Italian influence in New Orleans culture typically takes a second fiddle to more indiginous and inarguably dominant inspirations. And while jazz’s creation in New Orleans is credited to African-Americans, the Italians of the city, most notably Nick LaRocca and Louis Prima, can safely be assigned a supporting role. Of course, while the cuisine of th...

The first of Tangipahoa Parish’s traditional festivals to make comeback from the pandemic is happening this weekend – the Independence’s Sicilian Heritage Festival. Usually held the second weekend in March, the Sicilian Festival may be a little warmer than usual, but it is returning with all the favorite traditions – live music, the spaghetti eatin...

You know you're in an authentic Italian eatery when conversations behind the counter are in Italian. And that's how the talk flows at Anthony's Italian Deli, where Marco Saia easily switches from Italian to English and back again. Though he was born in Baton Rouge, Saia's first language was Italian, taught to him by his parents, Anthony and Maria S...

For two years now, the Louisiana festival season has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the return of the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival, happening the first weekend in June, will make up for lost time, said organizer Robin Taylor Abrams. “We know it’s going to be hotter than usual this year but we were dedicated to making sure we...

La Divina Italian Cafe, 3535 Perkins Road, is joining the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society in hosting "Gelato Love for Dogs: A CAAWS Fundraiser" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 6. The cafe will give free gelato for every $5 donation to CAAWS, plus it's donating 25% of all of its proceeds during that time to the animal welfare society. This also inclu...

With warmer days calling for cooler treats to get us through the spring and summer season, inRegister looked to La Divina Italian Cafe to serve up a spread of mouthwatering gelato flavors to help beat the heat. While some people may say gelato is just a “fancy” version of ice cream, its ingredients and Italian techniques make it quite distinct comp...

Marco’s Pizza, is opening its newest location in Haughton on May 25. Situated at 1073 HWY 80 next to Brookshire’s, locals can expect an authentic Italian pizza experience that uses the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. The Marco’s Pizza location is owned and operated by a husband and wife duo Paul and Poonam Singh. Being the first to open a Ma...

Louisiana, we know, is the creation of many ethnic groups but one that doesn’t always get the credit it is due is the Sicilians. The port of New Orleans was the largest arrival point of migrants from the island off the Italian coast. The group would become very active in agriculture and also influential in food, music, politics and religious celebr...

The Sicilian festival will hold its annual Spaghetti Cookoff May 15 starting at 8 a.m. at Festival Square, 312 E Railroad Ave., Independence, LA. A dessert competition has been added this year. People are encouraged to make their favorite Italian or Sicilian dessert and bring it to the pavilion at Festival Square by 10:30 that morning. The entry fe...

The residents of New Orleans have a history of creating unusual pronunciations of words. Local street names provide common examples of New Orleanians’ inventive pronunciations, such as Burgundy Street (pronounced bur-GUHN-dee, not BUR-guhn-dee) and a cluster of Uptown streets named for the nine Greek Muses, including Urania, Thalia, Euterpe, Callio...