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Vincenzo Iemma's restaurant in the financial district is the quintessential place to go if you have tickets to a show at the nearby Providence Performing Arts Center. The tuxedo wearing waiters present classics out of the Julia Child playbook, like Beef Wellington and Dover Sole to name a few. The wine list is just as traditional, with more than 500 varietals, where you can find everything from Montepulciano d'Abruzzo to California merlot. The two dining rooms carved out of the historic cellars alongside the alcoves and cobblestone floors only add to the Old World charm. Reservations as well as a jacket are recommended.
Tucked in a small space along busy Thayer Street, this counter-service only restaurant is a staple in this neighborhood full of students and academics. The menu features all the favorites from the Middle East such as hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh. Larger plates include the chicken, beef and Kafta kabob; all are served with house salad and Jedra (rice and lentils). The prices are student-friendly and its a great place for take-out.