The monopoly tycoons of the nineteenth century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at fine-dining establishments, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Hide behind luxurious bites with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale cuisine and drinks at Pizzico Ristorante, located on Hope Street on the Historic East Side.
Current Pizzico Ristorante owners Jim Harris and Dan Teodoro oversee a multifarious menu of Italian fusion cuisine that builds from the plate up with fresh ingredients. The la mentuccia prepares taste buds for a flavorful feast with Roman-style bruschetta topped with diced tomatoes, oregano, crushed red pepper, and olive oil ($9.99). Guests can treat their mouths to opulence akin to a diamond-studded jacuzzi tarp with the lobster-stuffed ravioli, which is swaddled in a pink vodka cream sauce and accompanied by two jumbo shrimp ($23.99).
The lunch menu features a palatable presentation of pollo al limone, starring a brawny chicken chest sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, white wine, and italian herbs, and served with the pasta of the day ($11.99). Pizzico also gathers a gaggle of robust salads, brimming soups, and freshly picked pizzas that are fire-kissed in a wood-burning oven.
Pizzico's bountiful palate-piquancies are complemented by an eye-inspiring dining room formed of white brick walls that display a revolving collection of local artwork. A granite bar and lounge area further provide a comfortably sophisticated arena for visitors to pontificate over stock-market prices or the appointment of a presidential hamster.
Intricate, sketch-like depictions of vines, porticos, and a rolling Tuscan countryside add rustic dimension to creamy walls, while in other dining rooms, elongated mirrors and a marble bar offer an urban anchor to an environment of grayscale and charcoal. It was this very juxtaposition that Jim Harris and Daniel Teodoro sought when they took ownership of Pizzico Ristorante, an eatery mingling components of northern Italian and American cuisine.
White tablecloths populate with tuscan grilled pizzas, creamy risottos, and seafood and veal sautéed in subtle wine sauces. Four days a week, a local menu board offers meats, seafood, and produce from the farms and oceans of local Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Wine dinners escort guests through multiple courses of cuisine and complementary wine, demonstrating how different flavors can enhance each other's vivacity even if they aren't vinegar and baking soda.
762 Hope St.
Providence, Rhode Island 02906Get Directions