by Ted Griggs   Baton Rouge-based D'Agostino's Italian Specialties LLC has acquired Fresina Pasta Co. & Italian Specialties, a hand-crafted pasta maker in business since 1991, with plans to expand its operations. Chef Robert D'Agostino and Executive Chef Daniel Thompson own D'Agostino's Italian Specialties. Terms of the deal, which clos...

By Randy Hammons  The family of the late Greg Genco said they were more than grateful to the Italian-American Club for dedicating the St. Joseph's Altar in his memory this past weekend. The Altar was set up at the B & C Hall on Cumberland Street for viewing on Friday and Saturday. Those chosen to represent the Saints at the Altar we...

The Italians in Monroe, Louisiana, are a small, tight-knit group of successful, family-oriented people who have established deep roots in the Delta while maintaining a connection to each other and to their home country, despite pressures to become mainstream Americans. Even though Italians were the largest immigrant population of turn of the 19th c...

Cosimo Matassa, whose used-record business in New Orleans led him to sell new records, which led him to open a tiny studio that helped jump-start rock 'n' roll by recording early hits by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard, died on Thursday in New Orleans. He was 88.   His granddaughter Mia Matassa confirmed the death. Mr. Matassa w...

The American Italian Cultural Center will be holding its 28th Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Jan. 19, 2013, in New Orleans. The banquet supports the AICC's mission to honor and celebrate contributions of Italian Americans in the sports, entertainment, medical and civic fields. At the Hilton New Orleans Ri...

The American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) is rounding out the year with a concert series held in the Piazza d'Italia! Following the extremely popular "Opera in the Piazza" on June 2014 with more than 700 attendees, the AICC is continuing to celebrate the significant contribution of American Italian's on our music, food and culture.   The "...

Prospect New Orleans was conceived in the tradition of the great international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo, to showcase new artistic practices from around the world.   This year Prospect.3 will present the work of almost 60 national and international artists of different generations working in all med...

By Ian McNulty A local company that is expanding in the restaurant business now has two projects underway for properties with long histories in New Orleans dining. The Rizzuto Management Group is renovating the Bourbon Street address that once was home to Toney's Spaghetti House. It will become a new Creole-Italian restaurant called Creole Ca...

"È per me motivo di orgoglio e profonda soddisfazione l'essere chiamata a rappresentare l'Italia in una regione tra le più dinamiche e vivaci degli Stati Uniti, nella quale il nostro Paese è riuscito a ricavare spazio e visibilità anche grazie alle attività di chi vive e lavora in questi Stati onorando il nome dell'Italia".   Così Elena Sgar...

La Divina Italian Café opens for business on Friday, Nov. 8 at 3535 Perkins Road Suite 360 in the new Acadian Village Shopping Center. Cafe hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday. La Divina is committed to producing delicious, artisanal Italian food, gelati and sorbetti in a sustainable business envir...