Retired judge Vincent A. Ragosta, a former associate justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court, died Wednesday at the age of 93. Born in Federal Hill, Ragosta interrupted his education at the University of Rhode Island to join the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in military intelligence. He was appointed by Governor J. Joseph Garrahy as a...

He is the judge whose unusual approach to the mundane cases in front of him have made him an unexpected viral star. Judge Frank Caprio presides over the municipal court in Providence, Rhode Island, dealing with parking tickets, speeding fines and petty misdemeanors.  But his compassion for the afflicted and occasional use of the accuseds’ children...

While I’m not set to endorse Bella Pasta Ristorante’s motto of “A piece of Italy in Pawtucket,” I’m happy to attest to their solid menu of Italian-American food. I had a long day at the office and then a disappointing visit in search of my next hidden treasure when I remembered Bella Pasta. They had recently left their tiny space and moved into new...

There’s a reason why people have been returning to Joe Marzilli’s Old Canteen for over 60 years. Open since 1956, it’s the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in Rhode Island as well as the first restaurant to greet you after the gateway arch into Providence’s “Little Italy.” Their authentic Italian cuisine is as delightful as their one-of-a-kin...

One of Rhode Island's most iconic places is inviting everyone to participate in a brand new tradition. The first-ever summer festival on Federal Hill starts Friday and runs through the weekend, ending Sunday at 10 p.m. “The business community (and) the residents all got together and we’re really excited about the opportunity to do this,” said Rick...

  Evelyn V. Fargnoli, 93, the first female president of the Providence City Council, died Thursday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. Fargnoli was elected to the council in a 1982 special election to fill the seat left vacant when her husband, City Council President Ralph R. Fargnoli, died. That made her the second woman to serve on th...

“The need of a college, catholic in spirit and under catholic auspices, is most evident …” — Providence Bishop Matthew Harkins to the Dominican Fathers, October 9, 1915 On November 8, 1915, setting sail from Naples, Italy and bound for New York City, the Italian-American liner Ancona carried with it approval documents of the Master General of the D...

Miss U.S. Italia Pageant, formerly known as Rhode Island Italia Pageant, has announced its decision to accept nationwide applicants to reflect the regional diversity of contestants. The Pageant will be held October 1 at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Providence, 21 Atwells Ave., and will consist of several age categories from age 7 and up. "There is so much...

Massimo Riva and his friend Guy Borlée sat at a café table outside the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna sipping wine and dreaming of ways to share their experiences with Riva's friends and family back home in Providence. "I wanted to bring this back to my students at Brown," says Riva, who is a professor of Italian studies at the university. "Brown has b...

Avvio sounds sleek, like a celebrity baby name, but it loosely translates to “start” in Italian. What a fitting name for this restart of Papa Razzi, a 20-year Garden City favorite. Avvio’s concept is similar to its predecessor. This is not surprising since both the Newport Restaurant Group and the Papa Razzi chain are owned by the same Rhode Island...