Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Savoring Federal Hill Part 3: Venda Ravioli

Continuing the adventures of my foodie group touring Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island with Cindy Salvato, we were treated to a back room demo by the ladies behind Venda Ravioli.  In a small, unassuming building across from the main square, four ladies were hard at work making hand filled pasta.

They obligingly went in slow motion to demonstrate how the tortellini and ravioli are filled with hand made fillings, then deftly shaped, finished and packaged.

Mouths watering, we then headed across the street to the retail arm, with a full service deli stuffed with wonderful prepared items, meats, cheeses, olives and other goodies.  Rows of freezers held dozens of types of pasta, alongside a nice selection of unique grocery and houseware items. 

We were treated to an awesome 'Italian Breakfast' of assorted antipasto.

We headed back to shop after the tour, where my 'Fig-Dar', as my friend Cheryl cleverly identified it, went off in full force.  I scored Sun-Dried Fig Tapenade and the Confit of Figs with Balsamic Vinegar, as well as the mini lime green dutch oven here.   Excellent shop - I could have eaten my way through it for at least a week!


  1. We enjoyed our ravioli and tortellini last night. The cheese ravioli was to die for.

  2. I'm sorry I missed the tour, but we just had some of the gnocchi I picked up on Federal Hill tonight. I'll have to go back and score some ravioli.


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