Taking a gondola ride through the rivers of Venice might be on everyone's life bucket list because it might just be the most romantic thing you can do. It's a little difficult to get all the way over to Italy, but getting to Louisiana is a little easier. This gondola ride in New Orleans is one of the most romantic activities in the entire city that...

In the winter of 1912, Picayune feature writer Will Branan took his readers on a tour of the Lower French Quarter, a neighborhood that he half-jokingly dubbed “The Spaghetti District of New Orleans.” Georgia-born and educated at Auburn University, Branan’s perspective was one of an outsider, both to the Sicilian-dominated Quarter and to New Orleans...

Thursday, December 05, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. In collaboration with Consulate General of Italy of Los Angeles and Houston and American Italian Cultural Center. Entrance: Free. Justin A. Nystrom, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University in New Orleans, will...

The tastes of Tuscany, Italy, have arrived in Opelousas as Tuscany's Italian Restaurant opened at 5620 I-49 North Service Road. Part of a nationwide chain owned by the Metalia family, Tuscany's now has 16th locations since the first one opened in 1992 in Manhattan, New York.  The restaurant had its soft opening last week and hopes to hold its grand...

There are many episodes in the history of the United States that have seen Italians as protagonists. Some are very well known; others deserve to be known better. The subject of this interview is of the second type: not many people know about this, but it is really very interesting and tells how much since their birth the United States - and its lea...

When: Wed, November 20, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CST - Where:  American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., In the history of Western art, a few names shine particularly brightly: Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Picasso. But in the standard histories, and for contemporary commentators, the first in this illustrious line of exceptional artists...

Cellist Giuliano De Angelis will join Northwestern State faculty Andrej Kurti, Chialing Hsieh and Sofiko Tchetchelashvili for a recital at NSU on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. De Angelis will join Kurti on violin and Sofiko Tchetchelashvili on viola on Schubert’s “String Trio D. 47...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Tracing the history and sacred symbolism of the Saint Joseph Altar tradition, native New Orleanian Sandra Scalise Juneau will present a lecture and will demonstrate the intricate art of cuccidata carving, as learned...

Common current Donaldsonville surnames like Sotile, Falsetta, and Pizzolato serve as an ingrained aspect of the area’s Italian influence. The first Donaldsonville Festa Italiana, held Saturday at the Frank Sotile Pavilion, reveled in the cultural impact Italian immigrants and their descendants have made over many decades in the area. The festival i...

It seems a little too easy to drive by Castalano's Deli on Park Avenue in Houma. Indeed, the sign out front that announces that the dining room can still have room when the small parking lot is full practically admits it. Craving some sort of Italian sandwich last week, I tried it for the first time and found, at the very least, it's a great place...