Massimo may only be just about a year old, but the restaurant has a long culinary tradition behind it. Restaurateurs Joseph and Esther DeQuattro also own and operate Pane e Vino, the beloved Italian mainstay at the other end of Atwells Avenue. With its expansive outdoor seating and wall of windows that opens up to the lively street, Massimo is hard to miss. What’s inside, though, is even better. Massimo brings the regional flavors of Italy to life, while still serving a menu that allows guests to eat with the seasons and enjoy fresh, organic food. The restaurant imports its Mozzarella di Bufala and Burrata cheeses, and its Prosciutti di Parma, directly from Italy – and it’s recognized as a Prosciutto di Parma specialist by the makers. Massimo also offers an extensive gluten free menu, including pastas.
Have a Bite at the Bar
Massimo offers smaller, tapas style plates on its Bar Bites menu, which allows guests to try lots of different things for less money: think Polpette, Burrata Bruschetta, Margherita Pizzette, Salumi Misti and Massimo Truffle Fries. Their martini menu offers delicious mixology to go with the menu, with cocktails like the Classic Blue with Grey Goose and blue cheese-stuffed olives, the Hot & Dirty with olive juice and pepperoncini, and the Limontini, Massimo’s twist on a lemon drop.
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Mascarpone cheese, onion, tomato, avocado, capers
Local mushrooms, asparagus, fontina, parmesan-roasted fingerling potatoes and rustic bread
Local mushrooms, creme fraiche, lobster cream sauce
Tortelloni di Granchio
Crab tortelloni, fava beans, sherry-shallot cream, ricotta salata
Italian doughnuts, hazelnut fudge, salted caramel, seasonal fruit compote
134 Atwells Avenue, Providence 401-273-0650