St. Pio of Pietrelcina — known throughout the world as Padre Pio — likely faces competition only from John Paul II and Mother Teresa for the title of most popular saint of the 20th Century. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the public veneration of his relics at St. Thomas More Church attracted record crowds to the Narragansett parish. More...

Roger Savini, owner of Savini’s Restaurant, was eating Italian food on Rathbun Street before he was even born, at least according to family legend. Grandmother Anna Savini was a cook at the restaurant’s predecessor, the Sons of Italy, in the 1940s, and when her pregnant daughter came in for a meal, she’d tuck an extra meatball beneath the pasta jus...

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...

Faith, fellowship, fun and food! Those are – and have been for years – the trademarks of the annual St. Brigid’s Italian Festival that people like Millie Santilli said, “is held in September to coincide with our parish’s Feast Day.” It’s a coming together of proud parishioners – as well as members of the community – to support the Roman Catholic Ch...

Bernardo Cardines was an Italian immigrant, a resident alien, a tailor and a future soldier who lived just a short distance from one of the earliest baseball parks in the United States. He had journeyed to Rhode Island by his 15th birthday, registered for the draft by his 22nd birthday. He never celebrated his 23rd birthday. He was killed on a batt...

When members of Westerly’s extended Urso family gather next month for their first large-scale family reunion in four decades, they’ll pay tribute to the two people who made it all possible — their ancestors Natale Urso and Mariantonia Algiere. Natale, a farmer, was born in Acri, Italy, in December 1864. He was the youngest of Santo Urso and Santa A...

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...