The most unlikely locale for a true dining experience is SAN VIVALDO TRATTORIA, tucked away on Providence Street in West Warwick. We’re not just tossing clichés around here — this is arguably the most authentic and memorable Italian meal you will ever encounter, courtesy of Tuscany native Alfie Bigazzi. A former personal chef to the bigwigs at Foxwoods, Chef Alfie has quietly settled into his cozy confines (we’re talking six tables and a small bar) and offers no menu, just his Old World charm which instantly lights up the room. San Vivaldo is the type of place you’d expect to find other restaurateurs extolling over the freshly grated nutmeg permeating his Tortellini Bolognese, or how the dry-aged filet appears charred and mauled, then cuts and tastes like butter, accompanied by creamy risotto and roasted potatoes (all under $25) on our last visit. “It’s cold out, you get some extra starch tonight,” he declared. Chef Alfie’s northern Italian roots takes the simple approach to picturesque proportions; the $7 appetizer plate was a slice of crostini with chickpeas and his homemade smoked mozzarella along with aged balsamic over greens, and a couscous-stuffed tomato topped with a marinated mini-slab of raw tuna. The wine list is infinite, ranging from $18 to $750 by the bottle. Save room for the Crepes Suzette flambéed tableside. Open Wednesday thru Sunday at 5 pm.
San Vivaldo Trattoria | 570 Providence Street, West Warwick | 401.828.8100