Historic Federal Hill
Historic Federal Hill
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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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  • Doris D
    East Harlem, New York36 contributions
    Great food and ambiance
    Lots of good food. This area was entirely Italian until about 15 years ago and has a number of excellent established Italian restaurants at a variety of price points. More recently it has acquired Mexican, Indian and several other sorts of restaurants. In addition, it has lots of pleasant atmosphere, including parades and street festivals, as well as authentic grocery stores and bakeries in which to purchase a variety of raw and prepared delicious Italian foods.
    Written February 17, 2020
  • whaleboy1
    Boston, Massachusetts247 contributions
    Diversity, Charm and...FOOD!
    Federal Hill is Providence's version of a "Little Italy" in other cities. Given that Providence is a renowned restaurant city, one would expect the restaurants on Federal Hill to be excellent. One would be correct. My favorite is Massimo, on Atwells Ave., but I have never had anything less than a fine meal at any of the restaurants I have visited on the Hill. There is also Mexican and Chinese, by the way. There are also wonderful provisioners, like Venda Ravioli (MUCH more than ravioli!). Add some nice little parks, and you have the makings of a fun day trip for walking, lunch and provisions, or destination dining for dinner.
    Written January 15, 2020
  • John M
    New York City, New York605 contributions
    Good atmosphere
    We stayed in this area during our trip to Providence. It is an excellent spot, especially in the evenings. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, many Italian, and also bakeries. There is also a lot of live music in the evenings. It is overall lively and pleasant.
    Written August 22, 2021
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Trip692270
30 contributions
Jan 2020
Have eaten at several Federal Hill places but have found equally good restaurants, outside the area, at more reasonable prices. Yes, it has charm but so do many others. However, if you want to experience an outstanding dessert place there, go to Pastiche. As people say, "Their desserts are to die for! "
Written January 28, 2020
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deanna0218
Alton Bay, NH22 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Meh.. we went through on a Saturday afternoon, sunny, 70°, perfect outside day, yet not many people. Four days in Providence and only went that one time. It had a local feel. We stopped in a bar to grab a beer, check the scores, maybe get a bite to eat, but the place quieted right down when we walked in.
Written September 25, 2022
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Ann L
6 contributions
Jul 2022
Honestly the pictures online (in my opinion) make Federal Hill look way more enticing than it really is. We walked the whole area and basically all there were was some bars, restaurants and a couple grocery type stores. We saw at least 2 tattoo places. I think reading that it was an Italian area of Providence, we expected more. Things like a few little shops, maybe some sidewalk carts with food or drinks but that is not what it's like at all. The fountain that people take pictures of and post online was there, but we honestly almost walked by it and didn't think it was that fantastic. It's a good walk, just not what we had expected. Would not bother to go back again.
Written July 9, 2022
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olivias33
Southampton, NY201 contributions
Sep 2021
There is really nothing to do during the day time there. The restaurants don't open up till 4pm. It seems like it is not a safe area for tourists to walk around in. The guard at the bank even said don't go off the other streets besides the main drag.
Written September 16, 2021
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Conigliettacara
ct17 contributions
May 2011
Thought it would be more "Italy-ish" but just mainly restaurants with a few food shops and a liquor store and a few boutiques, though not very good ones. Mainly a place for eating out and going to bars. Lots of empty storefronts.
Written May 25, 2011
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Richard E
Providence, RI6 contributions
Oct 2011
The day we went there were a lot of bikers, with little kids it was not an appropriate environment. We did some window shopping and looked at the menus in the windows. Even my wife who loves to go out for dinner was not impressed with the choice of restaurants. Federal Hill has very limited parking. The restaurants state they have vlaet parking, if you have a nice car you don't want to know where they park the cars. The cars are parked on side streets that I would not want to walk down let alone leave propertyin the neighborhood. We stayed about an hour then left. I know many people brag about Federal Hill, which is really just Atwells Avenue. It is not an area we would go to again.
Written November 22, 2011
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RITRIPPER
Newport, RI343 contributions
Nov 2011 • Friends
Federal Hill used to be a really nice place to visit right after it was revitalized in the 70's. Prior to that, it was pretty much a run down, dangerous neighborhood. As of late it is having many problems with the young night club crowd and the city's gang members. This is very sad for Providence because Federal Hill can be a lovely place to dine (many fine restaurants to choose from) and stroll in the summertime or anytime. The smells of Italian food and sounds of music permeate the air for an old world experience. Sitting around the fountain at DePasquale Plaza eating a gelato is a nice treat after a meal. It's not the Trevi Fountain, but it could still make you feel like you're experiencing a little bit of Rome. If you are going to visit, I would suggest doing it during the daytime. After 10PM it becomes a nightmare with young adults racing up and down the avenue. I fear if the city doesn't get a handle on this neighborhood and its gang activity (shootings), it will become a rundown and dangerous neighborhood once again. I gave Federal Hill an average score because I love it and think there is still hope for it.
Written November 3, 2011
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Oct 2012 • Business
This weekend is Columbus Day weekend, and on Federal Hill, you can get the greasisest sausages and peppers, the oilest pizza without any cheese, and eat in some of the dirtiest and most unsafe restaurants in the country. If you want to be with a bunch of low class people who think they have something to offer the world by all means go. There are two beautiful churches on Atwells Avenue on by downcity the other by the merge of the 6/10 connector otherwise you may want look for something more enjoyable than be with a bunch of carni's on Atwells Avenue/Federal Hill.
Written October 3, 2012
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sneepy
Satellite Beach, florida USA126 contributions
We drove up on Saturday Oct.9th around 2 P.M.-parking was a real problem-we parked on Broadway, two blocks over and walked over to Depasquale Square, where we promptly found a spot to sit(on the edge of the fountain) and waited for the live band to start.(they were on a break). Lots of couples with dogs having fun, kids eating overpriced junk-food (Italian-American style) from the outdoor booths, and a lot of over-the-hill single women over 50 milling about in tight cheap jeans and tottering on high-heels-they were a sight to behold! Made one grateful to be married-also, they were all smoking cigarettes and swilling down cheap wine in plastic cups, smearing their tattooed purple lipliner all over their faces. Great people-watching! Two hours is enough for anyone up there. Stay married, and if you are single, avoid the Federal Hill dating scene, unless you like third rate z-listers from the Rhode Island suburbs of North Providence/Cranston/Johnston.
Written October 21, 2010
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Sep 2012 • Couples
Federal Hill is seedy neighborhood that has nothing special to see, also most of the eateries serve the same food. When I say the same food they use the same prepared food from the same vendor, that can be bought in the discount club stores.
The area has valet parking which means some knuckledragger will park you car on a side street in this crime ridden neighborhood. The restauarants don't even have their own parking lots.
The buildings may look historic but that also is deception. These buildings have been renovated but the structures are about as sound as Providences financial condition. They are shakey.
There are nicer places to dine outside of this area in the suburbs. If you idea of entertainment is watching pedistains run for their lives crossing the road or seeing a bunch of intoxoicated steriod using idiots getting into arguments or urinating in the fountain at DePasquale Plaza then you would love Federal Hill and Atwells Avenue.
Written September 24, 2012
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