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Historic Federal Hill

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Address: Providence, RI
Phone Number: +1 401-453-6161
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Sip a strong espresso at an outdoor cafe, grab a quick pizza for lunch or...

Sip a strong espresso at an outdoor cafe, grab a quick pizza for lunch or dine in style at a gourmet Italian restaurant in this historic section of the city, also know as Little Italy. You'll know you have arrived by the huge arched gateway, with a bronzed pinecone, which marks the entry to the neighborhood.

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Go-to area, even for locals

While parking can be a challenge, there are so many restaurant options it is worth the effort. We never make a reservation, and always can find someplace, even on Friday night... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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east providence,rhode island
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east providence,rhode island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While parking can be a challenge, there are so many restaurant options it is worth the effort. We never make a reservation, and always can find someplace, even on Friday night. Not just Italian, but many other options.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Providence is a small city so all the neighborhoods are also small. Federal Hill is along Atwells ave on the west side of 95. Go under the giant pineapple archway and you will be there. These days there is more of a mix of different kinds of restaurants - not all Italian - but there are plenty to choose from.... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Federal Hill is probably the best spot in Providence. Especially in the summer you have the square, with outdoor dinning and food everywhere. It's the cultural center for Italian food in Rhode Island with great restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Welcome to Federal Hill, where Italian Culture meets America. I love seeing the Italian "paizanos" seating outside Italian cafes, I love the piazza where is music is played for visitors. The restaurants, the markets, the bakeries are excellent. for all tastes, all ages, all cultures. If you visit Rhode Island, you must visit Federal Hill to understand our culture.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Neat area close to downtown that has dozens of Italian restaurants. Most are good, but parking can be tough to find around dinner hours. I'm heard from a friend this area used to be a gathering place for Mafia back in the day.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While Atwells Avenue is now lined with several ethnic restaurants, Italian is still king. On a budget, try the delicious authentic Angelos for braccioli with home made pasta or classic Italian dishes like ravioli with meatballs. For thin and crispy Napolitano-style Margherita pizza , Bob & Timmy's on Spruce St is supreme. In DePasquale Square, with its old world charm,... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was just here yesterday, taking a break from staying downtown. It is easy walking distance from the Convention Centre. Lots of restaurants, especially Italian, and nice shops. The area felt very safe - important for us "out of towners" who don't know the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Walked thru after eating @ Tony's Market, which by the way, was excellent for lunch. Lots and lots of restaurants. We were here during mid day, so I'm sure ambiance changes into evening. Old school neighborhood, like many old neighborhoods in other large cities. Didn't see much shopping truthfully, but we were only there for about 1 1/2 hrs.

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Pawtucket, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

excellent food, nice coffee shops close to downtown a great stroll! So much to do and see! Give it a try!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Like a small town before fast food, malls, and Ralph Lauren stores. All sorts of good, probably family owned, restaurants, grocery stores, small specialty stores. Gritty, but clean and safe.

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