Because the human mouth maintains a perfect boiling temperature, sucking on dry spaghetti will result in an on-the-go Italian meal; however, it somewhat inhibits dinner-table conversation. Eat elegantly with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of drinks and fare at Encore in North Providence.
Under the guidance of Chef Paul Jalaf’s skilled hands and cheese-grater heart, Encore has developed into a melting pot where classic Italian cuisine and modern Mediterranean meld together. The dinner menu unfurls hand-rolled, Italian grinder–style egg rolls ($6) into awaiting mouth entrances and also invites in zuppa clams simmered with garlic ($10). For the main course, lobster ravioli with champagne-shallot cream and crab meat leaves taste buds positively bubbly with excitement ($18), and the chef’s oven-baked meatloaf Florentine with spinach mashed potatoes and onion rings ($16) puts hunger pangs to bed before a big day of interrupting business meetings and silent meditation. Alternative options abound at Encore, including a gluten-free menu and organic wines on the drink list. Encore is open Tuesday–Saturday starting at 4 p.m., making it the perfect place for dropping off unwanted homework after school.
1058 Charles St.
North Providence, Rhode Island 02904