Bocce Club

Chicken Dinner | Italian
One of the best

Hearty dinners of roast chicken and pasta, served family style, are a Rhode Island custom and the specialty of several institution-sized eating halls north of Providence. The Bocce Club is where the tradition began in the 1920s, when people used to come to the Pavoni home to play bocce. A stepdaughter, Mary Tavernier, opened a little dining room for bocce players to have supper when the games were done. Her eatery became a culinary magnet known for chicken seasoned with rosemary and bathed in butter and olive oil. By all accounts, today’s feast mirrors the original, the chicken preceded by an effulgent antipasto salad, accompanied by crusty bread, pasta in a red sauce, and a motley heap of French fried and oven-roasted potatoes. Pass the platters, and eat until you cannot move: that is the Bocce Club way.

While a majority of customers do come for chicken, the Bocce Club has an extensive menu that also includes Italian and Portuguese dishes as well as steaks. Our waitress looked crestfallen when we chose chicken for two. “Chicken is where we started,” she explained, “But our chef is so good, there is so much more to try.” That may be, and if we were in the Blackstone Valley more frequently, we might branch out to sample the chef’s specialties, but when we think Bocce Club, it’s roast chicken we long for.

What to Eat
Bocce Club, Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
The Bocce Club chicken dinner.
Bocce Club, Portuguese Soup
Portuguese Soup
The chicken dinner comes with your choice of soup or salad. Portuguese soup is heavily salted and contains white beans, kale, carrots, bacon, and noodles. Delicious!
Bocce Club, Antipasto Salad
Antipasto Salad
Each Rhode Island restaurant that serves the state's traditional chicken dinner has its own twists on the formula. At the Bocce Club, the salad isn't just garden stuff. It also is apportioned with shreds of cheese and twigs of salami as well as a couple of pepperoncini.
Bocce Club, Cheese Spread
Cheese Spread
Dinner is big enough, so don't ask why we ordered cheese spread beforehand. We regret having done so, because it was bland and boring.
Bocce Club, Pasta
Pasta with red sauce is an essential side dish at Blackstone Valley chicken dinners. This version is OK, but no reason to waste calories when the chicken is so good.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 9pm
Wednesday5pm - 10pm
Thursday5pm - 10pm
Friday5pm - 10pm
Saturday5pm - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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