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Providence Updates: North Bakery Adds Dinner & Drinks; Persimmon Moves; Massimo Opens

New things to eat in Rhode Island

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Bérge Zobian

FEDERAL HILL — The team behind North opened its sibling North Bakery (70 Battey St.) two years ago, and now the cozy bakery has added a small menu of dinner and drinks between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The team promises a "hyper-seasonal, constantly rotating" menu, just like at the restaurant — the vast majority of ingredients are purchased directly from farmers. Here's a look at the current menu, which includes some wines, beers, and cocktails.

FOX POINT — Located in Bristol for more than a decade, Persimmon has recently relocated to 99 Hope St. on Providence's East Side. The new location seats 75 (compared to 38 at the old spot) and has a larger bar area, an open kitchen, a six-seat kitchen bar for tastings, and space for classes and private events. The contemporary American menu has five sections — vegetables, pasta & grains, meats & game, fish & shellfish, and dessert — with four to six similarly sized options in each. "This format allows for greater creative freedom and spontaneity," wrote owners Champe and Lisa Speidel in a press release. "By moving away from an appetizer/entrée format, and instead offering plates that are of a similar size, guests will have the opportunity to try more dishes." There's a separate snack menu available at the bar. The new Persimmon is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner as well as Sunday brunch. Keep an eye out for lunch service, set to launch in the fall.

FEDERAL HILL — Pane e Vino Ristorante & Enoteca has a new sibling. Joseph and Esther DeQuattro opened Massimo at 134 Atwells Ave. this month, featuring dining rooms on two levels (and a bar and lounge on the upper level as well). The contemporary Italian menu ranges from calamari fritti to candied pork belly with sweet basil sauce, and there's also a pub menu with a burger and other "upscale variations on traditional bar food," according to a release. The pub offerings are available for an extra hour beyond the standard dinner menu each night. Massimo serves lunch and dinner daily, and Sunday brunch will launch soon.

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