The chink of glassware and china, the murmur of greetings and conversation sounded like an unexpected symphony in the grand, light-filled room that is Cafe Leonelli. It was the music of human pleasure and connection. I had missed it over the past year. Above the unclad tables and sleek, sculpted chairs hung a constellation — or rather a light work...

Another one of our guests of honor attending the Authentic Italian Table dinner, June 3, at Terra restaurant at Eataly is good friend of the chamber Richard Gussoni, the honorary Italian consul for Dallas/Ft. Worth and and founder and CEO of one of the most successful high-end catering and events planning companies in the state of Texas — Culinaire...

Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, a popular Houston-based fast-casual pizza brand, has signed a new multi-unit franchise agreement that will increase Russo's presence in Texas with new restaurants in Galveston, Bender's Landing and Spring. The five-unit deal is signed with a local entrepreneurial couple with deep roots in restaurant fran...

Pope Francis on Tuesday named an Italian-born Somascan priest as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The pope appointed Fr. Italo Dell’Oro, C.R.S., on May 18 to the post in the archdiocese that serves more than 1.7 million Catholics in 146 parishes across 10 counties in southeastern Texas. The 67-year-old bishop-elect was b...

Chef prodigy Luke Rogers, who most recently wowed at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, has found a new roost: He's working on a new restaurant in Plano called Cathedral Italian Bistro, featuring Italian cuisine with Texas ingredients in dishes such as pizza, pasta, and Wagyu steak. The restaurant is located at 8103 Rasor Blvd. #110, in the form...

Gucci, the iconic Italian purveyor of luxury bags, clothing, jewelry, and cosmetics, is set to debut its first Austin outpost next year. Gucci plans to spend $1.5 million on a new 5,089-square-foot store at 11601 Century Oaks Terr. in North Austin’s Domain mixed-use complex. Valhalla, New York-based Atmosphere Design Group is designing the store. A...

When things go south, it’s usually a bad thing. But in the case of North Italia, going south means San Antonio is — finally! — home to a well-known Italian restaurant that’s been simmering on the back burner for more than a year.  North Italia, the cozy neighborhood Italian joint founded in 2002 that now has 25 locations scattered across the countr...

A high-end Italian designer known for its luxury leather shoes, accessories, and sports and travel bags has chosen Dallas for just its second U.S. boutique: Max Stanco has opened in NorthPark Center. The brand's only other American outpost is in Atlanta. "Inspired to bring energy and creativity to today's luxury market, Max Stanco understands the c...

Italian restaurant Avanti Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar announced plans May 3 to expand to a second location at 2520 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. According to a press release, the new location comes from the positive reception of the Creekside community, where the original Avanti Kitchen and Wine Bar is located. "We have three generations o...

Join us on Tuesday June 1st at 7PM for an insightful conversation with Chef and Italian Food Advocate Ale Gambini . The Milan-born author of "No Ketchup on Spaghetti: The Complete Guide on How to Shop, Eat, and Cook Like an Italian" will share her experience here in the US and discuss her approach on how to shop and eat like an Italian. She will al...