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Jun 16, 2007 08:52 AM

Italian Markets In Providence

I will be visiting providence to cook for a friends wedding and need to find a well stocked Italian Market (deli) in Providence or the surrounding area. Any suggestions? Thanks...

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  1. Costantino's Venda Ravioli on Federal Hill is an excellent choice.

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    1. re: bachslunch

      Venda or Tony's choices.

      1. re: Moonpie1

        Ditto.Italian Corner looks worth a visit, have not been there.

    2. I'm partial to the Italian Corner- at the corner of Warren Ave and Boyd Ave in East Providence. Excellent selection of products- both homemade and imported, and prices are very fair.

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      1. re: pork_chop

        Love Love Love Venda ravioli...excellent place!

        1. re: snl1129

          Never been to Corner but, what a place. The BEST Italian market I've ever been to.

          1. re: CapeCodGuy

            Venda is the best around, though their prices are creeping up.

            Has anyone tried Spezia across the street? I went in, and the place was dead, but they had an excellent selection of gourmet goodies at better prices than Venda, including my very favorite olive oil from California, Sciabica, and some great French honeys.

            1. re: winedude

              I had a light lunch at Spezia a few months ago, and it was quite pleasant, food was very nice. They also have hard to find items like duck legs. I believe everything there is organic

              And for what it is worth, I like Tony's Colonial much better than Venda Ravioli for their prepared foods, and their small tortellini. I do like Venda for their fresh pasta. And Italian corner is much simpler than the other two, but more than adequate if you are in that area. I have bought olive oil, pasta, and simple prepared foods there, although Tony's has a more extensive and interesting assortment of food.

              1. re: bawc

                Thanks everybody.... Looks like I'll have no problem finding what I need in Providence.

                1. re: Michaelba

                  Venda has been around for a long time, no doubt on thier popularity, but like most of the one on the "Hill", they have adopted the American-Italian cuisine, which says alot of about authenticity. The ItalianCorner, instead, has true authentic Italian food, they do not sell what has been modified or invented here. As a true italian myself, born and lived in Italy most of my life, I find their products, quality and service very much like a deli in Italy, and now they even offer all that with serving dinner on Saturday nights with a BYOB option. I ate their and it is amazing, all cooked to order, they use their fresh pasta and fresh bread, it is awesome, forget Olive Garden, they should throw them guys in jail for saying they have italian food.