Massimo

4.5
1393 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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding as well as the service. Definitely will be back.

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

Excellent - service was great food carbonara- was delish - will be back

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

Wonderful food, my favorite is the gnocchi. Great location as well.

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1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening. We had 2 people with gluten allergies. They were accommodated very well. Thank you!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation dinner for 10! Restaurant was very accommodating, and we genuinely appreciated the level of service we received.

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to celebrate a special occasion. I love how they went our of their way to have some birthday decorations on the table for us. Food fabulous as usual.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent, ambiance was quite nice. We have visited Massino on several occasions and have never sat upstairs, it was different, very pretty, I enjoyed it but downstairs seems a little more vibrant. Service was a little slow, it was Father's Day so I know it was probably busier than usual. We asked for a couple of things (bread and beverages) but didn't receive them, had to ask x3. Also 3 of us had cappuccino and it was cold by the time we received it. So overall food excellent, service okay.

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had two meals here last weekend, and both were gluten free. Absolutely no cross-contamination detected here, such a relief. I will absolutely dine here again. Great menu (especially GF), perfect spot, nice ambiance, well-organized. This is my new go-to.

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PT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I did not have the best experience the last time I visited. The staff asked me to please give them a second chance, as they prided themselves on great customer service (which I, and other diners did NOT receive before). This dining experience was a complete turn around! They had a much larger staff to keep up with the demand (the issue last time), and each server, bartender, host, etc were all knowledgeable, accommodating and attentive. I have been completely converted, and will come here again when I visit Providence. Very happy I gave them a second chance!

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent from the custom cocktails to the veal chop.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimo unfortunately no longer does lunch specials on Saturday. This meant that a rather modest lunch--salad, main dish, and wine--with tip was over $40. For us, that puts it clearly in the category of "very special occasion. The food was excellent, and the service was very pleasant, but we just can't afford to eat there very often for lunch when we are going to a matinee at the theatre.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter and food were outstanding

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m
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is ahhhhhmazing and Jonathan was an incredible server! Get there NOW!!!!

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went early on a Friday night at 5:00pm. The doors were open and we had table near the doors which is why I gave the noise a moderate. You could hear and see the street traffic. This does not bother us but you might want to request a table towards the back for a more intimate meal. Food was outstanding, we had the polenta appetizer and I had the duck with the fig raviolis. my husband had the seafood special. The best part is that the menu has some standby but if you are looking for something different it does not disappoint.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night. I am gluten free and they had great bread and an extensive menu to choose from!! Wonderful experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal, super friendly staff. Love this place.

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TA
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very please with the restaurant service, food amenities, ambience, quietness and overall customer service. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Recommended with caveats. Four of us went for lunch at 130pm, as the lunch rush was ending. The prix fix lunch menu was not provided to us until we asked, which is an excellent value. The food was better than average but not outstanding. Main courses under seasoned. Average salads, excellent desert and espresso. The service crew seemed to be poorly trained resulting in subpar service throughout. If someone said yes to ground pepper, as soon as ‘enough’ was heard the person and pepper disappeared faster than someone else could say, yes please, too. Same with grated cheese, it was not offered but had to be requested, but this time we were ready for the disappearing act and said, wait, more want some. Same with forks for desert and sweeteners with coffee. Only about three parties in the restaurant when this going on. Hostess busy on her phone at stand, not filling in. Even with the prix fix not an inexpensive meal when adding on cocktails and espresso. Would I recommend Massimo? Depends upon your budget and tolerance for poor service. Go for lunch, ask for prix fix menu to see if you think you’d like to come back for dinner. We’ll probably try prix fix lunch again and hope for better Service experience. Based on regular lunch menu value for food served, we’ll skip dinner and a la carte lunch.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor ambience and the food is amazing everything we ordered was delicious! Very accommodating management and staff

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

Great brunch! The menu had a wide variety and what we had was delicious. Attentive, friendly service but we had a relaxed meal with no pressure to move on.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Needs help. My Anniversary wasn’t how I imagined it would be.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I personally consider this restaurant to be the best in the area! Very tasty food and always excellent service !

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

Massimo's is worth the trip to Providence from Mattapoisett! The food is delicious, it even gets a thumbs up from my foodie 23-year-old daughter. She is the one who found your restaurant and I am very glad she did! She knows way more about food than I ever would, I just know how to eat it! I have also brought friends there and they too think it's great! A good thing it is a distance away or I would be addicted to the bread, yummy! The entrees are to die for, never had a dessert but I can imagine they are also top notch. So, all in all I would give this restaurant a gold star!

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for my birthday and was pleasantly surprised with confetti on the table and a sweet birthday sign. The food was outstanding and the birthday gelato was delicious!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Woild definitely revisit this place. Food was delicious and service was excellent. No complaints

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, the food was good, outside seating although on the sidewalk was pleasant enough.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The best brunch I have ever had. Service was really bad, but I think it was just one particular server. The food is OUTSTANDING. I will go back every time I’m in Providence. I’ve eaten all over the country and this is the absolute best Italian food around. Brunch blew me and my family away.

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LM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, ambiance, service and vibe. Everything tastes really fresh and homemade. The service is quite good and our server Jeremy could not have been nicer and more on top of it. We would definitely go back the next time we are in Providence.

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

Fabulous attention to detail

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere is always great whether you sit inside or outside. We dined outside to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Federal Hill on a beautiful evening. That may have resulted in our waitress forgetting about us for long periods of time. We only had one cocktail as she wasn’t around to ask for another. We could have asked another staff person taking care of us with water, etc. so I can’t blame this on her entirely. And she was very pleasant. The food was good. More memorable meal the first time we dined here. Desserts and after dinner drinks were nice. Perhaps an overly busy night.

Massimo
Responded on June 5, 2019

Hello Ms. Deluca, I'm pleased to hear that you enjoy our atmosphere here at Massimo. I too love al fresco dining this time of the year! It was a busy evening for us but that should never be an excuse for inattentiveness. That isn't the experience that our team works hard to provide. Clearly we dropped the ball and I apologize. We would love a chance to host you again. I'd love to speak with you and assist you making another reservation. Give us a call and ask more me by name. _Dave

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C
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

While the food was good, the service was terrible. We were a large group of 14 people and had a lot of trouble with the service of the food.

Massimo
Responded on June 5, 2019

Hello, I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed our food! I am disappointed however, to hear that we dropped the ball on service. That is not the typical experience at Massimo. I'm interested in learning more about the details of your experience and inviting you to join us again. Please reach out at your earliest convenience. I have private messaged my contact information. I look forward to hearing from you. Dave

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food and drinks were great. We’re a pretty easy going bunch (a party of 6), but our server wasn’t very attentive to basic needs. No napkins or utensils for appetizers. We felt forgotten for a time. Utensils came after entrees were served after one of us asked another server or hostess for some.

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BS
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved Massimo. Our waiter was so kind and helpful and didn’t rush us as we talked and lingered over drinks before ordering. We were allowed to split salad and main course. Both (Caesar salad and fettuccine with Bologna’s sauce) were large portions and delicious. Even the valet (free) Parker’s couldn’t have been nicer. It was not expensive nor was it inexpensive - just what you’d expect to pay at a nice restaurant 😀. Will definitely go back!

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food in a wonderful atmosphere. Went with a party of 6 for a graduation celebration. Everyone's meal was superb. The salmon and gnocci were fantastic. And the prices were reasonable.

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a
Los Angeles
242 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Massimo while we were in town for my nephew's graduation. The food was excellent, and our server was friendly and attentive. The only odd thing was that twice someone tried to clear our appetizers when it was obvious that weren't finished with them, which was irritating. Otherwise, we had a great meal.

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c
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The place is great but the acoustics make it difficult

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MJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ecerything was delicious from start to finish. Jeremy waiter excellent.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimo is our go to restaurant when we stay in Providence. The food is wonderful and the service is excellent. I had the gnocchi al forno which was wonderful and my husband had a pasta dish with sausage and meatballs. Both were excellent.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was out of this world! I had the bolognese. It melted in my mouth. Highly recommend.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeremy was an amazing waiter. The food was great! Love the place

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