Location: 999 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Cuisine: Portuguese/Cape Verdean
Price: Average/slightly expensive
Would I eat there again? Yes
NOTE: Rosinha's has only been open a couple weeks at this point, so any reviews should be taken with a grain of salt- service and food is probably still in a state of high flux.
The Hope Artiste Village is only in its third year since it started transforming what used to be known as the Hope Webbing mill, and has already grown into the home of quite an impressive array of businesses. Seven Stars Bakery, New Harvest Coffee, The Blackstone, and countless retail and office spaces have made their home in the huge red brick building on Main Street in Pawtucket. The most recent addition is Rosinha's restaurant, featuring a huge dining room that can accommodate both regular restaurant dining and large functions (supposedly up to 200 people). The cuisine claims Portuguese and Cape Verdean roots, a combination that I cannot claim great knowledge of- but one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Located right next to The Blackstone, Rosinha's is a single, huge room with high ceilings. Well positioned drapes and colors give the space a cozy feeling, despite the open enormity of the room. The entire dinner was very enjoyable if somewhat rough. Truly fantastic portuguese olives were served as appetizers next to very dull bread with pre-packed pads of butter. We had a perfectly enjoyable bottle of vino verde (for only $14!!) but it was served at room temp much to the detriment of the first glass (an ice bath was provided which helped out the second half of the bottle). The menu was broken into appetizers, meat, and seafood. Vegetarians might have a bit of a hard time here, but that was not a concern for us. We had a seafood stew that included shrimp, scallops, littleneck clams, mussels, and an entire half lobster for ~$16, and the steak Rosinha (steak covered in a rich sauce with a fried egg on top) (~$17). Both were excellent if a bit on the salty side. There is definitely a chef who knows what he/she is doing in the kitchen.
Service was wonderful and attentive. Water glasses were kept full, extra olives were brought out (did I mention how great they are!), and people were friendly.
Rosinha's is doing a great job for being in their first month of service, and brings some unique flavors and tastes to the Providence food scene. While things could change drastically in the coming months, I would give a hearty recommendation for people to check them out.