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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents found a piece of art this month in Dallas that had been stolen from an abbey in Italy 18 years ago. The painting, called “The Assumption of the Virgin Mary,” was created by Italy’s Giuseppe Pappini in August 1851. ICE officials said the painting was stolen from the Abbey of Santa Maria in Sylvia in Se...

Dear Friends, in an effort to protect our patrons, community, and volunteers Little Italy’s 93rd Annual Italian Festival Scheduled for October 3rd has been cancelled. As disappointed as you are, please know that the volunteers and families of Little Italy are devastated as well. Remember that nearly 100 years of tradition for us has been disrupted...

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Dallas, Texas, recovered a 19th century painting Wednesday that was stolen from the Abbey of Santa Maria in Sylvis in Sesto al Reghena, Italy, in May 2002. The painting called “the Assumption of the Virgin Mary” was created by Italian artist Giuseppe Pappini...

Imagine living in Italy and thinking, “I think I’ll move to Marshall, Texas.” Seems unlikely but it’s what a businessman did in 1896. It was all because of a railroad. Mark Scirto explains in this week’s Mark in Texas History. The Ginocchio Hotel was built for Charles Ginocchio. The establishment of the railroad in Marshall led to rapid growth in H...

The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation marked its 14th year of giving by granting $5,000.00 to support Gendusa’s Italian Market, a locally-owned restaurant located in Kenner, LA. The restaurant was destroyed by fire before dawn on Tuesday, June 16, which was determined a complete loss but no one was hurt. The grant from the Louisiana Hospitality Foun...

On July 15, 2020, this Author had a unique opportunity to interview Italian Air Force test pilot and ESA Astronaut Luca Parmitano, who joined a Facebook Live Talk Show from Houston, Texas. Luca is not “just” an Astronaut: an Italian Air Force pilot qualified on over 20 types of military planes and helicopters, with experience aboard over 40 differe...

Leon Cannizzaro’s announcement that he's not running for reelection heralds the end of an era at the district attorney’s office on South White Street that officially began 12 years ago. Critics argue it dates back much further, to the early 1970s, when Connick began a tenure marked by a no-holds-barred mindset, and a slew of convictions that would...

A well-known Houston restaurant owner who is part of a local family food dynasty died on Sunday. Vincent "Bubba" Mandola is the owner of several popular restaurants in the Montrose and Midtown area, including Nino's, Vincent's and Grappino's on West Dallas. The Mandola family issued the following statement: "It is with profound sadness that the Vin...

Columbus Park in downtown San Antonio could soon be Piazza Italia Park. After hearing from more 50 residents at a virtual hearing Thursday, a special park-naming committee voted in favor of renaming the park and forwarded its recommendation to the City Council, which has the final say. “This is an amazing time in our city,” said District 1 Councilm...

The City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a public hearing via teleconference to rename Columbus Park to Piazza Italia Park, located in City Council District 1 at 500 Columbus Street. The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Please note that there is no in-person access to this meeting. There are m...

WEBINAR: “Italian Success Stories in Texas: Small, medium-sized, and large companies share insights from their experience doing business in the Lone Star State.” When: Thursday, July 9 from 9 a.m. CST to 4 p.m. CET - Panelists: Brando Ballerini (Saipem), Andrea Benedetti (Duna USA), Pietro Palini (One-Off America LLC). Moderated by media consultant...

Blaine Kern Sr., the flamboyant New Orleans float builder and visionary who, as "Mr. Mardi Gras," propelled the modernization and expansion of Carnival, died Thursday, according to his wife. He was 93. Kern ushered in the era of the superkrewes and pioneered such parade razzle-dazzle as giant props, double-decker and multi-unit floats, splashy ligh...