A Southern Italian Wine Bar
New on the Menu
Gnocchi Crema di Zucca
Potato gnocchi in a pumpkin, parmesan and sage cream.
Short Rib Ravioli
Wagyu short rib ravioli in a cognac and Saba reduction with mushrooms.
Our Favorite Dishes
Selection of cheeses and meats, served with an assortment of olives, taralli Pugliesi and Sicilian jam.
Cacio e Peppe al Tartuffo
Toasted fresh cracked peppercorn, Parmigiano, imported black truffle carpacio. Served in a Parmigiano cheese bowl.
Carbonara Romana Classica
Egg yolk, guanciale, fresh cracked pepper and Parmigiano
In 2017 Armando was invited to Verona by the ITA to represent the United States at Vinitaly, the largest and singlehandedly most important annual wine event in Italy. Armando met and began to collaborate with Nicola Biscardo of Nicola Biscardo Selections. Through the rigorous work and the births of over 60 relationships, a partnership was born. Due to this, Armando carefully chooses and changes his wines to maintain a fresh and interesting wine list.
Our “list” doesn’t solely revolve around the major varietals known, but much smaller and of less production quantity, some of which you’ve never heard of or may think of as “extinct”. The last part of this equation is the the fact that Armando feels that bigger isn’t always best and there are some pretty darn great small producers out there. For this reason and the fact that we rotate most of our wines on a weekly basis, we have opted out of having a formal wine list.
Looking for a table? Book via Open Table now or call us at (401) 572-0243
Armando started in the restaurant industry the age of 12, assisting in the coat room of a small Italian restaurant in New Jersey during the winters. Since then, he has worked in every possible area of a restaurant from being a chef, busboy, server and host. Graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2001 with an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management and in 2003 with a graduate degree in Hospitality Education. Some of his most prominent work, as first General Manager for the chain Rosso Pomodoro in the United States, US Ambassadorship for Mastroberardino Winery, Vignaioli DiMorellino DiScansano and Cantina Lungarotti, General Manager and Wine Director of Trattoria Zooma and CEO of Napoli Hospitality Consulting Group and was voted Chairman of the Board of the Federal Hill Commerce Association in 2021.
During the past four years, he has worked closely with the MS Dream Center of RI, a local non-profit organization which assist patients of MS and their caregivers, and most recently with Accessible RI, a guide created with the intent of providing people with disabilities a list of places like libraries, parks, restaurants, etc. which they could easily obtain access to. Armando also works with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, in memory of his sister Rosaria, who passed away at the age of 36 after battling breast cancer. Both, have and will always remain very close to his heart.
Armando’s passion for wine has driven him to express special emphasis in smaller family wineries and “other” less known varietals of grapes, introducing a series of wines which he is around to call “his own”, product of relationships that he’s built in recent years, which would probably be inaccessible to the local market and would never be touched by the new or less knowledgeable wine drinker.
His mission is to be a resource, a guide, to expand your pallet, provide you with knowledge, experiences and introduce you to good food and great wines.
How to Find Us
Bacco Vino & Contorni
262 Atwells Avenue
Providence, RI 01903
1 (401) 572-0243
Monday: Closed (Open for private events)
Tuesday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Sunday: Closed (Open for private events)