Until I got my DNA results a few years ago, I was convinced — due entirely to family pride, the family tree and my nonna’s pronunciation of particular words — that I was at the very least a quarter Italian. After all, we made pizzelles every Christmas alongside sugar cookies and my grandmother pronounced prosciutto “pro-SHOOT” and called the cheese...

Sometimes we all find ourselves longing for a vacation out of the country. There is so much to be seen, touched, and tasted in other parts of the world, but it’s not always easy to hop on a plane and fly somewhere new. Luckily, you can sometimes find a little slice of another country right here in America, and we think the Little Italy of Providenc...

It’s always such a delight to talk to celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich. She is infinitely relatable. Even though she has run restaurants and is partner in Eatalys across the world — she's all about family and home cooking. She's coming to Rhode Island this weekend where she will meet fans and sign her new cookbook Saturday, Dec. 11 from noon to 2 p....

Angelo R. Lauro, 87, of Providence, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 3, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Jean M. (Rachiele) Lauro for 65 years. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Angelo and Helen (Bellini) Lauro. Angelo was the owner and operator of Bellini Jewelers in Johnston. He wa...

A North Smithfield couple has fulfilled their longtime goal of opening Nonnie’s Kitchen, a new food truck specializing in homestyle Italian and American cuisine. Husband and wife team Chris and Nicole Piascik launched Nonnie’s Kitchen on Oct. 10. Chris Piascik said that opening a food truck was something they had been wanting to do for a long time...

A controversial statue of Christopher Columbus in Providence will remain under wraps and hidden away for a while longer. The statue was removed from its pedestal in the Elmwood section of the city in June 2020, following repeated vandalism, and placed in storage. The city’s Board of Parks Commissioners is holding off for now on a recommendation to...

For those like me who are not particularly familiar with the world of jewelry, which is also such a fundamental part of the production in which Italy has always excelled, it was curious to verify Maria Teresa Cannizzaro's passion and knowledge for the world of bijoux. A world that I do not know, but that I have learned to appreciate by being in the...

Located in the “heel of the boot,” the Puglia region of Italy is surrounded by ocean, so it’s not surprising that seafood is popular along its 800 kilometers of coastline. What is surprising is that it’s predominantly a farming region. This is where the East Greenwich eatery La Masseria comes in; meaning “the farmhouse” in English to reflect the Pu...

Billy Manzo Pizza is launching in 2022, with Rhode Island’s own Italian Certified Master Pizzaiolo pulling from his roots to take advantage of the frozen pizza market.  In order to respond to the needs of this new venture, he will phase out his Providence “Federal Hill  Pizza” location, but maintain his Warren, Rhode Island location as the default...

A local World War I veteran billed as an “Italian-American hero” will be honored with a new memorial after a vandalization over the summer. City Councilman David Salvatore used those words in describing Carlo Lafazia, a Providence native who served as private 1st class in the 16th Infantry Regiment. Landing on French soil in 1917, Lafazia and his b...