Sam Luzzi now has a unique rejoinder, should he need one, to offer his high school friends. "I definitely have something I can say if my friends give me any trouble — I can tell them I'm the top dog," Luzzi said Wednesday during an interview at Westerly High School. On Tuesday night, during the school's baccalaureate service, Luzzi was named the fi...

Boston’s Eataly is fabulous and all, but if you want to shop like a true Italian while in Rhode Island, then the smaller mom-and-pop markets, shops and farmstands are the way to go. One of Rhode Island’s quaintest handcrafted pasta shops, Prica Farina, is located in downtown Warren on the corner of Market and Main Streets, and it feels like food sh...

Comedian Maryann “Boom Boom” Maisano appeared on GoLocal LIVE where she spoke to the upcoming performance of the “Italian Chicks” in East Greenwich on June 15 — and the reaction the show got last time it was in Rhode Island.  “The people, the show we did last time — was so amazing. It’s like a wedding at the end of the show — there’s a reception li...

She's been gone for more than a year now, but Antonette Cusano's influence over her oldest granddaughter remains powerful and profound. Cusano, who was born in 1920 in the Calabrian village of Ievoli, emigrated to the United States with her sister and best friend, Concetta; married, and raised her family in a Calabrian-American enclave outside Hart...

Enrico “Henry” Pinardi, an Italian-American artist and legendary RIC art professor, has left an impact on the lives of an extraordinary number of former students. Throughout his lifetime he has not only created recognizable and influential pieces of art, but also formed lifelong connections that have impacted the lives of many. Born in 1934, Pinard...

A large group of men with a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary will be honored next month at the Dante Society of Westerly's annual "Person of the Year" banquet. The 36-member Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Committee was chosen to receive the award, the first time in its history that the Dante Society will present an entire committee with its...

Richard Sardella has been toying with the idea of opening a pizzeria for quite some time now, so when JF3 Salon relocated from the building next to his original restaurant, he knew it was time to take the leap. Earlier this week he opened Imbriglio’s Pizzeria Resto Bar Napoletana, a tribute to his grandfather Ricardo Imbriglio, at 32 Memorial Blvd....

Whether you call it Federal Hill or Providence’s “Little Italy,” there’s no doubt that the neighborhood is changing, but there’s still a lot to love that’s exactly the same. Let’s appreciate what we have while we still have it, and also embrace some of the newer multicultural businesses that are making their home along the city’s famous red, white...

The scene: Great American Bites has tried many of the nation’s regional pizza specialties, from New York to New Haven style, Chicago deep dish to Detroit pan, ultra-thin cracker-crust St. Louis pizza to crispy Neapolitan classics. But perhaps the most unusual – and least known – major style is exclusive to Rhode Island. While it is virtually impos...