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Gilded Tomato's Farm to Crust Pizza

The artisan pizzas are made in mobile, wood-fired ovens.

The copper dome glints in the sun like a shiny penny  attracting attention. Inside, the fire can burn up to 1,200 degrees where masterpieces are crafted in ninety seconds from dough, sauces and purees, local meats and seafood, vegetables and cheeses. The flames are the blazing heart of Gilded Tomato’s artisan pizzas made in two wood-fired mobile ovens named Gilda…

Inside the Mind of Culinary David Dadekian

The Cranston native is working to bring a food emporium to Fox Point.

On a warm summer afternoon, as tourists line up for the new Newport ferry at India Point, David Dadekian peers over the nearby chain link fence surrounding the concrete skeleton that once was Shooters. Back in the day, Shooters was a very popular Providence nightclub. And that day once included Dadekian. “I remember coming up from New York to visit…

VIP Pizza in Rhode Island

Two chefs share how they obtained their coveted VPN status.

In the pizza world, official VPN certification is like carrying a constant VIP card. VPN stands for Vera Pizza Napoletana, and it’s a special designation granted by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, based in Naples, Italy, to pizzerias that meet strict requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making. Only two pizzerias in Rhode Island have…

Wine Daytrips: Connecticut

Experience the historic charm of the Connecticut Wine Trail.

From the second-story outdoor deck of Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, my friends — houseguests from the Midwest — look out over the vines warming in the sun and breathe in the ocean air. I’m not sure what they expected when I told them we were going wine tasting in Connecticut, but I’m pretty sure they’re impressed. We’d arrived as…

Wine Daytrips: Cape Cod

Make a weekend of tastings on the Cape.

It’s a drizzling late-November day as my husband and I arrive at Truro Vineyards in North Truro — a haul from Providence, but worth it for a spontaneous weekend getaway at this little patch of wine country at the end of the world. We have no trouble spotting the place beneath a 2,000-gallon wine barrel perched like a beacon atop…

Wine Daytrips: Southeast Massachusetts

Cross the border and take your tastings to a new level.

The first thing I notice as my husband and I head out to the flagstone patio at Westport Rivers Winery is the bright red Rhode Rage food truck parked a few yards away from the sea of vines blanketing the horizon. I pause for a minute, trying to reconcile the trendy urban vehicle with the bucolic greenery. Before I can…

Wine Daytrips: Western Rhode Island

Head to the country for some under-the-radar pours.

The minute I pull into the secluded lot of Verde Vineyards on Moswansicut Lake in Johnston, I know I’ve arrived somewhere special. I park my car and dodge a family of roaming guinea fowl to see owner and winemaker Giacomo “Jim” Verde puttering around the grounds. Verde, a retired CCRI biology professor who lives on the property and turned his…

Wine Daytrips: Newport and Little Compton

You can vineyard hop without driving far.

Autumn may be too cool for the beach, but the ocean breeze still beckons, especially when the sun is streaming down. What to do, then, when your family is visiting from out of town and you’ve exhausted Newport’s waterfront wonders? We don’t have to venture far from the harbor — fifteen minutes, to be exact — to reach a different…

Picnic Ideas: Al Fresco Romance

Impress your sweetie with an elegant meal.

Portobello and Prosciutto Pate Fig, Thyme and Tarragon Jam Plum Tart with Almond Frangipane Local Additions: Selection of Narragansett Creamery cheeses, Olga’s Cup and Saucer bread, Backyard Food Company Sweet Tomato Jam, Westport Rivers Pinot Noir Rose Portobello and Prosciutto Pate 1lb washed Portobello mushrooms 3 cloves of garlic 2 Tbs of bacon fat or butter (using bacon fat to…

Picnic Ideas: For Vegetarians

Savor the bounty of the season with these healthy recipes.

Roasted Corn Panzanella with Seven Stars’ Olive Bread Cannellini Bean Dip with Crudite Vegan Vanilla Pudding Cups with Strawberry Compote Local Additions: Granny Squibb’s Iced Teas, Seven Stars Bakery Olive Bread Cannellini Bean Dip with Crudite Serves 6 to 8 1 can (15 ½ oz) cannellini beans 4 whole cloves of roasted garlic (Remove cloves from bulb but leave in…