The scene: Great American Bites has tried many of the nation’s regional pizza specialties, from New York to New Haven style, Chicago deep dish to Detroit pan, ultra-thin cracker-crust St. Louis pizza to crispy Neapolitan classics. But perhaps the most unusual – and least known – major style is exclusive to Rhode Island. While it is virtually impos...

Antonio Albanese, owner of Matteo’s Bakery in North Kingstown is known for his legendary cannolis and traditional Italian baked goods. “We are known for our cannolis. We have people coming in who have tried them all over the state and keep coming back to Matteo’s. It’s a secret recipe, but my mother taught me that the most simple recipes are the be...

Forse in pochi conoscono la città americana di Providence, la capitale dello Stato del Rhode Island. Fuori dagli standard delle metropoli americane, Providence è una città a misura d’uomo. Fondata nel 1636 da Roger Williams, in esilio dal Massachusetts (da dove lo avevano espulso i Puritani), fu chiamata così in onore della “Provvidenza misericordi...

Providence Municipal Court Chief Justice Frank Caprio opens the passenger side back door of a metallic blue 2018 Lincoln Navigator parked on the side of the private Aurora Club Civic Association in Providence’s Federal Hill. It’s the place where he is permanent director and has been a member for more than fifty years, and he has lunch there on an a...

Eric and Bethany Marsland have a long history in the restaurant business. The husband-and-wife team who currently operate Champ’s Diner on Front Street have owned several establishments within and outside the city. But the couple says they have one more venture in them before they retire and plan to take their culinary offerings up a level with Faz...

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, known for its award-winning, hand-crafted sandwiches, has signed a franchise agreement set to bring three new restaurants to Rhode Island, with the first location opening in Lincoln in April 2019. The new restaurants will be owned and operated by entrepreneurial couple Kevin and Maria Stoehr. For Kevin, who previously ran...

Ralph R. Papitto — philanthropist, corporate executive and former chairman of the board of trustees of Roger Williams University — died Friday at the age of 92, according to a spokesman for his family's foundation. Papitto was the founder of Nortek, Glass-Tile Industries, AFC Cable Systems and the Read to Succeed Program for South Providence studen...

Andre’ DiMino, Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition Communications Director, will be on The Gene Valicenti Show, Tuesday 1/22 at about 8:20 AM East discussing Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame President’s decision to remove venerable Columbus art murals from the University. “What a complete disgrace,” stated DiMino.  “And it is unbelievable that he wou...

When I was a kid I thought it was pretty cool that we had a bunch of cousins who lived in Rhode Island.  They were all from my paternal grandmother’s side of the family and when we would drive north to see them or they would come to Philly to visit, there was always fun to be had.   My earliest recollections, of our visits to the Warwick area, come...

When I read that Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the HBO drama “The Sopranos,” I immediately thought back to the time in 2007 when I interviewed Len Riggio, the executive chairman of Barnes & Noble Inc.  Riggio is a prickly man, quick to find offense, and surprisingly defensive about his lower-middle-class Brooklyn upbringin...