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If you're looking for classic Italian comfort food, this West Bank spot has a menu for you. Specialty Italian Bistro (2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, 504-391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com) is a family-owned restaurant that brings Old World Italian food into the modern age. Opened in 1991 by Patrick Himel's father, the restaurant now has a...

A long-lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci will go up for auction in New York City on Wednesday, when it is expected to fetch well over $100 million. But a dozen years ago, the same painting — albeit obscured by time and the brush strokes of later artists — went up for sale at an auction house in Louisiana and sold for only $10,000. Not much is know...

What: 12th International Risotto Festival. Where: Houston Design Center. The scoop:  It was a picture-perfect afternoon as hundreds of Houstonians stopped by outdoor stations on the expansive Houston Design Center property to sample risotto creations by 13 outstanding Houston chefs, along with a wide array of wines and antipasti selections. Guests...

Matt Vernon married Mary Spessato nine years ago, just a few years after she moved to Houston from a small town outside of Venice, Italy. Vernon said Spessato found that most Greater Houston area restaurants served an American version of Italian cuisine. This observation inspired Vernon to open Pasta e Pesto on FM 1960 in January 2016.“There are It...

Mazzio’s Italian Eatery is one of the very few Italian-based restaurants in Tahlequah. Mazzio's Corporation is a privately-owned Tulsa-based holding company. It first did not start off as Mazzio’s Italian Eatery. Ken Selby, founder of Mazzio’s, opened his first restaurant, Pizza Parlor, in 1961 on 11th Street near Harvard in Tulsa.  He opened his s...

While it is not that little out-of-the way place you recall in Trastevere (what is?!), Andiamo! is pretty darn close.  Billed as a “neighborhood trattoria,” it is indeed in a neighborhood of former residences converted to commercial buildings and offices directly east of the Railyard and Santa Fe station on the Roadrunner line. Inside, through an o...

The Astros were about to play Game 6 of their American League Championship Series against the Yankees when I paid my first visit to Potente. The luxury Italian restaurant, a stately pleasure dome decreed by Astros owner Jim Crane, sits right across the street from Minute Maid Park, and the place was packed. Make that beyond packed. As my friends an...

We couldn’t have been more thrilled when we received the news from Rome last week: Of the 75 Italian Chambers of Commerce throughout the world, the IACC Texas (the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas, headquartered in Houston) is now ranked in the TOP 10! We jumped from number 26 to number 9 in just three years! And what’s more, the IACC Texas...

What a GREAT night!!! Big Thanks to everyone who came to our presentation in Dallas, Texas! We had a fantastic time and we really enjoyed the post-screening discussions. It really was one of the most electrifying screenings we have had so far, thanks to the great energy of all the University of Dallas STUDENTS who came out to see Tiramisu For Two....

Friday, November 17, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 pm | Lecture starts at 7:00 pm - Italian Cultural & Community Center - 1101 Milford, Houston, Texas 77006. Visit the ICCC to learn how eating the Italian way can benefit your health! Produced by the Italian Consulate of Houston in coordination with Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo (Week of Ital...

The university has many partnerships with international universities. One of the partnerships is with Università degli Studi di Verona, and it has been in effect for around 10 years.  Languages and Communication Department Head Dr. Lucia Harrison created the partnership in conjunction with Professor Francesco Fiumara. Harrison who is an alumna of t...

As we reach the end of another year, it is the time when many of us reflect both personally and fiscally. As you sit down to begin making your end-of-year gifts and distributions, please keep the Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) in mind so that we can continue to flourish and grow and share our mission to advance, celebrate and preserve I...