In our journey to discover Italy in the 50 states, today we dive between the Delta Italians, our compatriots who with great effort and sacrifice settled in the wide area of the delta of the Mississippi River, which gives its name to the Magnolia State. The adventures of the Delta Italians described by Paul Canonici's books are intriguing and instru...

If you can't make a trip to Italy in the foreseeable future, Robert St. John's newest cookbook, "An Italian Palate," might just be the next best thing. The book, which was released Wednesday by Different Drummer Press, is the culmination of the Hattiesburg restaurateur's 10-week journey through the country with his wife and two children. During th...

The South East of the United States is an interesting area, where the state of Florida – the biggest and the most advanced in terms of economy and trade – is surely one of the most representative. Among its cities, Miami is undoubtedly the main one, because of a prosperous rate of tourism, finance, art, and, more generally, culture. In this pictur...

by Julian Brunt   Enter Stalla, the Italian restaurant in Biloxi's Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, and you're sure to be caught by the illusion that you are dining in a restaurant in Tuscany.   The restaurant is beautiful, with re-claimed timbers from a New England farmhouse, the lighting is low, and the mood is that of al fresco dinin...

We didn't get a chance to post this last week, but we dropped by the future Bella Italy restaurant on South Gloster Street in Tupelo. We were told last Wednesday that it would open "in about two weeks," so that puts is opening sometime next week. If you'll recall, the building was the former Sam's Southern Eatery, and it was located between Captai...

There is a difference in Italian and Italian-American cooking. There is a big difference. If you don't know the difference, get a copy of "The Silver Spoon," the bestselling Italian cookbook in Italy for the past 50 years. My guess is that you will be surprised what you will find, and what you will not find. Check it out.   This week I...

By Allen Brewer   After several years of planning, Emily Blount has finally opened her fist restaurant, Saint Leo, in the heart of Oxford. The old fashion wood-fire oven pizza restaurant, located on the east side of the Square, offers a newer, fresher taste for local pizza lovers.   Opening on June 30, Saint Leo offers Oxonians a litt...

To meet the growing demand for pizza in the Jackson, Mississippi, area, Marco's Pizza® franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs who want a slice of the action. How big is the demand for pizza in Jackson? Residents in the state capital, as well as tourists, are passionate for pizza.   With large employers and area universities...

By Corey Charlton   Twins born in Italy and put up for adoption in America have managed to track down their biological family in Europe via Facebook 55 years later. Jana Bennett and her twin sister Lisa Keeler were born in 1960, in Palermo, Italy.   But now more than half a decade later and after numerous failed attempts to find...

Paul V. Canonici was born of Italian immigrant parents in the heart of the Mississippi Delta — Shaw to be exact. After being educated in the public schools of Shaw, Canonici headed to the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain to study with the Benedictine monks at St. Joseph Seminary in Covington, La. He also studied at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indian...