Massimo – Federal Hill

Disclaimer: I am not a foodie or widely versed of gastronomic proportions. I am however, a person who is always hungry (figuratively and sometimes, literally!) and enjoys surprising my palate.

My millennial colleagues and I decided that it is of great importance to try new restaurants in Providence since we work in the Hospitality Industry. It will be beneficial to us if we can provide guests with more dining options. Massimo offered a 5-course meal for us.

To know more about Massimo click (here)

Massimo’s interior is eclectic and edgy. With its Canary Yellow comfy chairs, inviting pew and classic tiles. It is Hip and possess a youthful vibe.

We arrived at 4pm and was ushered to what they call as The Godfather table.

The Godfather’s Booth/Table

This “booth” can actually fit 6 people and still enjoy their intimate dinner.

Sparkling + Spring Water

1st Course
(red onion, sliced pear, marcona almonds, smear of whipped ricotta cheese, lemon vinaigrette)

I am not a “salad person” maybe because everytime I eat a salad I feel like I’m a goat in the bush. But this Arugula Salad is divine! It’s light and fresh. So fresh I felt like eating the garden…

This has got to be one of the best salad I’ve ever tasted!

2nd Course
Pork Belly
(served over fantina polenta, cranberry agro-dulce, topped with charred peppers)

I am not a big fan of the pork belly. Simply because I have tried the best pork belly in the world and nothing will ever compare  to Philippines’ finest. Believe me! Pork belly is my expertise!

Don’t get me wrong, the pork belly is good (the girls loves it!) but I just had better.  The polenta is absolutely amazing though..

3rd Course
Fettuccine Ala Carbonara
(pork cheek, tossed with peas, parmesan cheese on top, guanciale, poached egg)

 I grew up from a third world country and we love seafood, maybe because we were surrounded by vast amount of water. Rice is considered our staple, Pasta (mostly Spaghetti) is usually cooked or prepared during Parties and special occasions. I’ve had Fettuccine and carbonara before and though it is good, I am not inclined to pasta with white sauce.

What can I do? I do not have a sophisticated palate. I am not going to pretend (or be hypocritical) just because I am now residing in US. I am who I am and I will not apologize for being myself.

Needless to say, this entree is good (as the girls seems to love it!) but its just not for me.

3rd Course
(red sauce base tomato sauce, grana padano cheese, short ribs)

Gnocchi (n(y)ok-ee) is absolutely amazing! 

Okay, so I looked at the gnocchi and thought to myself, “This is gonna suck!” because I have never tasted gnocchi ever and I am not a very adventurous person. (Exhibit 1: I order the same exact food on the same restaurant. If I go to a Teriyaki House, I will order Spicy Ramen. Every-effin-time!) In my brain, a gnocchi is more of a ravioli. Imagine the surprise when I tasted it! It’s like explosion of flavors in my mouth. I love the texture and hands-down, my favorite ever. We were told that this was braised for hours.

The short-ribs is cooked to perfection! Kudos to the Chef!

4th Course
(sweet potato risotto, brussell sprouts, panchetta, vincotto)

Scallops and Risotto, need I say more?

5th Course
(pumpkin white chocolate pudding, candied pecans, poached cranberries, salted caramel gelato)

I was ultimately surprised of how I loved this pudding. Initially, I am not a fan of pudding as a dessert but to my surprise, it’s probably my third favorite of our meal. Of course my 2nd fave is the Arugula Salad and I can still vividly remember the taste in my mouth.

I’m converted! Now I’m a Believer!

with Bailey + Courtney

Massimo is an Italian Restaurant. They call themselves, “New Italian” which you will be formally introduced to after your dining experience. Their service: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

The Restaurant offers Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. During 1st Sunday of the Month they have Drag Brunch which feature Drag Queens located on their 2nd level.

Grazzie Mille Massimo! Xx

Sunday 10:30am to 10pm
Monday – Thursday 11:30am to 10pm
Friday – Saturday 11:30am to 11pm
Appy Hour – daily 3pm to 6:30pm

134 Atwells Ave
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 273-0650