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...

On September 21, 2019 member organizations of AIFEDSE elected Charles E. Marsala President, reviewed current Italian Heritage & Cultural projects, and evaluating March 21st, 2020 for a convention. Marsala heritage is 100% Sicilian with his great grandparents coming from Salaparuta, Cefalu, Contessa Entellina, and Palermo. Three Marsalas: Giuseppe,...

The longtime chef and owner of former French Quarter favorite Cafe Giovanni, Duke LoCicero, opened his new restaurant and bar in Metairie this week. In the works since spring, Dab’s Bistro brings LoCicero’s Southern Italian and Louisiana flavors to the neighborhood two years after closing his 26-year old Decatur Street fixture. LoCicero (also known...

The Gulf Coast Italian-American Cultural Society held their annual ‘Columbus Day Dinner’ this evening at the Silver Slipper Casino. Former Mayor of Atherton, California and President of the Southeast Italian Federation Charles Marsala was the keynote speaker. Every year at the dinner, several GCIAS members are recognized as an “Italian American Who...

Congress envisioned a white, Protestant and culturally homogeneous America when it declared in 1790 that only “free white persons, who have, or shall migrate into the United States” were eligible to become naturalized citizens. The calculus of racism underwent swift revision when waves of culturally diverse immigrants from the far corners of Europe...

Craving Italian food? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around New Orleans, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill. 1. Irene's Topping the list is Irene's. Located at 529 Bienville St. in the French Quarter, the Italian spot is the highest-rated Italian res...

Italian fashion house Gucci has launched a $1.5 million U.S. university scholarship program that is aimed at students who are “traditionally underrepresented” in the fashion industry. The program, which is set to run four years, is part of Gucci’s multi-pronged effort to boost diversity following the uproar earlier this year over a $890 sweater tha...

Ciao Amici! The Donaldsonville Downtown Development District has announced its first Festa Italiana to be held on October 19, 2019 in Crescent Park from 12 noon - 10:00 p.m. The festival is a celebration of the history, culture, and heritage of the Italians in the Donaldsonville area and will feature live entertainment by King Pa Ka Yea’ Band, deli...

Un lungo viaggio nell'America profonda alla ricerca dei discendenti di minatori, contadini e pescatori, emigrati più di un secolo fa per dare vita a comunità italiane in ogni angolo dell'enorme nazione che si aprì davanti ai loro occhi dopo lo sbarco a Ellis Island. Si intitola “Italian American Country” il progetto ideato e curato da Paolo Battagl...

During this past summer, I attended my friend’s bachelor party in New Orleans. Prior to visiting the Crescent City, I had made preliminary arrangements to mix some business with pleasure and schedule an interview with Lena Prima, daughter of Louis Prima, the irrepressible, jazz trumpeter, singer and just a gigolo New Orleanian showman from the1930s...