The approximately 31,000 cars that traverse back and forth on Airport Road each day have a new choice to stop and grab a bite to eat and a frosty beverage, as Palazzo’s Pizza and Pub is now open for business and bringing a savory mix of family style Italian food alongside pub favorites.
Jim Bosco, along with help from his wife, son, daughter and her fiancé, opened the third iteration of Palazzo’s – with prior locations in Governor Francis and Buttonwoods – taking lessons learned from his 10-year history in the restaurant business and turning it into a bright and welcoming location where a long-vacant building had once sat.
“I love doing what I do. I have my family that helps me,” Bosco said. “This was a little bigger opportunity. We have a full liquor license, a bigger place, a bigger bar to sit at it. It’s very homey. It’s working out well so far.”
With 12 beers on tap, including a rotating craft selection from local breweries like Revival Brewing in Cranston, about 15 bottled beers and a selection of wine and spirits, patrons have the option to sit for a traditional Italian meal – try the meatball bomb, a bread bowl stuffed with meatballs and pasta – or post up at the bar and chat with the friendly staff.
Bosco said that the place has already been buzzing on Fridays and Saturdays, and at the time of this interview the large “Palazzo’s” sign hadn’t even been affixed outside the restaurant.
“Lots of people don’t even realize we’re open yet,” he said, adding that people should know there is parking available in the rear of the building, accessible by both Airport and Post Roads. “But it’s been smooth. There really hasn’t been hardly any complaints, if any, for a new business. This place has been packed.”
Bringing a large, granite topped bar into the spot also gave the impetus to add some pub food favorites – nachos and potato skins are new additions, as is margherita pizza.
The space itself is clean, boasts a lot of natural light from its large windows spacious enough but also retains a “homey” feel, just as Bosco described it. There is ample seating at the bar and a mix of booths and tables to accommodate up to 74 people at a time, including staff. A digital jukebox and TVs are set up to provide entertainment.
Bosco said he enjoys meeting and talking to new people and catching up with old patrons from the previous establishments. He said this iteration of Palazzo’s is certainly the best yet. The restaurant took about six months of work to open.
“It took a while but it came out really good and I’m really happy with the place. Everyone who comes in seems to be happy with the place,” he said. “I want to thank my family, Steve and Michelle Poy, Tommy from Polaris Plumbing and Jimmy Walker, the electrician, for helping get us up and running. And a special thanks to my wife for putting up with me during the six months I was out of work – hugs and kisses.”