Federal Hill? What's that? Some members of the Federal Hill Commerce Association think tourists who don't live in Rhode Island might be puzzled at signs pointing to the Hill — and an outsider wouldn't know it's the Italian neighborhood. Therefore, at a meeting this week they explored the idea of re-branding it — as a more enticing name people...

by Daniel Victor   Most of the United States knows the second Monday of October, a federal holiday since 1934, as Columbus Day. Because of a national debate about whetherChristopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who landed on American shores, is worthy of celebration, Brown University has instead called the holiday Fall Weekend since 2...

One of the only things that can help salvage the "end of summer heartache" is the hearty food that accompanies the cooler temps of fall.   As we move away from light and fresh salads and fish we turn our attention to pasta and other belly-warming foods. We set out to find 5 tasty pasta dishes for you to try and came back with these...  ...

by NOIAW   Renee Evangelista - Partner, Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP. Renee will be honored at our Rhode Island Region Epiphany on January 10, 2016. Buy tickets here.   Renee Evangelista, a graduate of Brown University and New York University, School of Law has been practicing for over 23 years. For 22 years, R...

By Pete Fontaine The importance of the Italo-American Club in Rhode Island as well as its ongoing popularity was apparent Monday night in Providence. The one-time Berarducci Funeral Home at 477 Broadway, now the nations oldest operating Italian organization that was founded back in 1896, was filled with high-ranking federal and state official...

On Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day, the Italian Workingmen's Club opened its exhibit at the Museum of Work and Culture celebrating its 85th anniversary and also its display, celebrating the contributions of the Italian families arriving during the early 1900s, on the life and culture in northern Rhode Island. This ceremony was a rousing success at the m...

Pete Fontaine As part of the La Madonna della Difesa Feast this weekend, the café at Our Lady of Grace Church will open today at 5 p.m., featuring an Italian-American menu that will expand as the week goes on.   The four-day event is held annually the first weekend of September at Our Lady of Grace Church, 15 George Waterman Road in Johnsto...

By Sean Flynn The lyrics of the country classic, "I'm My Own Grandpa," are difficult to follow because of the convoluted relationships caused by generational intermarriages of two separate families.  The relationships between Italian-American families on Aquidneck Island don't go to that extreme, but when people are cousins through both thei...

by Pete Fontaine   "This is without question one of the highlights of my career," Mayor Joseph Polisena said Monday evening following the historic signing of Johnston's Sister City partnership with Panni, Italy. "This begins a very special relationship with a very special town."   Polisena emceed a night of extraordinary pomp and circ...

It is almost time for the annual parade, great food and Italian heritage celebration on Federal Hill on Columbus Day Weekend. Considered the 'Heart beat of Providence" the Hill offers visitors "charm, warmth and hospitality dating back to the traditions of Italian immigrants who the fabric and character of the Hill for so long." The Association is...