by Robin Miller   One can't help wondering if Nick LaRocca would have believed it if someone had told him exactly how much influence his song would have over a stadium of 90,000-plus. Make that more than 100,000 when the addition to Tiger Stadium is complete, when more voices are added to the crowd's roar when the LSU Tiger Marching Ban...

Ciao from Rome! Welcome to the 77th issue of our online magazine. What a wonderful trip I did, visiting 9 cities but most of all 10 different sparkling beautiful Italian communities presenting my book "We the Italians. Two flags, One heart. One hundred interviews" (available here http://goo.gl/f2wBha). What a terrific wave of passion for Italy, of...

Anna Soprano Foti of St. Martinville, loves her life and loves the area, she said, although it has not always been easy. Her mother and father immigrated separately crossing the Atlantic by freighter. The passengers huddled together on the ship's topside fending off the elements, while food was stored below deck to preserve it for the lon...

by Virgil Howell   The Annual Italian Festival Ball is right around the corner. It will be this Saturday, February 28, 2015. Please come join us with our Italian Festival Queen Samantha Lin Lamonte as we honor and present our 2015 royalty. You won't want to miss this great event and you also get to listen to the hottest band on the Northshor...

The submarine sandwich – popularized by small sandwich shops from coast to coast usually bearing the name of a national chain – has to be the most frequently store-bought sandwich in the country.   Though it might be difficult to make the connection from lesser mass-marketed versions, its roots are Italian-American. The sub in its various si...

Chef Nick Lama opened his Italian restaurant Avo (5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; www.restaurantavo.com) May 20 in the former Martinique Bistro space. A great-grandson of Sicilian immigrants, Lama describes his food as "regional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.   "I'm trying to get ingredients that have been...

The American Italian Cultural Center invites you to join us in sampling delicious wines by regions of Italy! Peter Patti, local wine specialist with Republic National Distributing Company, brings his 44 years of experience to lead a fun and informative session focusing on Italian wines. If you would like to join us, please register by clicking...

Viaggio come avventura e come sfida. Come riscoperta di un rapporto autentico con la natura e con la gente. Come espressione concreta di solidarieta' e di amicizia. Sono questi gli ingredienti delle imprese off-limits di Beppe Faresin, il canoista vicentino balzato piu' volte agli onori della cronaca per avere raccolto con successo fondi per l'Unic...

Genealogy Roadshow is only in his second year of production. But if interest in family backgrounds and the growth of the genealogy industry is of any indication, the PBS show is on the road to being a great success.   The upcoming PBS segment focuses upon unique family histories from the New Orleans area. One of the three genealogists and ho...

More than 340,000 pounds of produce will be tossed from 50 floats when the St. Bernard Irish Italian Isleños parade hits the streets of Chalmette on Sunday. Founded in 2001, the 14th annual parade will begin and end at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive.   From there, the parade will make a left at Dr. Meraux...