Preparing manicotti at home, like paying too many compliments to a clam, can result in an overstuffed shell. Leave the pasta prep to the pros with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Italian cuisine and drinks at Pizzico Ristorante.
The skilled chefs at Pizzico Ristorante cook up plates of Italian classics and modern renditions of traditional dishes to form a large, diverse menu of palate-pleasing fare. Stomach engines rev up with antipasti selections such as the crab cakes composed of morsels of Maryland lump crab dressed up for a night on the town with a chipotle aioli ($13.99). Diners can enjoy the pasta di zucca, featuring pesto, fresh tomato, parmesan, and cream sauce served over a pumpkin-stuffed pasta that transforms into a horse-drawn carriage at the stroke of midnight ($19.99). Fans of a hearty rib-sticking meal can experience 8 ounces of grilled goodness with the filet mignon di Sardinia buttressed by goat cheese, portobello mushrooms, and a red-wine demi-glace, served alongside grilled polenta and roasted asparagus ($31.99). Toast the chef or an imaginary friend with a refreshing selection from the full bar or wine list.
Located on the historical East Side, Pizzico's granite bar and white brick walls set an appropriately rustic scene, modernized by a large TV and rotating art by local artists and photographers. Plenty of on-street parking allows patrons to navigate conveniently with their cars or dog-pulled bathtub sleds.
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 02906