Amici Bar and Grille - Providence, RI

Update: This restaurant is closed. However, there is much more to do in Providence!

We decided to check out Amici Bar and Grille in Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood for a quick dinner before heading over to the WaterFire event. I found a great Groupon deal for $30 worth of food for only $15! Providence Groupon often has deals available to many of the restaurants in this neighborhood.

The restaurant is located on a very busy street and parking is hard to find, which makes the dining experience a bit frustrating.We had to drive around for a while before we could find a spot to park. You could also find a parking garage, but I just don’t feel like it is worth it just to go out to dinner.

I was a bit dissapointed in this restaurant. First off, it was a very hot day outside and they had no air conditioning on! We were hoping to cool off in the restaurant, but for some reason it felt like a sauna inside. There is outdoor seating, however, with all the noisy traffic, heat, and no views it just doesn’t make for an inviting atmosphere.

The decor inside is a bit bland. They really need to do something to spice it up more. It almost looks like it is trying to be fancy and a sports bar at the same time, which really just doesn’t work.

Service was just blah as well. Also, I expected the servers to be more knowledgeable about the menu if they are going to charge absurd prices. For example, I asked our waitress what type of noodles they used for the gluten free pasta, and she said wheat! Not sure I would trust anything here to be alright for food allergy sufferers! I would think that the waiters should know what food they are serving, and pretty much everyone now knows that wheat is not gluten free!

Amici Bar and Grille inside pic- Providence, RI

The food was good, but nothing to write home about, and way overpriced for the type of food we got. Luckily, we had a Groupon so the price didn’t matter as much. I ordered the Margherita Pizza and Mike ordered the Grilled Chicken. We also ordered a few scoops of Gelato for dessert, which was good, but way overpriced – $5 for 2 tiny scoops of ice cream! And, it took at least 15 minutes to come out.

Amici Bar and Grille Magherita pizza - Providence, RI


I would probably skip this restaurant, as there are dozens of others lined up down the street. I felt that the service and atmosphere were lacking. The restaurant was also completely dead on a Friday night if that is any sign.

Amici Bar and Grille
Address: 242 Atwells Ave. Providence, RI 02903
Hours: Monday – Thurs: 5pm – 1am, Friday: 5pm-2am, Saturday: Noon-2am, Sunday: Noon-1am

If you liked this post, then check out my review of another Providence Italian restaurant, Mediterraneo