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Historic Federal Hill

Providence, RI (Federal Hill)
401-453-6161
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Ranked #19 of 70 Attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Providence, Rhode Island
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Federal Hill is not a pleasant area to visit. It is an area that has seen better days. Too many of the restaurants serve the same type of cusine.The restaurants are average at best. Most of the restaurants use Venda Products and just boil it or bake it. It is not an destionation for couples or families going out to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Federal Hill is a gem of a place. It is full of history, wonderful restaurants and shops, and down to earth people. Rhode Island is a fantastic state and the person who posted on 9/2 either had a bad experience, or is intent on slamming RI. Look again...or better yet, take your negative attitude and your business, to another state.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Filthy, dumpy, greasy ghetto, just like the rest of Providence/Rhode Island. Litter, cockroaches and rats (animal and human varieties) roam streets and restaurants, huffing hookahs and acting like the trashy gangsters they are. Avoid it and the entire state like the plague.

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Maine
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Federal hill has some great restaurants, cigar bars and huka bars. Parking is very limited but is a short walk or cab ride from downtown.

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Newark, Delaware
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Not that great of a place even for a historian. Nicely preserved and a quite street but not really worth the hype. Same look as you would find in Boston, Philly, Baltimore, Old New Castle, etc.

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Detroit, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Greated by the Pineapple over the road we knew we were entering somewhere special. A couple of blocks of ethnic foods with Italian as the dominant choice. loved walking around and feeling like we were in an italian village with a fountain and park benches filled with old italians guys staring at the tourists.

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Liked- the authentic Italian cuisine, and the family-owned places. Disliked - the parking... just valet it, pay the price.

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Plainview, New York
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211 reviews 211 reviews
36 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We took a drive over as this place was recommended by our hotel for having some of the best Italian restaurants in the country as the mecca for Italian food. Well, there are a number of Italian restaurants, however overall the area is a bit weathered. I expected it to be more like the North End in Boston or at... More

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New York, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I think this area is called 'red sauce row'. The selection of Italian food plentiful. Cassarino's - outstanding - one of the best Italian meals ever and I have had many.

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Orlando
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a nice place to walk around and smell all the great Italian foods on a nice afternoon. Great restaurants and delis, not many shops (that I saw). They have a lot of outdoor seating, which is nice to sit at on a beautiful afternoon.

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