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Angelo Brocato is an ice cream shop in New Orleans, Louisiana that first opened over 100 years ago. The shop's namesake, Angelo Brocato, reportedly learned to make Italian-style flavored ice in the late 1800s when he began an apprenticeship at a Palermo ice cream shop at age 12. While there, he also learned many other culinary techniques that the s...

Daniela D'Eugenio, assistant professor of Italian in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, was awarded the 2022 First Book Award Prize. D'Eugenio's book, titled Paroimia: Brusantino, Florio, Sarnelli, and Italian Proverbs from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, was published with Purdue UP in 2021. Boasting 572 pages an...

Former LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri will be inducted into the Louisiana American Italian Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 24. Mainieri and his fellow award recipients will be honored at the 38th annual gala that will be held at the Hilton Riverside in downtown New Orleans at 6 p.m. CT. Visit here for tickets and information. The Board of Dire...

A single word overheard during an Italian getaway inspired Nick Benzer's hole-in-the-wall Southtown pop-up. "Someone kept saying 'mangia' a lot," Benzer told MySA, explaining that the word, essentially Italian for eat or dig in, is intended as a term of endearment. "You can have a meal with someone but their main focus is for you to eat first and...

Chef Leigh Hutchinson remembers the moment her future came into focus. It was nearly two decades ago, and the then twenty-year-old college student was standing on the Piazza della Repubblica, in Florence. “I even remember what I was wearing,” she told me with a laugh. At that moment, the third-generation Italian American knew she wanted to open a r...

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at LSU will host Louisiana author Elisa M. Speranza at the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Speranza will discuss the fascinating true back story to her novel, "The Italian Prisoner." The event is free and open to the public. A work of historical ficti...

If you feel like going to Jimmy’s for a sandwich, pasta, wine or a jar of marinated bell peppers but live way out there in Farthest North Dallas or Plano, you’re in luck. Enzo’s Deli & Imports opened last December near Preston and Spring Creek, and while it’s nowhere near as large as Jimmy’s, with its limited shelf space for those bottled Italian g...

Louisiana is known around the globe for our incredible Cajun and Creole cuisine, but a lesser known secret is that we have some amazing Italian restaurants. In fact, here's a look at the 10 best Italian restaurants across Louisiana, and a Lafayette restaurant has landed on the list. The history of Italians in Louisiana, particularly in New Orleans,...

The Randazzo family has held a storied place in king cake history for more than a half century, since patriarch Salvador "Sam" Randazzo and his sons crafted their recipe in his St. Bernard Parish bakery in 1965. But after his grandson, Manny Randazzo Jr., opened a Metairie bakery in 1992 and started selling king cake using the family's original rec...

Tavola is setting the table as a new restaurant for Post Oak Boulevard's dining scene. The upscale Italian eatery from restaurateur Benjamin Berg of Berg Hospitality Group and The Bastion Collection replaces French restaurant La Table at 1800 Post Oak. Tavola's interior was designed to be intentionally intimate, according to a Dec. 7 news release o...

The Salone del Mobile.Milano, a global leader in design and furniture exhibitions, is embarking on the second phase of its Road to Salone 2024 with a strategic focus on the United States. Following a successful debut in Miami during the World Art Week, the exhibition is now turning its attention to Dallas and New York City for two pivotal events ai...

A staple in Norco for 17 years, Lovecchio’s Deli closed it’s doors in October in order to reopen a new restaurant in St. Rose. Last Wednesday, their first day in business at the new location, they sold out of all daily specials. They sold out of specials the next two days as well. “What an amazing grand opening day,” the restaurant posted on Facebo...