Providence’s culinary scene is about to have a new addition. Sarto, a Rhode Island-inspired Osteria & Salumeria (the first of its kind for the New England region) is opening this October downtown at the Providence G. Sarto will offer a creative and modern take on rustic Italian fare. A celebration of the history and bounty of the Ocean State, the restaurant will explores regional Italian cuisine as part of the fabric of Rhode Island – its farmers, purveyors, and artisans.
As Providence Journal Food Editor, Gail Ciampa, mentioned in a recent article about Sarto, “The City is getting a new restaurant. That’s nothing new. It’s an Italian restaurant. Ah, you say. That’s not new either. But it will be.”
The neighborhood-driven restaurant in the heart of downtown Providence is in the historic brownstone Teste Building. Originally built in 1860, it once housed an apothecary, money-to-loan business and later the Philip Wolfe Haberdasher, inspiring the name Sarto or tailor in Italian. This historic building had been preserved and the interior has been designed to match the restaurant’s overall concept – a contemporary presentation of old world Italy, influenced by its Rhode Island setting.
Sarto will be led by Executive Chef/Partner Robert Andreozzi, a Rhode Island native and Johnson & Wales University graduate. Chef Andreozzi spent time working at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Del Posto Ristorante, before moving to Italy to further his knowledge of regional Italian cuisine at Orsone Ristorante on the Bastianich Vineyard in Fruili. Upon returning to the United States, he worked at the acclaimed Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, CO before making his way back to Rhode Island to open Sarto.
Inspired by his passion for regional Italian cuisine and deep roots in Rhode Island, Chef Andreozzi has designed a menu that explores the long relationship between the two. A thoughtful wine list and an innovative cocktail menu have been curated to perfectly complement each dish. The restaurant will initially offer dinner Tuesday through Saturday, as well as a full service caffè for gracious and fast breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.