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We, sadly last month, lost yet another “Daughter of the North End.” With heavy heart, I share the news of the loss of Anna Moreschi of Malden via Hanover Street via Salem Street of Boston’s Little Italy, the North End. Anna passed away on Dec. 9 at 86 surrounded by the love of family. Her daughter Maria’s Facebook post spoke volumes: “The worst of...

Special pride was on display a number of times inside the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812/Spirito’s Restaurant during an extraordinary celebration that marked the 110th anniversary of the famed Pannese Society of Rhode Island. Upwards of 250 people celebrated their Italian heritage that dates back to 1909, when Giuseppe Anzevino came from the village...

Pizza is often described by those most passionate about the Italian classic as a work of art. This could be due to the beloved combo of bread, sauce, cheese and toppings, or it could be because they’ve been to D. Palmieri’s Bakery in Rhode Island. At this pizza shop, Eric Palmieri has become a hit thanks to his pizzas turned into art. Eric Palmieri...

Methuen resident Jay Bonanno, Methuen, was recognized last month for his countless hours of service to the community. Bonanno was honored during a Modern Woodmen of America member event at the Sons of Italy in Methuen. Jay Bonanno was honored through Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Hero Program for his 40 years of outstanding service to the residents of...

Fans of Carmine's saw their holiday wishes fulfilled Dec. 26 as the Italian restaurant on North Water Street reopened after a seven-month hiatus. "Great news and on my birthday!" Susan Sousa commented on Facebook. "Yes, there really is a Santa Claus," wrote another fan, Kimberly Vieira. The former Carmine’s Italian Ristorante reopened with a slight...

After more than 51 years, Westport Pizzeria is closing and Carmelo "Mel" Mioli, its owner, is retiring, but not before Westport and state officials honored the Mioli family and the business with a celebration at the Post Road East restaurant on Friday. Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and state Sen. Tony Hwang read local and state proclamations,...

Some professional scammers are trained in deception to such a degree they could fool any of us, at any age. They target seniors who live at home alone, like Barbara Hinckley. Three days after hearing she had won a Publisher’s Clearinghouse contest Hinckley received a false copy of a check for $2.5 million in a package. It was all part of a professi...

Tony Fusco is the first poet laureate of the town of West Haven, and he believes in the power of words. “What use are words?” he asks rhetorically. “Everything. Words are the birthplace of culture … they shape our perception of the world and influence it as well. Words are magic, and poetry is like an incantation to invoke that power … "People use...

Chef Walter Potenza joins us in the Studio today to take us on Tour of the Italian Heritage Center Exhibit. The only photographic collections of early Italian immigration in Rhode Island! Since 1886 Federal Hill in Providence Rhode Island has been one the centers for Italian immigration in the United States. Italian settlers replaced the Irish sett...

We’ve grown up being told not to play with our food but a pizza maker in Rhode Island does just that to create works of art that will make your stomach growl. Eric Palmieri is a fifth-generation Italian baker. But it wasn’t until a devastating fire destroyed his more than 110-year-old family bakery in 2007 that Palmieri found his calling. “I starte...

The A Mano Pizza & Gelato food truck has officially hit the streets of Newport, serving up Neapolitan-style pizzas and calzones by owner Simone Ferrara. Ferrara, who hails from Torino, Italy, first moved to Newport back in 2010. From here, he moved to California where he worked in a pair of Michelin-star restaurants and assisted in opening two othe...

Bryan Rafanelli's career as a designer and party planner extraordinaire has its roots firmly planted in the basement rec room of his family's Coventry home. It was there that the six Rafanelli kids were sent on rainy days to watch the home movies of their parents' wedding in North Providence. "I feel really lucky to have grown up in this quirky sta...