Sunday, May 19, 2019. 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT. Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045. Early bird registration $25, by April 19 (limited availability!). Regular price online $35. At the door $40. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its second annual Houston Pasta Festival — a celebration of Italy’s gift to t...

The transformation of Borgo Food Station into Mina Ristorante is almost complete. Chef Monica Fallone and her husband and business partner Luis Mancera will debut their new Italian restaurant on Monday, April 8. “I have always created spaces where I can present my Italian family’s traditional recipes to friends and restaurant-goers that love to eat...

Chef and reality TV star Tim Love has announced plans to open a new Italian restaurant in Fort Worth. The chef announced the forthcoming debut of Gemelle, a “casual” Italian restaurant on Twitter, and filings with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts indicate that it will open at 4400 White Settlement Road in a space that once housed short-live...

“My head was messed up.” In a rare moment of clarity, these once were the words of former Houston Astros pitcher, Mark Lemongello, known for his frequent outbursts of self-assault, sometimes slapping himself after ineffective pitches or outings. Lemongello wore Astro orange from 1976 through 1978. Bizarre events and an encounter with the law haunte...

Get ready to sip frozen cocktails in the space that was once home to Brooklyn Athletic Club and its gigantic patio. Lotti Dotti is opening there in April, with two separate outdoor bars. The patio is getting an upgrade too: there will be shade from a new awning and a climate-controlled section. Not only will Lotti Dotti serve up draft cocktails in...

I’VE MISSED ITALY FOR 12 YEARS. My first and last visit more than a decade ago is still vivid in my mind— the charming romance (and pungent smell) of the Venice canals; the timeworn sampietrini streets and solemn, soaring cathedrals of Rome; the dizzying sensation on the final step of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I’ve been meaning to get back, but, a...

Wednesday March 27, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT (Doors opent at 6:45 pm). Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St., Houston, TX 77006. $10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-members. Tickets here. Presented by Professor Mark Goldberg, Director of the UH Jewish Studies Program. The history of food opens windows into understanding many different asp...

As Tony Vallone once joked, he and his wife, Donna, live at Tony’s, his revered eponymous restaurant, and sleep at Persa. That would be their luxe townhouse on the edge of River Oaks. No surprise then that when we asked for a visit in his kitchen, Vallone allowed that he doesn’t cook there very often. But cooking runs in his blood just as a great m...

Thursday, March 7, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST. Location: The Italian Cultural & Community Center - 1101 Milford St, Houston, TX 77006. $10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-members. Get tickets here Draped across the high Alps, where Italy, Austria and Switzerland collide and their cultures blur, Italy’s northernmost region is a major draw for holiday-makers...

Sasso di Castalda is a town in the province of Potenza (Basilicata), known above all for its double Tibetan bridge, the "Ponte alla Luna". From here, in 1921, Antonio Petrone and his wife Teresa DeLuca left for America, moving away from the south despite the work of Antonio, a member of the Carabinieri, with the awareness that they wanted to offer...