New restaurants in Providence include Ceviches by Divino and Sarto

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I thought I’d catch up on some news from the Providence restaurant. There is a new opening to report as well as a prominent reopening. And did you know that a convenience food market is opening in Providence?

Ceviches by Divino offers tapas

A Florida restaurant group has expanded into Rhode Island, opening Ceviches by Divino on July 28. The restaurant is located at 11 Point St., Providence.

It’s a Peruvian tapas restaurant that offers ceviches, unique tapas, craft beers, cocktails and a full wine list.

The owners, brothers Christian and Frank Encalada, have four restaurants in Florida, three restaurants in Miami and one in Fort Meyers. This is the first outpost in the north. Christian is the chef.

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They call it a gastropub with industrial design and a fresh take on Peruvian cuisine.

Haven’t been there yet but I have to say the photos make me excited to get there.

The menu promises Peruvian favorites, including lomo saltado, a stir fry of beef, onions and tomatoes. Traditional ceviche, lightly marinated in lime juice and flavored with Peruvian soda chili, is the star of the menu. They also have poke bowls.

Find out more online at cevichesbydivino.com and follow them on Instagram.

A new Sarto in the Providence G

After friends texted that they were coming to Providence from Narragansett and wanted to have dinner at an outdoor table at 7pm, I had a thought.

I suggested Sarto in the Providence G building because it just recently reopened. It has been closed since the beginning of COVID. I wanted to try it because the location is so great for pre-show dining at the PPAC. Now that it’s back, I wanted readers to know.

This was the third time I have stayed at a new “Sarto” as chefs have come and gone and menus and staff have changed. This time, in my opinion, they have a recipe for success for modern Italian cuisine.

They have a range of refreshing spritz cocktails. I tried the Galliano L’Aperitivo with bitter orange and it was refreshing. But I also liked the plain Galliano Spritz. All spritzers are topped with Prosecco and a splash of soda water.

Sarto also has mocktails, including Lavender Lemonade and a Blueberry Mojito. That suits many.

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Starters have quite an appealing array of choices, from crazy delicious warm olives to decadent carbonara fries, with the fries topped with creamy fontina fondue, pancetta and some spicy Grana Padano. There is also a squid dish. It’s poached in olive oil, grilled and wonderfully tender.

For starters there is a porchetta on polenta, a huge aged ribeye and a large selection of pasta.

I had the Restaurant Week menu which started with a fabulous Panzella salad so perfect for a hot day. Dinner ended with a fresh blueberry and olive oil cake. I don’t see either of these on the menu at the moment, but I assume they could be nightly specials. It was a special meal that included a Bucatini Aglio Olio as the main course.

The new chef is a Johnson & Wales University graduate from Connecticut. Andrew Capella has got off to a strong start with an attractive menu and well composed, flavorful dishes.

Their wine program is also strong, and Sarto recently received a Wine Spectator Glass for excellence. I enjoyed a glass of Italian Gavi di Gavi with my dinner. But I appreciated that they had a Vermentino on the menu. These Italian white wines are a welcome change from what you see on many menus. One of my companions at dinner enjoyed a glass of Nero d’Avola from Sicily, a beautiful red wine.

Sarto has partitioned off its patio tables on the sidewalk with half walls and an awning. Despite the heat, a light wind blew through. I assume you’ll be able to eat there by fall.

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They do have valet parking but I can usually find a spot on Dorrance Street and you might too.

They only serve dinner but open early for drinks at 3am at 86 Dorrance St., Providence, (401) 270-0790. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Rory’s Market & Kitchen

In case you missed it, a new grocery store is coming to downtown Providence. Rory’s Market & Kitchen is an independent, second-generation, local, natural grocery store and kitchen opening next month.

The store opens with more than 6,000 square feet on the first floor of the Nightingale Building at 113 Washington Street.

Rory’s first location was opened in 1978 by Darby Ziruk in Dennisport with a mission to provide organic produce to Cape Cod residents.

A second location opened in Mashpee in 2014, followed by Darby’s daughter, Rory Eames, who took ownership in 2019.

The Providence location will be the company’s third store and first outside of Massachusetts.

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In addition to grocery offerings, Rory’s Kitchen offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner made-to-order and grab-and-go. The Providence menu includes organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, corn bowls, avocado toast, salads, sandwiches and more. Customers can also look forward to gluten-conscious menu items.

The store and kitchen are open seven days a week for in-person purchases, online purchases, pickup and delivery services. Shoppers will enjoy convenient delivery service for all groceries, ready meals, coffee and juice bar items.

To find out more about the brand, visit Rory’s website at loverorys.com/pvdgrandopening/ and on Instagram.

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