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It isn't hard to find a healthy treat to satisfy every palate at Hot & Cold Frozen Yogurt & Coffee. That's because the staff stocks a toppings bar with more than 50 seasonal ingredients.

Staff members make the probiotic-filled yogurt in-house using milk from a local hormone-free dairy, then mix in a range of sweet and rich flavors. Their toppings are equally healthy, incorporating granola made with local honey, fresh fruit, housemade honeys and purées, and the regular mix of candy and sprinkles. Staff members are also on hand to blend up protein shakes, make fruit smoothies with fresh produce, and pour warm cups of coffee from New Harvest Coffee Roasters.

895 Smith St
Providence,
RI
US

The Bradford first opened its doors 30 years ago as a neighborhood convenience store, supplying the community with groceries, newspapers, and quick lunches of classic Italian-American cuisine. But now the aisles have disappeared, and though there are still Italian dishes on the menu, they're joined by upscale pub food.

On the Italian side, a house sauce mixed with cream smothers penne alla vodka, and housemade meatballs crafted from a family recipe top the meatball mozzarella sandwich. The upscale pub food includes a burger with smoked gouda cheese and roasted-garlic honey-barbecue sauce and beef ribs glazed with a citrus chipotle barbecue sauce.

The Bradford's ambiance embraces a similar upscale vibe. Exposed brickwork and high-topped wooden tables sit among the earth-toned walls lined with framed artwork. In the recently redesigned interior, pendant lamps dangle from the high ceilings, ensuring that the warm space remains more well-lit than Santa's workshop at 3 a.m. on December 23. While guests relax here, they can listen to live music or sip specialty cocktails with muddled ingredients.

142 Atwells Ave
Providence,
RI
US

When Gianfranco Marrocco left Italy for America, he had big dreams. But his high hopes for what he’d do with his new life were coupled with nostalgia for the outdoor cafés in his native country. Confident that the people of Providence would also enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere he longed for from back home, he decided to open an authentic Italian caffé. His dream was realized with the opening of Caffe Dolce Vita, situated in the heart of the picturesque DePasquale Plaza on Federal Hill.

Inside Caffe Dolce Vita, warm tones of copper and bronze showcase contemporary Italian style, along with sage-green leather banquettes (fondly referred to by many Americans by their pet name, “booths” or "great hide-and-go-seek spots"). The kitchen team brings out brunch, lunch, and dinner feasts of savory Italian dishes, such as veal parmigiana. Double espressos and cappuccinos perk up guests, along with specialty drinks at the bar, where servers pour popular Italian liqueurs such as Sambuca and Limoncello.

59 De Pasquale Ave
Providence,
RI
US

At Fruitzzy, customers create their own icy treats using as many flavors of frozen yogurt and toppings as they can fit into a cup. The shop rotates its approximately 80 yogurt flavors on a daily basis and stocks more than 40 edible adornments, including fruits, candies, and nuts. To appease as a wide a customer base as possible, the treat haven offers only certified gluten-free flavors and a range of nonfat options. In addition to free WiFi, Fruitzzy offers complimentary valet parking on Fridays and Saturdays, bypassing the need to find a spot or replace the ejector seat before going in.

226 Atwells Ave.
Providence,
RI
US

Many visitors to Amenities Deli might find it no surprise that the staff knows them by name. As the owner of Amenities, Jamin Rice considers knowing each of his customers' names and food preferences as an integral part of operating the deli. He oversees the various menus, which list items such as classic deli sandwiches lined with Boards Head meats, daily specials, and even breakfast. Amenities also offers catering, offering pastry, breakfast, and sandwich trays for parties, meetings, or seances with a competitive eating alter ego.

155 Westminster St
Providence,
RI
US

Souper Bowl is a pun with purpose: each soup and sandwich served is inspired by football teams and the regions from which they hail. Beneath an eclectic mix of sports memorabilia, including colorful vintage posters and black and white photographs, diners plunge spoons into bowls of Wisconsin broccoli cheddar, New England clam chowder, and Texas red chili served in a football helmet. Souper Bowl also serves up sandwiches and wraps, such as chicken salad or roast beef, as well as all-beef hot dogs served 'naked' or draped with chili and cheese.

45 Weybosset St
Providence,
RI
US