This past autumn, I was beyond lucky to spend a few months alongside 15 Culinary Institute of America students in the picturesque city of Ugento, Italy. Through a partnership with the Puglia Culinary Center, the CIA offers students an immersive semester abroad to eat, cook and live Italian cuisine. Ugento is located on the inside heel of the boot i...

Some like it hot. Like 800+ degrees kind of hot. That’s the temperature at which the wood-fired oven at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana fires up its pizzas in only 90 seconds. The Neapolitan style of pizza making is not new to the Dallas metro, but it’s pretty new to Plano, as Dough introduced authentic Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani (APN) certified...

Buddy V's Ristorante, the Italian-American eatery from Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro, will open its doors to San Antonio on Monday, January 29, according to a press release. Located at The Shops at La Cantera, Buddy V's will serve up twists on Italian-American classics as well as desserts that made Valastro famous with his TLC show.The menu will inclu...

A soft instrumental song played in the background as five soldiers garbed in the Army’s WWII Herringbone Twill uniform with combat helmets stood statuesque in front of U.S. Army North’s venerated clock tower. Gradually, the band’s music died-down, the crowd grew silent taking their respective seats, and the only sounds that could be heard was the p...

Carlo's Bakery, subject of the hit TLC series Cake Boss, will open a new location at The Shops at La Cantera in San Antonio, TX in the early spring of 2018. With three booming locations in the lone star state, New York Times best-selling author and owner of Carlo's Bakery, Buddy Valastro, and his lively famiglia will introduce their fourth bakery i...

Ogni anno sempre più ragazzi italiani decidono di volare negli States, con l'idea di vivere un'esperienza di basket diversa, in cui possono confrontarsi con un mondo per alcuni versi lontano anni luce dal basket italiano ed europeo e, perchè no, sognare da vicino di approdare in NBA. Negli ultimi anni l'NCAA ha riscosso un interesse sempre maggiore...

In honor of Italian Heritage Month, UTSA’s Architecture and Modern Languages Departments have teamed up to host an Italian Film Festival throughout October. The department will be screening a modern Italian film every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the first floor gallery within the Monterey building on UTSA’s downtown campus this month. Four films in t...

In 1964 I turned 18 and was drafted into the Army. I was trained as a medic and assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where I took care of my fellow comrades who had been wounded in Vietnam. Several dear friends were serving there at the time. In May 1965, I began caring for an outpatient named Mr. Garza....

The University of Texas–San Antonio (UTSA) College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning (CACP), is hosting their first Italian Film Festival, presenting free screenings of Italian films every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. The films selected for screening are: October 4: “Habemus Papam” (“We Have a Pope”), directed by Nanni Moretti; October, 11: “Sm...

The Cake Boss is moving to the Alamo City!!! Well, sort of. Buddy Valastro, the celebrity chef who owns the famous Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ, is expanding his Italian restaurant chain, Buddy V's Ristorante, to San Antonio, according to a Facebook post by The Shops at La Cantera. The Shops at La Cantera posted a picture on September 16 of the co...