During 1807-1810 the New Orleans City Council established the legal name of the street as Tivoli Circle. The name has never been changed. In 2020, The New Orleans City Council passed motion M-20-170 to remedy mistreatment of immigrant groups such as Italians by changing street names. That motion did not include renaming streets which honor Italians...

Joseph DeSalvo Jr., a New Orleans native who set aside corporate law to open Faulkner House Books in the French Quarter and make it a literary destination, died Tuesday at Touro Infirmary. He was 88. His life as a bookseller followed a career that included stints in New York, Houston and New Orleans as an attorney at Exxon, Tenneco and Good Hope Re...

The city of New Orleans should retain Tivoli Circle as the name of the land 400 feet north of The National WWII Museum. Renaming Tivoli Circle is not authorized by City Council motion M20-170 and reinforces the seventh “Whereas” clause which states: “New Orleans troubling history of mistreatment and violence toward immigrant groups.” Taking away th...

The following is an open letter to Mayor Cantrell and the City of New Orleans from Rob Florence who is urging the City to rename Governor Nicholls Street to Cosimo Matassa Street. To sign the petition and show your support, click here and here.  Hello Mayor and City Council, as you and the City Council Street Renaming Commission work to remove Conf...

A real estate ad posted this week has put a question mark over another beloved New Orleans restaurant. Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar at 3636 Bienville St. is for sale. Speculation instantly swirled as to the reasons behind the move for the historic restaurant, as other local institutions have been roiled by change during the coronavirus pandemic. In an...

If you're a Louisiana native with a distinctly Italian last name, you've got lots of company here. Since the late nineteenth century, more families of Sicilian descent have called Louisiana home than anywhere else in the world except Sicily. This is a topic that has fascinated Loyola history professor, Justin Nystrom – enough to compel him to recor...

Dear friends, here in Italy we are in the middle of the second wave of covid, and the situation is not easy at all, as I explain every two days in the videos of We the ItaliaNews. Not all Italians have understood or accepted that it is not a 100 meters race, but a marathon, indeed a marathon hurdles: a discipline that does not exist in athletics be...

All Souls' Day is also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed and the Day of the Dead. It is a day of prayer and remembrance for the souls of those who have died.  It is a celebration full of traditional food and family.  The newly formed ISDA St. Rosalie Lodge in Monroe Louisiana consists of members who have been attending the ble...

A one-night-only screening of an Italian romance produced by Shreveport filmmakers will be showcased as part of Robinson Film Center’s Regional Filmmakers Spotlight series on Thursday. “Molto Bella” will play at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at RFC, located at 617 Texas St. in Shreveport. “Molto Bella”—translates to “Very Beautiful”— is a love story accented wi...

The Muffuletta sandwich is made in America with Italian parts. This sandwich, while it is filled with delicious Italian meats, cheese and vegetable condiments, is unique to New Orleans. It’s forerunners first appeared in the French Quarter as early as the 1890’s, when a large number of Sicilians came to the port of New Orleans. These immigrants set...