Planning a dinner for three for Saturday night with a colleague whom I have not seen in about 40 years. We need someplace not noisy, but with interesting food.
The two choices represent two possible directions: either homey family style, (RBT) with a bit of local color, but possibly too noisy, or formal, more pretentious (MT) but possibly over-priced. I have not seen any recent discussion of Mills Tavern, but the on-line menu looks interesting. The menu at RBT is not exciting, but the off-menu specials are supposed to be worth it. Are they?
Federal Hill is off the list. Bacaro is way over priced, e.g. $30 for a sausage main course.
All three of us have spent a lot of time in Italy so Rhode Island Italian is not a good choice. On the other hand RI Portuguese is a bit more unusual.