The James Beard Foundation just announced the five winners of the America’s Classics Award for 2017. A St. Louis restaurant was recognized for the first time since the award’s inception in 1998. Stroud’s, Kansas City’s famous pan-fried chicken eatery, was honored that year and until today was the only Missouri restaurant to receive the James Beard...

This February falls the one hundred year anniversary of the recording of the first Jazz song album ever recorded "Livery Stable Blues ", in the history of music. It was an Italian, James Dominick "Nick” La Rocca, who had this honor.  To celebrate this controversial artist, whom the great Renzo Arbore told us about when we met him, we speak with Mic...

Saturday January 17 2015, 6-9 pmHilton New Orleans Riverside, Napoleon Room, #2 Poydras St., New Orleans   Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet honors & celebrates national and local Italian Americans in the sports, entertainment, medical, and civic fields. Proceeds benefit the American Italian Cultural Center...

Scotland, with its frequently dreary climate and its cold, foreboding castles, is a tailor-made locale for tales of conspiracies, jealous rivalries and nighttime murders. Macbeth and Mary, Queen of Scots are just two examples that come readily to mind.   Place the sad story of “Lucia di Lammermoor” in that setting, and you have all the eleme...

By Todd A. Price   The new Ace Hotel in New Orleans looked to Memphis for their restaurant. They brought in the James Beard-nominated chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. The pair, friends since high school, cook Italian food with flavors from the American South at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen.   For a chef to run the new restaurant...

The American Renaissance Foundation is proud to announce the selection of DARYLE LAMONICA, former American collegiate and professional quarterback, as the 2014 Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame National Honoree.   Mr. Lamonica began his career at the University of Notre Dame, where he was the starting quarterback for three seaso...

iMonelli is a tiny restaurant sandwiched between a sports bar and a payday loans business. But looks can be deceiving and often are, for inside is one of Lafayette's best fine-dining establishments and the kitchen of chef Brian Blanchard.   Blanchard runs a culinary empire that at one time stretched from A La Carte in the Oil Center to River...

The Italian-American Club of Bogalusa has begun preparations for its annual St. Joseph's Altar will be held Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, at the B & C Hall (formerly KC Hall) at 139 Cumberland St. The public is invited to attend both days. Members of the club will bake cookies for the Altar on Saturday and again Saturday, Feb. 15. In a...

By Todd A. Price   Joe Segreto, who ran the beloved Italian restaurant Eleven 79, died Monday (Oct. 5), reports the Advocate. He was 75. Mr. Segreto was born into the restaurant world. In the 1940s, his father Joseph John Segreto had a French Quarter Italian restaurant called Segreto's.   Early in his career, Mr. Segreto worked f...

By Christopher Louis Romaguera Theoretically, Ettore Messina has the most interesting and effective offensive schemes out of any of the potential head coaches for the New Orleans Pelicans. He also may be the biggest gamble, having never been a head coach in the NBA or collegiate level.   Messina has coached in nearly every European league i...