Oak Oven is equal parts fancy and funky. At the Italian restaurant, wine gets proper stemware but water comes in a Mason jar. The waiters wear black, but the menu has a kids section. In the early evening, the number of families equals the number of couples out for a date night.   The address, on Jefferson Highway in Harahan, might seem an u...

By Richard A. Webster   The Piazza d'Italia sits in the midst of a burgeoning downtown New Orleans real estate market that is experiencing rapid growth and development from the Mississippi River to South Claiborne Avenue.   But the 37-year old architectural landmark sometimes seems a world apart, lost amid large swaths of surface park...

The Italian influences in New Orleans are everywhere from St. Joseph's Day to the muffuletta. However, Avo's chef Nick Lama is about to go full-throttle with the green, white , and red. For December, he is rolling out his take on traditional Italian "Feast of the Seven Fishes." Anyone who has logged time with an Italian grandmother can tell yo...

A ITALIAN-AMERICAN restaurant owner was the inspiration behind a religious altar created in Elgin. Parishioners brought a wide array of food to Greyfriars Convent last week to lay it on the St Joseph altar. The food was then donated to various good causes around the area, such as the Moray Foodbank.   The tradition of dedicating food to St J...

Martinique Bistro in New Orleans will close after 20 years, co-owners Cristiano Raffignone and Kelly Barker announced in a Monday (Jan. 5) press release. The pair has leased the space at 5908 Magazine St. to Nick Lama, 33, the chef de cuisine at Gautreau's.   Raffignone and Barker will continue to own the property. Renovations to the space -...

The 14th annual St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade will roll April 12 through St. Bernard. The theme is "Let's Geaux Tailgating." Marchers begin at 11 a.m., and floats hit the streets at noon.   The 14th annual St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade will roll April 12 through St. Bernard. Princesses are with St. B...

Il Console generale d'Italia a Houston, Fabrizio Nava ha partecipato nei giorni scorsi alla sesta edizione del World Culture Economy Forum organizzata a New Orleans dalla US Conference of Mayors.

by Ian McNulty   A visit to the new Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar in New Orleans' CBD can pack in a lot impressions before the food even arrives. The space was, for many years, Le Chat Noir cabaret, and despite its conversion into an upscale restaurant, it may still stir memories of the stage for local theater patrons.   T...

Per la prima volta l'ICE organizza una promozione integrata della filiera bagno in occasione della Kitchen & Bath. La proposta di ambienti bagno e la partecipazione collettiva rafforzano l'immagine del prodotto italiano (qualità e design) e aumentano le opportunità di business. Alla presenza italiana verrà dato risalto con apposita pubblicità s...

Never heard of the Feast of the Seven Fishes? You may soon. It's a Southern Italian meatless Christmas Eve meal, celebrated in many Italian-American homes, especially on parts of the East Coast.   "La Vigilia" is relatively unknown in south Louisiana, where Sicilian descendents have kept alive the St. Joseph's Day tradition. The feast has so...