This interview with Charles Marsala, who is bringing great news to the world of the Italian American community in New Orleans and throughout the South East, was done right before the coronavirus pandemic broke out in Italy, and then a couple of weeks before it also arrived in the United States. It is therefore a picture of the world before the coro...

New Orleans has its French Quarter, the Irish Channel and food and music that mix cultures from all over the world. Frank Maselli wants to make sure the Italian contributions to the city are also celebrated. Maselli is chairman of the American Italian Cultural Center and if you haven't heard of it or its museum on South Peters St., he’s ready to ch...

Please join us for an Italian night out sponsored by the Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm. The event will take place at the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS.  Keynote speaker will be the Honorable Frank M. Maselli, Honorary Consul of Italy at New Orleans, LA. Great entertainment by Zac Cra...

New Orleans fu la prima grande città americana ad accogliere un grande numerodi emigrati italiani, ancora prima che questi partissero da un territorio che si potesse ufficialmente chiamare Italia, ovvero prima dell'unificazione del 1861. Le storie di quegli emigrati non contemplano il passaggio per Ellis Island, non si sviluppano nella Little Italy...

Businessman Frank Maselli was named Honorary Consul of Italy in New Orleans April 22 by decree of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. Maselli assumes the position from Arnaldo Partesotti, who served as Honorary Consul of Italy in New Orleans since 1997.   As Honorary Consul, Maselli will represent Italy at official international function...

When Frank Maselli was in Rome on a Saturday night three years ago, he happened upon an outdoor concert in the piazza. A handful of singers were belting out opera arias to a piano accompaniment.   "I listened to them and said to myself, 'This would be perfect for our Piazza d'Italia,' " Maselli said, referring to the outdoor plaza in New Orl...

by Dean M. Shapiro Staged by the American Italian Cultural Center, the second annual "Opera in the Piazza" concert will take place Friday night at the Piazza d'Italia. Seasoned New Orleans opera singers will present arias from operas in the Italian repertoire, plus such well-known Italian songs as "O Sole Mio," "Volare" and "Santa Lucia." &n...