by Jaquetta White   A selection committee on Friday narrowed the list of applicants in the running to develop two city-owned lots next to the Piazza d'Italia monument on Poydras Street from five to three companies. The lots now are used for surface parking.   The three firms — ICD Sitra, Chrysolite Management Group LLC and the jo...

by Italian American Bocce Club of Greater New Orleans   Good times are here again!!! The Italian American Bocce Club is back from our Holiday Break with TWO Open Bocce Nights this week - both Wednesday (1/11) and Thursday (1/12) at 7pm. We will be taking sign-ups for our Winter Leagues as well, which will begin on Wednesday, January 25th and...

100 years after winning the Bantamweight Boxing World Championship, Pete Herman might be the greatest athlete in local history, that many New Orleanians have never heard of. "After a few years, people forget about things like that," Pete Herman's grandson Ralph Marshall said. "But back then, 50 to 100 years back, everybody knew who he was." &...

Cosimo Matassa, whose used-record business in New Orleans led him to sell new records, which led him to open a tiny studio that helped jump-start rock 'n' roll by recording early hits by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard, died on Thursday in New Orleans. He was 88.   His granddaughter Mia Matassa confirmed the death. Mr. Matassa w...

The American Italian Cultural Center will be holding its 28th Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Jan. 19, 2013, in New Orleans. The banquet supports the AICC's mission to honor and celebrate contributions of Italian Americans in the sports, entertainment, medical and civic fields. At the Hilton New Orleans Ri...

The American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) is rounding out the year with a concert series held in the Piazza d'Italia! Following the extremely popular "Opera in the Piazza" on June 2014 with more than 700 attendees, the AICC is continuing to celebrate the significant contribution of American Italian's on our music, food and culture.   The "...

Prospect New Orleans was conceived in the tradition of the great international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo, to showcase new artistic practices from around the world.   This year Prospect.3 will present the work of almost 60 national and international artists of different generations working in all med...

By Ian McNulty A local company that is expanding in the restaurant business now has two projects underway for properties with long histories in New Orleans dining. The Rizzuto Management Group is renovating the Bourbon Street address that once was home to Toney's Spaghetti House. It will become a new Creole-Italian restaurant called Creole Ca...

Oak Oven is equal parts fancy and funky. At the Italian restaurant, wine gets proper stemware but water comes in a Mason jar. The waiters wear black, but the menu has a kids section. In the early evening, the number of families equals the number of couples out for a date night.   The address, on Jefferson Highway in Harahan, might seem an u...

By Richard A. Webster   The Piazza d'Italia sits in the midst of a burgeoning downtown New Orleans real estate market that is experiencing rapid growth and development from the Mississippi River to South Claiborne Avenue.   But the 37-year old architectural landmark sometimes seems a world apart, lost amid large swaths of surface park...