Leading Ladies 2016

Maura Shea & Stacy Iasimone

Chef & Manager – The Village Restaurant

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“Watching people enjoy a delicious meal or drink is a great feeling,” says The Village’s manager Stacy Iasimone. “People actually talk about our establishment in other cities and states. We have been around just over a year so that is a pretty awesome feeling.” Since opening in October 2014, the Jewelry District restaurant has quickly become a fun, foodie destination.

Executive Chef Maura Shea is at the helm of the kitchen that puts an unexpected twist on upscale comfort food. “I love that moment when a server comes through the kitchen door to tell us that the customer just said that was the best Stuffed Mushroom or Eggs Benedict they ever had in their life,” she says. Burgers, pizzas and sandwiches get a gourmet makeover here. The half-pound Angus burgers are creatively served on grilled pretzel rolls. The crisp, flatbread style pizza ranges from the classic Margherita to the unique Oktoberfest, a pie that deftly blends honey mustard, Swiss, sauerkraut, kielbasa and pickled red cabbage.

Brunch, which is served on both Saturday and Sunday, raises the bar on breakfast fare in Providence and beyond. A Chicken and Waffle sandwich, Crème Brule French Toast with Maple Bacon Crunch Ice Cream and the Hash Brown Skillet with Eggs are just a few of the one-of-a-kind menu offerings that you can find at The Village. Original brunch beverages, like the Hot Flash Bloody Mary and fresh fruit mimosas, further complement the decadent, yet reasonably priced food. While you should be coming in for the incredible food, you can also stop in for the live entertainment that happens most nights of the week and explore the extensive champagne and handcrafted cocktail menu. This year, Stacy and Chef Maura plan to start hosting wine dinners, and they also have a pet menu in the works for the patio season.

“I am proud that we provide a fun, safe environment for any guest that walks through our door,” says Stacy, the 2014 RI Pride Bartender of the Year. “Everyone is treated like family. I was raised in an Italian household where everyone and anyone is welcome at anytime.” Chef Maura concurs: “There is always something fun to do and delicious to eat here at The Village.”

373 Richmond Street • 401-228-7222 • www.TheVillageRI.com