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Historic Federal Hill

Providence, RI (Federal Hill)
401-453-6161
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Ranked #16 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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English first
Newark, Delaware
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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
39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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204 reviews 204 reviews
34 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Barre, Vermont, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

we had guided tour of federal hill foodie places with samples at each place also a good showing of various building styles of the different ethnic groups

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Beautiful historical area dotted with fine restaurants, boutiques and galleries. You walk along cobblestone streets and soak up the local flavor that transports you to another time.

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U.S.
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I walked this area in July and thought it made a cute addition to the city. Was easy to walk there from the convention center (less than a mile) and seemed perfectly safe during the day. I was very surprised that in the middle of all these traditional restaurants with outdoor seating was a bar with a huge obnoxious sign... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I love walking along Atwells Avenue, the main drag through Federal Hill and home to fabulous Italian restaurants from the very reasonable (Angelo's Civita Farnese -- my favorite), to the very, very pricy. Lately there's been an invasion of just plain drinking establishments and hookah bars that are attracting less than savory clientele which the owners of the restaurants, Italian... More

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