The seasoned chefs at Mosaic Latin American Bistro craft dinner and lunch menus brimming with a diverse array of Latin American–inspired dishes with contemporary twists. Commence chew-infused chats over a savory pollo con mole ($19), a grilled swordfish swimming through sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives ($22), or a tangy seafood stew the Puerto Ricans call asopao ($25). The Chile-born empanada boasts a braised slab of beef serenading olives and raisins within homemade flaky dough ($6), and the pupusa enswathes house-smoked pulled pork, mango slaw, and black beans within white corn cakes ($11). Or eschew meat altogether for a plantain-encrusted tortas de frijoles ($19) or lechuga mixta salads ($7). A slew of sandwiches stuffed with flank steak, wild boar, pork shoulder, and more ($8–$12) satiates noontime crowds.
By setting his restaurant at the less congested end of Atwells Avenue, Ken Turchetta has stayed under the radar in Federal Hill—a status he enjoys because it keeps his restaurant intimate. That’s why even after 12 years in business, it’s common to see him make a stop at every table.
Since the beginning, chef Hector Madrid has been Ken’s go-to artisan for creating authentic Italian dishes from fresh, local ingredients. The resultant spread is impressive: chicken and veal marsala, fish fillets, and rings-only calamari, all easily paired with red or white wine by the bottle or glass.
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.
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.
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.