When I read that Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the HBO drama “The Sopranos,” I immediately thought back to the time in 2007 when I interviewed Len Riggio, the executive chairman of Barnes & Noble Inc.  Riggio is a prickly man, quick to find offense, and surprisingly defensive about his lower-middle-class Brooklyn upbringin...

He was my first real coach. It was December 1957, the early years of rock ‘n’ roll on the radio, the New England Patriots off in the distance somewhere, and Frank Murgo was the coach of the Peck Junior High School basketball team, a team I was trying out for. He was a gym teacher at Peck then, but his real claim to fame, for us anyways, was that we...

Joseph Edward (Giuseppe) Mariano nacque a Montagano (CB), il 19 novembre del 1887, da Giuseppantonio (diciannovenne “calzolaio” figlio di Domenico e Filomena Gallo) e Maria Carmela Cristinziano (ventunenne “cucitrice” figlia di Giuseppe e Mariagiovanna Jannaccio). I genitori di Joseph si erano sposati il 7 agosto del 1886. Per la famiglia Mariano l...

Most of the time, gondoliers row slowly and sing softly. It’s all very peaceful. But for one weekend, they row like mad, scream at each other (sometimes in Italian), and it’s complete chaos. That’s how Greg Mohr describes the U.S. Gondola Nationals, a convention for the small community of U.S. gondoliers. The nationals were held Friday-Sunday on th...

Best-selling author Adriana Trigiani (“Big Stone Gap,” “Lucia, Lucia” and “The Shoemaker’s Wife”) is coming to town. She will be on stage at North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Drive, on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 3-5 p.m. Trigiani’s latest novel is “Tony’s Wife.” The program is presented by Reading with Robin with Robin Kall. The event also feature...

The annual Federal Hill Columbus Day Parade was held in Providence Sunday. Nearly two-thousand people lined Atwells Avenue to watch. The parade featured politicians, first responders, high school bands and various Italian-American clubs. Eyewitness News anchor Mike Montecalvo and Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca walked with the Italo-American Club...

The city is getting a new restaurant. That’s nothing new. It’s an Italian restaurant. Ah, you say. That’s not new either. But it will be. When Sarto opens in the Providence G building, diners will note that executive chef/partner Robert Andreozzi has created a modern interpretation of regional Italian cuisine served in a casual atmosphere with an o...

A poco più di un anno dalla sua scomparsa, Kenneth Jay Lane (22 Aprile 1932 – 20 Luglio 2017) viene celebrato per la prima volta in Italia dal Museo del Bijou di Casalmaggiore con una antologica “alfabetica” curata da una delle più apprezzate esperte di bigiotteria americana, la prof. Maria Teresa Cannizzaro, in collaborazione con la dr.ssa Fiorell...

Italy is the source of some of the finest delights our senses can enjoy: espresso, pizza, pasta, gelato, wine and much more! For this reason, there are many “Little Italys” outside the motherland that bring together what we love about one of the star models of European quality. Who doesn’t love phenomenal coffee, incredible food and wonderful compa...

When Mike Stanton was researching what would become "The Prince of Providence," his riveting book about mayor-turned-felon Buddy Cianci, he learned that Cianci's father used to take him to the fights at the old Rhode Island Auditorium. One of the headliners in those days, the 1940s, was Rocky Marciano, the heavyweight from Brockton, Mass. "I was dr...