- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - There’s another call to make Rhode Island-style calamari the Ocean State’s official appetizer.

Rep. Joe McNamara said Wednesday that he’s reintroducing the legislation, which he says honors one of Rhode Island’s best dishes while highlighting its fishing industry.

Similar legislation passed the House last year but died in the Senate. This year, McNamara’s bill has a Senate sponsor, Sen. Susan Sosnowski, a South Kingstown Democrat.

McNamara, a Warwick Democrat, says the bill is an easy way to celebrate Rhode Island’s fishing and restaurant industries. He says the state should be proud to have the largest squid fleet on the East Coast. The state’s squid catch is shipped to all 50 states and around the world.

Rhode Island calamari consists of fresh squid, lightly fried and served with banana peppers.

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