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Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen

120 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1630 (Federal Hill)
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Ranked #46 of 731 Restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Wed - Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Federal Hill
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English first
Sanibel Island, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

we took our 94 year old friend to The Old Canteen, one of her favorites from her working days (the restaurant has been in business since 1956) in Providence. Still have the linen tableclothes, even for lunch, along with the pink napkins. Wait staff is long-term, courteous, ever-present but not in your face at all. Lunch specials range from $12... More

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Rhode Island
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76 reviews 76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

As a native of RI I have eaten at the Old Canteen many times. To say it simply it was a pleasure to once again eat there. The owner's son met us with a smile and made sure we were seated. It was a Thursday night so a little quiet. The waitress was very attentive. I had the 7 course... More

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Old Canteen has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a child. Been going there for 40 years. Time moves forward but this place never changes. Still the same as I remember it 40 years ago, down to the color of the pink walls and it is the exact same oink! That being said, i believe that... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Te Old Canteen in Federal Hill Providence, RI is a very typical Italian rataurant with a very nice ambiance and great service. The wine was excellent. As for the food, it was nice, but I expected more, for the price we paid.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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168 reviews 168 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had been to Providence, RI for Waterfire, but never made it to Federal Hill. There are lots of Italian restaurants there. One in our party of 5 was celebrating a birthday. I think he was surprised to see so much pink when we walked in. We had made reservations, but there was plenty of tables available when we got... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Had an early dinner and was delighted with the service, food, ambiance and price. Highly recommend reservations as the place seems to be pretty busy. Our server, John, was attentive and sweet. The food was fabulous and a visit from the chef at the end of the meal was welcome reminder of days gone by. Definitely will return!

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Providence, Rhode Island
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100 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We went to lunch with a friend and the Old Canteen is better than Italy. Real Italian homemade food with class one can feel at home in very comfortable place being served with class ver professional staff,a very welcoming place everybody have a good time with very tasty food and good wine.I had Lobster Staffed filet of sole it was... More

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Rhode Island
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is where you go in Providence when you want a real old fashioned Italian meal. Everything taste home made, there are many wonderful choices on the menu, and the service is outstanding. You can get a full course meal at very reasonable prices. My favorite the Osso Buco! My wife and I always know we can count on the... More

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This place has that authentic old school classic feel.all the food is great and the veal is always awsome.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

For a party of 12, the Old Canteen provided great service and food. It seemed as though everyone enjoyed themselves. The restaurant was very accommodating. The bill was very reasonable for a large party. The only con was that it was somewhat cramped for space. Other restaurants may come and go on the hill, but the Old Canteen is a... More

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