The Honorable Robin M. Giarrusso – the Judge of Orleans Parish Civil District Court Division G – announced her intention to retire, effective May 1, 2023, following the completion of her landmark 35th year on the bench. Judge Giarrusso first took office on April 29, 1988 and served as Civil District Court’s Chief Judge from 1998-2000. She will reti...

Ursuline Academy’s first and second graders marked the Jan. 27 feast day of their foundress, St. Angela Merici, by presenting an uplifting repertoire of songs to assisted living residents at Chateau de Notre Dame in New Orleans.  The pitch-perfect concert, performed by students in the chapel and accompanied by the youngsters’ guitar-playing music t...

ReadersMagnet is excited to exhibit Eleanor Gaccetta’s “Generations of Good Food” at the 2023 LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience on January 27-30, 2023, at the New Orleans Earnest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. “Generations of Good Food” is a compilation of nearly 200 recipes, including main dishes, bread, cakes, pies, cookie...

Tara Francolini, a New Orleans restaurant business veteran, saw a niche in the local market. It was part of her own cravings for the Italian sandwiches she grew up eating in New Jersey and the northeast. She also knew one key factor could be a deal breaker. “It’s the bread,” Francolini said. “It can make or break the sandwich, and I’d rather not op...

The Uptown restaurant Costera has established itself as a destination for flavors inspired by Spain and an atmosphere that can feel like a house party at times, with table hopping and tapas in boisterous circulation. Next up, the partners behind Costera will open a new restaurant based on northern Italian cooking. Osteria Lupo is now under construc...

The USFL on Thursday announced that NFL veteran offensive coach John DeFilippo has been hired to lead the New Orleans Breakers. He replaces head coach Larry Fedora, who recently stepped away from football to spend more time with his family. The hiring comes four months after the Breakers’ 31-17 playoff loss to the eventual USFL Champion Birmingham...

In order to promote the endless possibilities of pairing Italian wine with Italian, international and local cuisines, the Italian Trade Agency announces the Dining with Bacchus tour, a series of educational events in 6 cities across the US throughout the month of November. The events, to be executed in some of America’s most authentic and iconic re...

Famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is scheduled to make his New Orleans debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 11. After presales for Citi cardholders and Bocelli fan club members, tickets go on sale to the general public Oct. 31.  The Louisiana date, which falls on the Saturday of the first big weekend...

UNICO National, the largest Italian American Service Organization in America, held its 99th Annual Convention July 27-30 at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN & Sports Content, received the Special Achievement Award, which was presented by Sal Paolantonio, ESPN national correspondent at the Gala....

September 23 - 24, 2022. A symposium sponsored by: The Department of French & Italian at Tulane University and The Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College/CUNY. The Lavin-Bernick Center Stibbs Room (203). 311 Newcomb Hall, 1229 Broadway, New Orleans, LA. LIvestreaming and in person. Register for the Zoom webinar! Like many other U.S....