Tazza in Providence
We went for breakfast Saturday morning, before the Open Market crowd arrived (the menu said they start serving at 9). I got eggs, toast, sausage, hash browns, and a cappuccino. My friend got an egg and cheese sandwich on a croissant and two espressos. Our total bill was about $18.
The ingredients were fresh and high-quality (great toothy multi-grain bread, good eggs, and well-spiced, meaty sausage), but not very skillfully cooked. The sausage and eggs were overdone and the hash browns (shoestring potatoes, carrots and onions) were attractive, but greasy and bland. My friend said his sandwich was "Just okay. A bit mushy." The coffees, however, were very good, the service was attentive (if amateur), and the chance to eat breakfast outside on a beautiful morning made it worthwhile. I will go back, and hope the the kitchen improves.
Can anyone report on their lunch or late-night food? I really want to like this place.
Details, from their website:
250 Westminster Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Monday-Wednesday 7am - 12am
Thursday 7am - 1am
Friday 7am - 2am
Saturday 8am - 2am
Sunday 8am - 5pm
their lunch food is very, very overpriced. went there with my boyfriend awhile ago and we just had two sandwiches (no drinks) and it was $20. i wrote a full review here: http://tomatosoup.typepad.com/tomato_.... it's too bad that it didn't wow me because i really love the space.
We all really want to like this space, but it is trying to be something it is not. It is naturally a loungey hangout, where you should get finger foods and cocktails, perfect! But they don't seem to want this kind of business, as they took finger-foods off the menu, and the dinners are totally unsatisfying, carb-heavy, poorly-prepared, and not worth it. If it was cocktail food it would be so much better! The service is also lousy, not the fault of the servers but of the manager who (when I complained after waiting an hour for service) said he couldn't hire more because it would force them to close. In my mind poor service will cause people to stay away and *that* will force them to close! He was also kind of mean... Sigh.