Yacht Club Soda is Still Popping After a Century in Business
With its distinct personality and creative concoctions, the family-owned business is holding its own against the soda giants.
Great places for foodies
The new neighborhood cafe in the heart of Hopscotch Village is a modern twist on an old-time classic. Step inside this whimsical world for an intimate and quaint dinner of Italian-American classics or enjoy a breakfast with coffee and bakery items that will satisfy your caffeine needs and sweet tooth. 1 Morgan Ave., North Providence, 349-0557, tumblesaltscafe.com.
Start your morning off right with a large coffee in one hand and a breakfast sammie or pastry or acai bowl in the other; the options are plentiful. If you find yourself at Coffee Connection and it’s quarter past noon, a lunch menu featuring wraps, grinders and salads will fill you up. 1744 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, 383-6040, coffeeconnectionri.com.
Benvenuto! Get a taste of authentic Italian cuisine at Sorrento Restaurant. Grab some garlic knots to start your meal and a big bowl of pasta or a large dish of chicken parmesan for your main course. Would you rather eat on the couch under some warm blankets in front of the TV? Swing by on your way home from work for takeout. 1848 Smith St., North Providence, 353-8800, sorrentonorthprovidence.com.
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Siena Italian Restaurant
Mix and match your favorite meats, cheeses and olives to create your own antipasto board, choose from a plethora of grilled pizza options or munch on a salad, and we’re not talking about boring greens in soggy dressing. The thick cut tomatoes and fresh mozzarella in the Caprese salad make up the perfect start to a winning meal. Don’t forget to save room for dessert; the tiramisu is heaven. 400 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, 349-4111, sienari.com.
Great places for your sweet tooth
U Scream Ice Cream
Ice cream doesn’t have to be enjoyed only during the summer months; a cool, sweet treat can be a winter favorite, too. Choose from a variety of flavors and toppings such as chocolate or rainbow sprinkles and gummy bears and lick your ice cream right off the cone. A seasonal treat no more, this sticky summertime favorite can now be a wintertime mainstay too. 1 Smithfield Rd., North Providence, 413-3608, uscreamicecream.net.
Sugar Mama’s Sweets and Treats
Take a bite out of one of the freshest gourmet cupcakes in town. If you prefer an all-vanilla traditional type of cupcake or would rather bite into something a bit more extreme, Sugar Mama’s has got you covered. From gluten-free cupcakes to premium and cocktail-infused treats (you heard that right), this bakery has it all. Order a single cupcake for yourself or a dozen to share (or not). 1862 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, 714-8092, sugarmamassweetsandtreats.com.
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Since 1928, this Rhode Island staple has offered good mood food for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you order a classic grilled cheese, a hot dog or a Newport club, don’t eat too much because no trip to Newport Creamery is complete without an Awful Awful. Try flavors like cookies and cream and strawberry; they’re a fan favorite and awful tasty, too. 673 Smith St., Providence, 351-4677, newportcreamery.com.
There’s a reason why LaSalle Bakery has stood the test of time, baking addictive goodies since 1930. The cakes are delicious, the breads, pastries and zeppoles are out of this world, and its breakfast menu will fuel your long work days. Each delicacy is handmade and the difference doesn’t go unnoticed. 685 Admiral St., Providence, 228-0081; 993 Smith St., Providence, 831-9563, lasallebakery.net.
The Bread Boss Italian Bakery
Pizza, calzones, cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies — they all run in the same family right? At the Bread Boss, they do. Pick up all of your bakery needs in this family-owned one-stop shop that is committed to offering the best-tasting, freshest breads and pastries around. Planning for a special function? The bakery can concoct pastry platters, cakes, calzones or homemade pies for any occasion. 64 Putnam Pike, Johnston, 231-1787, breadbossri.com.
Great places to explore
Governor John Notte Memorial Park
Named after former governor of Rhode Island and North Providence resident John A. Notte Jr., this park is the perfect getaway from the bustling streets of the town, even though it is mere minutes away. It has full recreational activities such as a freshwater beach, paddleboat rentals, tennis courts and swings for children. The serene and rustic location, complete with a wooden bridge and waterfall, makes for an ideal setting for a summer picnic. The Meehan Overlook is also nestled within Notte Park, a nice venue for weddings and events. Notte Memorial Park also provides a panoramic view of the surrounding water and green, blending simplistic charm and contemporary elegance. 1801 Douglas Ave., North Providence, 719-1633.
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Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy
Dubbed an “oasis at the pinnacle of Providence” by the Providence Journal, Neutaconkanut Hill is the highest point in the city and the only natural forest left standing within the confines of our state’s capital. The undisturbed beauty of the steep slopes and forested land will bring you peace and quiet. Keep an eye out for the deer, fox, wild turkey and other small animals and birds that call this place home. For recreational activities, look to the level ground at the base of the hill, where there are playing fields, a swimming pool and a skate park. Legion Memorial Drive, Providence, 649-4366.
Lincoln Woods State Park
One of Blackstone Valley’s greatest treasures, Lincoln Woods is among the illustrious list of Rhode Island’s official state parks. Visitors can enjoy swimming at the freshwater beach, trout fishing, kayaking, hiking, jogging and horseback riding or simply relax under the shade of a tree. It’s also home to eye-catching DEM park buildings that took first place in RIM’s 2017 design awards. The judges were impressed with the simple rustic materials including granite. Though many recreational attractions at the park are best for summertime, Lincoln Woods is one of three Rhode Island state parks that is tested for safe ice during the winter months, so patrons can also enjoy ice activities. 2 Manchester Print Works Rd., Lincoln, 723-7892.
N.P. is for Pizza Lovers
For more than half a century, the DelRiccis have been slinging pies at their restaurant on Mineral Spring Avenue. Whether you’re a maximalist or a minimalist, they have slices for everyone. Order a traditional Twin’s special pizza, loaded with cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, peppers and anchovies, or go for something simple and garlicky: the Twin’s white pizza is a case study in minimalism, dressed in cheese, olive oil, fresh garlic and basil. Not in the mood for pizza? Try the homemade lasagna or eggplant manicotti. 1000 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, 726-0549, twinspizzari.com.
The Fire Brick Oven Pizza and Bar
There’s nothing quite like pizza cooked in a brick oven, and the dough at Fire Brick Oven is no exception. Its crust is puffy and slightly charred, and the smell alone will have you secretly hoping your friend is full from the appetizers. Try the forager pizza; its crispy crust is laden with oven-roasted mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions and tomato sauce. For a super Rhody pie, try the clambino pizza, topped with garlic oil, rosemary, Pecorino Romano, bacon, local chopped clams, crushed red pepper and lemon zest. 1874 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, 353-7110, thefirebrickoven.com.
Santoro’s saying is: “We aren’t the first, but we are the best” — and the restaurant has the pizza to prove it. Pick from an array of pies, from one spotted with linguica or the sweet and savory Hawaiian. While Santoro’s is known for its pizzas, it also has a great selection of Greek-inspired foods that are worth a taste. Bite into a tzatziki-loaded gyro or a warm spinach pie for a bite of a different part of the Mediterranean. Santoro’s also serves a mighty hot wiener, if you’re in the Rhode Island frame of mind. 1864 Mineral Spring Ave., Providence, 353-8600, santorospizza.biz.
Gone are the days of a soggy salad drenched in gooey “Italian” dressing. At Catanzaro’s, the Caprese salad could be a meal in itself. It’s a buffet of Italian flavors, with prosciutto,fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, tomato and basil, all drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. And we haven’t even gotten to the pizza. The Sicilian squares are thick and satisfying, and come with toppings like caramelized onions, fresh green peppers, crumbled sausage and more. 1385 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, 354-8888, catanzarospizzeria.com.
This unassuming pizza joint makes up for its small size with big flavor. Start your meal by indulging in some mozzarella sticks, spicy fries and dolmas, or grab some wet wipes along with an order of buffalo chicken wings. But save room for dinner, because the pizza is worth making space for in a small corner of your stomach. The Greek pizza is a must, as is the creative and bright chicken pomegranate pizza. 2220 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, 232-9020, mediterraneanpizza.net.