Whenever my mom comes to Providence to visit, she always requests that we go to Federal Hill for a traditional Italian meal that takes her right back to her childhood. While looking up new places to try, I came across Pane E Vino which is located towards the end of Atwells Avenue. The restaurant opened in 2002 and is owned and operated by a second generation Italian American that was born right here in Providence.
It is no surprise that the establishment focuses on two key values: hospitality and comfort food. What is better than great service and food that makes you feel right at home? From my experience, I can say that these principles are extremely prevalent in the restaurant and I have honestly never had better service at any other restaurant in my life. Our waitress was extremely attentive without being overbearing. It was impressive how much knowledge she had about the menu items and special offerings.
Without further ado, I invite you to sample my meal below-
A menu full of great variety and traditional choices.
Red Wine & Apple Cider Mule
Scarola E Fagioli- braised escarole, cannellini beans, guanciale, crusted bread
Caprese Salad- buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper
Rucola Salad- prosciutto di parma, red onions, shaved grana padano, lemon vinaigrette
Chicken Saltimbocca- sage and prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, asparagus, and roasted fingerling potatoes in a light sauce
Salmon Special- pan seared salmon fillet, lemon parmesan risotto, brussels sprouts
Although I’m not one to order soup often, the Scarole took my mom all the way back to her grandmother’s cooking and it was to die for.
I’m a sucker for a caprese salad. Italian restaurants on the hill have the best mozzarella and the heirloom tomatoes were to die for.
I consider myself a veggie head but there’s nothing quite like fresh cured meat. Prosciutto is my favorite (and you can tell since I got it on my salad and entree).
The chicken was perfectly flavorful and moist. I know we try to avoid that term at all costs, but when it comes to food, I think “dry” is much worse.
Salmon is my mother’s go-to and it was also wrapped in prosciutto like my chicken. Extremely delicious and crispy. Also, brussels sprouts are probably the best addition to the plate.
To conclude, I was very impressed with Pane E Vino and will definitely be returning. The food is absolutely amazing while still staying in a great price range. The service was better than any I have received in the past and the staff was extremely kind and courteous. I will definitely be returning next time I’m craving some good old Italian!