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Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen is one of the oldest restaurants in Federal Hill established in 1956. The attractive blinking sign board makes the restaurant noticeable on the street The restaurant has a vintage decor with extensive variety of Italian cuisines such as lamb chops, baked shrimps, sausages, chicken appetisers along with creamy desserts and classy wines. It is an affordable place for group and family outings. The service here is always topnotch as the staff is attentive to the guest needs. Also, the owner gives personal attention to ensure his guests have a delightful experience.
A delightful upscale restaurant that prides itself on serving authentic Indian cuisine, A Taste of India is just a short distance from accommodations downtown or on the East Side. Offerings include Lamb Saag, Chicken Shahi Korma, Fish and Chicken Tandoori, Poori bread and Gulab Jamun dessert. Basmati rice provides a flavorful accompaniment to these spicy dishes and any entree will be prepared mild, medium or hot at your request. Their mint sauce or onion chutney will add even more flavor to the curry-infused cuisine.
This small restaurant on the East Side of Providence near Wickenden Street does a steady to-go business; you may eat in as well. Classic Thai dishes like Red and Green Curry and Pad Thai are available, as well as more exotic meals like Muk Tua (sauteed squid), Tod Mun Pla appetizer (minced kingfish), and Tofu-Oab. It also offers Northeast Thai dishes that include Yum Nur (grilled sirloin) and Yum Seafood. Steamed jasmine rice is served with the meals. Sawaddee will prepare group meals, for which they require 24-hour advance notice.
Sakura is located in the heart of busy Wickenden Street, close to downtown Providence. It specializes in sushi and vegetarian dinners and what it claims as some of the best teriyaki and sukiyaki in town. Maki is emphasized here, along with house specials like Udon Suki (noodle soup with seafood and vegetables). The ambiance is very Japanese, including an authentic Tatami Room. If you and your date like raw fish, you may want to order Loveboat for Two, which involves an assortment of sushi, sashimi and maki.
Angelo's is a third generation Italian family restaurant that's been serving patrons on Federal Hill since 1924. It has a casual dining environment of booths and counters, but the food is hearty, satisfying Italian and American at very low prices. Their pastas are popular and their meat dishes are good, too. They also offer a full bar. Since they do not take reservations, you will want to get to Angelo's early for dinner to beat the crowds at this popular eatery. Cash only.
Al Forno has is a nice little nondescript gem in the Fox Point neighborhood. It's hidden in a warehouse type structure along South Main Street and the ambiance is quiet and casually romantic. The owners have published a couple of cookbooks and they present all the regions of Italy on diners' plates, from Reggio-Calabria to Campania. Their wood-grilled pizza and clam appetizers are very popular as well as their fresh fish and pasta dinners. An impressive selection of 250 wines completes the menu and the service is impeccable.