The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announces its support of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s official statement, issued on Friday, April 12, apologizing for the largest mass lynching in United States history. The proclamation relates to the 1891 lynching of 11 Italian immigrants who were accused of murdering Police Chief David Henne...

Taking ownership of a bygone controversy, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell formally apologized Friday to the families of 11 Italian immigrants who were lynched in the city more than a century ago. She condemned anti-immigrant violence of all forms. Cantrell blasted the long-ago attack before an enthusiastic crowd of 50 at the American Italian Cult...

In this week’s special edition of the Italian American Power Hour host John Viola, just back from the Big Easy, presents a special travel journal sharing his multi-year relationship with one of his favorite Italian American events of the year, the Annual St. Joseph’s Day Weekend in New Orleans, LA. This year, John had the honor of serving as the ev...

“These sneaking and cowardly Sicilians, the descendants of bandits and assassins, who have transported to this country the lawless passions, the cut-throat practices, and the oath-bound societies of their native country, are to us a pest without mitigations…These men of the Mafia killed Chief Hennessy in circumstances of peculiar atrocity…Lynch law...

Although Progresso is now known for its selection of canned soups, the company got its start by selling canned Italian foods to Italian Americans living in New Orleans. Now, the company also produces chili, stock, beans, balsamic vinegar, breadcrumbs, and more. Read on for eight facts you might not know about Progresso. 1. PROGRESSO'S HISTORY DATES...

The mayor of New Orleans plans an apology to Italian Americans for what's considered the nation's most deadly lynching — violence in which 11 Italian immigrants were killed after acquittals in a police chief's murder. "This has been a longstanding wound," said Michael Santo of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy. The lynching in 1891 and response...

In the antique kitchen of his family’s restaurant, C.J. Gerdes slips a handful of corn-floured oysters into one of the six blackened pots on the stove. The fat froths like sea foam. Two minutes later, he pulls them out, their crisp coats crinkled and golden. Sandwiched between thick, buttered slices of “pan bread”—Casamento’s version of Texas toast...

In 1905, Angelo Brocato Sr. opened a sweet shop in a section of the French Quarter known as Little Palermo. Brocato himself was a native of Palermo, where he first learned to make ice cream as a 12-year-old apprentice. His New Orleans shop, Angelo Brocato's, made lemon ice, gelato, torroncino and cannoli. Today, his family still runs Angelo Brocato...

The City of New Orleans will be issuing an official Proclamation of Apology on April 12, 2019, regarding the largest lynching in United States history. Following the murder of New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy on October 16, 1890, several Italian immigrants were arrested without just cause. Nine of the 19 men who were indicted went to trial,...

Dave Greco, owner of Mike's Deli - The Original Arthur Avenue Italian Deli in the Bronx, New York, slings cooked pasta during Italian American St Joseph Society "world's largest pasta dish" luncheon, 500 pounds in all, at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, La. Friday, March 22, 2019. Dave Greco, owner of Mike's Deli - The Original Arthur Avenue I...