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The majority of Italian immigrants in New Orleans were from Sicily and started to arrive in large numbers in the 1880s to escape a homeland that had fallen into a corrupt, dangerous, and unlawful state. They arrived in a city where previous Italian immigrants had established a decent-sized community, dating back to the French era. In fact, the Ital...

We recently found a hidden gem that we’ve never featured before – Little Venice Restaurant in Sand Springs. The stellar reviews caught our eye so we decided to try it and let’s just say we’ll be returning as often as possible. Little Venice is a destination restaurant that we promise will not disappoint. It’s locally owned and the level of service...

Two veterans of the Houston food scene have teamed up to open a new Italian restaurant that will be opening for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef Roberto Crescini and Francisco “Paco” Calza will open Davanti Ristorante Italiano on July 6. Located near Central Market at 2900 Weslayan St., Davanti will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu...

As soon as a menu was presented to me during a recent visit to Il Seme, I knew the first thing to order was the arancini. Arancini are balls of rice, often made with leftover risotto and filled with cheese (although meats and vegetables can also be used), which have been breaded and fried until golden brown. At Il Seme, they come filled with ground...

Pizza is one of the most popular food dishes in American social circles. Everyone has seen the iconic pizza dough toss and has wanted to try it for themselves, but now Inside DFW’s Jenny Anchondo is trying it herself. She made her way to Napoli’s of Grapevine, to learn how to make a pizza from scratch. Be sure to watch because you can even learn so...

It's time for Andrea Bocelli to say hello to Oklahoma. The famed Italian tenor will make his Sooner State debut with a June 23 concert at Oklahoma City's Paycom Center, and Bocelli told The Oklahoman that he relishes the chance to perform in a new place.   "It’s an opportunity that comes ever so rarely, having traveled the world far and wide, in ov...

Dallas' popular pizza chain Cane Rosso has opened a new location in North Dallas, at the revitalized Hillcrest Village neighborhood center at 6959 Arapaho Rd., with trademark elements that include Neapolitan-style pizza and a sprawling patio. A release says that Cane Rosso founder and owner Jay Jerrier is a fan of the center, which is home to a num...

There’s a new steakhouse in town, and this one comes with an Italian twist. Dean’s Italian Steakhouse opened quietly earlier this month at the corner of Brazos and East Second streets in the JW Marriott-adjacent space formerly occupied by OP Italian (née Osteria Pronto). Named for the late, renowned businessman and philanthropist Dean White, the re...

These palm-sized wine cups in the New Orleans Museum of Art's collection were crafted during the time of the Roman Empire, sometime around 100 BCE to 100 CE. Roman craftsmen developed new glass techniques, advancing a craft that had been cultivated over thousands of years in Middle Eastern and Egyptian cultures. Romans invented ways to blow glass o...

Italian cuisine is one of life's little pleasures, the food is wholesome and the flavoring is excellent. There are so many Italian dishes to choose from, which gives this type of cuisine such a wonderful variety. Traditionally, the ingredients used in these dishes are fresh, and that makes the flavor even better. Every place has its own unique Ital...

A longtime pizzeria in Deep Ellum has closed: Mama Mias Italian, which held court on the far eastern edge of Deep Ellum at 2935 Elm St. closed on Sunday after 18 years. Owner Anselmo Manzanares announced the closure with a note on the restaurant's Facebook page, partially blaming the pandemic. "After 18 years in business we feel it is in our best i...

Louis Prima was a very talented Italian American jazz singer, trumpet player and bandleader. Fans knew Prima as a polite and friendly celebrity. He always signed autographs or posed for pictures with a smile. He was born in New Orleans on December 7, 1910. His father, Anthony Prima, was the son of Sicilian immigrants from Salaparuta. His mother, An...