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...

The Federal Hill Commerce Association is celebrating the 26th Annual Columbus Day Festival on Federal Hill October 7-9, 2017. The Association announced on Wednesday that this year’s festival will feature three entertainment stages each day. Additionally, dozens of food and retail vendors, the annual parade, games and amusement rides will line Atwel...

Providence’s Federal Hill holds its annual festival over three days. So maybe other people “discovered” America before he did. It doesn’t matter. In Rhode Island, Columbus Day is still a time for festivals, parades and celebrations. And here’s a few of them: In Providence, Federal Hill holds its Columbus Day Festival Oct. 7-9, with Atwells Avenue c...

It may be unfair to assess a restaurant on a soft opening or the first big weekend. But there’s something about those early days — like watching a toddler take his first steps — that imbue a food venture with deliberate romanticism. The physical space, the dynamic on the line, the relationship between waitstaff and guests: All of it marries method...

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...