By Sue Strachan The Piazza D'Italia in downtown New Orleans was a fitting setting for the Italian-American Marching Club Pre-Parade Celebration on Sunday, March 9. The Piazza was built in 1978 to commemorate Italian immigrant contributions to New Orleans.   The sunny skies and spring-like temperatures, no doubt, added to the joyful atmosphe...

by Daniel Dentico   That little slice of Italy depicted in a downtown New Orleans plaza is getting makeover. The Piazza D'Italia opened in 1978 and was designed to highlight the contributions of the Italian-American community in New Orleans.   Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city is set to spend $280.000 into the plaza for a major reno...

  WTI Magazine #30    2014 May, 15Author : Bette Cadwell      Translation by:   From pictures of an early 1900's wedding held at St Mary's in the French Quarter, to the fresh catch-of -the-day being peddled at the French Market, the contributions of Italian Americans are embedded in the fabric of New Orleans.  

Businessman Frank Maselli was named Honorary Consul of Italy in New Orleans April 22 by decree of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. Maselli assumes the position from Arnaldo Partesotti, who served as Honorary Consul of Italy in New Orleans since 1997.   As Honorary Consul, Maselli will represent Italy at official international function...

There was plenty of heart and just as much “soul” Saturday as the Sons of Italy Lodge 2738’s 16th Scholarship Awards and Citizen of the Year Gala drew more than 400 patrons to the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center.   The night’s theme was “We Honor Our Italian Ancestors from New Orleans,” a nod to the fact that many Sicilian immigr...

Feuding at home brought many Italians to Louisiana in the middle 1850s. A good number of them used ties to the old country to establish themselves in food distribution businesses, first in New Orleans, then across south Louisiana.   Most of the Italians who came here during that era were from Sicily, many of them fleeing after the failure of...

By Danielle Dreilinger   The only plan left standing for the Piazza d'Italia? A double-tower Hard Rock Hotel, Canal Street Beat reports. The city of New Orleans is looking to redevelop several publicly owned parking lots next to the central business district landmark. A committee chose three finalists in September from five preliminary...

When Frank Maselli was in Rome on a Saturday night three years ago, he happened upon an outdoor concert in the piazza. A handful of singers were belting out opera arias to a piano accompaniment.   "I listened to them and said to myself, 'This would be perfect for our Piazza d'Italia,' " Maselli said, referring to the outdoor plaza in New Orl...

by Giuseppe Milici   Imagination and a musical lexicon that's all we will need to begin our journey through the progression of Jazz Music around the world. The importance of Sicilian musicians in this development, as well as those of Sicilian origin, is evident from the start. Beginning our brief excursion through the History of Jazz in the...

The trend in Italian fare in New Orleans is toward the cuisine of northern Italy. New spots offer up not the rich red "gravy" of the South, but softer, more elegant dishes composed of handmade pastas, cured salumi and al dente risotto with shaved truffles.   Still, the Crescent City has long loved red sauce, and that's evident in many local...