Tour Reviews & Testimonials

The Dish: Take a Culinary Field Trip to Portugalia
Savoring Rhode Island's Cindy Salvato and Azorean cookbook author Maria Lawton lead tours through the Portuguese specialty market.
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
If you're a fan of Venda Ravioli's Italian marketplace, visit Fall River for the Portuguese version. Portugalia is a specialty food store that procures the finest cheeses, olive oils, wines, salted cod, seafood and more imported straight from Portugal and the Azores, as well as locally made baked goods and sausages.

Savoring Fall River: Popular local market tour to shine spotlight on Portuguese fare
The Herald News
JUNE 9, 2015
"The rest of the world may be catching up to what locals already know: Portuguese food rocks. As the owner of Savoring Rhode Island, Cindy Salvato is used to taking food lovers on tours of Providence's Federal Hill and Rhode Island's unique eats. But in a week or so, Salvato will be crossing state lines to shine a spotlight on Portugalia Marketplace and Azorean fare.

"What a treat!"
OCTOBER 7, 2014
"I loved this tour. I had never been on a food tour and had no real expectations. Cindy has amazing knowledge of food, and she knew all the shop owners. I learned about the history of Federal Hill. We sampled foods in each shop. It only took three hours and we stayed within several blocks of our starting point. I cannot wait to go back and revisit Federal Hill!"
Visited October 2014

"Entertaining and informative culinary tour"
"Cindy is a terrific resource and her culinary tour is a great way to explore Federal Hill on a Saturday morning. She peppers the tour with history and anecdotes to bring the fascinating area alive. No need for a big breakfast as there is plenty to eat during the tour."

Tour of Pawtuxet Village...
AUGUST 25, 2014
"My friend and I took this tour and loved it!! Visiting RI or living here... this tour is a must. Our tour guide, Phyllis Blanchette, was so friendly and knowledgeable. The scenery was beautiful and the shops' owners welcomed us right in to also share their knowledge and, of course, their tasty treats!! I must say the wine tastings and candy tastings were my favorite, yet the whole tour was awesome!!! Highly recommend taking this tour!!"
— Sue from Chepachet, RI

"Fun, Food, Fantastic"
AUGUST 10, 2014
"Members of our family took the tour with Cindy recently on a Saturday. We sampled very generous foods and wine. The merchants were very friendly and knowledgeable. Cindy was a wonderful guide. I will recommend this tour to all of my friends and would definitely go again."
— Molly from Brooklyn, CT

"Savoring Federal Hill with Cindy Salvato"
MARCH 25, 2013
"On a cold March Saturday morning 5 of us traveled from Winchester, MA to Providence, RI to partake in a tour presented by Cindy Salvato - 'Savoring Federal Hill.' What a wonderful experience this was for all of us. Cindy warmed us up with a beautiful smile and a wonderful hello, then some hot coffee. She explained what was going to take place as we proceeded to tour through the area known as Federal Hill. Each place we went into was a special experience - Cindy was very clear and well versed as to the area and individual spots were were visiting. Each place we visited had such glowing words about Cindy and the tour she does... and they were right. For the 3 hours we were under her wing she smiled, chatted, filled our heads with information and then, of course, filled us with the foods of the area. It was one of the best little side trips I have ever taken. Thank you, Cindy, for being such a wonderful tour guide and showing us the people and the foods of Federal Hill in Providence, RI... it was a class act."
— Joan from Winchester, MA

RI Monthly
April 2006
Inside Track
By Lydia Walshin


The Providence Journal
Food for Thought ...
Insider's Guide
Behind-the-scenes tours of Federal Hill are educational -- and fun


The Phoenix

The Phoenix
Savoring Rhode Island
Cultural and culinary exploration

Chef Sai Viswanath of Bristol's DeWolf Tavern whips up a dish for tour

Jonny cakes at Bristol's Coggeshall Farm

Food Journal: A culinary tour of picturesque Bristol, Rhode Island

BOSTON GLOBE - MARCH 2011 By Ellen Albanese
The sun streamed into the barn, silhouetting Lindsay Harris as she introduced her cows. "Jemima is a bit of a showoff,'' she said, scratching under the chin of the sand-colored Jersey. "And that's Pasha, and Dora is in the corner.'' Harris is a dairy farmer in rural Vermont and one of the passionate people on Chris Howell's Vermont Farm Tours. On another day, visitors to the Federal Hill section of Providence watch women roll, cut, and fill ravioli squares by hand at Venda Ravioli. The tiny kitchen, tucked behind a bank, is a stop on chef Cindy Salvato's "Savoring Federal Hill'' tour.

FOODIE'S JOURNAL - JANUARY 2009  By Linda Beaulieu
One of the neatest things I did this summer was to spend a perfect Sunday afternoon with Perry Raso of the Matunuck Oyster Farm. He's been harvesting shellfish since he was 12. Now 30, with a bachelor's degree in aquaculture from the University of Rhode Island, Perry goes out to his oyster beds in Potter Pond at least five days a week to harvest oysters, even in the dead of winter.

Culinary tourism is all the rage, with cooking vacations abroad and visits to wine-making regions all around the world. But food adventures need not be so far-flung or pricey, with all that Rhode Islanders have in their own backyard.

GOURMET GUIDE - MAY 2007  By Deborah Brindamour
Gourmet Guide
I have lived in Rhode Island practically my entire life and have somehow managed never to visit Federal Hill. Until now. With her extensive knowledge of the area and robust Italian roots, Chef Cindy Salvato has shown me…. "The Hill".  Her market tour of the area led our group of ten through food stores, gourmet delis and bakeries, just to name a few of our stops along the way!

From the sun-splashed harbors of Narragansett Bay to the genteel streets of Providence's historic East Side, there's a commonly held belief that Rhode Islanders may travel, but seldom move away. And why should they? Here in the nation's smallest state, an abundance of aesthetic delights can be found on just about any city street or village square.

THE BOSTON HERALD - JANUARY 10, 2007  By Kerry J. Byrne
Walk into the kitchens or butcher shops of Federal Hill in Providence and you'll discover that food in this old-school Italian neighborhood is still made by hand. Just ask Cindy Salvato. Better yet, she'll show you ...

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AAA - DEC. 31, 2006  By Megan Weeden
A group of us gather at the fountain at DePasquale Plaza promptly at 9 a.m. — chomping at the bit for promised tips on where to find the best cheese, where to get the best bread, and my personal mission: where to find the best dessert ...

THE BOSTON GLOBE - DECEMBER 7, 2006  By Linda Laban
No one wants to miss out on the holiday fun, but who wouldn't like to escape the work and stress? Take a holiday break this season and ditch the cooking, the clean-up, and the complaining ...

RI MONTHLY - APRIL 2006   By Lydia Walshin
"MEET AT THE FOUNTAIN next to Venda at 9." The emailed instructions sound like some sort of coded message. (In fact, I'm whispering as I write this.) I pack a notebook and sunglasses, and slip on my comfy walking shoes. One large cup of coffee later, I arrive in DePasquale Square to rendezvous with Shopping Federal Hill: An Insider's Italian Food Tour.

RI Market Tours -- Best of '06

"We had the best time on your Federal Hill Tour! The rain didn't hamper the tour one bit! The information that you gave us at every stop was interesting and fun ... and the food - what can we say!?! Everything was delicious and we enjoyed trying new things! We went back and bought many of the items that you recommended or that we tried, and look forward to trying more! We have already recommended your tour to everyone we know! So many exclamation points! But that's how we felt about our day!"
— Pam, Marshfield, MA

"I just wanted to tell you HOW MUCH I enjoyed the Federal Hill tour yesterday! It was not only informative but a lot of fun. I would do it again and I will recommend it to everyone. Also, I look forward to doing one of your many culinary classes soon!"
— Cassandra

"My husband and I went along with friends who had done the tour previously. What a great time!! We had planned on having lunch after the tour, but were too full after all the samples. I am telling all of my friends!!! Thank you, Cindy."
— Nancy S., Rhode Island

"Thanks so much for the wonderful tour. It was outstanding! I felt like I was truly back in Italy. Even though I was aware of "The Hill" and certainly grew up in a family who shopped there, I sort of got out of the habit of going there. Your tour has reawakened my great love of Italian food and I certainly will be back to enjoy the flavor of not only the food, but also the people."
— Marian, Smithfield, RI

"Just a note to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday's walking tour of Federal Hill. Your knowledge and charm are a winning combination! After the tour, I made the rounds of the shops we had visited and brought home a feast to be remembered for my family. It was a great day, rain and all!"
— Pat, Newton, MA

"The culinary tour was fun, entertaining and delicious - all of which was good for reviving one's weary soul. The Federal Hill Italian restaurants and food purveyors can go toe to toe with Italian restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston."
— Maria & Fred, Chicago, IL

"I absolutely loved the tour I had with you on the 18th of February. I have been raving about it ever since! Grazie mille! I can't wait for the weather to warm up to enjoy the hill even more!"
— Yamil, Providence, RI

"Cindy's tour of Federal Hill is 'fantastico!' Her knowledge of this historic Italian area of our capital, coupled with her friendliness and professionalism, made this a most enjoyable day for our group. A definite must-do for any Italian or culinary enthusiasts."
— Shirley, Sons of Italy, Newport RI

"Being from Florida, I found that going on a tour of Federal Hill was the best way to see the area. Learning the history and meeting the people who work there was very interesting. The tasty snacks were delicious!"
— Sarah from Boca Raton, FL

"Cindy's Federal Hill Tour is a delicious and fun way to be introduced to great food and wine in an authentic Italian tradition."
— Halina from No. Stonington, CT

"Three friends and I took your remarkable tour of Federal Hill and we all had a wonderful time. We were entertained, educated and certainly enticed back. I enjoyed it so much I gave it as a gift to my daughter and son-in-law."
— Carol from Middletown, RI

"I love 'foodie' tours and have taken a bunch of them. This tour is the best of the lot. Cindy appears to be a local celebrity and has great access to the back rooms of this historic shopping neighborhood. I will highly recommend this to my friends. I left "the hill" loaded down with goodies from the shops we visited. Amazing to have something like this in Providence!"
— Ken from Rhode Island

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