The creative culinarians at Aspire dish out a delightful variety of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner fare. Guests can start their day on a savory slipper with a plate of classic eggs benedict and home fries ($14), or they can opt for a sweeter climb back to consciousness by sending their fork to scale a stack of cinnamon-brioche french toast ($10) as they slurp a cup of coffee ($3). The lunch menu sports soups (cups starting at $3 and bowls starting at $6), fresh salads ($6–$7), and inventive sandwiches ($6–$10, $2 extra for unlimited toppings), paving the way to the dinner list, which swaps out sandwiches for a selection of mussels, clams, and oysters ($1.50–$12), small plates ($10–$17), and large plates ($21–$34, with a lobster feast at market price). Treat your table to an order of Korean barbecue pork eggrolls to share ($10) or a bowl of New Bedford–style mussels, swimming in perfect synchronization with chorizo, kalamata olives, and sweet peppers ($12). Grilled swordfish ($21) is one of Aspire's headlining hunger tamers, served with a summertime blend of orzo, couscous, quinoa, and split peas and topped with spicy green-papaya salad.
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.
At Half Way Tree Authentic Jamaican Cuisine, the authenticity of each dish grows with each added ingredient. Beginning with tender chunks of fried plantain, cooks layer on piles of rice and peas, and finish with signature island proteins ranging from oxtail and goat curry to jerk chicken and fillet of red snapper. They also marinate chicken wings in a homemade jerk sauce before adding extra jerk spices infused with barbecue, buffalo, or teriyaki accents.
Old Blue Eyes casts his piercing gaze across the red-walled dining room as the opening strains of ?Strangers in the Night? drift into the ears of diners seated at tables dressed in white linens. The aura of a refined 1960s club permeates every nook and cranny of Trattoria Roma, thanks in part to the assortment of framed Sinatra records and photos displayed behind the bar and the ever-present Rat Pack tunes playing throughout the day. Since its opening 25 years ago, the eatery's owners have fostered a cozy-yet-refined atmosphere bolstered by authentic Roman cuisine forged from local ingredients. This tradition continued when veteran employee Shawn Mason took over the restaurant?s reigns from the original owners. Though he brought his own brand of hospitality to the mix, he made sure to uphold the kitchen?s tradition of high culinary standards. These standards have allowed the restaurant stay successful through the decades, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.
As Shawn cheerfully chats with regulars scattered throughout the dining room and at the bar, his partner, chef Matthew Prokopchak, can be found architecting Italian eats with his crew in the kitchen. Having grown up learning the conventions of Italian cooking from his mother and aunts, chef Matthew integrates some of his family?s recipes into the menu, imbuing his dishes with a sense of history and tradition. He assembles his arsenal of fresh produce ?from lush tomatoes to fragrant basil? from local farms. While the menu remains largely unchanged throughout the year, each night the friendly service staff sidles up to tables to detail the day's seasonal specials via verbal recitations or interpretive dances.
Amid the dining room?s ruby walls, a series of Orfeo Tamburi lithographs depicting post-WWII Rome??reportedly the only complete Tamburi collection in the United States??hang in elegant frames. The d?cor works in concert with the savory wafts of garlic emanating from the bustling kitchen to evoke a vintage Italian atmosphere.
India Restaurant's chefs modify iconic South Asian staples to eliminate excess fat, cholesterol, and calories while still ensuring that the dishes are delicious enough to win various accolades. The chefs craft each authentic dish with locally sourced seafood and produce, and they avoid frying any dish, eschew butter entirely, and only cook with canola oil. Yet their nacho-like papri chaat appetizer has been called "truly addictive" by the Providence Phoenix, which also called the restaurant’s biryani “a veritable feast for the senses.” To make their cuisine even more inclusive, the chefs prepare an array of vegan-friendly and gluten-free dishes.
The decor strives to be similarly accommodating, presenting diners with numerous seating options, each with a distinctive ambience. A projection screen playing subtitled Bollywood films dominates the main dining area, smaller tables surround each of the three roaring fireplaces, and more than 200 flickering candles line the bar area. During the warmer months, the garden courtyard tempts patrons with its swings for seats, lush gardens, and bubbling water fountains. The sidewalk seating allows guests to dine alongside their dogs and pet lobsters; a doggie menu offers hamburger-and-rice dishes and yogurt pops for canine companions.
Traditional belly dancers drift throughout the space on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the restaurant's global jazz ensemble entertains diners with its contemporary melodic stylings.
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 caf?s 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 caff?. 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.