By Grace Lentini from RI Monthly

Whet your appetite with new dining destinations around town

In an ever-changing dining scene one thing remains the same: an expectation from diners to continuously have their palates challenged. We need more that just a piece of fish, a plate of pasta, a strip of steak. The newest restaurants in town meet the challenge, and are quite delicious.

Federal Hill adds a restaurant to its delicious scene with Massimo (134 Atwells Avenue. 273-0650), the newest culinary creation from Pane e Vino Restaurant and Enoteca owners Joseph and Esther DeQuattro. Taking up residence in the space previously occupied by Meditteraneo, the updates are stunning, with warm wood tones throughout and an eclectically modern and hip vibe.

Chef Joe oversees Massimo’s menu, in addition to Pane e Vino. His take on Massimo is contemporary Italian cuisine from various regions, as opposed to the rustic Italian quality diners have time to expect at Pane e Vino, which highlights the Campagnia region. Although the menus vary, what remains the same is Chef Joe’s culinary touch, which means thoughtful Italian cuisine that keeps you coming back for more.