NOLA.com compiled this list with information from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Italian American Digest, from classified ads published in The Times-Picayune, and from our community reporters. These parishes, schools and entities will host St. Joseph Altars this month.   The custom of honoring St. Joseph on his feast day, St. Joseph's D...

by Angel Thompson   Sarah Marie Cardenia Vogel will reign as queen of the 45th annual Italian American Marching Club's St. Joseph Parade March 14 in New Orleans. The official crowning of the queen and pre-parade celebration will be held March 8 at 11:45 a.m. at Piazza d'Italia at Poydras and Tchoupitoula streets.   Cardenia Vogel...

Tickets are on sale for the American Italian Cultural Center and Piazza d'Italia's first Taste of Italy. The event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans. A patron party starts at 6 p.m. In celebration of Italian Heritage Month, guests will dine on Italian delicacies from more than 20 restaurant...

By Richard A. Webster   The city of New Orleans has extended its deadline for proposals to redevelop two surface parking lots surrounding Piazza d'Italia, the 37-year-old architectural landmark nestled in the rapidly expanding downtown real estate market.   The city initially announced a request for qualifications May 12 with submissi...

As immigrants from the different regions of Italy settled throughout the various regions of the United States, many brought with them a distinct regional Italian culinary tradition. Many of these foods and recipes developed into new favorites for the townspeople and later for Americans nationwide.   Italians arriving in New Orleans often wen...

By Keith Spera   Gia Maione Prima, the on- and off-stage partner of larger-than-life Italian-American entertainer Louis Prima for the last phase of his life and career, died Sept. 23 in Pensacola, Fla., after a lengthy illness. She was 72.   In addition to performing and recording with Mr. Prima, the exuberant, New Orleans-born singer...

By Chelsea Brasted Don't forget to grab a mask before heading to the ball on Thursday (March 26). The LSU Museum of Art is hosting a Venetian masquerade in celebration of its current exhibitions inspired by the Italian city, and tickets are still available.   The soiree will toast two specific exhibitions: "An American in Venice: James McNe...

by Helen Williams   The 34th Annual West Bank Italian Open which benefits Café Hope will begin on May 1 at 7 p.m. with a popular Roast and Kickoff Dinner at La Maison Creole. Honorary chairman and "roastee" will be Kenner Mayor Michael S. Yenni.   "Come and laugh with Mike Yenni's 10 best friends as they roast him that night. An...