Rhode Island Nature April 03, 2018
Visit Rhode Island’s Little Italy For An Old World Adventure
We all know that the Ocean State is full of activities and attractions, but if you are looking for a cultural adventure than you are going to want to visit Rhode Island’s Little Italy. Full of authentic restaurants and shops, this area is best seen by foot. As you stroll through the streets you will be delighted by all of the Old World culture lurking around every corner. You can easily spend an entire day getting lost in this section of the city.
The Federal Hill section of Providence is also known as Little Italy. In the early 1900s, a large group of Italian immigrants took up residence on Atwells Avenue and Spruce Street. As the Italian population expanded, it spilled over into all of Federal Hill.
The gateway arch with its La Pigna sculpture bridges Atwells Avenue and welcomes you into Little Italy. La Pigna is the Italian symbol for sharing of abundance and hospitality.
You will see Italian flags dancing in the wind along the sidewalks as well as an Italian color combination for the painted lines on the streets.
Rhode Island's Little Italy is an authentic community. As you stroll through the area, you will often overhear the Italian language in many conversations.
The fountain at DePasquale Plaza is a focal point of the area. It serves as outdoor dining space as well as a venue for live music and social gathering.
You will find many authentic Italian businesses including restaurants, bakeries, butchers, and more. Settle in for an Old World Italian meal or shop for goods imported from across the Atlantic.
Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen is a fixture in the neighborhood. This classic restaurant was opened in 1956 and has been serving customers in their pink dining room ever since.
You can look forward to Italian family favorites such as lasagna, chicken cacciatore, and manicotti. There are also other offerings on the menu like steak, lobster, scallops, and pork chops. Whatever your choice, this spot will fill you up with deliciously fresh food.
Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen Italian Restaurant is located at 120 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI.
Siena Restaurant is an award winning restaurant the serves authentic Tuscan cuisine. This cozy spot is a wonderful choice for a romantic date.
Sample dishes like the involtini di melanzane, penne alla vodka, or saltimbocca. Save room for a slice of the incredibly decadent torta cioccolata which is a heavenly chocolate cake layered with mousse frosted with chocolate buttercream and topped with raspberry and chocolate sauces.
The Siena Restaurant is located at 238 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI.
If you are craving pizza, then you must visit Timmy's Legendary Grilled Pizza. These aren't just any ordinary pizzas, they have been ranked as one of the top 25 in the country by
The pizzas at Timmy's are grilled on a wood fire to create its crispy crust and amazing flavor. Ingredients are fresh each day ensuring that every pie will definitely knock your socks off.
Timmy's Legendary Grilled Pizza is located at 32 Spruce St., Providence, RI.
Venda Ravioli is a Italian grocery and restaurant offering a wonderful selection of products. The bustling spot is a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists alike.
You will find a full-service deli that prepares some of the finest sandwiches in Federal Hill. You will also find all the things that you need to make a fine Italian meal at home. From sauces to cheeses and everything in between, you won't want to miss browsing at this cheerful shop.
Venda Ravioli is located at 265 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI.
Scialo Bros. Bakery has been serving the community since 1916. Fresh Italian desserts are baked in old style brick ovens at this long-standing spot.
The display cases are loaded with mouth-watering treats. From confections to pastries, this bakery has something for everyone in Rhode Island's Little Italy.
Scialo Bros. Bakery is located at 257 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI.
We've given you just a small taste of what Little Italy on Federal Hill has to offer. Grab your friends and family and venture out into this Old World today.
Have you ever visited Rhode Island’s Little Italy? What is your favorite thing about this part of Rhode Island? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
For even more Italian fun, take this
incredible gondola ride on the waterways of Providence.