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Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen

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Federal Hill
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120 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1630
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Rhode Island
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the best Italian restaurant on the Hill. It is old school inside but I love the atmosphere . Joe will come out to talk to you . The best Chicken parm

Thank Kristen A
Colchester, Connecticut
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you walk in the door you feel as if you've stepped back in time and walked into an Italian families house. The service was excellent and so was the food. Strongly suggest reservations as the place is small and BUSY! The 7 course meal is a good deal and the food quality was exceptional!

Thank ckcisme1966
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Food is great and the service was even better and entertaining. Had the 7 course meal special with chicken piccata. Delicious! The house red wine very smooth. Highly recommended for a great Italian meal.

Thank Bellasera13
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Whenever my parents come home from Florida Dad has to get his fix of veal parmigiana and this is his first choice. We had a nice Sunday dinner with the whole family. The food was awesome traditional Italian fare. The veal eaters said it was the best they ever had. My nephew got lamb which was cooked to perfection and... More 

Thank TAH65
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Just came bac n as usual came home with leftovers. Sal the owner was main Chef tonite. As usual all courses cooked to perfection. Whether lunch or dinner always pink and white tablecloth. Elegance at all times. Prices for everyone n so much to choose from. U get antipasto soup main course with pasta or veggie Italian bread/garlic bread ice... More 

Thank Botta-Bing
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We love to go here and sit at the bar. The bartenders are very friendly and odder up suggestions of what to eat. We have never been disappointed. We usually split an appetizer and a main course. Excellent food

Thank Dlmfogg
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We were in town for only a short period of time and received a recommendation for this place. Unfortunately, when we called they said they had no reservations that evening. We mentioned being from out of town and the recommendation we had received, and asked about the bar area, where they said there may be room. We took a chance... More 

Thank Gina P
Powder Springs, Georgia
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98 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Excellent appetizers! Eat at the bar! The bartender is awesome! The shrimp scampi and clams are excellent!

Thank Lee N
Providence, Rhode Island
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75 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

I ate here as a child and even celebrated 4 birthdays in a row! Sadly, the "old" people in charge of the restaurant passed away, and everything went downhill: 1. The people aren't as nice. 2. No salads. 3. "Dry" pasta. This place is closed on Tuesdays, and I wish there would be better ownership and menu. If not, the... More 

Thank LisaK1967
Bristol, Rhode Island
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

The atmosphere was not very friendly at first , but after seeing our appreciation for the food our waiter became much friendlier. The food is good, Italian dishes, well prepared and generous portions.

Thank Mari R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1630
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > Federal Hill
  • Neighborhood: Federal Hill
  • Phone Number: 14017515544
We pride ourselves as being the oldest family owned Italian restaurant in Rhode Island, serving the absolute freshest and finest quality Cuisine for over 60 years. Our Chefs and Cooks, with their interpretations of the great tastes of Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen Italian Restaurant, make dining in our dining room a gourmet experience. We offer everything from appetizers to complete dinners. Italian food nourishes body and soul by celebrating fresh ingredients prepared with love - best enjoyed surrounded by loved ones!

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