There are many ways to craft a pizza, but few chefs are as exacting as those at Providence Coal Fired Pizza. There they make sure that the oven stays at a temperature of 900 degrees—hotter than traditional or wood-burning ovens—to sear in the flavors of the local ingredients and ensure a crispy, consistent texture. From the oven's balmy depths emerge a wide range of pies, including minimalistic margherita pizzas, meatball pizzas, and crispy discs smothered in fingerling potatoes and local clams. Chefs also dish out salads, coal-fired wings, and hummus to complement their stable of pizzas.
An extensive beer, wine, and cocktail menu accompanies Providence Coal Fired Pizza's alimentary offerings. With soft lights and chic, burnt-orange walls, guests can relax as they tuck into pizzas and tipple beverages.
A favorite celebrity haunt stationed on Federal Hill, Mediterraneo pairs its menu of contemporary Italian cuisine with a list of more than 150 Californian and Italian wines. Like a sea captain's wistful stare across the waves, the bill of cuisine reflects a deep, abiding love for the ocean, decorating plates with shrimp sautéed in garlic, roasted filets of scrod, and littleneck-clam frutti di mare. Diners capture noodles into swirling vortexes of tomato-basil-plum sauce atop their forks, and steak lovers tuck into tender morsels of filet mignon brushed with olive oil and sided with wild mushroom and a port demi-glace.
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. Although the aisles may have disappeared, The Bradford remains dedicated to cozy, homestyle comfort foods that draw inspiration from the Old as well as the New World.
Pasta dishes, oven-crisped pizzas, and pan-seared seafood entrees fill the menu of familiar-sounding meals. The restaurant's chefs import prosciutto and make everything from meatballs to pesto sauce in-house. Dedicated as it is to Italian flavors, The Bradford acknowledges the region's culinary character by incorporating ingredients such as locally grown produce.
The Bradford's ambiance embraces a similarly familiar vibe. Exposed brickwork and high-topped wooden tables create an inviting setting amid the earth-toned walls lined with framed artwork. Pendant lamps and ceiling fans dangle from the high ceilings, ensuring that the warm space remains well-lit and comfortable.
Cassarino’s Ristorante blends Northern Italian flavors with new-world cuisine, using fresh ingredients to prepare lunch and dinner dishes. For daytime consumption, diners can snack on a portobella demi-burger, which piles a mushroom demi-glace and Gorgonzola cheese on a grilled black Angus beef patty ($8.95). For later meals, patrons can stoke their appetites’ furnaces with baked herbed goat cheese atop San Marzano tomato-roasted garlic spread ($9.95). Experience a side of double-blended pork, veal, and beef meatballs in marinara sauce ($5.95). Then introduce yourself to a house specialty, such as the Francaise—an egg-battered, pan-fried cut of chicken ($14.95) or veal ($16.95), served with lemon butter sauce and capers—or the prosciutto- and mozzarella-stuffed pork chop, a boneless mouth treat that features tomato basil cream sauce, pine nuts, and garlic smashed potatoes ($16.95).
Providence Pizza Company's dough czars concoct specialty and traditional pizzas, in addition to an array of sandwiches, calzones, pasta, and salads. Snag a bubbling slice of Bianca, a cheesy mix of ricotta, feta, mozzarella, and fresh garlic, or the Dorito pizza, a ranch-sauce-slathered pie topped with tomato, hot peppers, onions, olives, and Doritos. All specialty pizzas are available in 12-inch or 18-inch rounds ($9.99, $16.99), and pizza DIYers can amalgamate up to three of Providence's 20 toppings atop either size of dough disk (12" $7.50, 18" 12.75; additional toppings $1 each).
Even after 30 years, the culinary wizards at Blue Grotto are still committed to refining the restaurant's menu, continually assessing its classic Italian dishes and asking how they can improve them. Rather than dulling meals with premade ingredients, the chefs prefer to work from scratch with local, seasonal ingredients. They prepare as much as possible by hand, showing a meticulous attention to detail while forming the gnocchi and stuffing mushroom caps with crabmeat. The restaurant's generous menu is complemented by an equally expansive wine list composed largely of Italian and Californian wines. Nestled within historic Federal Hill, Blue Grotto embraces its guests with comforting touches such as a fireplace and waiters who sing-speak in a gentle baritone.
Amici Bar & Grille’s menu boasts a selection of pasta, burgers, and brick-oven pizzas that are sure to appease any craving. Accents of lobster, wine, and smoked meats permeate Amici's pastas, while Macho Nachos come smothered in house-made chili, jalapenos, black beans, and tomato salsa. Other appetizers, including fried calamari and buffalo chicken egg rolls, and personal-size pizzas are ideal for nibbling on while watching a game. With 21 high-definition TVs calling Amici home, diners can be entertained indoors when New England rains come or head out to the bright patio when sections of Mars explode.