Alex Grisanti is slated to open a new restaurant, Elfo Grisanti’s Northern Italian Cuisine, during the second week of September in Southaven. It’s a first for the Grisanti restaurants, says Grisanti, the chef/owner of the new restaurant. “The first time we’ve been in Mississippi.” The restaurant at 5627 Getwell Road was named after his grandfather...

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...

A new Italian restaurant is expected to open in Meridian by the end of the month.  Amore Italian Ristorante will be located on 24th Avenue in the space formerly occupied by the restaurant DT Grinders. The family-owned restaurant will be open six days a week for lunch and dinner, said owner and chef Nick Plava. “It will be everything from subs, past...

“Wanna go to the Italian place?” An invitation with those words in it is one I rarely, if ever, turn down. Heading into the parking lot of Angelo’s, located just off I-55 North near Gluckstadt, I was surprised to see the words “barbecue and pizza” along with Italian. Although I had my mind set on my favorite cuisine, I was glad to see others could...

GCIACS President Joseph Ventura organized a wonderful tour on a beautiful day for twenty members of the GCIAS. The ships are in Biloxi for a few weeks as they tour the Western Hemisphere. Prior to the tour, Dee Zee – a former history teacher and the ships’ historian, spent fifteen minutes giving a detailed talk on the history of Christopher Columbu...

Replicas of Christopher Columbus' Niña and Pinta have arrived along Mississippi's Gulf Coast, sailing into a Biloxi harbor as spectators aimed their phones out to the horizon. About a dozen spectators lined a pier Wednesday as the ships arrived. Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on the Niña on his three voyages of discovery to the New...

Father Paul Victor Canonici, age 92, of Madison, MS died on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Highland Home in Ridgeland, MS. In his last will and testament, Father Paul expresses appreciation and heartfelt thanks to his family and friends for their love and support throughout his life among them and begs their continued prayer in death.At his request...

The Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation. It was founded in 1976 in Gulfport, Mississippi, to organize local relief efforts for victims of the 1976 Friuli earthquake in Italy. It has grown into a social organization for immigrant Italian-Americans with a continuing passion for charitable work. The Gulf Coas...

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, tens of thousands of Southern Italians and Sicilians immigrated to the American Gulf South. Arriving during the Jim Crow era at a time when races were being rigidly categorized, these immigrants occupied a racially ambiguous place in society: they were not considered to be of mixed race, nor wer...

The name of the Consulate General for Italy in Miami is something of a misnomer, according to Consul General Cristiano Musillo, who this year will celebrate two decades of service as a foreign diplomat.  Though headquartered in Coral Gables, the office over which Mr. Musillo has presided since August 2018 has an expansive jurisdiction, encompassing...