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"Who needs the North End when you can find equally sensational and innovative pasta dishes in Providence’s Federal Hill? Zooma Trattoria serves up some of the finest, tastiest Neapolitan cuisine I’ve enjoyed in recent memory, and this Atwell Avenue establishment was a much more pleasant culinary surp..."rise than I anticipated it would be.
Zooma’s atmosphere is warm and modern, if not slightly garish for its no-frills Atwells Ave locale. There are muted magneta walls, feathered chairs, large murals, and even larger chandeliers. Two large dining rooms are filled with customers and lots of noise. Fortunately, my wife and I are seated at the kitchen table, where are backs are turned away from much of the bombast and enables us to pay closer attention to the entertaining kitchen crew who meticulously, effortlessly prepare meals as the kitchen expediter shouts out orders. We’re also closer in proximity to the wonderful aromas emanating from the plates. The head chef graciously hands us our ...
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"We were visiting Providence on vacation and asked around for "the best seafood with the best location/view in the city." We read great reviews on here about Hemingways, and our hotel front desk recommended it as well. Well, don't count on too much of a view. It's on the river, but I wouldn't say ..."it's a "good view" - it's not exactly very pretty and there's no vantage point - maybe it's better during the day, but we couldn't see much in the evening. The restaurant atmosphere is very nice and upscale and the food was pretty good, but nothing exceptional in my opinion and nothing I couldn't have gotten at any good, upscale steak/seafood house anywhere in the country. The staff was very friendly but the service was slow (that may be their style, I don't know, but we both commented on it). So bottom line, if you're looking for quality food and upscale atmosphere, I'd recommend it (pricey, though). But we were really looking for a local flair and something special, but didn't find ...
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