by Caitlin Saniga | photos by Joel Hawksley
I visited: Coco Pazzo, a cozy Italian restaurant serving tapas, pizzas, pasta, other entrees and desserts in Providence’s east end. Joel and I stopped in for lunch during Providence’s restaurant week, so we were able to sample a variety of menu items for a reasonable price. We sat at the front of the restaurant, near a huge bay window, a prime spot for people watching in the neighborhood where Brown and RISD students mingle. it seemed to be the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a gathering of friends for food and drinks (There were lots of alluring drinks on the menu — a lemon-basil gimlet and a ginger mojitp to name a few.).
I tried: Among other things, the zucchini fritter: a jumbo patty with a crunchy, fried exterior and a soft, almost custardy interior. It was topped with pistachio pesto, balsamic glaze and shards of Parmesan.
Why it stood out: The fritter was huge, almost big enough to serve as a light main course, and the combination of crunch and softness was perfect. The patty seemed a bit underseasoned, but a dash of salt fixed that problem. I appreciate being able to adjust seasoning to my liking anyway.
It cost: $6
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165 Angell St.
Providence, RI 02906