Leon Panetta — a former White House chief of staff, CIA director and secretary of defense — will receive a lifetime achievement award, and eight military veterans from Rhode Island will receive distinguished service awards on Sunday, at the Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame 30th anniversary event at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The Ha...

R.I.-born Luca Ciummo brings the trade home from Italy and works it hard in Cranston, specializing in custom pieces in a market that includes mega-yachts and commercial jobs. He’s built enough business to require a larger shop and possibly more people to work in what Ciummo calls “a great trade.” Luca Ciummo picked up the art of upholstery in Isern...

The Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame’s “Greatest Salute to America’s Bravest” induction event will occur Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, at 1 p.m. This is the group’s 30th anniversary event honoring eight local military veterans, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Pa...

On November 11 every year the United States observe Veterans Day, an official United States public holiday, that honors military veterans, those who served in the United States Armed Forces. Several Italian Americans were part of the US Forces through the decades. In particular, after Pearl Harbor many Italian citizens living in the United States w...

A piece of Rhode Island’s nostalgic past is making its way to New York City. Nick Albanese of Lincoln is taking his one-man play, “The Last Sicilian,” about his childhood, Italian roots and growing up working alongside his family at their bakery to the “big city.” Albanese, who lives in town with his wife and three children, said the 80-minute perf...

St. Pio of Pietrelcina — known throughout the world as Padre Pio — likely faces competition only from John Paul II and Mother Teresa for the title of most popular saint of the 20th Century. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the public veneration of his relics at St. Thomas More Church attracted record crowds to the Narragansett parish. More...

Roger Savini, owner of Savini’s Restaurant, was eating Italian food on Rathbun Street before he was even born, at least according to family legend. Grandmother Anna Savini was a cook at the restaurant’s predecessor, the Sons of Italy, in the 1940s, and when her pregnant daughter came in for a meal, she’d tuck an extra meatball beneath the pasta jus...

After a statue of Christopher Columbus was targeted by vandals in Providence, the head of the local chapter of the Sons of Italy is calling for the effigy to be moved to the community it primarily represents. Presumably in protest of Columbus Day, vandals doused the statue bearing the Italian explorer’s likeness with red paint Monday morning. The s...

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Rhode Island was found defaced Monday in another incident involving the vandalism of statues of the Italian explorer in New England on Columbus Day. According to WJAR, red paint and an expletive targeting Columbus were found on the statue on the corner of Elmwood and Lexington avenues in Providence on Monday morn...

It did in fact rain on the parade Sunday morning in Providence, but that didn’t dampen any of the rampant Italian spirit on Federal Hill. Hundreds of people turned out despite the weather for the 26th annual Columbus Day parade, which stepped off at 11 a.m. on Harris Avenue. Ten marching bands, including one from the National Guard, participated as...