We have been to Siena and it's sister restaurant in East Greenwich on several occasions. Our group of 8 people arrived at 6:30 pm on a really cold Friday night to find a packed house. Our table was the only one left in the rear room.
It was "restaurant week" in Providence and sometimes the special menus don't represent the restaurant very well. This was not the case. The smaller menu was varied and portions did not seem smaller even given the special $29.99 price for a three course dinner.
The quality of the food across the table was excellent. With a glass of wine and coffee, the tab averaged $50 with tip included. However, this was restaurant week, so you will likely spend more for a typical meal. But on this night, the value was excellent.
Service was just okay. I am seeing a trend on the hill of younger, inexperienced, servers who don't know the menu very well. They can recite the specials, but that is about it. Courses were paced well and somebody filled up your water glass. Did not feel rushed at all even though there was a line of people waiting for tables as we left.
I have been just about everywhere on the hill except for a couple of the newer places.
Siena and Pane e Vino are about the best for fine dining.
Pastiche (for desserts) may be the best take on the hill
Angelo's for inexpensive Southern Italian
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