restaurants and cafes are again full, and the community is coming together to support the local businesses. People who love Italian food can find a lot of options in the city. It is important to look for restauran...