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best italian grocery in providence

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judyann Feb 14, 2009 03:49 AM

I am looking for the best Itailian grocery and bakery in Providence.

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    ezra9876 Feb 18, 2009 08:30 AM

    For Italian grocery I'd go with Tony's. Great selection and better prices than Venda...plus, you don't have to deal with the crowds. I still go to Venda for gelato though!

    For "best" Italian bakery? That one is much harder....there seems to be one on every block and they all have such a wide variety of stuff. Palmieri's in Johnston is very good though.

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      RIRN2008 Feb 18, 2009 07:33 AM

      The places mentioned so far are all nice, but pricey - if you don't mind going a bit out of the way into Warwick, I've been shopping at The Food Chalet for years - I've found them to have an excellent selection, good prices, and they have Buono's Bakery for their Italian baker - soooo good! I usually end my shopping trip with a cappuccino and a couple of biscotti to go!

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        taddybelle Feb 18, 2009 09:22 AM

        Where in Warwick is The Food Chalet?

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          ezra9876 Feb 19, 2009 04:21 AM

          It's at 874 Post Road. Last first time I went in (which was also that last time...and several years ago at that) I was pretty disappointed with the store. Didn't seem like that had much. Perhaps it's time for a second look....

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        chefdrew Feb 18, 2009 01:34 AM

        I agree that Tony's and Venda are prob the best around. I go there at least 4-5 tmes a month. I also use them professionaly as a chef.

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          FjmArch Feb 14, 2009 11:18 AM

          If you want a great selection of prepared foods then head to Venda. If you want higher quality product then I would head to Tony' Colonial just a block down Atwells.

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            FeastNut2008 Feb 14, 2009 05:57 AM

            Best bet is on Federal Hill in Providence - for grocery, I usually frequest Constantino's Venda Ravioli at DePasquale Square - Schiallo's Bakery is a few doors down. Roma's also has a good selection for italian grocery items. They are also on Federal Hill.

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