Yesterday, Amaro Montenegro, the award-winning Italian liqueur, hosted its much-anticipated 2019 international cocktail competition, The Vero Bartender, at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The annual competition crowned Zachary Sapato, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the most innovative and talented bartender in the U.S. Amaro Montenegro, a bran...

Thursday, August 8, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. With no clear textual or physical proof of an ancient Roman settlement, Siena faced considerable challenges to its assumed antiquity in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Far more than a point of pride, an associat...

Throughout the history of the United States, scores of children have arrived at our borders and ports in waves of humanity searching for freedom and safety. One such child was Maria Rosa Segale who, in 1855 at the age of 5, found herself arriving from Italy at the Port of New Orleans with her family, seeking a new home, with no knowledge of where t...

On March 14, 1891, 11 Italians were lynched by an organized mob set on their own form of justice. Thousands of mob members stormed the Orleans Parish Prison, where these innocent men were held, broke in and savagely killed and hanged the men, setting off a national and then an international scandal.   This set back Italy-U.S. relations, but, more s...

Thursday July 25, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. 537 S Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Emily Ford of Oak and Laurel Cemetery returns to the American Italian Cultural Center for a fascinating lecture on preserving Italian culture in New Orleans cemeteries This lecture will draw from the historic landscapes of all New Orleans cemeteries and from ong...

People who remember the old French Quarter restaurant Maximo's in its heyday likely recall the open kitchen, the deep booths and the regional Italian food. Through the 1990s, Maximo’s was a hot spot. Along with its neighbor, G & E Courtyard Grill, it helped make its stretch of lower Decatur Street near the French Market a destination for French Qua...

Nicolo Melli is leaving Fenerbahce BEKO as Adrian Wojnarowski reported first and Eurohoops sources confirm. Melli is finalizing a two-season deal and will join the Pelicans after using the NBA opt-out option on the three-year contract he signed in 2017. Fenerbahce BEKO will receive a buyout. The 28-years old Melli was also on the radar of the Atlan...

On a crisp, New Orleans winter day, maybe you’re thinking of that summer vacation you went on to Italy. The vibrant colors. The people. The charming piazzas you can tuck into to eat your lunch or sip on wine. But here’s one of New Orleans’ best-kept secrets: we have a piazza of our own right smack in the middle of downtown. And, even though it’s ju...

The fast-casual pizza concept opened its first location in Rome in 2003 and now has three units in Italy and two in Chicago, with stores opening soon in New Orleans and Miami. It serves pizza al taglio—priced by weight, extravagantly topped and cut with shears. The crust is focaccia-like, made from a high-moisture dough that’s airy yet chewy. The c...

Thursday, July 11, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Join us at the AICC on Thursday, July 11 for an author presentation and book signing with Kathy Curto featuring Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood. "In this tense and tender memoir, Curto dishes up her family's c...