The smell of pizza and doughboys permeated the air and Italian folk music played for the 24th annual Newport Festa Italiana’s Festival in the Park. It was a sunny day in Touro Park, warm with low humidity. The nice weather drew an ample crowd to the Italian-themed celebration. Some sat and watched Calabria Bella, a band based out of Westerly that’s...

For a second time within four weeks, there was an interesting international Italian meeting inside Johnston Town Hall. In mid July, Amedeo DeCotiis, the former assistant mayor from Panni Foggia in Italy who now serves as that region’s vice council, visited Polisena and rekindled the unique “Sister City Agreement” that began three yeas ago between J...

The city is getting a new restaurant. That’s nothing new. It’s an Italian restaurant. Ah, you say. That’s not new either. But it will be. When Sarto opens in the Providence G building, diners will note that executive chef/partner Robert Andreozzi has created a modern interpretation of regional Italian cuisine served in a casual atmosphere with an o...

A poco più di un anno dalla sua scomparsa, Kenneth Jay Lane (22 Aprile 1932 – 20 Luglio 2017) viene celebrato per la prima volta in Italia dal Museo del Bijou di Casalmaggiore con una antologica “alfabetica” curata da una delle più apprezzate esperte di bigiotteria americana, la prof. Maria Teresa Cannizzaro, in collaborazione con la dr.ssa Fiorell...

Fine food, cinema and music are planned for the 24th annual Newport Festa Italiana, which starts on Friday, Sept. 14, and runs through Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8. Forum Lodge 391 of the Sons and Daughters of Italy, the Edward King House and the state’s legislative grants program serve as the major supports of the festival. This year’s events incl...

“Mangia, mangia!” That’s the invitation, of sorts, Rev. Peter J. Gower issued during a special luncheon inside Fioretti Hall in Johnston. Father Gower almost insisted that a dozen plus Our Lady of Grace parishioners, who were working feverishly slicing green peppers that will be used for sausage and pepper sandwiches during this weekend’s annual It...

Italy is the source of some of the finest delights our senses can enjoy: espresso, pizza, pasta, gelato, wine and much more! For this reason, there are many “Little Italys” outside the motherland that bring together what we love about one of the star models of European quality. Who doesn’t love phenomenal coffee, incredible food and wonderful compa...

When Mike Stanton was researching what would become "The Prince of Providence," his riveting book about mayor-turned-felon Buddy Cianci, he learned that Cianci's father used to take him to the fights at the old Rhode Island Auditorium. One of the headliners in those days, the 1940s, was Rocky Marciano, the heavyweight from Brockton, Mass. "I was dr...

It is unlikely that Gina Raimondo will roll out a television commercial touting that members in the Rhode Island retirement system may now be the proud part-owners of a top-tier professional soccer club in Italy — AC Milan, but thanks to an investment by Raimondo as Rhode Island's General Treasurer it may be a reality. The ownership interest in the...

As thousands of sharply dressed spectators converged on the turf of Newport International Polo on Saturday afternoon, the soaring tenor of Andrea Bocelli, piped across an emerald green at Glen Farm, gave more than a hint about the origin of one of the teams zipping up its boots. Representing Italy were the members of the “Roman Gladiators” polo tea...