Independence, "Little Italy" of Louisiana was created as a result of the New Orleans to Jackson route of the Great Northern Railroad in the 1880's. Sicilian Italian families searching for a place to settle in the 1880's were attracted by the thriving strawberry industry of the area.   Independence slowly became a predominately Sicilian Itali...

Oak Oven is equal parts fancy and funky. At the Italian restaurant, wine gets proper stemware but water comes in a Mason jar. The waiters wear black, but the menu has a kids section. In the early evening, the number of families equals the number of couples out for a date night.   The address, on Jefferson Highway in Harahan, might seem an u...

Arriviamo in Louisiana dopo un giorno di guida attraverso le back-roads dell'Alabama e del Mississippi. Quando notiamo su entrambi i lati della strada distese di cotone pronto per essere colto, abbiamo la certezza di essere arrivati nel profondo Sud. La nostra meta è la Tangipahoa Parish dove ci aspettano due giorni di incontri con i discendenti d...

By Richard A. Webster   The Piazza d'Italia sits in the midst of a burgeoning downtown New Orleans real estate market that is experiencing rapid growth and development from the Mississippi River to South Claiborne Avenue.   But the 37-year old architectural landmark sometimes seems a world apart, lost amid large swaths of surface park...

The Italian influences in New Orleans are everywhere from St. Joseph's Day to the muffuletta. However, Avo's chef Nick Lama is about to go full-throttle with the green, white , and red. For December, he is rolling out his take on traditional Italian "Feast of the Seven Fishes." Anyone who has logged time with an Italian grandmother can tell yo...

A ITALIAN-AMERICAN restaurant owner was the inspiration behind a religious altar created in Elgin. Parishioners brought a wide array of food to Greyfriars Convent last week to lay it on the St Joseph altar. The food was then donated to various good causes around the area, such as the Moray Foodbank.   The tradition of dedicating food to St J...

Martinique Bistro in New Orleans will close after 20 years, co-owners Cristiano Raffignone and Kelly Barker announced in a Monday (Jan. 5) press release. The pair has leased the space at 5908 Magazine St. to Nick Lama, 33, the chef de cuisine at Gautreau's.   Raffignone and Barker will continue to own the property. Renovations to the space -...

The 14th annual St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade will roll April 12 through St. Bernard. The theme is "Let's Geaux Tailgating." Marchers begin at 11 a.m., and floats hit the streets at noon.   The 14th annual St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade will roll April 12 through St. Bernard. Princesses are with St. B...

Il Console generale d'Italia a Houston, Fabrizio Nava ha partecipato nei giorni scorsi alla sesta edizione del World Culture Economy Forum organizzata a New Orleans dalla US Conference of Mayors.

By Todd Masson, NOLA.com   The Italian-American Fishing Rodeo is one of the few things in life that is truly a win-win. Participants get to catch some fish, eat good food and have a blast, and Children's Hospital gets some money out of the deal.   This year's rodeo is scheduled for May 16-17 at Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale. The cap...