A Slice of Life, Italian-Style
All you have to say is "Venda Ravioli" and people nod, almost with reverence. Yes, Venda Ravioli is simply the very best Italian gourmet store in Rhode Island, perhaps in all of New England.
Located at 275 Atwells Avenue in the historic Federal Hill (Little Italy) section of Providence, Venda Ravioli overlooks beautiful DePasquale Plaza, where Italian music fills the air amidst the quaint shops and trendy cafes.
Venda Ravioli offers a real slice of life, Italian-style. This bright and busy store is filled to the brim with authentic Italian products. And now, thanks to this web site, there's a Venda Ravioli at your fingertips, no matter where you live.
Venda Ravioli is open Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store's web site is just a click away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In person or online, stopping in at this food emporium really is like a trip to Italy.
Venda Ravioli has been in Providence, Rhode Island for more than 70 years
Since its start, Venda Ravioli has been a vital part of historic Federal Hill, the "Little Italy" section of Providence. A tiny storefront -- a mere "mom and pop" operation -- Venda Ravioli was purchased in 1972 by Alan Costantino, who had great plans for the small business. Over the past three decades, Venda Ravioli has grown to be one of the most respected Italian food emporiums in the Northeast.
Venda Ravioli quadrupled in size when it moved to its current location at 275 Atwells Avenue in June 2001. Designed by Costantino, this Italian gourmet shop and caffe is very inviting with its sparkling glass counters, striking tin ceiling and visually stunning store displays. The glassed-in, state-of-the-art kitchen with its marble counter offers guests a glimpse of Chef Salvatore Cefaliello and his staff in action. The caffe offers 30 seats inside, 6 at the espresso bar, and 40 outdoors during warm weather.
More than 150 kinds of fresh and frozen pasta -- this is what Venda Ravioli is most famous for, having been in the business of making pasta in the Old World tradition since the 1930s. Jumbo stuffed shells, manicotti, tri-colored egg noodles, tortellini, tortelloni, agnolotti, angel hair and lobster ravioli are just some of the offerings.
When you stroll out of Venda Ravioli, look across the plaza, past the huge water fountain, toward Costantino's Ristorante, the restaurant counterpart to Venda. If you liked shopping at Venda Ravioli, you will love dining at Costantino's Ristorante.
In the late spring through early fall, the outdoor cafe at Venda Ravioli is open with flowers in full bloom and umbrellas offering customers a bit of shade. On a perfect summer day, when Italian opera music fills the square, there is no better place to spend a few hours watching the world go by, as you dine on the exquisite food and marvel at the purchases you just made inside the store.
Few men are as devoted to Federal Hill as Alan Costantino, owner of Venda Ravioli. "I've been in business for more than 40 years on Federal Hill," he explains. "For all these years, it's been a mecca for Italian food, the real thing. I hope what we are trying to do here on DePasquale Plaza will help Federal Hill retain its reputation as the best place to go for an authentic Italian food and wine experience."
If you ever find yourself in Providence, Rhode Island, make sure to visit Venda Ravioli and Costantino's Ristorante. Until then, experience life Italian-style through this web site.