"Gentilissimo Console Generale, è ormai evidente l’intenzione da parte del governo italiano di posticipare le elezioni per il rinnovo dei Comites la cui naturale scadenza è nella primavera del 2020". È il Comites di Houston a scrivere questa lettera aperta al console Federico Ciattaglia per denunciare una "sospensione della democrazia" per loro "in...

"Secret love bound by silence." Once the most performed opera of its time, Donizetti's Bel Canto drama, La favorite, features some of the most challenging arias ever written. Woven into this now-rarely performed opera is a classic love triangle among a noblewoman, king and warrior. Set in early 14th century Spain, this triangle involves the King of...

Andrea Bocelli’s throat must be electromagnetic. Commandingly masculine, his preternatural tenor channels emotions of such raw purity — joy, sadness, romantic yearning — us mortals are scarcely equipped to process them in such an elemental state. In concert, the effect is both awe-inspiring and a little intimidating. Human beings just aren’t suppos...

Not everyone is fortunate enough to grow up with their great-grandmother. But chef Chris Cosentino was, and his Italian great-grandmama Rosalie’s impact on his life and career is quite evident in Rosalie Italian Soul, the intimate restaurant named for her in the new C. Baldwin hotel in downtown Houston. A first-generation Italian immigrant who sett...

If there’s a connective thread in the program that revered tenor Andrea Bocelli will deliver in his message of joy and spiritual reflection at the Toyota Center on Thursday night, it’s a pretty simple one. “The common denominator is always the pursuit of beauty,” he said in an email interview. Led by longtime collaborator and conductor Eugene Kohn,...

The growling Ferrari Festival could be viewed as a world of the haves and the have nots — the lucky ones who hold title to one or more of the six-figure dream machines on display in River Oaks District and then those who must live vicariously through the array of fabulously shiny Italian autos. So it was Sunday when owners of more than 70 Ferraris...

Sometimes long-distance relationships work quite well. For Rosalie, the restaurant in Houston’s new C. Baldwin Hotel, owner Brookfield Properties tapped Philadelphia design firm Rohe Creative, led by Kate Rohrer, to bring San Francisco–based chef Chris Cosentino’s Italian dining concept to life. What resulted is a design Rohrer describes as “the ma...

If you've got Italian on the mind, a recent opening is need-to-know. The fresh addition to Downtown, called Rosalie Italian Soul, is located at 400 Dallas St., C. Baldwin Hotel. This is the first Houston restaurant for restaurateur Chris Cosentino, who has eateries in Portland and Northern California. The spot serves up Italian favorites, with menu...

As we round out the second month of this weekly column, one thing is becoming more clear with every slice — Houston's pizza treasures are abundant. The city of fajitas and dumplings hides, in plain sight, a sprawling community of pie joints as bountiful as they are delicious. Many of them exist inconspicuously in strip malls and business centers, a...

We are pleased to share dates for next year’s Taste of Italy festivals, including a new stop on the tour — New Orleans! Taste of Italy and its sister festival in Los Angeles, Savor Italy, are the largest trade and consumer festivals in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Italian food and wine. Last year, more than 500 trade members and consumers attend...