On St. Patrick's Day, everybody is Irish, but the other 364 days a year, only 17.9 percent of Rhode Islanders claim Irish ancestry, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.   That makes the sons and daughters of Erin the second most numerous ethnic group following Italians, who count 18.4 percent of the Rhode Island population among their ex...

Nuove nomine per "Insieme per gli italiani", il movimento presieduto da Melo Cicala, che oggi ribadisce la "serietà" di Insieme, dimostrata dal fatto che il movimento si è affidato "a soggetti validi che diranno sempre la verità dei fatti agli italiani residenti fuori confini patri". Cicala comunica, quindi, i nomi dei nuovi responsabili del movim...

Newport Festa Italiana will celebrate their 21st year of promoting the appreciation of Italian culture through food, music, and the arts from September 24th through October 12th.   The 21st Newport Festa Italiana starts on Thursday, September 24, with John Panaggio Original Ziti Night at Vasco da Gama Hall from 5 to 7 PM. Adults $18/children...

In Providence, there seems to be an unwritten rule: if it's Italian, we approve. Many of us delight in passing under the Atwells Avenue archway where La Pigna (the pine cone or the pineapple, depending on who you ask) welcomes us into our own Little Italy, the historic Federal Hill.   We proudly declare that the best Italian food can be foun...

The Italian American Historical Society of Rhode Island (IAHS) will award scholarships to students of Italian American descent who demonstrate high potential and who intend on furthering their education full time at a U.S. college or university.   To determine the winners, a scholarship lottery drawing will be utilized for applicants meeting...

Though I appreciate Federal Hill's established collection of Italian restaurants, I always find it refreshing to see a newcomer on Atwells. Enoteca Umberto opened in July, but its small size and word-of-mouth marketing mean it's still a bit of a secret.   Atwells was quiet on a mid-week night, and we took our time with a cocktail while brows...

By Nancy Burns-Fusaro   Attention all mothers and daughters: people who like to laugh and cry at the same time; book lovers, book club members, dog lovers, and any others who appreciate good reads and funny, loving, smart women.   Be at the Westerly Library on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m., to hear bestselling author Lisa Scottoline a...

Rhode Island may be best known for stuffies, gaggas and coffee milk, but now, it's got an official sandwich: the Italian Grinder. At least that's the pronouncement of Zagat, the well-known restaurant rating guide. In honor of August being national sandwich month, Zagat set out to name one classic sandwich for every state in the union, and for Rhod...

The Federal Hill Commerce Association is pleased to announce that the Alfa Romeo National Convention has scheduled an event on Atwells Avenue for Thursday, June 25, 2015.   The privately owned Alfa's will be lined up along the avenue for viewing starting at 6pm with a blessing of the fleet. Many businesses on Atwells Avenue will be offering...

by NOIAW   Gemma Puglisi. Author, Media Expert, and Assistant Professor of Communications at American UniversityGemma will be honored at our Greater Washington, D.C. Epiphany Celebration on January 14, 2016. Buy tickets here.   WHAT BEING ITALIAN MEANS TO ME. When I think of what my heritage means to me, I immediately think...