When Alessandro Rotolo came to Houston from Italy’s Friuli region at the end of January to present his family’s Schiopetto wines, the coronavirus was a non-topic. Not once did it come up in our conversation, although it had already been killing people in China for more than a month. The same was true when Salvatore Ferragamo, whose famous fashion f...

Italy is now the country second-hardest hit by COVID-19, right behind China. For now, it is on lockdown and even travel within the country is discouraged. That led us to inquire with the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas (IACC Texas) whether there would soon be a shortage of imported Italian ingredients, such as real Parmigiano-Reggiano ch...

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce South Central has officially postponed its food and wine festivals and trade fairs previously scheduled for March in Houston (March 29-30) and New Orleans (March 31). The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West (Los Angeles) has also postponed the festivals’ sister event in Los Angeles previously scheduled for A...

On February 10, 2020 the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas opened an office in New Orleans to promote Italian food and beverage products. New Orleans food culture is nearing $9 Billion annually. In Jerry Thomas’ 1862 Bartender’s Guide for drink #105 “The Cocktail & Crusta” he writes: “The ‘Cocktail’ is a modern invention, and is generally...

As part of its ongoing mentorship program with startups from the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, the IACC Texas continues to connect Italian innovators with business leaders and business opportunities in Texas. Most recently, the IACC hosted Marco Cappellini, founder of Confirmo, an app developed by Marco and his team of programmers. Confirmo is...

On Monday, February 10, 2020, Southern Food and Beverage Museum president Brent Rosen and museum founder Liz Williams will be joined by Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas director Alessia Paolicchi for the inauguration of the chamber’s new Louisiana office in New Orleans. Italian Consul General of the Italian Consulate in Houston Federico Ciat...

Brightwater Culinary School: Bentonville, Arkansas. Featuring chefs Matthew Cooper and Giancarlo Ferrara. Friday, November 15, 9-12 p.m. 1-4 p.m. Tarrant Area Food Bank: Fort Worth, Texas. Monday, November 18, 9-12 p.m. professional focus 1-4 p.m. general admission $25. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas, in collabor...

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...

Over the weekend, IACC Texas president Brando Ballerini a director Alessia Paolicchi attended the 28th annual convention of the Italian government’s international chambers of commerce held in Treviso, Venice, and Padua, Italy. They couldn’t have been more proud to represent the Texas chapter of the organization: This year, IACC Texas, based in Hous...

The small town of Ascoli Piceno, nestled in the mountains 3 hours North-East of Rome, was devasted following the earthquakes of 2016. The Italian people, spread across the globe, sprang into action to help rebuild and restore their small towns. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas enthusiastically contributed to such efforts and was able...