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Reviewed August 15, 2021 via mobile

Food was excellent but VERY small portions which is classic Italian. Small portions excellent quality and lots if small portions. Better than lots of food that is marginal in my opinion. I found it to be extremely over priced though.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed September 14, 2019

We called at the last minute and were able to get a table for two due to a cancellation. What a pleasure. Each day 5 courses are prepared to perfection with southern italian flare. The owner and host serves each course generally and explains the...preparation and unique composition of each dish. Specialty wine and a full bar are available.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 23, 2019 via mobile

Recommemdation: when you call the restaurant and leave a voice mail about making a reservation, put their number in your phone. You don't want to miss the callback because you will want to eat here that badly. We had the most magical experience here last...night. You are made to feel like family from the moment you walk in the door. It's an intimate atmosphere where there are maybe only 16 seats and although some tables are separated, it's conducive to getting to know your fellow customers as well as the beautiful family who runs the place. There's no menu, everything is made fresh daily and they only use in-season ingredients. The 5 courses are expertly, lovingly made and brought to your table as they're ready. Highly recommend the wine pairings with each course and hearing about the reasons they've carefully curated the choices from different family-run wineries in Southern Italy. Drinks and dessert are extra but so what, treat yourself. It's well worth the experience. We'll definitely come back here the next time we're in Providence.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

The service is great and the food is superb -- the meal itself was cooked to perfection. Just keep in mind that the meal is fixed, so you get what is cooked that night, and that the overall price is closer to three stars as...opposed to two stars, as often advertised.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019

I am an Italian American who's' mother is a great cook. This place is right on par with her cooking (tough comparison). If you are lucky enough to anchor a reservation, you should immediately jump on it. Everything from the five courses, to the wine...pairing, down to the hospitality of the owner, it was superb.... A+ Well done....More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

Umberto was able to get us reservations the day of and I’m thankful he could! It’s a five course meal with a glass of wine for each course. The food was so delicious and unique and paired well with the wines! Umberto is very friendly...and passionate about his restaurant. We had a fantastic time.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

I recommend everything here as I have not yet had something I didn't care for.. the Mozzarella balls were out of this world.. and the Espresso Martini's are the best in Providence. (hands down). The owner "Umberto" is great and very accommodating. I'll definitely be...back soon.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

Incredible night out. Umberto and his family provide an incredible authentic Italian experience from food to wine. A small shop that bring imported recipes and wine to the east coast . We will become regulars!!!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 28, 2019

I wish there were more places like Enoteca. Umberto is a great host and makes you feel beyond welcomed. This restaurant is a quaint family operated business, with a total of 18 seats and dinner is a no menu prefixed 5 courses ($65 a person)....While the food itself is lovely, the wine pairing is not to missed. The pairing costs $15 a glass (full pours), per person, you can tap out at anytime and can do half glasses (which is what we did). The wine Umberto paired with each dish were PERFECT and made sense, he also did a great job explaining the wines and what made them unique. Seeing as there is no menu, if you are a picky eater or have serious dietary issues I would not recommend - no one wants to be the difficult person!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed December 17, 2018

We were fortunate enough to get a reservation here after multiple attempts. It is a fixed 5 course meal ($65) with wine pairings ($15 per person per glass) with each course. The atmosphere was very nice and personal (family run joint). The owner personally meets...all the guests and explains each meal and wine pairing. Our first three courses were fantastic, especially the fresh mozzarella. The next two were good, but not great for the price point. Unfortunately, this was not a 5 star experience for the price you pay and it would take several improvements to become one. It would have been nice to have the wine, which was amazing, decanted and room temperature instead of cold (especially the reds). Cloth instead of paper napkins and new silverware with each coarse. Lastly, the owner speaks at lightning speed when describing the wine/meal and it feels you're being rushed at times.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

This tiny establishment is nothing short of amazing! Family run and operated, with a very intimate ambience, Umberto, his wife Lia, and staff welcome each diner with open arms and make you feel like part of the family. The pride they take in what they...do comes through in every dish. Last night we started out with this incredibly creamy and delicious mozzarella (flown in from Umberto’s cousin’s farm in Italy) with RI acorn squash and a balsamic and olive oil drizzle. I could have eaten it all myself, and would not ever regretted one bite! Next up, this sweet and spicy roasted carrot dish with a goat cheese creme and crumbled andouille sausage. Who knew carrots could taste so good?! The third course was a black pepper ricotta bruschetta topped with a cranberry compote and the antipasti platter. Yum! For me, the star of the antipasti is the eggplant caponata followed by the sheep cheese when they have it. Pasta dishes fill the fourth course slot and you tummies with some incredible flavors! The chickpea pasta and the pomodoro pasta make regular debuts, but they’ve also started to bring in some seasonal pasta dishes! Last night was a pesto, tomatoes and pine nut pasta and did not disappoint. But then again I have never been disappointed with any dish they have put in front of me. Instead I think how lucky and thankful I am to be eating such wonderful food! Our night ended with the fifth and final course staring a beef and green pea ragu served with melt in your mouth polenta. One of our dining guests who not a huge beef eater couldn’t get enough of the dish! Umberto also hand picked some great Sicilian wines he imports that paired wonderful with all courses. All in all it was a great evening. Our dining guests were blown away as well. Cant wait to go back and be dazzled with their dishes.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

This place is incredibly special. You'll need to be persistent to get a reservation, but it's worth it. Fixed menu so you don't get to choose but everything was great. It's tiny and you are really made to feel like family. Best glass of wine...I've had in ages--just sorry that almost all the wine he brings in can't be purchased somewhere locally! (While it's not cheap, it's a steal for what they offer. Here in California, it would be 2x and still considered a good price.)More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

If you ever come to the Italian section of Providence, Rhode Island, on Atwells Avenue, you will find an unique gem ! This Sicilian cuisine restaurant is as good, if not better, than being in Sicily and eating “home made “ dishes with recipes handed...down for many generations. If you are a wine drinker, here you will find specialty wines that you will not find anywhere else except in Italy! Enoteca is generally open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and it may take you weeks, even months to get a reservation! Always an incredible five course meal and a fantastic experience with the owners and staff! Don’t miss it! It’s really “one of a kind”!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe the dining experience at Enoteca Umberto. As other reviewers have written, it is run by a husband and wife team. He is the master of ceremonies and star of the show. And he knows his stuff: about...food, about Italy, about Sicily, about history. All of that adds to the experience, which is truly unique. Suffice it to say, the food is simply delicious; five courses, none too large, paced just right, and well thought-out. We had a wonderful time. I was particularly touched by how well they thought through my dietary constraints (communicated weeks in advance) and came up with dishes I could have, most just slight variations from what everyone else was having. I don’t think the place seats more than 18 or 20 people, so, yes, getting a reservation can be a challenge. Plan well ahead and enjoy.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018

I was lucky enough to get a reservation for outside seating, for our wedding anniversary. The food is so fresh and expertly prepared, it was a real joy to eat. The service is like a combo of a high end Italian restaurant but with the...casual atmosphere of eating at your buddy's house- who is a chef. I know people don't love the process of leaving a message and hoping for a callback, but I think it's worth trying and waiting.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5