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Address: Providence, RI
Phone Number: 401-453-6161
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Description: Sip a strong espresso at an outdoor cafe, grab a quick pizza for lunch or...
Sip a strong espresso at an outdoor cafe, grab a quick pizza for lunch or dine in style at a gourmet Italian restaurant in this historic section of the city, also know as Little Italy. You'll know you have arrived by the huge arched gateway, with a bronzed pinecone, which marks the entry to the neighborhood.
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Lots of Restaurants to Choose From

If you like Italian head to Atwells Ave. Camille's is the best restaurant in the area but they're are several worth mentioning. Siena, Cassarino's and Venda are sure winners... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Lynn B
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Rhode Island
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Rhode Island
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100 reviews 100 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

If you like Italian head to Atwells Ave. Camille's is the best restaurant in the area but they're are several worth mentioning. Siena, Cassarino's and Venda are sure winners. Easy walk from downtown.

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Naples, FL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Not sure what's so "historic" about it - have been too busy eating to figure that out. There are dozens of restaurants here - mostly Italian, but also Middle Eastern, Mexican, and more. They range from casual to linen-and-crystal, bargain to budget-busting. Some have been there for 50+ years; others turn over rapidly - only the strong survive, when there's... More 

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Still lots of good eateries and good people. Unfortunatley, the neighborhood is being inundated with Hookah bars and other ethnic restaurants, which is watering down the Italian neighborhood which is a shame.

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Rocky Mount
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

just imagine u have llittle money in your pocket u can't go to ITALY so the very next thing is to visit FEDERAL HILL too many rest. to ttalk about and the food stores are out of this country some of my favorites rest.Marzilli old canteen( call ahead close on 2'sday)around the corner is Camilles roman garden, Mediteriano's 2 stores... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Once the main of three Italian sections in Providence, it's been renovated, not restored. Very good to excellent restaurants line Atwells Avenue, which are always full. Make reservations. Only two of the old restaurants remain--Camille's Roman Gardens and the Old Canteen next door, Camille's upscale and Old Canteen more traditional. The whole area has entirely lost it's authentic Italian flavor,... More 

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Rhode Island
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

It amazes me that this "little Italy" of Rhode Island has been allowed to slip. There are still many reasons to enjoy the "Hill"; Venda Ravioli, Scialo Bros. Bakery, and Angelo's to name a few. The garbage on the streets was shocking, with trash cans overflowing I understand it has been a tough winter but really?

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Columbus, Ohio
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271 reviews 271 reviews
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

One of the best places in the US for authentic Italian - and in my opinion just as good as Boston's North End. There are a ton of famous restaurants on the Hill, and great pastry as well. All price ranges. Love this area!

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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96 reviews 96 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Providence has a lot to offer, however no visit would be complete without dining on Federal Hill. We find it to be much better than the North End in Boston. More food and more enjoyable walking.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Very well run and organized ! Educational, hands on, fun and authentic ! We ate so much that we didn't need lunch! Cindy Salvato is an excellent tour guide who gives a well prepared presentation, and comfortably relates to her participants and shop owners‼️ I highly recommend Savoring Federal Hill with Cindy Salvato to anyone who has a passion for... More 

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Pawtucket
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The "Hill" is known for all it's Italian heritage, homemade cooking, Italian markets with authentic foods from Italy that is still very prominent in the neighborhood. It has one of the best reviews in the country. If you don't want Italian, there are many other choices (Chinese, Mexican, Tapas) An area to go to when in Rhode Island.

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