Massimo

4.6
1236 reviews
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From Joseph + Esther DeQuattro of Pane Vino comes the much anticipated Massimo. Massimo brings the quintessential Italian trattoria to Providence’s Federal Hill Neighborhood. Offering a contemporary Italian menu inspired by the regional cuisines of Italy. Signature dishes include the Chitarra alla Carbonara; Fig & Tallegio Pizza; and House-Aged Rib-eye “Fiorentina”.

Massimo is classically designed to create a warm and lively setting. Massimo’s spacious dining room and glass-enclosed private dining room—including a full bar & lounge—make it the perfect place for occasions of all scopes and sizes, whether it’s a quiet night out with friends and family, or a boisterous celebration with dozens of guests.

Massimo has unique Italian wines from small boutique Italian winemakers (available nowhere else!) and a cellar selection from Italy, Spain and California. Our approach to wine is accessibility, quality and variety to encourage unfettered enjoyment.
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MA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Thank you so much. It was my brother's birthday, and the table was set up beautifully. I really appreciated it. Service was outstanding. I am sorry to forget her name, but she made my brother a pina colada that he loved!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quaint, personal and very friendly. Waiter was excellent, food was very good, fresh and hot. Would definitely go back. This was a birthday celebration which did not disappoint.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Nice atmosphere. Excellent service.

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b
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, incredible, delicious food, great people working there, great valet parking. We love the Providence location.

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k
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have tried several of the Federal Hill restaurants over the years and Massimo is our favorite. The homeade foccaia is outstanding and the caponata accompaniment is perfect. The entrees are always creative, interesting in composition and cooked to perfection. My entree of salmon with black risotto over carrot puree with roasted brussel sprouts was unlike any meal I've eaten anywhere and the portion was huge - probably 3/4 of a pound. The waitstaff is courteous, professional and always perfectly coiffed. Wines and cocktails are lovely and a generous pour. This is an excellent choice for anytime dining or a very special occasion. The complimentary valet service adds to the elegant ambience they creat at Massimo!

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The best part of Massimo is the staff. They are very attentive to their patrons as well as engaging in conversation to make the experience friendly and enjoyable. They are very knowledgeable of the entire menu including the wine selections. I have been there twice in fours weeks with different wait staffs with the same experience. The food selections are excellent as well. Their specials are very pleasing to the palate with the flavor of each dish very memorable. I have enjoyed the experience each time I have dined there.

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DO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little disappointing, Food was okay not great for the type and price. Service was okay, nice people but a little overwhelmed. Support staff probably more. I was looking for more from them.

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BT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and food was great. Loved the new bar and the bartender was fantastic.

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KA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service here is impeccable, the drink menu is creative, and the food is delicious. I love Massimo’s.

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MO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Massimo was incredible!! We went there to celebrate the husband/boyfriend’s birthdays. We were very surprised when we were seated at the “Godfather Booth”. LOVED IT!!! The food was outstanding and the desserts were delicious!! Even better was when the staff came over to sing Happy Birthday” in italian. Overall, the satff from valet to the serving staff were excellent and personable! We will definitely return again!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were fantastic. We will definitely go back. The only issue was that it was very noisy and hard to carry on a conversation

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my daughter's 14th birthday on Saturday at Massimo and we all hd a great time. Jonathan was fantastic and helped make it a very special night. It was a bit tight at a high top table next to the bar, but everyone was very accommodating and we LOVED the food.

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TL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service - enjoyable evening

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a friend out for his birthday and our meal was insanely good. Honestly some of the best food I’ve ever had and very reasonably priced considering. Gorgeous restaurant and vibe. We’ll be back

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to visit my daughter at Brown. Her grandmother and a cousin joined us. The food was above average whilst on the more expensive range. The restaurant was busy and as such not really quite in the first floor dining area. Service was attentive and it was a pleasure to dine at Massimo overall.

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, unique food and impeccable, caring service.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

We visited this restaurant because it was highly rated on Trip Advisor, but we were very underwhelmed by the quality of the main dishes The octopus appetizer and beet salad were good, but average good. On the recommendation of the waiter, we ordered Fusilli al RaguNapolitano and Spaghetti al Nero con Aragosta. The meatballs were dry and the sausage was hard, difficult to cut. The black ink spaghetti sauce was too strong, overwhelmed the flavor of the dish.
Service was very good.
We left feeling that we had an average tasting dinner, nothing special, not worth $140 for the meal and would have eaten similar at a chain restaurant for much less.

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C
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, awesome service, valet parking included, great atmosphere-everything was wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service. Would come back again!

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BR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Not the best brunch, unfortunately. Dinner is good.

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a little worried about the high top in the bar area but it was great!! We got the same service as the dining room... maybe even better. Austin was our server and he was knowledgeable and helpful. We had the burrata appetizer and it was excellent. My husband had the chicken parm and it was some of the best red sauce I have ever tasted. I had the duck and the preparation was exquisite. Thank you for a lovely dinner!

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J
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimo NEVER disappoints!

From the initial interaction with the valet to the superb dining experience, everyone is professional, helpful and customer focused.

The food is exceptional. During this visit, I had the duck breast special over creamy risotto. Spectacular! The food is consistently delicious and beautifully presented.

Lunch and dinner daily and a fabulous brunch on weekends. Drag brunch upstairs on the first Sunday of the month. ‘Appy’ hour with reduced scrumptious appetizers on weekdays.

You just can’t beat this place for consistent high quality.
Be sure to make a reservation!!

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GT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. Al and Sophia waited on us and made our night special. The food was terrific and the service was outstanding. It was our first time at Massimo, but definitely will not be our last. We had s great experience. Can’t wait to see Al and Sophia again. They made the night special for us.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

I made a reservation for 4 people for 5:00pm to enjoy time together after attending a workshop. We were brought to a table in the upstairs dining room. We were the ONLY people in this dining room. There were open tables for 4 downstairs when we entered the restaurant. I wish I had said something because there were open tables for 4 when we were leaving. No idea why we were segregated. Next time I will say something...

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DB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food here is always excellent. We always go with the specials and have never been disappointed. Massimo on Federal Hill is my favorite restaurant.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went in early before a concert, so it wasn't busy, so our service was was wonderful. We had the burrata app special and calamari. Both delicious. Entrees in our group ranged from chicken parm, spaghetti, scallops to the duck special. Again, all delicious.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Has an Italian menu, not an Italian chef. The food has a lot of potential, but the follow through fell though. We sat at the lower tables, and we could hear every conversation in the restaurant. The drinks we ordered with sub-par. The red house was bland and the Manhattan was insufficiently filled with alcohol. Our waiter tended our table effectively and efficiently.

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EO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there to catch up with a couple of friends and have a nice meal. I was greeted by Chris who was super courteous. We had a great meal, great cocktails and great conversation. After our meal, Chris showed us the private space upstairs for special events. Will definitely come back.

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The calamari was outstanding, filet was perfectly cooked. I did not love the chicken parm. The sangria was to die for thank goodness for pitchers. And out weighter was extremely kind and knowledgeable.? We will be back again!

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C
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our first time to this restaurant, great food and a wide selection of food to choose from. Service was a bit slow, I think the server was over extended. Will definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing place to go! The food and ambiance was terrific. The portion and price for everything was more than fair. Everyone was very attentive and the food came out quick. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to eat out. I’ll be back!

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DF
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The complimentary valet service was a nice first touch. Upon checking in, we were quickly taken to a table upstairs . Our table was quaint and up against glass paneled doors (which was nice except for when people walked into the doors and caused violent shaking/noise). It took a while to get noticed by our server. He took our drink order, but then proceeded to take food orders from all three of his other tables before going to get the bottle of wine. Overall, door to drink time was about 25 minutes; this was a bit excessive. The lobster bisque special, gnocchi al forno with chicken, and rollatini were all excellent. Our waiter was less than attentive to our table throughout the night. Just a little more attention to us, and the night would have been perfect.

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EL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were excellent. However I probably won't go back. The dining area on the first floor is a small-medium sized room. While my wife and I were eating there may have been 20 other people seated around us. The room was so loud we couldn't hear each other speak from across the small 2 person table.

The food was wonderful and if you don't mind screaming for your date to hear you , you'll love it here.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Wife and I could not have asked for more Our Waitress should get a Raise.

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DL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food. Our waiter Al was amazing. Cant wait to come back.

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BC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we all had fabulous meals - the appetizers, salads and main dishes as well as dessert and cappuccino were perfect. our waiter and the surrounding staff were attentive without being overbearing. great experience

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We where greeted pleasantly and seat before our reservation.
Quality of food was outstanding. Food service was great. Team approach can lead to uneven service. Our second drink order took more than ten minutes to arrive. Most is us had completed our dinners before drinks were served.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent! Josh, our server, was amazing, very attentive and great sense of humor. We will be definitely going back :)

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food, but it was a bit too noisy for our taste. Waiter was incredible.

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1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was family weekend at PC. The food was delicious and the service was phenomenal!

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