The reason Coca-Cola and not green tea is consumed in copious quantities by today’s youth in Japan is a story with an Italian connection, namely Francis Gragnani, an Italian-American born in Fall River, MA. During the latter part of World War II, he was assigned as an Army Air Corps Captain to the 10th Air Force in the China, Bruma, India Theater o...

A year after opening its doors in May of last year, The Taste of Italy in Johnston has not faltered in delivering its consistently delicious and authentic Italian cuisine to an ever-growing list of loyal fans. From the moment a curious diner walks into this inviting space, the answer to the age-old question “What’s for dinner?” is immediately answe...

One of the most powerful men in Rhode Island has cancer. As a proud − and some close to him say "stubborn" − 75-year-old Italian man who has been a part of Rhode Island's political life for more than four decades, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio was not keen on talking about his health − or the very private conversation he had about it with his...

The land that is now the State of Rhode Island was first settled by Europeans in July 1621, however, this was not the first time that Europeans had visited and spent time in the area. That distinction belongs to Giovanni da Verrazzano and the crew of La Dauphine who explored the area in 1524 and spent 15 days with members of the Narragansett and Wa...

The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau proudly presents the third annual Providence Pizza Week, taking place from April 14-20, 2024. The week of pizzas showcases the most scrumptious and creative pizza pies that pizza joints, restaurants, and even food trucks from across the state can dream up.  The celebration of one of the most pop...

Angelo’s is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend with a series of events happening today through Sunday, including continuous birthday cake, grape stomping, pasta-making, live music and more. Classic comfort food Italian dishes done well is what Angelo’s is all about. The portions have always been large, the prices are cheap and the focus...

April 17, 2024, marks the 500th anniversary of the first entry of someone from the Old World into New York Bay. It was, of course, an explorer from the lands now called Italy: Giovanni da Verrazzano. We the Italians could not miss this very important date with history. We talk about it with admiration, pride and gratitude, hosting a great researche...

We all have memories of the sights, the sounds, and the tastes of gathering around the table and having a meal with our family or friends. Meal time is about far more than the food we eat. It’s about sharing stories and memorable moments that, years from now, when we’re having a similar meal, we will fondly remember. That’s just what you’ll find at...

Notice is hereby given that the Consulate General of Italy in Boston intends to appoint a new Honorary Consul in Providence, Rhode Island, who will be called upon to carry out primarily functions of assistance in favor of Italian citizens and protection of Italian interests in the territory of competence. Compatriots who may be interested in this p...

There's plenty of comedy in politics, but comedian Paul Mecurio would rather steer clear of party lines. “I do cable news show commentary, but I don’t do a lot of politics, because it’s not fun anymore,” says Mecurio, a Rhode Island native who brings his “Permission to Speak” show to the United Theatre in Westerly on March 9. “There’s no nuance. It...