David Venditelli, first-year president of the ageless Pannese Society of Rhode Island, wasn’t sure if the proud Italian-American non-profit set a record, but this week noted: “We are really, really happy to continue to this terrific tradition.” It’s an ageless act of giving that began with former President Joe Spremulli, that made sure families in...

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...

It’s a feast and festival unlike any other, an event that’s been going on for decades at Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston. And it will be back beginning next Thursday, Sept. 9, and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 12. Countless people will tell you it’s considered one of Rhode Island’s best end-of-summer events, especially when it comes top hom...

Team Saint Rocco’s 81st Feast and Festival is now in the books and as Co-Chairman Richard Montella offered Monday afternoon: “This was one to remember; for as long as I have records, this was our most successful event to date.” A record, Montella said with a wide smile on his face, “which was achieved despite many variables we can’t control.” Team...

The south section of Atwood Avenue is lined with American and Italian flags. However, it’s the iconic banner — hung over the heavily traveled road around this time every year —that is living proof the ageless Saint Rocco’s Feast and Festival will be back in 2021 after last year’s hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the ageless fun, fam...

Anthony “Nappy” Napolitano stood at the podium inside the historic and nationally famous Italo-American Club of Rhode Island in Providence Monday night and declared, “the greatest contribution I have made to this club is George Lazzareschi Jr.” That statement set off one of many standing ovations, as Napolitano and Lazzereschi embraced on a night p...

A new Trattoria Romana is now open and serving lunch, dinner and brunch in Johnston, at 1571 Atwood Ave. If that address sounds familiar, it's because it has been the home of Osteria Toscana since 2015. Chef Luciano Canova's Torre Restaurant Group has rebranded the 100-seat restaurant to capitalize on his Trattoria Romana brand. The Johnson locatio...

Chef Luciano Canova has raised the bar for fine Italian dining in Rhode Island, taking his high standards and homemade Italian recipes to Johnston. I told two friends who had eaten at Trattoria Romana in Lincoln and they both described the restaurant as “authentic.” They moment you walk through the door, you know that you are in a special place, a...

There were several mighty milestones celebrated Sunday inside Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston. First and foremost, the Pannese Society – which dates back to 1909 and was founded on Providence’s Federal Hill by an Italian immigrant named Giuseppe Anzevino – held its annual Mass and Breakfast Buffet in honor of La Madonna del Bosco, the patrones...

There was something for everyone at the annual Saint Rocco’s Church Feast and Festival, a timeless tradition that completed its seven-day stay Sunday in Johnston. For Anna DeRobbio, 88, of Cranston, it was an opportunity to break bread with her friend Etta Branca, 90, and enjoy a sandwich featuring a freshly made roll from The Original Italian Bake...