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With the success of the event in 2023, Destination Bryan has announced that Festa Italiana, an Italian Food and Heritage Festival, will return for another year in June. “With the success of the inaugural year of Festa Italiana, we began planning the 2024 Festa. We are excited to bring a bigger and better version to Aggieland with live music, mor...

Mosca’s restaurant isn’t the kind of New Orleans-area tourist destination you stumble upon by accident. The long-standing Italian joint is a 30-minute drive outside the city, located on the edge of a large swath of forest on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. The squat white building looks more like an illegal fireworks store than a place you’...

When Spencer Arrighetti and Joey Loperfido were promoted to the Houston Astros' roster, their debuts were not only noted on Baseball Reference, but also a website called "Baseball Amore."  The website was started by Tulane program director of information technology Ralph Russo and keeps track of every Italian American baseball player, detailing...

Eataly Dallas brings back its All You Can Eataly event, an all-inclusive evening with endless Italian food and beverages to celebrate the Italian holiday Festa della Repubblica.  Dallas foodies can indulge in a plethora of Italian delicacies and drinks at Eataly on Friday, June 7, celebrating Festa della Repubblica, akin to the Fourth of July in It...

Marble Falls-based Italian restaurant chain Bella Sera will open a location this month in New Braunfels, its fifth in the Texas Hill Country, news site Community Impact reports. A recently submitted permit application shows Bella Sera plans to take over the space at 259 Loop 337 that previously housed TJ's Burgers. The burger shop closed its doors...

The area surrounding Brooks City Base is expanding rapidly, with all kinds of restaurants and businesses popping up around the Southeast Side hub. A new homegrown concept is headed to the area now, bringing along Italian-inspired sandwiches and freshly baked breads. The all-new Focaccia Mia will open inside of its sister restaurant La Unica Cocina...

When Anthony and Diana Mattioda are crowned as Re and the Regina of the 52nd Annual McAlester Italian Festival, they will continue a family tradition. Anthony and Diana Mattioda are set to be crowned Re and Regina of the 2024 Italian Festival during opening ceremonies on the festival’s main stage, set for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. The festiva...

Generations of New Orleanians with sweet tooths have looked up at a brown and neon sign flashing the words “A. Brocato Spumone and Cassata Ice Cream” against a stark blue sky. Eventually, those visiting duck under a red-striped awning to peruse cookies, tarts, and gelato in glass display cases while waiting their turns in a line that often meanders...

Hey there, fellow foodies! If you’re on the hunt for a dining experience that combines the charm of an Italian market with the comfort of homemade pasta, look no further than Gambill’s Pastaria & Grocery in Tulsa. Tucked away in the heart of the city, this neighborhood Italian eatery is a true hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Gambill's Pastaria...

There was no shortage of Ferrari racecars or on-track action during the 2024 Ferrari Challenge North America season-opening race at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, TX on Saturday. More than 70 Ferraris across the Trofeo Pirelli, Coppa Shell and 488 Challenge Evo classes took part in afternoon races at the 3.426-mile circuit. Competitors i...

A new Dallas-based company is eager to bring you your pasta, salami, and biscotti. Called Capsa, it's an online shopping site launched three months ago as an answer to the lack of authentic Italian foods at an affordable price. Founder Luca Filippone was born and raised in Torino, and missed familiar food items he could not get in the U.S. "Our con...

A viral Italian TikTok foodie known for his often delighted and sometimes horrified reactions to American food and culture recently visited New Orleans to celebrate the anniversary of meeting his wife and sample all the delicious culinary staples the South has to offer.  With his American wife and Tulane grad, Jessi Higgins, as his tour guide, Ales...