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Oct 21, 2011 09:39 AM

Looking for a nice Italian place in Providence

I'm supposed to go out tomorrow night and I want it to be a special evening. Looking for a nice italian restaurant or something semi fancy (not commercial) with a nice wine list or BYOB. I don't go out for italian often so looking for a place that will be romantic and kinda like moms cooking. Was hoping chowhound could help me out.
Thanks in advance.

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    1. You will have better luck if you search the Southern New England board, which is actually the one that includes Providence. There should be lots of helpful threads there.

      1. You will want to go to Federal Hill, a smaller version of Boston's North End. Though I have not been, many say the best Italian on Federal Hill is the Siena restaurant.

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        1. re: bakerboyz


          Bacaro Restaurant
          262 S Water St, Providence, RI 02903

          1. re: bakerboyz

            The food at Sienna is fine, but it's LOUD, which kind of ruins the romance factor to me.

            The food at Pane e Vino is great usually, but it's not romantic either, and the service has been spotty for me lately. Fantastic wine list which is 100% Italian. Whole list 50% off on Monday nights.

            "Mom's cooking" is definitely Mike's Kitchen, but there's no romance there (inside a VFW).

            Andino's reminds me of a family spot. Same with Cassarino's, though I find it pretty inside.

            Eh, maybe Pane e Vino is kind of romantic at one of the window tables in the front. The food really is quite good, though the real star is the golden raisin bread pudding. Best I've ever had.

            Mike's Kitchen
            170 Randall St, Cranston, RI 02920

            171 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

            Cassarino's Restaurant
            177 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

            1. re: invinotheresverde

              Yes, the best of PVD's many, many italians will be more big city edgy in feel (Siena, Bacaro, Al Forno) than romantic.

              If what you are looking for is old school red-sauce intimacy, you might want (can't believe I am going to say this) Capriccio downtown. Its got decent food, wood-beamed-with-fireplace intimacy in a cloistered lower level ambiance, and fawning service. It feels like Frank Sinatra could be sitting at the next table.

              Its not my cup of tea, but might work perfectly for you.

              1. re: invinotheresverde

                Cassarino's surprised me. I wasn't expecting anything that good, since I'm used to Manhattan Italian restaurants. The Bolognese pasta was fantastic. Great taste, excellent quality ingredients. I also got a side of sausage, which were house made, they were excellent. This Place is the perfect "old school" Italian/American in Providence. It holds up to any similar style place in N.Y.C. and the prices are quite reasonable.

            2. vega, where did you go and did you like it?