By Dennis Seid   Sometime next month, a wood-fired brick oven made in Italy will make its way to downtown Tupelo. And by late spring, a new restaurant will be serving traditional Neapolitan pizza from that oven. The pizzeria will be owned by Vince Rapisarda, who is opening in the building at 206 Troy Street that was most recently T...

by Nell Luter Floyd   Who: Stuart Ramsey, line chef; Where: La Finestra, 120 N. Congress St., Jackson; Contact: (601) 345-8735  www.eatlafinestra.com www.facebook.com/eatlafinestra Influences: Stuart Ramsey, 23, works as a line chef at La Finestra, the downtown Jackson restaurant where his father Tom Ramsey is chef and...

The Harrison County Commission has rejected a funding request from the Italian Heritage Festival board.The board will now have to look elsewhere for an additional $3,000 to help fund the 'Glow In The Park Run' this Saturday. The commission has already granted funding for the festival over Labor Day Weekend.   Commissioner Bernie Fazzini note...

Folks who are Irish or Italian, or who just like to have a good time, gathered in the Hub City this weekend to celebrate the culture of Italy and the Emerald Isle. The annual Irish-Italian Festival Parade made its way down W. 4th Street Saturday morning.    It was led by a royal court, featuring Southern Miss president Dr. Rodney Bennet...

As immigrants from the different regions of Italy settled throughout the various regions of the United States, many brought with them a distinct regional Italian culinary tradition. Many of these foods and recipes developed into new favorites for the townspeople and later for Americans nationwide.   Italians arriving in New Orleans often wen...

The Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society met in October, Italian American Heritage Month. Giovanni Fontecchio discussed Italian history, and Father Joe Dilettuso spoke on upcoming trips to Italy and the Italian Mass to be held in January.   The club will holds its Italian Christmas Gala at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Great Southern Club in...

by Julian Brunt   Chef Hristo Drakopoulos of Sicilian II said he cooks because it is his love and passion. "When you walk out my door and are smiling, then I know I've done my job," he said. If you are a lover of Italian food, it is a real treat to get something prepared by Drakopoulos, whose grandmother was born in Sicily and move...