Ever had a Frog City Burger or Thornton Grinder? If not, think about trying a Pocasset or Plainfield Parma Pizza, or dishes like veal and peas, polenta, tripe, soffrito or other authentic homemade Italian dishes that feature large portions, pleases people’s palates and pocketbooks and is now being served by the Spirito brothers – Gregory and David...

Joseph Edward (Giuseppe) Mariano nacque a Montagano (CB), il 19 novembre del 1887, da Giuseppantonio (diciannovenne “calzolaio” figlio di Domenico e Filomena Gallo) e Maria Carmela Cristinziano (ventunenne “cucitrice” figlia di Giuseppe e Mariagiovanna Jannaccio). I genitori di Joseph si erano sposati il 7 agosto del 1886. Per la famiglia Mariano l...

A Rhode Island city welcomed the mayor of its Italian sister city over the weekend for a reception. Itri Mayor Antonio Fargiorgio was at St. Mary's Feast Society in Cranston for a reception Sunday. WPRI-TV reports Cranston and Itri first agreed in 2000 to form an official sister city relationship, citing the many Italian immigrants from the Itri ar...

Most of the time, gondoliers row slowly and sing softly. It’s all very peaceful. But for one weekend, they row like mad, scream at each other (sometimes in Italian), and it’s complete chaos. That’s how Greg Mohr describes the U.S. Gondola Nationals, a convention for the small community of U.S. gondoliers. The nationals were held Friday-Sunday on th...

We had the honor of attending to the Conference of Italian Consuls in the World, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There we were able to see and greet the Consuls General in New York (Francesco Genuardi), Chicago (Giuseppe Finocchiaro), San Francisco (Lorenzo Ortona) and Los Angeles (Antonio Verde), and meet the new ones we had not yet had t...

Best-selling author Adriana Trigiani (“Big Stone Gap,” “Lucia, Lucia” and “The Shoemaker’s Wife”) is coming to town. She will be on stage at North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Drive, on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 3-5 p.m. Trigiani’s latest novel is “Tony’s Wife.” The program is presented by Reading with Robin with Robin Kall. The event also feature...

The rather unique two-sided invitation featured a red fireworks explosion, white stars on a dark blue card and read: “Donna is 60! Let’s party!” Even the flip-side featured a photo surrounded by those same red explosion-like lines and a photo with the words “Fabulous at 60!” Perhaps that invitation was a sneak preview of what 125 guests actually wi...

National Organization of Italian American Women Rhode Island Region in partnership with Bristol Art Museum presents a preview of Linda Cardillo’s forthcoming novel, Love That Moves the Sun: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo Buonarroti, a work of historical fiction set in turbulent 16th-century Italy. The brilliant poet, Vittoria Colonna, whose long...

It was entitled “a reception”, the type of event Linda Folcarelli has hosted, chaired and worked on time and again during her unique and seemingly endless extraordinary career of community volunteerism. The event, though, was much different than those Folcarelli, who is a part-time civilian employee with the Johnston Police Department, has ever bee...

The annual Federal Hill Columbus Day Parade was held in Providence Sunday. Nearly two-thousand people lined Atwells Avenue to watch. The parade featured politicians, first responders, high school bands and various Italian-American clubs. Eyewitness News anchor Mike Montecalvo and Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca walked with the Italo-American Club...