Food & Drink Feature

Classic RI Restaurants

Bon appetit to a bygone era at must-revisit dining institutions.

With dining trends that come and go and customers who flock to try the latest treat, it’s a feat for any restaurant to endure in this day and age. But put down your smartphone and suppress the urge to Instagram. Instead, bon appetit to a bygone era with our list of must-visit (or re-visit) Rhode Island dining institutions that have withstood the test of time.

Rhody Classics: International Dishes

Visit Spain, Italy and India in a bite.

Courtesy of Siena.Tuscan soul food dominates the hill at Siena where big hits like arancina, Bolognese and trademark mini doughboys with Nutella have brought diners out for more than a decade. 238 Atwells Ave., Providence, 521-3311; 5600 Post Rd., East Greenwich, 885-8850; 400 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, 349-4111, sienari.com No need to board a plane for a perfect example of paella;…

The Dish: Bootblack Brand Syrups Make Mixing Cocktails Easy

The complex simple syrups, which include flavors ginger cardamom lime and cranberry jalapeño, can be mixed with spirits and soda to create drinks with delicious flavor profiles.

Like many great businesses, the idea for Bootblack Brand small batch cocktail and soda syrups was born on a bar stool with good friends. Founder Paul Kubisky sipped cocktails at various bars and realized how hard it is for everyday people to mix up great cocktails at home. His brand of complex simple syrups, which includes flavors ginger cardamom lime…

Rhody Classics: A Day in the Life of Beau Vestal

The renowned chef balances family and restaurant life at New Rivers.

Chef Beau Vestal of New Rivers. Photography by Angel Tucker.It’s not easy to keep a restaurant open for ten years, never mind twenty-seven. New Rivers is one of those places that endure while always staying relevant. It had big shoes to fill when it took over the space from Al Forno in 1990 under owners Bruce and Pat Tillinghast, who…