A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming pool noodle, maintains its shape until it’s exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta’s forced flexibility with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine at Liv Restaurant & Lounge in North Providence.
Liv Restaurant & Lounge’s culinary magicians conjure up an awesomely aromatic collection of authentic Italian dishes artfully crafted out of house-made ingredients. Jump-start appetites with starters such as the crispy fried smelts with hot peppers and garlic-aioli sauce ($5–$9) before matching mandibles against bounteous portions of pasta plucked from a bowl of linguini and clams ($8–$14). A prosciutto-and-mozzarella pizza ($8–$10) can be shared between romantic twosomes or platonic partners, and entrees such as the chicken-and-veal marsala ($12–$18) silence noisy stomachs before they bellow like Pavarotti after stubbing his big toe. Bringing meals to a sweet conclusion, six deep-fried Oreos surround scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and hot fudge to form a culinary curtain call.
Liv Restaurant & Lounge’s luminous setting douses visitors in warm light emanating from pendulant sconces, and cushy black booths create a comfortable dining experience, unlike candlelit dinners at the DMV. After gazing at the brightly colored walls behind the bar, sip from a variety of specialty martinis that wait in the wings to extinguish fiery pangs of thirst.
1744 Mineral Spring Ave.
North Providence, Rhode Island 02904