The history of Italians in Texas stretches back to the 16th century when the first Italians came to what would later be known as the Lone Star State.
But it wasn’t until the large waves of Italian immigration to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that a robust community of Italians began to take shape in cities like Dallas.
As historians have widely noted, noted Texan-Italians in the 20th century worked primarily in the field of the culinary arts. And today that tradition continues with two young, enterprising Italian-born chefs who are doing world class work in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and beyond.
You never know where you might find Lombardy native, Chef Alfio Longo (above), when you check in on his Instagram. He might be in Asia or Mexico, opening a new restaurant or fine-tuning a menu at one of the many outposts of the legendary Lombardi Family Concepts restaurant group. The caliber of his work in Texas, and specifically, at the Lombardi properties in Dallas, is raising the bar for Italian cuisine in the state.
Chef Andrea Rodella, who hails from Tuscany, is another one of the rising star Italian chefs currently working in Dallas. He landed with a splash in the U.S. when he became the executive chef for one of California’s most exclusive beachfront resorts. But it didn’t take long before one of Texas’ most prestigious private clubs, Park House, convinced him to relocate here with his family. Like his peer Alfio above, he is another member of the new wave of top Italian food professionals reshaping the gastronomic landscape here.
The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce South-Central is thrilled to be able to present chefs Alfio and Andrea at a June 3 dinner at Terra at Eataly in Dallas. The event, part of the Campaign True Italian taste, promoted by the Italian Foreign affair Ministry, is hosted by the Italian Consul of Houston together with the IACC, is intended to highlight the invaluable contribution that young Italian food professionals are making to the Italian culinary arts in Texas.
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