As home to one of the five best Little Italys in America, Rhode Island's Italian food scene is one of the finest you'll find outside of Italy. With so many options, the hardest part is deciding which restaurant to make a reservation at. The Providence Journal recently put it to readers in an unscientific poll. First, we asked readers to nominate pl...

The Rhode Island Philharmonic has named Robert Spano its Principal Conductor. The announcement will be effective immediately. Spano made his RIPO debut this past September and worked with students at the RI Philharmonic Music School. He is known worldwide for the intensity of his artistry and distinctive communicative abilities, creating a sense of...

It’s not too early to think about summer giardini. The University of Rhode Island is offering interested gardeners a chance to learn from the tradition of Italian-American gardeners. On Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., the public is invited to experience the beauty and charm of traditional Italian-American backyard vegetable gardens and learn about th...

After hobnobbing with some charming Rhode Island folks on Martha’s Vineyard, we found ourselves inundated with suggestions for Providence, Rhode Island hotspots, with Federal Hill’s Pastiche topping the list. However, amidst the gastronomic gems of the region, a peculiar site loomed – the iconic pine cone (or is it a pineapple?) perched atop the ga...

The Rhode Island Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) will hold its annual signature event, Epiphany Celebration, Honoring Three Wise Women, a lively luncheon and awards ceremony, on Saturday, 20 January 2024, at 11:30 am at Cafe’ Nuovo in Providence.Three Wise Women, Rhode Island Entrepreneurs, will be honored for...

Do you know that Rhode Island is the only state in the US that has an official appetizer? Yes, appetizer! The Ocean State designated that great Italian American restaurant favorite, calamari, as its state appetizer on June 27, 2014, when Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed a bill that was passed by the state legislature.  The bill was sponsored by lawm...

Giancarlo Esposito has an acting career that spans five decades, so he will certainly have a lot to share when he visits University of Rhode Island on Monday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. His name might not immediately ring a bell but the slew of characters he has played and television series he has been a part of is impressive. Let's first start with his mos...

It was back in March 2021 that plans for Providence’s first food hall in the city’s Union Station were announced by Marsella Development Corporation.   The hall now has a name, Track 15, a first lineup of food and drink merchants and a tentative opening date of late summer 2024.   Issues with renovating a historic building and pandemic supply-chain...

Friday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. - Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly (RI). When Gene Parise was managing the entertainment at Perks & Corks a few years back, he booked a group from Naples, Italy, called La Terza Classe. Parise, a well-known local musician himself, said he clicked with members of the band as soon as he met them on the...

There are over 40 events scheduled from November 13th to 19th in the United States for the eighth edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, an integrated promotion initiative by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs entitled in 2023 “At the table with Italian cuisine: well-being with taste.” In the background, there is the candidacy of...