Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > All New England Archive >
Aug 26, 2008 01:46 PM

Palmieri's Cafe at DePasquale Square (PVD)

The same owners as Palmieri's Bakery, right next door to Antonelli's Poultry (old Plaza Grill location). I was walking from Spruce St to Venda for lunch when this place caught my eye and I decided to give it a try. EXCELLENT. I had the grilled eggplant, zucchini & mozz panini and it comes w/a small green salad. Both were delicious. The salad was simple & perfect, very fresh. They have gelato, bakery items and espresso.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Excellent, I'm checking it out on Thursday. Thanks for the heads up.

    1. I'm embarassed to say I live a stone's throw away and had no clue; I love the baked goods and spinach pies from the bakery on (toby st?) What was the price range, if you don't mind? I've about had it with venda...

      6 Replies
      1. re: sarabean

        I checked it out for lunch yesterday. It was a bit weird sitting outside there, as we were the only ones there, and both sides of Venda were packed, and Dolce Vita was fairly busy. Service was slow, even though there was no one else there. We each had "foccacce" for lunch--I had grilled eggplant and zucchini, with mozzarella. It was a nice, pressed sandwich, served with a large green salad, for $8. My DC had the chicken alla vincenza, which surprisingly was slices of chicken on a bed of arugula, with a side of a few slice of foccacia, for $9. It was good, but the vibe made me feel like we were missing out not being at Venda

        1. re: winedude

          I know what you're saying and agree to a point. I usually grab stuff from the counter at Venda and sit on the edge of the fountain to eat it, but I'm sick to death of the free for all at the counter. Is there any reason why they've never adopted a number system?

          1. re: winedude

            The place is excellent. I tried it today and I did wait a short time but the panini was fantastic. The cheesecake I had was delicious. I'm a hooked customer. As for missing something from other places. Your not.

            1. re: Tammy

              Glad to hear the new offshoot is getting such good reviews. Palmieri's West Side location has been one of my "go to" places for consistently high quality bakery and cafe goods for some time and I'm glad to see their operation getting more attention.

              1. re: Garris

                They do not any location other than West Side. Both are in Federal Hill specifically...

                That aside, they are excellent as well as a great example of people from the neighborhood taking over a business and making it thrive...

                1. re: Garris

                  I tried the location on tobey street today for coffee and loved it. I got to meet the owners. I had a cinnamon bun and bought some bagels. Everything was fantastic. I found a great morning spot tucked away.

          2. A little Palmieri's trivia: Part of the film 27 Dresses was filmed at the Tobey St location of Palmieri's in the spring of 2007. I lived in the neighborhood and grabbed treats there regularly. I have not seen the film, but I believe the scene centered around the wedding cake! One of the owners, a pretty young woman, is lovely and friendly and makes her own gourmet pet treats which are also for sale at the Tobey St location.

            I have not been to the cafe at DePasquale Square! Excited to check it out. I usually grab lunch at Roma (great pork sandwich yum) instead of dealing with the hullaballoo at Venda's, although I enjoy Venda's during off-peak hours.