Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly December 2013


Basta on Broad

A Cranston trattoria unveils a successful renovation and a lively, updated menu that’s equally appetizing.

Basta on Broad 2195 Broad St., Cranston, 461-2300, bastaonbroad.com. Open for dinner seven days a week, late lunch on Sunday and late night on weekends. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Lot parking. Cuisine Updated Italian. Capacity 100-plus inside with room for three dozen more on the patio. Vibe Espresso bar meets Fellini’s favorite bistro. Prices Appetizers $8–$13; entrees $12–$36; dessert $8–$11….

At Home: Field Work

Staking Claim This is the fourth home designer Debbi Zarrella and her husband, Jerry, owners of East Greenwich’s Zarrella Development Corporation, have built for themselves. Together they’ve produced more than 700 houses — of myriad sizes and styles — in about every corner of the state, including Block Island. With all that expertise, you’d assume devising their current abode would have been easy. Not…

Curtain Call

Three local actors share tips on how to break into acting by stage, film and blockbusters.

Tony Estrella, artistic director at Pawtucket’s Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, has been acting professionally since 1996. 1. Get lots of training and continued practice. There have been very few weeks for more than twenty years when I haven’t been acting, directing or producing a play. 2. Be ruthlessly persistent and look to make your own opportunities. You also have to be…

Fueling the Future

The value of used cooking oil

Clam cakes, french fries, fresh flounder, chicken wings, all of our favorite fried foods, spend a few crucial moments in the same place: a deep fryer, filled with crackling hot cooking oil. For most of us, those vats of oil are out of sight. They’re hidden behind the swinging doors of school cafeterias, restaurant back rooms and supermarket kitchens. But…

RI Celebrity Yearbook Photos

We visited high school libraries around the state in search of old yearbook photos. Match the photos and clues below to the local and national notables.

  ➊. Tony Petrarca High School: Toll Gate High School, class of 1982 You know him as: WPRI 12 chief meteorologist Fun fact: It was his experience during the blizzard of ’78 that piqued his interest in studying weather. ➋. James Woods High School: Pilgrim High School, class of 1965 You know him as: Academy Award-nominated actor who starred in…

High School Reunion

And so much hair product, the fumes could punch a hole in the ozone layer. For those who grew up here, there’s something about those four years that lingers long after graduation and helps define who we are as residents of the biggest little state. We asked Rhode Islanders to relive that roller-coaster time and they’ve shared their favorite fun,…

Reporter: Lighting the Way

Cash-strapped Rhode Island cities and towns have resorted to turning out streetlights to save money. A new law allows them to buy their streetlights, but it’s unclear how much they will save.

In 2009, Woonsocket faced a financial crisis. It was $1.25 million in the red and entertaining an 11 percent tax hike to fill it. Among the economies large and small was the decision to shut off half the streetlights on the secondary roads. Out of the array of unattractive cost-cutting measures, flipping some switches seemed one of the easiest, reducing…


December Letters

Nana, Nana, Nana While I am obviously not Italian, my deep love of Italian food was reflected in your column and in the articles . Also, a Jewish Nana and food prep is a lot like an Italian Nana! Neil Steinberg President and CEO, The Rhode Island Foundation Pie Point It’s been brought to my attention that the pizza certification…

From the Publisher

Blast from the Past

I think most of us can’t look at a high school yearbook without wincing about embarrassing youthful missteps, awkward social angst and perhaps some inappropriate mischief that brings the exceptional self-satisfying grin. Like the time as a freshman member of the football team, swept up in a victory celebration over a next town rival, I found myself in a car…

Trimming the Tree

Rhode Island has a long history with Christmas trees - err, Holiday trees?

But on Block Island, there’s no dispute that the festooned, towering structure overlooking the ferry dock in Esta’s Park is a lobster pot tree. Built by island artist Harold “Turtle” Hatfield (who also built the park) out of still-functioning traps borrowed from local lobsterman and restaurateur Freddy Howarth, the sculpture is bedecked with multicolored LED lights, colorful buoys found on…

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