A huge weekend of celebrations started for some folks as they kicked off with a huge bowl of pasta at the Italian American Marching Club's annual celebration. Katherine Hauck attends the event occasionally. “I think it's wonderful, it's wonderful,” she said.   As the pile of pasta con sardi builds, so does the excitement. Like so many things...

After 18 years in an assuming little building on South Carrollton Avenue, chef "Nino" Bongiorno plans to close his doors there for the final time at the end of next month. "Everyone knows me, and everyone cries," Bongiorno said of word about his plans to close getting out.   But fans of Nino's chicken marsala and red wine still have rea...

The "Axeman of New Orleans" was a serial killer who killed his first victims on May 22, 1919. The killing spree of at least eight murders continued until October 1919, with the majority of victims being Italian American.   In most cases, the back door of a home was smashed through, and then one or more residents were attacked with an ax...

by Triness Kuhn   Kenner's historic Rivertown is the site for the 14th annual "Festa Italiana" festival on March 27-29. The Kenner Italian Heritage Foundation, created by former Kenner Police Chief Nick Congemi, will host the event, in cooperation with the City of Kenner. The three-day festival promises fun for the entire family.  ...

New Orleans actor and former Heisman Trophy nominee Ed Marinaro will be recognized as the National Honoree at the 31st Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Banquet Jan. 16 at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.   Marinaro began his football career at Cornell University, where he was the first player in col...

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...

Tony Angello, owner of the beloved Lakeview restaurant that bore his name and was famous for home-cooked versions of New Orleans Italian specialties, has died. He was 88. Known to regular customers as "Mr. Tony," Angello's health had been failing recently after a fall, according to family members.   Still, he remained a fixture at the r...

Picture the inside of the Briggs Assembly Center, a shining expanse of recently-renovated space, stretching out over thousands of square feet in open readiness for the next Saint Paul's dance, mass, assembly, or special event. There's enough room inside for any school function. The building can comfortably seat around 1,200 people, and each Saint P...

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...

Members of the Italian-American Club will bake cookies for the upcoming St. Joseph's Altar on Saturday and again on Saturday, Feb. 15. If necessary, more baking or other last-minute preparations might have to take place Saturday, Feb. 22. Pignolatti will be prepared on Friday, March 7. All of the baking will take place at the home of Betty and...