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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
+1 401-751-5544
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the "hill" on a Saturday with friends, and stopped for a great lunch. Having spent much time in Italy I will tell you the service is like you are in a piazza in Italy. We ordered from the lunch menu and were not disappointed. Soup to nuts with a glass of wine for 50.00 a couple, and the... More 

Thank seasideboston
Providence, Rhode Island
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

This is a RI institution! Food is excellent. Holiday special dinner not to be missed. Anytime is a good time to eat at the Old Canteen for authenticity Italian food.

Thank Joannedb112
Bristol, Rhode Island
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

Went here for a lunch with a group of coworkers. Had eaten on Federal Hill before and was not impressed. The waitstaff were great, but the food lacked any real flavor. The interior decorations also scream the 1950s. I understand that's the point of the restaurant, but it felt outdated. The bar in the back, where my coat was, also... More 

2 Thank ClassicalMusicRules
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

I grew up in the Providence area. Eleven years ago I moved to South Florida and one of the few things I miss about Rhode Island is Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen. This restaurant is located in Federal Hill, Providence's Little Italy. On Atwells Avenue, Federal Hill's main thoroughfare, you will find some of the best Italian restaurants in the United... More 

1 Thank umberto1909
United States
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94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

The old canteen is one of the finest Italian restaurants in the world. You can't call yourself a connoisseur of Italian cuisine if you haven't eaten at this historic establishment and Rhode Island institution.

Thank repbrock
Andover, MA
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

what a wonderful spot--perfect for after game lunch--(hey!--whats up w Saturday Lunch at this place--jammed)--not for the truffle oil crowd--a great menu of the old standbys and every one of them done very well---if i lived in Providence, id ho here every week--one of a vanishing breed

Thank Damonsmyman1027
hartford, ct
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

My childhood friend took me here today for my Birthday. Beautiful interior and pleasant staff. I had veal Marsala with escarole on the side and both were delicious. Ricotta pie with strawberries for dessert was wonderful. House red wine was the perfect accompaniment and the coffe with dessert was good too. Beautiful area of Federal Hill.

Thank majik48
Northampton, Massachusetts
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388 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

We had high hopes for our dining experience. We had been working all day and we were starving. It was a Sunday evening and not crowded. The restaurant is old-school Italian, very beautiful and charming. We were welcomed by the host and one of the waitresses. We did like our meal but it just wasn't as special as I thought... More 

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104 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

On our way home from NYC and we knew we passed through Providence at dinner time. Checked yelp and decided that we wanted Italian on Federal Hill. Like the look of the old canteen made a reservation. We arrived and were seated at a cute little corner table. Our waiter Tommy was terrific. We decided on stuffed artichokes broccoli Rob... More 

Thank Peglegbbh
Wakefield, Rhode Island
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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Food and service continue to be exemplary! Sal and his staff carry on and in many ways enhance Mr. Marzilli's legacy. Always a delight to be here.

Thank matunuckboy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
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: +1 401-751-5544
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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