Providence Restaurant Weeks is Back

Check out our top picks for the dining event that takes place July 10–23 with thirty-eight participating restaurants.
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A summer pasta dish with a Bellini at Bellini in Providence. Photo by Angel Tucker.

Many local restaurants are back from taking a quick (and much deserved) summer break. Hopefully the staff are well rested before launching into the epic two weeks that is Providence Restaurant Weeks. The seasonal dining event is taking place July 10–23 with thirty-eight participating restaurants offering specials for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, as well as other limited-time deals.

Diners can find all the deals at ProvidenceRestaurantWeeks.com.

Kristen Adamo, president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB), hopes the food-focused week will bring more visitors to the Creative Capital. “Providence Restaurant Weeks showcases dozens of nationally-recognized restaurants throughout the state while making their best dishes extremely accessible,” she says. “As leisure travel continues to pick up momentum and locals continue to support small businesses, this is the perfect opportunity for everyone to get a taste of the region’s world-class dining scene.”

I am most excited to try a few places I’ve never been. Near our Pawtucket office is Tumblesalts Cafe (featured in our July Outdoor Dining issue) and 10 Rocks Tapas Bar and Restaurant, and one of my favorite restaurants in Rhode Island, Metacom Kitchen in Warren, is also participating.

As for the Providence list, I can vouch for Angelo’s, Bellini, the Capital Grille, Gracie’s, Hemenway’s, Massimo, Needle and Thread, New Rivers,  Nicks on Broadway and Xaco Taco.

Here is a sampling of some of the best deals:

Bellini is offering a three-course lunch option for $30 with a choice of an endive, pear, avocado and Pecorino salad; baby lentil salad; clams Veneziana or polpettine to start, followed by a main course choice of pappardelle “alla Bellini,” pan-seared salmon, organic chicken pizzaiola or the Bellini cheeseburger. For dessert, it’s profiteroles, chocolate mousse or vanilla meringue.

At the Capital Grille, dinner costs $46 per person (not including tax or gratuity and not available on Saturdays), and includes a choice between two salads; wedge with bleu cheese and smoked bacon or field greens salad with Parmesan vinaigrette. Then guests can choose between an eight-ounce filet, a bone-in dry aged NY strip, roasted chicken breast or seared citrus glazed salmon, served with sides of Sam’s mashed potatoes or creamed spinach, and dessert of flourless chocolate espresso cake or cheesecake. You can also upgrade an entree for a surcharge (add mushrooms or a double cut lamb chop for extra.)

Gracie’s is offering its five-course tasting menu for $80 per person (normally $100).

Hemenway’s is plating a three-course pre-fixe meal for $39.95 that includes many choices in each section of the menu. Go for the beer-battered quahog fritters or New England clam chowder before an entree choice of a 1.25-pound baked stuffed lobster, roasted monkfish or pan-seared NY strip. Dessert involves a choice of mixed berry clafloutis, lemon cheesecake or a dark chocolate brownie.

Metacom Kitchen is offering a three-course meal for $35 per person that includes first course choices of smoked carrot, bibb lettuce salad or roasted kale and ricotta ravioli; second course choices include market fish, duck breast and leg or mushroom Bolognese, followed by ginger ice cream or brown butter cake for dessert.

Nicks on Broadway is closed for the first week of Restaurant Weeks and is only open July 17-23, Wednesday-Saturday. But the deals are worth waiting for. For brunch, available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for $25 per person, guests get a choice of parfait or fresh fruit salad; choice of special breakfast or egg sandwich; veggies and eggs; or black beans and eggs and a choice of mimosa. The $25 lunch special, available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., involves a choice of salad or cup of soup; choice of crostini or sandwich; and a glass of wine or frozen cocktail. And the $45 dinner deal, available 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., includes a choice of salad or crostini; an entree choice of pasta, fish or chicken; a dessert choice of housemade ice cream, panna cotta or warm crumble; and a glass of wine or draft selection. $25 snacks specials are also available, including four oysters, crudo or garlic bread and olives with a choice of crostini and a glass of rosé or frozen cocktail.

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Brunch at Nicks on Broadway. Photo by Jamie Coelho.

Sarto is also back open and this is a great opportunity to try the updated menu. They are featuring three courses for $38. Choose a first course of zuppa alla vongole, which is “Italian chowder” of sausage, potatoes, clams and kale served with bruschetta or a panzanella salad of cucumber, cherry tomato, basil, mint, red onion, Calabrian chili croutons and red wine vinaigrette. The second course is pasta bucatini aglio e olio with roasted corn, garlic, olive oil, red chili flake and Parmesan or radiatore with tomato, okra and sweet Italian sausage. Dessert is olive oil cake with red wine poached cherries.

ProvidenceRestaurantWeeks.com is constantly being updated with new menus, so check back often. You can also book reservations right through the site.

 

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