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Providence resto roundup

Saany | Mar 31, 2006 02:19 PM

Visiting a Brown student, so of course tried the local by-the-slice Antonio's on Thayer St. Liked the Buffalo pie - chicken doused in hot sauce and some blue cheese in the mix of cheese, never heard of this before and very good.

I got a slice late last night at Felini's on Wickenden near Benefit and that was even better. What a great crust. We have crummy pizza in SF, expect for fancy California-styles places.

Shanghai - a Chinese place on Thayer, upstairs. We had wonton soup and ma po tofu (soothing food after a long flight). Not very good, don't reccommend. Bad starchy won ton. I was alarmed that the tofu was ordered as 'spicy as possible' but it was barely spicy at all.

Pakarang Exquisite Thai - had a very good meal for 2 here. We had the shrimp appetizer, rolled in wonton skin and deep fried and an outstanding Homestyle Crispy Duck. The duck seemed to be pan crisped --super crispy on all sides-and it was a big portion of breast for two with a light tangy sauce--it had onions and peppers with it--very fresh tasting. Even though this was $14, it was well worth it. Many other interesting items on the menu and they seem to actually grill items. I'd go back in a second, (even though we ate here on Sunday between 9 and 10 after not finding Hemenway's open)and the waiter started sweeping around us and they would not let us order dessert because they were closing. 303 Main Street, near the water.

Cassarino's Restaurant - 177 Atwells Ave on Federal Hill. This is one of those pretty much old school Italian restaurants. I have to say I didn't like it very much. This will appeal to people who like really huge portions. I had a veal listed under specials of the house $14. It had ricotta and spinach and red sauce on top. I could only eat about half. This just seemed heavy and ordinary to me. The student had the duck in raspberry sauce and loved it and ate every scrap $17.

Red Stripe - Angell Street near Wayland Square - this is an appealing Bistro with an energetic atmosphere. The menu is all over the place. They have Moules Frites at least 8 different ways $12.50. We had a half order $7 of the kind with portuguese sausage and wine and tomato, it was huge and almost too rich with the sausage, I'd get a simpler kind next time. Student had Lavender chicken under a brick over polenta with lots of juice. Excellent, deep flavor. I had cod wrapped in procuitto which I didn't like too much. The fish seemed cooked too hard to me and the lentil salad was bland and mushy. Still I'd go again, the menu had many interesting items including a 4 cheese grilled cheeese with procuitto and roasted tomato soup combo $8, and many interesting daily specials with house salad $16 Paella on Fridays.

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