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With three weeks to spare, volunteers are starting to prepare the homemade pasta for the 119th annual Tontitown Grape Festival. Volunteer Jettie Franco said participating in the festival is a way to share a piece of her Italian heritage with her family and the community. "I think that's what happens in a lot of nationalities, they don't pass down t...

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to be a co-presenter of authentic Italian food products and wines at this year’s Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace, held last week in Dallas. The TRA Marketplace brings together more Texas-based food, wine, and restaurant professionals than any festival or fair and it was thrilling to watch...

We joked after a confusing counter experience at Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen that it was fitting for it to have a name similar to Lord of the Rings character Gandalf. Because getting breakfast -- or so we had hoped -- turned into quite the epic. On a recent Saturday about 11:30 a.m., my date and I entered the newest Promenade at Chenal eatery...

Sophia’s Italian supper club is focusing on more seasonal dishes and a new bar menu with the help of its recently hired chef de cuisine – Caleb Higginson, a former sous chef at Central Standard. The Chicago-based BDG Hospitality brought Higginson on in May to support executive chef Mark Sparacino. While Sparacino is back and forth between Sophia's...

Texas in summer means hot days at the lake grilling. It usually doesn't mean opera. But beginning 7:30 p.m. July 18, students of Red River Lyric Opera will perform four operas in Midwestern State University's Fain Fine Arts Center Theatre. The three-week summer intensive workshop brings opera singers from across the country to study with voice teac...

Lorenzo Simonelli is house hunting in Houston's Inner Loop and is looking for Italian restaurants to check out now that he has become the CEO of the new Baker Hughes. He sat down with the Houston Chronicle at his north Houston office to discuss the transition, his role and the new company that trades on the New York stock exchange as BHGE. Edited e...

Nola Gondola, founded by Robert Dula, will wrap you up with the magic and allure of the Venetian Gondola, and mix it with the romance and flavor of New Orleans. Robert’s childhood dream of being a Gondolier was realized in 2003 when work on his authentic Venetian Gondola began in Venice, Italy. "I'm not Italian," said Dula, who goes by Roberto on t...

Piccolino is the Santa Fe exception: a family-owned, family-oriented and seriously local place that doesn’t serve New Mexican food. It’s all Italian all the time here. The pages-long menu has every Italian classic you can think of and I found myself wondering if the kitchen staff numbered in the dozens, all invisibly at work concocting sauces and w...

When he campaigned for his leadership job, Rep. Steve Scalise embraced two things he loved, baseball and his home state of Louisiana, handing out commemorative baseball bats and serving up a Cajun dinner with oysters and gumbo. The House's third-ranking Republican is known as much for that sort of joie-de-vivre, a backslapping, hearty embrace of t...

Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House opened just last week, on Friday (June 30) to be precise. Already, though, there's a common theme among the people making reservations or dropping in for a bite at the bar. They all want a look at the new restaurant that has taken the place of an old restaurant they once knew by heart. How could it be any other way...

The best deal in town on Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Homemade Italian sausage. A muffaletta sandwich that will last for four lunches. Fans crowd into Jimmy’s Market, a 50-year-old neighborhood institution in East Dallas, at lunchtime and on Saturday mornings. It’s diminutive and funky, shelves crammed with delicacies from Italy and New Jersey and a...

Jason Grilli’s first official act as new Rangers bullpen whisperer, mentor and occasional reliever Monday was to set the tone and take care of some unfinished business. He shook Ernesto Frieri’s hand. The last time they met, it was under far different circumstances. Just traded for one another with Grilli going to Anaheim and Frieri to Pittsburgh,...