Karen Deutsch

Christie’s

Definitely not your grandfather’s fish house, the new Christie’s flaunts Asian flavors and is a decidedly hip hangout.

Christie's Christie’s  14 Perry Mill Wharf, Newport, 847-5400, 41North.com. Hours Open for dinner every night; lunch on weekdays and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Limited street parking; adjacent lot is $10. Cuisine Everything you’d crave when you’re drunk and lost in an Asian supermarket. Capacity Around a hundred. Vibe The holy trinity of time: ‘60s decor,…

American Pie

Thin crust or thick, round or square, nothing has become a culinary fetish like pizza. Hot at night, cold in the morning and eaten on the run during the day, it’s an obsession that can’t be fully fed. Here’s where to go for the perfect pie.

NEAPOLITAN Commonly referred to as “thin crust,” Neapolitan uses “0” or “00” flour, a particularly refined variety that renders a delicate crust. Pies are cooked in wood-burning or coal ovens that impart a smoky flavor to the crackling dough, which is topped with restrained amounts of San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and a host of other traditional and innovative ingredients….

Centro Restaurant and Lounge

At the Westin, it’s out with Agora and in with Centro. But will upscale Italian woo diners Downcity?

Centro Centro  1 West Exchange St., Providence (at the Westin), 228-6802. Hours Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations suggested. Wheelchair accessible. Valet parking. Cuisine Central Italian with New England accessories. Capacity  The dining room holds eighty with twenty more at the bar. Vibe Traditional men’s club meets modern lounge. Prices Appetizers $8–$16; entrees $21–$36; desserts…

Cafe Nuovo

Big, bold excess — culinary and aesthetic —  is still the secret to Cafe Nuovo’s success.

Cafe Nuovo Cafe Nuovo  One Citizens Plaza, Providence, 421-2525, cafenuovo.com. Open for lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner Mon.–Sat. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Valet parking. Cuisine Modern American. Capacity One hundred-plus inside and nearly 200 when the patio’s open; the lobby holds 200 for private parties. Vibe A lily that was gilded back in Clinton’s day and remains encased in glass, impervious to…

Trattoria Zooma

Trattoria Zooma Trattoria Zooma  245 Atwells Ave., Providence, 383-2002, trattoriazooma.com. Open for dinner seven days a week. Reservations suggested. Wheelchair accessible. Valet parking. Cuisine Italian, but not the gawking tourist kind. Capacity About a hundred, split between three dining areas. Vibe Conflicted. Based on the decor, you’d expect the servers to be wearing shoulder pads and sporting huge hair. But…

Perro Salado

Mad for mole? A modern take on Mexican has a cult following in Newport.

 Perro Salado  Perro Salado  19 Charles St., Newport, 619-4777, perrosalado.com. Hours Open Mon.-Sat. for dinner, Sundays for brunch. Reservations suggested. Wheelchair accessibility is highly doubtful; corners are tight, as are tables. Street parking. Cuisine Modern Mexican. Capacity About seventy-five in five separate rooms. Vibe Über relaxed — evidenced by the tequila-happy cheerleader at the bar wearing paint-splattered sweatpants and a pashmina. Local…

1854 Tap Room at the Stone House

Is dressed up New England-style comfort food worth the drive to Little Compton?

The ceilings are low — almost guillotine-like if you stand above six feet tall. The lights are dim to the point of abstraction. The walls — a cannon’s width of solid stone — keep a stronghold on Prohibition-era secrets and other tawdry tales. If there’s a more quintessentially colonial space in all of Rhode Island than The Stone House, it’s yet to be unearthed. Inside the…

Cheap Eats

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Cook & Brown Public House

Now that Cook & Brown has strayed successfully from its British beginnings, a neighborhood hot spot is born.

Cook & Brown Public House Cook & Brown Public House  959 Hope Street, 273-7275, cookandbrown.com Open for dinner every night, with one family style seating on Sunday at 8 p.m. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Street parking. Cuisine Urbane tavern food. Capacity Thirty-five with a dozen more at the bar. Vibe An evolving neighborhood favorite. Upscale East Siders and tattooed ladies…

Tallulah on Thames

Tallulah may be on Thames, but it’s not your typical tourist trap. Can a new-to-town chef armed with an avant garde menu stir up Newport’s dining scene?

Tallulah on Thames 464 Thames Street, Newport, tallulahonthames.com, 849-2433. Open for dinner nightly; brunch and lunch Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–3 p.m., tapas lounge open nightly from 6 p.m. to close. Reservations accepted downstairs. Wheelchair accessibility is possible but not probable; the colonial-style house is a veritable maze of small steps. . Cuisine Modern American with a nod to international…