Among the amazing mansions of Broadway is #477, built at the end of the 1800s. With each floor measuring around 3,000 square feet, it almost makes the neighboring houses look like cottages.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with food.
477 Broadway is the home of the Italo American Club. Their restaurant, Vivo, is open to the public for lunch and dinner. After a few months of curiosity, we finally went to check it out.
It’s even more impressive inside than out. The downstairs has dark wood paneling, an ornate bar, unusual ceiling details and little corners that make you want to bring a book and stay all day.
You’ll find the restaurant at the top of the stairs. We were hungry and eating unusually early, not to mention the weather was a bit gloomy, so we had the pleasure of dining alone in a giant room with two fireplaces and a good view of Broadway’s Victorian architecture.
We started with antipasto, and I think it was the best we’ve ever had – no iceberg, just the good stuff! For an entree, I had stuffed rigatoni with a pink sauce and grilled chicken, and Jeremy had the veal parmesan, which was huge. We shared a bottle of Piccini Chianti and were unfortunately too full for dessert.
Entrees are all in the $10-$20 range. If you’re dining on a budget, check out the lunch menu, which has many great options for under $10.
More interesting facts about 477 Broadway: A scene from Federal Hill was filmed in the house during its previous existence as a funeral home. We also heard that the house’s upper floor is haunted by a ghost, which I think is always a plus (if you drop your fork, just blame the supernatural).
Vivo at the Italo American Club
477 Broadway, Providence, RI