Food and Drink

Destination Guide

The Hill is a true dining mecca, traveled to more often for its meatballs and parm than any other diversion. Lucky us, our office is only a few blocks away. Here’s where we go for…

Breakfast/BrunchCaffe Dolce Vita59 De Pasquale Plaza401-331-8240, caffedolcevita.com The beauty of a hotel is that it operates at all hours, leaving Caffe Dolce Vita one of the only area establishments to offer breakfast every day of the week (until noon, sleepyheads) and brunch on weekends. And do they offer it! Pancakes with chunks of brownies, crepes with Nutella and banana sauteed…

Dough Boys: Pizza on the Hill

Four takes on the ultimate Italian-American snack.

A. Bob & Timmy’s: Thin and crispy wood-grilled pizza with toppings both classic and modern. Try a simple pomodoro sauce with parmesan and grilled onions or the trio of wild mushrooms. 32 Spruce Street, 453-2221.B. Sicilia’s: Offers thin and classic crusts, but Sicilia’s is known for its “stuffed” (a.k.a. deep-dish) pizza filled with veggies, chicken, shrimp, sausage or a year’s…

10 Scoops of Summer

Like crowded beaches and Paw Sox games, long lines at the local ice cream stand are a sure sign summer has arrived in Rhode Island. We gladly braved dozens of those queues in our quest for superior scoops. And after all this sweet research, we found ten locally made cones that topped the rest. While the ice cream quality at…

Cuban Revolution

Cuban Revolution’s new spot on Aborn Street still maintains a retro vibe, with its familiar backdrop of 1960s Cuba and the players that loomed large: Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe, JFK and a fatigues-clad Fidel. The food is Caribbean influenced (black beans, plantains and pork dishes) and so are the drinks, (house-made sodas and sixteen different milkshakes, including the Havana Blast…

Lobster 101

It’s hard to believe that lobster was once so abundant on the shores of Rhode Island that beachcombers could scoop them up in their bare hands whenever they desired. The crustaceans were so common that they were deemed “a poor man’s food” completely devoid of cachet. In fact, in 1622 Governor William Bradford of the Plimoth Plantation expressed regret that,…

Cap’n Jack’s

Like many Irishmen, my father never lets truth eclipse a good story. His tales kept three mouths quiet for most of I-95 during the annual Maine pilgrimages of my childhood. One of his inventions was “Henry,” a seagull who, my dad convinced us, awaited our return each August. As soon as we smelled grease from the Kennebunkport clam shack, my…

Getting Your Fix

Castle Hill The three words realtors use most — location, location, location — also aptly apply to the state’s quintessential special-occasion restaurant: Castle Hill. With an Ocean Drive address, unobstructed views of the East Passage and an elegant Victorian mansion to house overnight guests and diners, Castle Hill is definitely not a once-a-week establishment. After all, as with real estate,…

In Season

Atlantic Inn High Street, Block Island, 466-5883 www.atlanticinn.com Available: Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. Price: Four courses for $48 per person. Sample Menu: Warm duck confit crepe; grilled lemon snapper; lime granite; peach galette. Café Zelda 528 Thames St., Newport, 849-4002 www.cafezelda.com Available: Tuesday through Thursday nights from Columbus Day to Memorial Day. Price: Three courses for $22.95…

Weiners I Have Known

The first time I tried a New York System Hot Weiner was six years ago at Rod’s in Warren (6 Washington Street). My boyfriend and I were visiting his parents in Rhode Island, and I was really trying to impress them. So despite having been a vegetarian for five years (tofu pups? Loved them), I enthusiastically wolfed one down, hoping…

Capital Dining

Restaurants are rated using a 4-star scale: Fair Good Very Good Excellent Al Forno Cafe Nuovo Capriccio L’Epicureo Mediterraneo Mills Tavern Neath’s New Rivers Pot au Feu Ten Prime Steak and Sushi