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Costantino's Ristorante & Caffe opened its doors on the evening of June 19, 2002. This Italian wine bar and restaurant is located on DePasquale Plaza, across the square from Venda Ravioli at 265 Atwells Avenue, in the heart of historic Federal Hill - the Little Italy section of the capital city. The first floor -- decorated in soft shades of celadon green, gold and apricot -- is a lounge for pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers, as well as a gathering spot for after-dinner drinks, coffee and desserts. With a view of the flower-filled plaza, the lounge at Costantino's is so inviting with love seats, wingback chairs and a stunning pink marble bar, imported from Italy. Crystal chandeliers, gilded mirrors and romantic works of art complete the picture. On the sweeping stairway to the second floor, a colorful mural of the Italian countryside graces the wall. The upper level offers a full-service restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine, artfully executed by Chef Alberto. His menu offers hot and cold appetizers, salads, various pastas, steak, veal, chicken and seafood dishes. The extensive wine list offers vintages from Italy and other wine-producing parts of the world, including more than 20 wines by the glass.
Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm, Sun: 4pm-9pm
Credit Cards Accepted
$ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)
Good for Kids
Reviews of Costantino's Ristorante
cej99 posted on 11/30/2013
Completely impressed by this restaurant! The food, service, atmosphere, and location was perfect! I started off with an order of calamari- delicious, and ate an order of gnocchi which was superb. After, I had the calde calde. It was almost like a doughboy, but even better! The hostess, waiter, and bartender were all very accommodating and polite. I sat in the bar, which is always full due to the spectacular experience Costantino's brings people. 5 stars and best in Rhode Island!
Runner posted on 08/20/2012
Sat at the bar to have dinner on a Saturday night. The main dinning area looked busy the bar had a open seat or two so not slammed but busy. Food was good but I waited 45 minutes from my Caprice Salad to my pasta dish. Male bartender was awful - female bartender who didn't even take my order did more than him. Food was good but not worth the wait and service was sub par - maybe it is better in the dinning room.
Kenevins posted on 08/17/2010
My friend & I decided to go to Federal Hill to hear some music, drink some wine and have an appetizer. We've loved Venda Ravioli and they have restaurant service under the name Constantino's throughout the plaza. I get the host's attention and ask for a table for two, which he promptly takes us to. Nice table along planted fencing, tablecloth, etc. We are asked if we want water (tap or otherwise) and we get that, along with some wine. A young busboy brings us some bread & olive oil. The waiter comes to take our order - we are sharing an appetizer of calamari. Within moments, the host runs over to say that he didn't know we were having just appetizers and that usually people like us sit over there, but he isn't going to make us move. From there on out, over the next 45 minutes, we are harrassed by waiter and bus staff- are you finished yet (our plate is half full), are you finished yet (plate is a little less than half full), are you finsihed yet (still food on the plate)... roughly every 5 minutes. Finally, annoyed by being interrupted so often, we say yes, we are finished. Plate is whisked away and instantaneously, our check is on the table. Mind you, there are empty tables near us so it's not like we're taking up space (plus we were at a table for two, not taking up a huge table that some other party couldn't sit down at). We might have stayed and ordered multiple appetizers/wine/dessert, but certainly not after being treated like this. We will NEVER return and plan to tell lots of people about this so they don't experience the same RUDE behavior.
Ms. Costantino posted on 08/06/2010
I am writing this because my boyfriend decided to surprise me for my birthday by taking me to this restornte because I share the same last name. We had reservations and he told the woman on the phone that it was my birthday and wanted to have a cake like desert with a candle in it to celebrate. The woman on the phone told him that they don't do that. I didn't find this out till later. That was the first disappointment, the second one was that we sat at the tiniest table with barley any room next to the open window and when we ordered a bottle of sparkling water they left it on the tiny table with no room they should have had a ice bucket next to the table. Needless to say we ordered dinner we had the calamari and I noticed a very fishy taste to it but I didn't say anything and when my boyfriend didn't go for seconds I thought that was unusual so I kept quiet. I ordered the lobster ravioli defiantly not impressive with presentation and my boyfriend ordered the special a rib-eye and he sat there trying to eat it it was mostly fat. He told the waiter "Justin" and he proceeded to say it was like that because it was aged??? I buy better rib-eye at Stop & Shop. So nothing was done about it and it was a waste of 29.00 for the special aged meat! So I'm thinking at the time this is the moment after our meal where they come out with a slice of cake with a candle it in and instead they hand us both desert menu's. At that point we were both disappointed and decided to skip desert. We paid our bill and left the appropriate gratuity and went home only to both be sick. We had stomach aches and the only thing I could think of that made us sick was the calamari that tasted very fishy. What a birthday that was at a restaurant that I have the same last name and I would not be able to recommend it to anybody. I am so disappointed about this and I couldn't recommend it at all to anybody I know.
ashley costantiono posted on 03/31/2010
posted on 05/24/2009
This is a great place to dine. The service is top notch, the pace of the meal is wonderful, and the overall experience is a 11 on a scale of 10. <br />
I had a chance to share a special evening with my wife over Memorial Day weekend and even though the place was slammed you hardly noticed. The service was great. The staff is awesome. Ashley and Scott both are obvious pros. The food was spot on. My wife is a food snob and this is her favorite dining spot (mine too). We've been eating at Constantino's since July 02. The food is still great. We've dined at many places and the food varies from visit to visit. The food here is always amazing! Enjoy, but be warned this may end up as your favorite restaurant.
Mr & Mrs J F Tex posted on 04/02/2009
We've visited Costantino's Ristorante several times, and each occasion has been an incredible dining experience. Impeccable service, lovely atmosphere (especially in the summer months when you can enjoy plaza dining). Last evening we feasted on a delightful menu - our selections included wonderful appetizers - crab-stuffed artichoke hearts, shrimp, and magnificent Carpaccio, all accompanied by a very impressive wine selection.. We then feasted on melt-in-your-mouth veal, beautifully prepared Chilean sea bass, and a beautiful chicken paillard dish. Pricy, but you get what you pay for, and you get it all at Costantino's. Rave reviews for the staff (thanks, Michael), service, and incredible menu.
Marc and Mary Harnois posted on 07/29/2008
We had the most wonderful dining experience here at Cosantino's. From the moment we sat down, the service was impeccable, the food (lobster ravioli) was to die for, and the atmosphere made it the ideal place to celebrate my husband's birthday. We plan on going back very soon.
posted on 06/02/2008
Great food and service. Heart of Federal Hill.