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James Clesi (205-837-3103; www.clesiscatering.com) knows a thing or two about boiling crawfish. After popping up outside bars and at tailgating parties for several years, Clesi opened his Mid-City flagship adjacent to the Banks Street Bar in 2015. He left that location last summer to start working on two new concepts, including a spot at Tulane Ave...

We’ve all been there: that first glance at a new dish that promises something delicious; that first bite that sends waves of pleasure rippling through our taste buds. It’s the kind of dish friends recommend to each other, “You have to try X on your next visit, it’s fantastic.” A dish we pine for during moments apart and make plans to visit again.

The man who brought Italian gelato and famous Chicago-style pizza to the Houston Heights is about to open up a proper Italian grocery store in the neighborhood. Louie Comella is opening Italian American Grocery on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., next door to his Gelazzi gelato and pizza shop located at 3601 White Oak. The shop will have roughly the sam...

Plainview Community Concerts in partnership with Live On Stage presents celebrity impersonator Tony Pace at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Harral Auditorium on Wayland Baptist University campus. “I’ve heard many positive reviews,” said Shane Harrell, president of PCC. “It promises to be a lively performance.” As a performing artist, Tony Pace...

Russo’s New York Pizzeria (Russo’s), known for authentic New York style pizza’s and authentic Italian fare in both its iconic restaurant chains and in the freezer aisle of grocery stores, is shaking up the restaurant industry with a new, fast-casual, pizza and pasta-focused concept offering a fresh approach to classic Italian dining. Chef Anthony R...

Happy new year, everyone! We couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news that Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas director Alessia Paolicchi has been appointed to the advisory board of the European American Investment Council. The EAIC “bridges the gap between Economic Development Organizations and European investors searching for a perfect loc...

On a recent afternoon, I ventured into Botolino Gelato Artiginaleon Lowest Greenville. Carlo Gattini’s shop had been open for about four months, and I’d heard good things. It was time to see—or taste, rather—what all the fuss was about. Right away, the mascarpone and fig label caught my eye. I’m a fan of cheese incorporated into sweet things, so I...

Italian is back in Uptown Dallas with the debut of Sallio Itallio, a restaurant newly opened at 3232 McKinney Ave., in the space next-door to Del Frisco's Grille most recently occupied by Patrizio. A spin-off of Sallio Bistro, the Mediterranean restaurant at Preston Road and Forest Lane, Sallio Itallio comes from Larry and Karen Williams, who own A...

An Italian restaurant is coming to Ruston. Lovino’s will replace Point Defiance Tap and Grill at 5101 N. Pearl St.. Point Defiance Tap and Grill opened in 2014 and closed in November. Friends Jeff Macaluso and Michele Lovino bonded over their Italian heritage at a fraternal organization. Now they’re opening a restaurant together. Macaluso’s wife, L...

Billed as Dallas’ first American-Italian restaurant and lounge in one, Pazzo Uptown is officially throwing open its doors next week. The American-Italian joint, announced last year, will open at 2680 Cedar Springs Rd. Pazzo promises a “chic” dining experience full of unique spins on classic American and Italian dishes, with a lounge (complete with...

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...

On a Saturday afternoon in October 1887, a mystery rider was introduced to the 8,000 people crowding Denver’s River Front Park for the town’s Cowboy Championships, a forerunner of today’s National Western Stock Show rodeo. He appeared on a quick white pony, following a roping exhibition by a black cowboy named Pinto Jim. The horseman was a memorabl...