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amici bar & grille; providence review (stupid long)


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amici bar & grille; providence review (stupid long)

sarabean | Apr 26, 2011 10:08 PM

went for a light dinner early, @ 6:00 on a tuesday. quite a few tables were occupied as well as cocktail hour bar folks. atmosphere is typical federal hill, trying too hard to be NYC or something, service was passable..servers chowing down on cold pizza at bar service station is gross IMO. the food was excellent. DH & i shared surf & turf carpaccio for 1st course- beautifully presented w/ arugula, caperberries, wonton crisps ("medditerasian") and the star of the dish, kalamata & pistachio tapenade. i spotted shiso leaves elswhere on the app menu, so i requested a couple w/ the arugula and our server had no idea what i was talking about, but eventually accommodated me. we then shared the pork alentejana entree which is a traditional portugese stew of pork (what i'm familiar with as "blade meat", but that's another thread altogether), clams, potatoes, and chorico in a spicy and garlicky sauce. this is perhaps one of the most deftly prepared dishes i've had of late. what i would have been ok with is the homey version of this dish i've always had- greasy, spicy, pork-fatty and gut busting. what i enjoyed was a respectfully elevated and refined interpretation with lean but meltingly tender pork bits, perfectly steamed littlenecks and broth soaked potatoes. it was lovely. we honestly probably won't be back in for dinner anytime soon. the cocktail menu is amateurish at best, wines "by-the-glass" are non-descript, and the service is not at the level i expect at the menu's price point, but i can definitely see some serious i'm-not-turning-the-oven-on takeout over the summer!

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