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Last-Minute Providence/Warwick-Area Dinner for Six This Saturday Night

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dracisk Sep 12, 2012 10:33 AM

I grew up in RI but haven't lived there in quite awhile and am not up on the restaurant scene.

To give you an idea of what we're thinking, we were planning to go to the Old Canteen but could only get an 8:30pm reservation and someone has decided that's too late. My mom has also suggested Andino's and Twin Oaks. I don't mind Twin Oaks -- it's an experience -- but kind of want to try something new. I've heard good things about Andino's but wondered what the Hounds thought and if anyone has any other suggestions.

We don't necessarily need to do Italian, but one in our party isn't a very adventurous eater and doesn't do too well with "exotic" foods. My father will probably be treating everyone, so I don't want to suggest anything too expensive. (I've never been to Gracie's and have heard great things, but it's unfortunately probably too avant garde and expensive for our group.)

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

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    Gin n Tonic RE: dracisk Sep 12, 2012 10:51 AM

    Providence will be tough as it's a Waterfire night. If you're considering Twin Oaks, why not consider Trattoria San Vivaldo? Not everyone's cup of tea, but could suit your group.

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      dracisk RE: Gin n Tonic Sep 12, 2012 11:02 AM

      Wow, that place sounds great to me, but I just read the Yelp reviews and think it may be a little too unconventional for at least a couple of people in our group. :-) I'd love to try it under different circumstances some time, though!

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        Gin n Tonic RE: dracisk Sep 12, 2012 11:34 AM

        Huh. What's Yelp?

        This is Chowhound. Read the reviews here,
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833430
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/733838
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/647072

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          dracisk RE: Gin n Tonic Sep 12, 2012 11:40 AM

          Yeah, I wasn't talking about the food, which I'm sure is delicious. I was talking mainly about the lack of menu. That's fine with me, but there are people in our party who won't be able to deal. Thanks again!

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        dracisk RE: Gin n Tonic Sep 12, 2012 11:05 AM

        Oh, and thanks for letting me know about Waterfire -- that does make things challenging.

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        Bluebird RE: dracisk Sep 15, 2012 07:50 AM

        I had a really great dinner at Pane E Vino on Atwells last night. They are a little further down the strip so maybe it will be less busy. Not sure if you could get reservations for tonight this late though.

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          dracisk RE: Bluebird Sep 19, 2012 01:02 PM

          Thanks for the suggestion. Turns out my parents had already made a reservation at Andino's. I'll keep Pane E Vino in mind for the future, though!

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