Anthony Saia, co-founder of a longtime Italian deli in Baton Rouge, has passed away, his family announced Sunday. He was 71. Family says Saia died peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning. “It is with great sadness and very hearts that we announce the death of Anthony," according to a post from the deli’s Facebook page. "He died peacefully in his s...

One of the justices of the peace preparing to testify before the Louisiana House Judiciary committee absently rearranged the colored cards indicating who is for a bill (green), who is against (red) and who would just provide information. By the time state Rep. Joseph A. Stagni, R-Kenner, sat down with a bag full of cannoli from Gendusa’s Italian Ma...

The food and the fig cookies will flow when area Catholic churches and organizations host St. Joseph's Altars over the next few weeks. While St. Joseph's Day is March 19, most altars will be open the weekend before. On Sunday, March 17, a St. Joseph's Altar will be open from noon to 4 p.m. at Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, 17560 George...

Baton Rouge’s annual Italian Heritage Festa features a “grape stomp,” when teams of women wearing coordinated outfits perform a dance routine and — you guessed it — stomp grapes. This year, the lighthearted charity event will be tinged with sadness. Buddy Amoroso, the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council member killed in a bicycle accident June 30...

Tucked away in a strip mall on Coursey Boulevard is Bistro Italia, an intimate, casual dining spot with gems on the menu that will have you kissing your fingers like an Italian chef. We started off with a trio of appetizers: the fried mozzarella ($8), garlic knots ($8) and fried ravioli ($7). The knots — and there were a lot of them — were loaded w...

See Lena Prima in concert, browse the Little Italy shopping village or play bocce ball. The annual Italian Heritage Festa this weekend also offers a presentation of Italian Maids, live Italian and dance music, a St. Joseph's Altar, a "grape stomp" with local celebrities, a vino stroll, Italian genealogy sessions, children's activities, and Ita...

The Greater Baton Rouge American Association is dedicated to the importance of the pursuit of education, and for this reason it wishes to help an outstanding student attend a college or university.   The Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association is pleased to announce that it will be offering two scholarship this year (2013) for stude...

by Kezia Kamenetz   There's something special about Italian food—no doubt about it. And there's also something special about Italian restaurants; they just have a way of making you feel at home.   It feels like the right Italian restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic evening or to celebrate a special event. Here are the top It...

SUNDAY OCTOBER 20, 2013   The Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association is very excited to announce that it is going to have the Columbus Day Festa again this year. The Festa will be held inside the air-conditioned Atrium of the Belle of Baton Rouge.   A limited number of Italian American Maid positions are available to da...

In a strip mall across from Perkins Rowe sits a tiny restaurant where a local culinary favorite is humbly serving luminous Italian cuisine. Softly lit and romantic, the space Elton Hyndman and his wife Randee have created in Nino's is a retreat for those seeking an unhurried, expertly prepared meal.   The experience comes with a devoted...