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...

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 11:00 AMERICAN ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER 537 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA. The Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) is proud to announce an historical event concerning a long social wound stemming from America's worst lynching event that occurred in New Orleans in 1891. Eleven Italian immigrants were kil...

Friday, March 29, 2019. 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center. 537 South Peters Street. New Orleans, LA 70130. Join us for a pizza party at the Piazza d'Italia and check out the AICC's newly rennovated second floor event space while mingling with the Sansepolcro flag throwers! Get your tickets here! This will be a fabulous evening...

Dozens of volunteers spend hours baking breads and cookies and preparing pasta milanese in preparation for St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) in the New Orleans area. St. Joseph Day altars, which pay tribute to the St. Joseph the patron saint of Sicily, were built at more than 75 churches, schools, bars, restaurants, hotels and grocery stores throughout t...

Members of the American Society of Italian Heritage celebrated the Festa di San Giuseppe, or Feast of St. Joseph, during a recent dinner at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville. President Frank Simoncioni welcomed the group and led in prayer, and members enjoyed a buffet-style feast including a variety of meatless, Sicilian-style dishes. Many wore r...

There are two reasons why Venezia Restaurant rarely sells dessert. One is the size of the servings at this Creole-Italian classic. The other reason is its neighbor. Angelo Brocato Ice Cream & Confectionary, the city’s oldest gelato parlor and Italian bakery, is just four doors down the street, or about 80 eager steps away. In the evening, the sidew...

Wednesday March 27, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT. Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115. Join us at the Prytania Theater for the world premier of The Monumental Journey! This documentary shares the journey of Italian artist Franco Alessandrini and the American Italian Cultural Center in creating and gifting a statue of Saint...

Like the Irish, Italians around the city will toast their heritage with celebrations unfolding over the next several days. Highlights include folk dancing, an enormous communal bowl of pasta and a mobile St. Joseph's Altar rolling through the French Quarter. The events are hosted by the Italian American St. Joseph Society, and they’re free and open...