Gay Travel: World Eats Providence, Rhode Island

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“Could you ask for a nicer day,” Cindy Salvato exclaims as she stands outside DePasquale Plaza with her arms ready to embrace and puckered lips extended for that Italian double-cheek kiss. “Welcome to a taste of Federal Hill,” she tells me, gesticulating toward the Italian-flag archway entrance with a giant pigna (pine cone) hanging in the center like a religious reliquary. It’s not long before Salvato tells me about her food tour company, Savoring Rhode Island (www.savoringrhodeisland.com), and we stop at the bustling Constantino’s Venda Ravioli (265 Atwells Ave., Tel: 401-421-9105. www.vendaravioli.com) where the smells take me back to shopping in New York’s authentic Little Italy, Arthur Avenue. We pop olives, freshly cut mortadella, salami, and prosciutto into our mouths, while chasing it with cheeses many Italians would be envious of as the butchers, cheesemongers, and pasta makers compete for Salvato’s attention. Looking around the market, men and women with their work IDs come in and order sandwiches and salads, and it’s hard to not be jealous that this is in their backyard.

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