World renowned artist and sculptor, Franco Alessandrini was born in Sansepolcro, Italy in 1944.  At the early age of 14, Mr. Alessandrini was recognized as a master artist, beginning his career with his first one man show in 1958.  His formal study of art and training was in Florence.  He quickly continued building his portfolio and his reputation...

At the age of 40, when Mother Cabrini crossed the ocean for the first time to begin her work in America, she was penniless, alone, and couldn’t speak English. Without doubting herself, she pioneered the building of schools, hospitals, clinics, and orphanages. She was not satisfied with simply establishing the facilities, so she dedicated her life t...

New eatery Sorella5 (616 Baronne St., 504-766-7158) lives up to its name. “Sorella” is the Italian word for sister, and restaurant is owned by five of them. Sorella5 opened Jan. 11 and offers what co-owner Laurie Lagasse calls “home cooking and New Orleans-style cuisine.” The menu is loaded with dishes cooked from family recipes such as red beans a...

Joseph Philip Lombardi Joseph Lombardi is currently the quarterback coach of the New Orleans Saints. He is the grandson of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi. Joe played Tight End at the Air Force Academy, where he graduated in 1994. During Saints Training Camp, he spoke on working with the unique Saints Quarterback situation of Drew Br...

Nicolo Melli already had his flight booked to the Bahamas when he found out he needed to tweak those plans. As the Pelicans wrapped up their final shootaround before the All-Star break Thursday, executive vice president David Griffin informed the Italian forward he’d been chosen as an injury replacement in the Rising Stars Game. At first, Melli tho...

On February 10, 2020 the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas opened an office in New Orleans to promote Italian food and beverage products. New Orleans food culture is nearing $9 Billion annually. In Jerry Thomas’ 1862 Bartender’s Guide for drink #105 “The Cocktail & Crusta” he writes: “The ‘Cocktail’ is a modern invention, and is generally...

Chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Rebecca Wilcomb of Gianna will host a winemaker lunch featuring Alois wines on Friday, Feb. 21, at noon. Winemaker Massimo Alois brings his Italian wines from Campania found in the Southern region of the boot-shape peninsula of Italy to Louisiana, the boot-shaped home of New Orleans. Chef Rebecca will craft...

The lower area of the French Quarter has been called “Little Palermo.” Now a free self-guided tour app launched by “New Orleans Insider Tours” provides over forty points of historic interest in the French Quarter and ten spots outside New Orleans as Sicilians migrated. From 1885-1915 over 60,000 Sicilians arrived in New Orleans. Each spot has GPS,...

Celebrity Chefs for St. Michael’s School was started in 1978. The event’s original chefs were Gunter Preuss and Goffredo Fraccaro. Goffredo was on stage with Greg Reggio of Zea giving a cooking exposition. Chef Andrea of Andrea’s Restaurant and Capri Blu Bar is part of the next generation of chefs contributing to the great event. Numerous high scho...

Former New Orleans Privateers baseball student-athlete and assistant coach, Johnny Giavotella will be the national honoree at the 35th Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday. The event will take place at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino and begin at 5 p.m. Giavotella played 182 games for the Privateers from 2006...