Outfit Dorothy and Toto with a pair of electric guitars and you'd almost have The Classic Cafe's mix of rock 'n' roll and Americana?but you'd still be hungry. Fortunately this '50s-loving diner has that covered. Amid the vinyl albums lining the counter, a couple Fenders, and walls covered with vintage-style posters advertising the movies, cars, and smartphones from decades past is an open kitchen that serves up hearty plates of classic American cuisine. Breakfasts, for instance, stuff diners with biscuits smothered in country gravy, pancakes straight from the griddle, and three-egg omelets full of meats and veggies. And when lunchtime rolls around, the chefs churn out salads and sandwiches, including 8-ounce burgers topped with chili, onion, and jalape?os.
Finnegan's Wake is an Irish-and-American pub-style restaurant, offering classic comfort foods in a welcoming and laid-back atmosphere. Certified chefs Ezra and James and their staff of Johnson & Wales graduates stand behind the range, whipping up favorites such as homemade shepherd's pie and Blount New England clam chowder. Come in for a slice of grilled pizza with housemade sauce, bite into a corned-beef sandwich, or fork up a bangers-and-mash dinner at this relaxed eatery.
Ten Prime Steak & Sushi's executive chef, Lou Cruz, char grills a carnivorous array of hand-cut Prime and Certified Angus steaks. Each one has been aged for a minimum of 28 days and is accompanied by a complex sauce?always made in-house, sometimes via a two-day process. His juicy and flavorful steaks earned the restaurant The Providence Phoenix's best steakhouse award in 2011 and 2012.
Chef Cruz also whips up other specialties with equal care, including house-made meatloaf, swordfish, and velvety day boat scallops. On the lighter side, a full sushi bar serves up colorful nigiri and maki, including one made with Maine lobster, beef carpaccio, and truffle-chili oil. Diners can wash it all down with their choice of specialty cocktails and 14 wines by the glass.
French-style bistro cuisine is The Grande’s specialty. The restaurant gets its ingredients from local farms and fisheries, who deliver organic meats and veggies whenever possible. The bistro’s wine list similarly emphasizes organic and sustainable wines from all over the world.
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.
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.