Bar ‘Cino Opens at Ever-Changing 22 Washington Square in Newport

The latest Newport Restaurant Group spot serves a variety of grilled pizzas, panini and pasta dishes and some seafood options.

A pizza at Bar ‘Cino. Photo from Bar ‘Cino’s Facebook page.

A very small, narrow galley-style space, 22 Washington Square at first seems like an unlikely home for a high-end restaurant. However, Newport Restaurant Group specifically scouted this location to be the home to its newest culinary endeavor. Bar ‘Cino, (pronounced chee-no) a cozy restaurant inspired by countryside Italian cuisine, is now open for business in the heart of the historic square.

The culinary team is lead by Mariana Gonzalez, former chef at Newport Restaurant Group’s the Smoke House and the Mooring. The menu offers a wide selection of little plates optimal for sharing, such as clams baked in pomodoro, potato chips with parmesan and parsley, bruschetta with toppings like prosciutto, tuna conserva or a classic tomato and mozzarella combination. Entrees include roasted salmon, chicken piccata, chicken Milanese, Chianti-braised beef short rib with farro and roasted summer vegetables, and Italian farro risotto with roasted mushrooms.

Bar’Cino also has a variety of grilled pizzas, panini and pasta dishes, including several risotto dishes, and some seafood options. The restaurant boasts a playful beverage program of wine and cocktails, including a wine list of more than forty-five carefully curated bottles. The visionaries of the new establishment have called it an “Italian concept” inspired by Italian countryside cooking, and say that the food is intended to be consumed by the masses, rather than just experts on Italian cuisine.

The cozy atmosphere  allows guests to feel as though they are stepping into an intimate cafe, rather than the fourteenth restaurant of a major corporation. Paul O’Reilly, CEO and President of the Newport Restaurant Group announced his hopes that Bar ‘Cino will become “part of the fabric of the Newport community – a place where locals will enjoy eating several times a week,” which seems inevitable given the homey atmosphere and tasty but not over-complicated fare.

Bar ‘Cino.

As locals know, this site has been home to many a business. Before Bar ‘Cino, the space was occupied by Wholesome Fresh, a small market for fresh goods. Before that, it was Washington Square Cafe, a full-service eatery. Despite the ever-changing history of the space, Bar ‘Cino gives off the aroma of success (and pasta). Backed by a successful fully employee-owned company and armed with loads of good food, it seems that Bar ‘Cino is here to stay. See the full menu and or make a reservation here.

22 Washington Square, Newport, 401-619-8201,

Editor’s note: Lauren Poirier is an employee of Newport Restaurant Group, who also writes for Rhode Island Monthly.


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