Step aside buffalo wings and potato skins. In Rhode Island, calamari is the preferred appetizer. And that might become law.

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has approved a bill that would make Rhode Island-style calamari the state’s official appetizer. According to, the Ocean State has the largest squid-fishing fleet on the East Coast and with a take of 7 million pounds a year, accounts for more than half of the squid landing in the Northeast.

The bill still has to pass the state Senate and be signed by the governor to become law.

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