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...

If you ask Richard Montella why the Saint Rocco Church’s Annual Feast and Festival has been a special success through decades of operation, he’d quickly say, “It’s because of the way our parish community comes together.” Montella, who works daily in the food industry as a sales and marketing consultant, is a perfect example of the dozens of proud p...

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...

The man whose name has become almost synonymous with Christopher Columbus in these parts has been named the Dante Society of Westerly’s 2017 Person of the Year. Westerly native Joseph Potter, the president of the Permanent Columbus Day Parade Committee, will be honored by the society at its annual banquet Sept. 8 at The Haversham. His legacy of pub...

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...

Join us as we welcome NOIAW members new and old at the historic Coast Guard Restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean! Socialize and network with members and encourage friends to come and join NOIAW. New and renewed members names will be entered into a raffle! Pre-registration is required.Wednesday, August 16, 2017. 6:30 pm. Coast Guard House Resta...

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...

The best restaurant finds are the small, unassuming, wonderful places that make you feel like you know the best secret ever. That’s why Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is on the Food Network roughly 17 hours a day. It comes down to expectation vs. experience. It feels good when you go to a renowned restaurant and have a great meal. But it feels GREAT w...

Perhaps the solid-looking handshake that’s featured on the Young Pannese Social Club logo best describes what the Italian-American organization will present Saturday at its home on 187 Pocasset Avenue on the Johnston-Providence line. While the event is officially named a “Block Party Festival at the Café,” Young Pannese Club President Peter Gonecon...

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...