It’s been a long time since I’ve had Portuguese food, and while visiting in Providence, decided it was time to plunge back in. Based on Trip Advisor reviews, my wife and I hit O Dinis. What a delight!
The restaurant is small, tightly packed, and vibrant. Portuguese was being spoken at perhaps half the tables. Families, large groups, couples … the clientele (almost all local) was boisterous and obviously enjoying themselves.
When the food arrived, it was obvious why. Delicious, nicely seasoned, and oh so reminiscent of meals enjoyed in Lisbon. I went for the Pork and Clams, a massive one-dish meal of pork chunks, littleneck clams and potatoes, all in a heady sauce rich with paprika, garlic and wine. My wife’s skewer of beef (ordered medium-rare and cooked to perfection) interspersed with slices of spicy linguica also came with a robust, beefy sauce, which soaked into the fried potatoes and made them all the more delicious.
I'm glad we skipped the appetizers, the entree portions were flat-out huge.
Service was friendly and enthusiastic, prices were right (two entrees, a bottle of wine and two healthy glasses of Port for dessert came to $60), and I’ll be heading back on my next visit to the area.
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