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...

Mayor Jeanne Marie Napolitano and the Newport City Council invite the public to join them at a reception on Friday, October 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the lobby of the Gateway Center at 23 America’s Cup Avenue to welcome members of a delegation visiting from Newport’s Sister City, Imperia, Italy. Light refreshments will be served.   There wil...

Diana Franchitto, president and CEO of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHCRI), was recently honored by the Rhode Island Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women as one of its 2015 Three Wise Women. The award is given annually to three of Rhode Island’s most accomplished women of Italian descent.   President and...

Newport Restaurant Group, a division of Newport Harbor Corporation, an employee-owned hospitality company, is pleased to announce Avvio, a new restaurant in the former Papa Razzi space in Garden City, Cranston.   Avvio will join the Newport Restaurant Group collection as the ninth location in Rhode Island and will embody the essence of every...