Construction is nearing completion as workers look to put on the tasteful finishing touches on the new restaurant “Circe” moving into the former Downcity Diner location on 50 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence. Some of you may recall that Downcity Diner, famously known for the weekly Sunday “drag brunch,” moved into 50 Weybosset, after a kitchen fire destroyed the restaurant and the entire building on 151 Weybosset Street, its original location.
Enthusiastic and well known proprietor Carlo Carlozzi is ecstatic about his first jump into owning his own, very first restaurant. During a recent conversation Mr. Carlozzi explained: “I’ve enjoyed 15 years of hands on involvement with just about every aspect of the Providence Restaurant and Bar scene. With those years of experience under my belt, it was time to bring my skill and expertise to the next level. Thanks to the many times have walked by and admired this beautiful building throughout the years, I realized that this was the right place to turn my dream into a reality. Not only am I thrilled to be opening this restaurant in a fabulous and unique location, I’m equally excited at the skill and experience of the team we have assembled from the chef, to the servers, right down to the back of the house operation. Trust me, this is going to be a very special restaurant.”
‘Circe” pronounced Sur’see or Kirkê is a Greek mythological goddess, enchantress who was known for transforming Odysseus’ companions into pigs simply by the magic of her drink. “For most of my adult life I’ve had the pleasure to be behind the bar. Based on the conversations enjoyed, friendships made, and the life experiences learned, I couldn’t possibly think of a more appropriate name, or perfect fit for me.” Mr. Carlozi also noted that in addition to lunch, cocktails and dinner, one of Circe’s highlights will be its Bottomless Champagne Sunday Brunch. The guests will also be able to enjoy and dance to the beats of 70’s disco music every other week, as well as Music by Mike Dutra who will entertain the guests with Sinatra hits.
The menu at Circe, composed by Chef Simon Keating, well regarded from his tenure at X.O., features an, “American infused Mediterranean Style” menu. Chef Keating, originally from England, has travelled and lived in many countries and is proud to present an eclectic menu featuring classical touches of the world cuisines paired with modern nuances. In addition to several classic favorites you will see some unique delights on the menu such as “Sashimi Pinxtos,” Spanish skewer style sashimi. “Rice Paper Salad,” a raw salad resembling Nim Chow prepared by utilizing “En Papilote,” a French cooking technique of food enclosed in paper or foil and then cooked in the oven. Without giving away the whole menu a few mouth watering delights that I am personally looking forward to include; “Seared Haloumi with Chick Pea Aloo, Parmentier Potates and Poppadom. Braised Lamb Shank with rosemary scented Beluga Lentis and honey roasted local parsnips. White Chocolate & Pumpkins Crème Brulee and Silver Star bread pudding.
The appetizers will be priced at $10 or under and entrees under $30. In addition to beer & wine the Circe will enjoy what is perhaps owner Carlozzi’s passion – the singular most exciting and delicious cocktails in Rhode Island. The expansive cocktail menu is a testament to Carlozzi’s experience, creativity, and acumen for knowing how to meld flavors into something really extraordinary.
Stay tuned for the soft opening of the restaurant scheduled for late October 2012.
Mon -Thu 11am to 1am,
Fri 11am to 2am,
Sat 3pm to 2am,
Sunday Brunch 10am to 3pm.