Avvio sounds sleek, like a celebrity baby name, but it loosely translates to “start” in Italian. What a fitting name for this restart of Papa Razzi, a 20-year Garden City favorite. Avvio’s concept is similar to its predecessor. This is not surprising since both the Newport Restaurant Group and the Papa Razzi chain are owned by the same Rhode Island...

Former Mayor Buddy Cianci, the wisecracking political rogue who presided over the revitalization of Providence during two stints in office cut short by criminal charges and a prison sentence for corruption, died Thursday. He was 74. Cianci's employer, WLNE-TV, and a friend, Artin Coloian, confirmed his death. Coloian said he died Thursday morning....

by Rita Watson Our grandmother disliked crowds, even those that gathered to honor the saints. When September's "la festa de San Gennaro" approached — a large Italian street festival of music, games and food — Gram planned a gathering of some 30 relatives for cooking, eating, playing bocce and building sand castles.   She said we could not a...

As a native of Providence (Magdalene Street, 1934), the son of Italian-immigrant parents and once a property owner in the city, I am saddened that a twice-convicted felon is again pursuing an office he has already corrupted. He is dragging his past, and the reputation of Italian-Americans, through the local and now national press. I am proud of my...

Fitchburg State University President Robert V. Antonucci was recently presented the President's Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), given in recognition of his commitment to advancing the quality of student life on campus.   Antonucci was nominated for the award by Fitchburg State Associate Dean f...

By Mark Schieldrop   Cranston's Taco HVAC has entered into a strategic partnering agreemwith with Italian-based Askoll, a manufacturer of pumps used in a variety of industries. The two companies will collaborate on research and development for new circulator pump designs, the company said in a release.   The deal will help Taco i...

by Grace Lentini If you're lucky enough to get a three-day weekend for Columbus Day, you have some options. You could catch up on yard work. You could spend the weekend leaf peeping in New Hampshire. Or, you could stay close to home and take advantage of one of the state's most festive weekends.   Party like the Italians do at the Federal H...

By Irina Missiuro When it comes to delicious food, the only thing better than talking about it is eating it. On Monday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m., you'll get to do both at an open meeting of the Miriam Hospital Women's Association. Join Chef Walter Potenza, the Rhode Island restaurateur, cooking school director, cookbook author and connoisseur of Mediter...

Federal Hill is the embodiment of Italian immigration to Rhode Island. It was the home to organized crime in New England, and it hosts some of the best restaurants in America, but the past decade has been mixed for the neighborhood. The neighborhood in the late 19th century, to early part of the 20th century, was one of the most densely populated...

by Don Fowler   While you have probably seen enough "Christmas Carols" to last a lifetime, you've never seen one quite like Frank O'Donnell's spoof on the Christmas classic "A Christmas Carmella."   The Rhode Island comedian has presented two previous, zany Christmas playa about Ant'ny Clause and his dysfunctional family at Theatre Wo...