A decade back, Chef John Besh partnered with Chef Alon Shaya to create Domenica Restaurant in the Roosevelt Hotel, inspired by the regional cooking of Italy. (Both chefs are no longer affiliated with the restaurant). Although New Orleans has its share of Italian restaurants, it’s fair to say most of them serve Italian-American cuisine, much of it S...

Friday, June 21, 2019. 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT. Piazza d'Italia, 377 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Performance 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Join us in the newly renovated Piazza d'Italia for an evening of opera! Our line up this year is very exciting: NOCCA student, Sophia Parigi, will perform a selection of Italian American favo...

In search of a new favorite Italian spot? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end Italian restaurants around New Orleans, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the three best spots to fill the bill. 1. Irene's Topping the list is Irene's. Located at 529 Bienville St. in the French Quarter, it's th...

The mood was joyful on Tuesday (May 28) night inside Gio’s Villa Vancheri in Mandeville, where owners Giovanni and Yoko Vancheri hosted a dinner celebrating the restaurant’s victory on the Italian reality TV show, “Little Big Italy.” The premise of “Little Big Italy” is this: Italian restauranteur Francesco Panella meets with three Italians now liv...

On April 12, 2019, the city of New Orleans issued an official apology for its role in the 1891 lynching of eleven Italian Americans who had been tried and acquitted in the murder of the city’s police chief, David Hennessy. Gunned down while walking home on a rainy evening in October 1890, Hennessy allegedly stated that “dagoes” had attacked him. In...

Thursday, June 6, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Italian food has taken its spot in the echelons of global gastronomic heritage thanks to the diaspora of millions of emigrants to key spots like New York and Buenos Aires. Through testimonies from all over the globe, we d...

This French Quarter cottage sits on a storied plot of land with a written history dating back to the 18th century. Ursuline nuns established themselves on the property as early as 1766 and sold this lot to the U.S. government in 1825, according to records from the Historic New Orleans Collection. In the 1850s, this cottage was built. It was transfe...

Thursday, May 16, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St. New Orleans, LA 70130. Join award-winning author Jason Berry for a presentation and signing of his latest book, City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300. In City of a Million Dreams, Berry delivers a character-driven history of N...

On March 14, 1891 a mob of anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000 people hung, shot and clubbed 11 Italian immigrants outside Parish Prison in New Orleans. This was the largest recorded mass lynching in American history. Nine of the immigrants had been charged with the murder of the city’s police chief, David Hennessy. A lawful trial had been held and the j...