by Ian McNulty   An Italian restaurant that's found success in a former cabaret space downtown now has a second location on a much different stage. The new Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar opened in Metairie today (Jan. 18). The address was previously a location of the Mexican restaurant Coyote Blues.   The design, which...

You have a book coming out that argues Italian-Americans have been largely forgotten for their contributions to jazz. But Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Louis Prima, Louis Bellson, to name a few, are hardly unknown to those who care about jazz.   Yes and no. Many jazz fans aren't even aware that people like Tony Bennett and the late Louis Bell...

Ardley Hanemann is President of Cabrini High School. Cabrini, an all girl school located on Moss Street across from Bayou St. John, has a long history in the Crescent City. The school's origins trace to 1892, when Archbishop Francis Janssens requested that Mother Cabrini come to New Orleans to help the City's many Italian immigrants.   Mothe...

by Megan Wyatt   Gene Todaro Jr. and Gene Todaro Sr., owners of Marcello's Wine Market and Marcello's Wine Market Cafe, will be opening another location in Metairie. Expected to open in January, Marcello's Restaurant and Wine Bar will be the second location in the market.   The Todaro family opened a business by the same name las...

"Genealogy Roadshow" returns Jan. 13 for its second season on PBS, and it will feature a group of genealogy experts traveling to New Orleans, Philadelphia and St. Louis to help participants discover their family histories.   The format of the show is simple: Three genealogy experts travel to a new city and residents apply to have their famil...

No matter the conditions, a great time will be had on May 17-18 by participants in the 7th annual Italian-American Fishing Rodeo. The event benefits Children's Hospital, and it does so remarkably well, having donated more than $36,000 to that cause over the years.

By Missie Arata Noel   The American Society of Italian Heritage, north shore chapter, recently held its summer luncheon at Benedict's Plantation in Covington. The group was honored to present the Honorary Italian Consulate Arnaldo Partesotti and his wife, Brune, as special guests.   The local chapter is led by President John Tortorice...

The annual Irish-Italian parade will roll through Metairie March 22, marking its 33rd year of celebrating both Irish and Italian heritage and culture.   The parade begins at noon at Houma Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Boulevard, and it will follow the traditional Metairie Carnival parade route with a couple of minor changes. The parade wil...

A huge weekend of celebrations started for some folks as they kicked off with a huge bowl of pasta at the Italian American Marching Club's annual celebration. Katherine Hauck attends the event occasionally. “I think it's wonderful, it's wonderful,” she said.   As the pile of pasta con sardi builds, so does the excitement. Like so many things...

After 18 years in an assuming little building on South Carrollton Avenue, chef "Nino" Bongiorno plans to close his doors there for the final time at the end of next month. "Everyone knows me, and everyone cries," Bongiorno said of word about his plans to close getting out.   But fans of Nino's chicken marsala and red wine still have rea...