Rhode Island's Irish may have a lock on March, but October belongs to the state's Italians. And they know how to celebrate, with Columbus Day parades and festivals taking place from Westerly to Woonsocket. Providence's Federal Hill, the city's Italian stronghold, closes off much of Atwells Avenue beginning Saturday for three days of food, entertai...

On St. Patrick's Day, everybody is Irish, but the other 364 days a year, only 17.9 percent of Rhode Islanders claim Irish ancestry, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.   That makes the sons and daughters of Erin the second most numerous ethnic group following Italians, who count 18.4 percent of the Rhode Island population among their ex...

The Italian American Historical Society of Rhode Island (IAHS) will award scholarships to students of Italian American descent who demonstrate high potential and who intend on furthering their education full time at a U.S. college or university.   To determine the winners, a scholarship lottery drawing will be utilized for applicants meeting...

Though I appreciate Federal Hill's established collection of Italian restaurants, I always find it refreshing to see a newcomer on Atwells. Enoteca Umberto opened in July, but its small size and word-of-mouth marketing mean it's still a bit of a secret.   Atwells was quiet on a mid-week night, and we took our time with a cocktail while brows...

The Federal Hill Commerce Association will be hosting its Annual Columbus Day Weekend Festival October 10th – 12th on Atwells Avenue located on historic Federal Hill in Providence Rhode Island.   This three day Italian festival attracts visitors from all across southern New England bringing people together for great food and entertainment an...

Miss Rhode Island Italia has announced the 2016 titleholders from the 3rd Annual Miss RI Italia Pageant that was held on May 22 at the Providence Marriott Downtown. The winners include Little Miss Rhode Island Italia Lola Paolissi, Miss Rhode Island Pre-Teen Italia Marie Balemian, Miss Rhode Island Teen Italia Jenna Rose Rambone, Miss Rhode Island...

by Annie Shalvey   The annual Columbus Day Parade on Federal Hill in Providence kicked off on Sunday. Eyewitness News is a proud sponsor of the event and many members of our team took part in the celebration.   Atwells Avenue isn't just any old parade route. All of the usual suspects were part of this year's celebration – from po...

Dining at Enoteca Umberto on Federal Hill is unlike any other experience you'll have in Rhode Island, short of eating at a friend's home. This intimate place with 18 seats, all hightop stools, offers the best you can imagine for homestyle, rustic and absolutely delicious Italian food. Chef Lia Bellini is truly a magician. She creates meals on two...

This September the officers and members of The Pannese Society of Providence, Rhode Island will visit Mayor Pasquale Ciruolo, Deputy Mayor Amedeo De Cotiis, and members of their administration in Panni, Foggia for an Official Cultural Exchange between the USA and Italy, joining together Sister Cities. For more info visit www.pannese-society.org &n...

The board of directors at the Italo-American Club of Rhode Island will present its Outstanding Achievement Award to Mayor Charles Lombardi and his chief of staff, G. Richard Fossa.   "We are proud to honor them for their Italian heritage and many accomplishments," said the club in a statement. Lombardi and Fossa will be honored by their fell...