Lucian M. LaBarba

Food and Wine Ambassador for DFW


Sicilians, who immigrated to America, and then Dallas in the late 1800s and early 1900s, shared traits that would translate into today’s robust, flourishing Italian community. They believed in hard work, living frugally and having the courage to invest their savings’ into businesses, according to the Dallas County Historical Society’s 1985 publication, “Heritage News.” 

Among those, a 17-year-old Sicilian boy, Giacomo (James) LaBarba left his home in the small village of Campofelice di Fitalia (Palermo) in 1911 seeking a dream in America, and he made it happen.

The earliest LaBarba family members to emigrate from Sicily to America were his parents, Ciro and Cira LaBarba, who arrived in 1890. Their great grandson, Lucian M. LaBarba is helping to tell his family’s story here. The couple’s son Chris LaBarba also made the journey.