Buddy Cianci, who was twice forced out as mayor of Providence, R.I., by criminal convictions, is running again this year. Cianci, formally known as Vincent A. Cianci Jr., was one of 10 candidates to file during a three-day nominating period that ended Wednesday.   By the deadline, there were six Democrats, three independents, including...

by Elizabeth Rau   Two University of Rhode Island professors have won highly competitive national fellowships in the humanities for their work on 18th-century Europe.   Andrea Rusnock, professor of history, received an American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship, and Catherine Sama, professor of Italian, won a National Endowment...

The Federal Hill Commerce Association will be hosting its Annual Columbus Day Weekend Festival October 10th – 12th on Atwells Avenue located on historic Federal Hill in Providence Rhode Island.   This three day Italian festival attracts visitors from all across southern New England bringing people together for great food and entertainment an...

By Jenna Pelletier The last thing Rhode Island needed was another Italian-American restaurant, I thought. All angles seemed to be covered, from the classic Federal Hill restaurants to upscale Al Forno to no-frills Mike's Kitchen in Cranston. What more could another one offer? Come to find out, the relatively new Rosalina, in downtown Pro...

The great American Italian restaurant has changed in style probably more than any other genre of restaurant over the past several decades.   Even as recently as 50 years ago, the term "Italian restaurant" conjured images of red and white checkered tablecloths, carafes of middling chianti, and a red sauce-heavy menu with classics like chicken...

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...

by Nancy Burns-Fusaro   Nine-time Sergio Franchi Music Foundation grant recipient Giada Valenti heads for The VETS in Providence on April 21 for a 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets are now on sale for the concert, "Giada Valenti: From Venice with Love." Valenti, known for taking her audiences on romantic and magical journeys, performs her own...

by Alicia Kamm   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...

Little Italy isn't just one neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, it's a group of neighborhoods all across America. These neighborhoods have been incorporated into the fabric of the towns they reside in and have become an essential part of each city. With a desire to maintain Italian culture, these neighborhoods prosper today through a strong work ethic...

"Italian-Americans came to our country, and state, poor and proud," Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said during his address to the Rhode Island House of Representatives as part of last Wednesday St. Patrick's Joseph's Day Observance. "Poor because they escaped poverty, proud because their new America would give them and their families hope and prosp...