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Address: Providence, RI
Phone Number: 401-453-6161
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: 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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Little Italy on a hill

One of the best little Italies in America. As with all of the ethnic neighborhoods things are fluid so get there before it changes. The are many wonderful restaurants, shops and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Massachusetts
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Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Federal Hill is unique. The restaurants are fantastic .Venda's serves dinner in the courtyard while music fills the air.On weekends and Monday nights, live entertainment is provided. Dance around the waterfall and flowers in the courtyard, and shop in their grocery store..Wonderful ethnic offerings. Down the way is The Roma..another nice restaurant and delli to visit. The pastry shops offer... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

What a great area to check out with many authentic Italian eateries and bakeries. We travel to Providence often and this was our first time in the a federal hill area. It was great. I wish we hadn't waited so long to check it out!!

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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Stayed for a few days in Providence and almost went here every day. Great architecture and history. Will come her again and do more exploration.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

You can stroll the main streets or duck off to one of several side street and enjoy the scents that fill the air. sit outside or in. The choices are endless and very easy of the feet.

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New England
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22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The area as I said is a bit touristy, which means higher prices. Not much for shopping but tons of bars and restaurants. We had an ok time. Nothing fantastic but it has enough to entertain for a Friday night of bar hopping if you choose.

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Westbrook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Excellent service and although the reservation was posted for the wrong night they found us a table, the tea and coffee was cool not hot (we think their machine was broken), they did not charge us for it. Wait staff was superb - attentive without annoying us!!

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Massachusetts
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42 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

One of the best little Italies in America. As with all of the ethnic neighborhoods things are fluid so get there before it changes. The are many wonderful restaurants, shops and markets. You can spend a whole day there. Start off with coffee and a pastry then off th do shopping. You can buy products from Italy, cheese, prepared foods,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Came to visit my Dad and family and as I grew up in Little Rhody I never went to Federal. Hill. On this visit took him there and what a treat. Went to Salvatore's deli and had a great meal bought some treats to bring back to Central Oregon and had great service.thanks

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Honeoye Falls, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Eight of us took this tour on Saturday. We had great weather and learned much more than I expected. Cindy is a great tour guide with so much knowledge and some pretty fantastic stories. We were able to taste everything from prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, wine and some pretty amazing cookies baked in a nearly 100 year old brick oven. The... More 

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Washington DC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Is it a pineapple or a pinecone? Whatever. Drive through the Atwells gateway arch to find a visually compelling, culinarily captivating mishmash of mostly Italian restaurants, clubs and groceries. Great place to wander, better place to sit and gorge. We had dinner at Siena, dessert at Pastiche and returned to Tony's Colonial for a takeout mix-and-match lunch. All were appealing,... More 

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