By Channing Gray You don't have to be Italian to celebrate Columbus Day. Rhode Islanders of all stripes will be saluting the founder of America with parades, food, fireworks and fun times this weekend. Events are scheduled across the state, from Westerly to Woonsocket, where the annual Autumnfest runs from Saturday through Monday, culminating wit...

The Verrazzano Day Observance Committee, comprised of members from the Order Sons of Italy in America (Grand Lodge of Rhode Island) and Italian American War Veterans of the United States (Rhode Island division), recently honored Joseph DeSantis, CEO of Tri-Town Community Action Agency and South County Community Action Agency, as its 2015 Man of the...

The Grand Lodge of Rhode Island Order Sons of Italy In America will present its Community Service Award to Laureen D'Ambra, associate justice of the Rhode Island Family Court.   The award is "for her many years of dedicated service to the children and families of Rhode Island not only as a judge but also as the former state child advocate an...

The term “Little Italy” can evoke images of busy streets lined with gimmicky, tourist-filled restaurants, complete with menu-pushing waiters outside the front door and Italian flags waving wherever possible. Throw in a paper placemat that doubles as a map of the boot-shaped country (featuring multiple comical misspellings) and you know the types of...

Although today it is one of the city's best-known neighborhoods, and a major tourist attraction, famous for its many popular restaurants, Federal Hill was used mainly for grazing cattle until the 1820s. But beginning in the mid-1800s, as "Providence grew beyond the area of Colonial settlement," Federal Hill "became home for many of Providence's ar...

by Linda Murphy   Joe Simone captured the breakfast and lunch appetites of Greater Fall River diners with his Warren, R.I. restaurant The Sunnyside. And now he's back with a whole new venture: Simone's. This time around, Simone is serving dinner, and eventually breakfast and lunch at the new restaurant that he opened with his brother, J...

You don't have to be Italian to celebrate Columbus Day. Parades and festivals are being held from Westerly to Woonsocket, and everyone's invited. Providence's Federal Hill, the city's Italian stronghold, kicks off its annual Columbus Day Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, at noon in DePasquale Square, with the popular Columbus Day parade stepping off...

Italians in Rhode Island have a long history to be told. The smallest State of the Union welcomed several fellow Italians: most of them arrived to Providence's Little Italy, Federal Hill (also called "the heartbeat of Providence"). In particular, the jewelry and silverware industry in Providence attracted Italian immigrants to Rhode Island at the t...

PROVIDENCE, RI – The sounds of traditional Italian songs echoed inside the halls of Providence City Hall Tuesday, when Mayor Angel Taveras hosted the city's annual Saint Joseph's Day celebration. The ceremony honoring Italian heritage and culture was held on the second and third floors of City Hall. In his address, Mayor Taveras recognized the con...

by Ross Hinds   Fairfield, New Jersey is the most Italian place in the United States according to the United States Census Bureau, whose latest numbers came out earlier this month. Just more than half of residents — 50.3 percent — of its 7,475 residents claim Italian ancestry. Less than a percentage point behind, at 49.5 percent, i...