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Lasagna... a bit fancy but not too pricey?

Though not what you are searching for, Tutto Italiano is great for take-out/deli.

I frequent the Tutto Italiano in Hyde Park. Excellent selection of cheeses and cured meats. Subs on their homemade rolls are terrific. And, I am addicted to their balsamic vinegar in refillable bottles.

According to their website there other locations in Wellesley and Lexington.

about 13 hours ago
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Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

sundeck sue

I agree with your sentiments that the Southern New England board needs attention. Some days I find little that attracts me.

I am a Rhode Islander and when I dine outside of Rhode Island I head for Boston (love that board), southeastern Massachusetts, Fall River/New Bedford or the Cape. Consequently, I enjoy the Rhode Island, southern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod posts.

I seldom go to Connecticut to dine and often find the Connecticut posts of little interest. Sometimes when I am scrolling past post after post from Connecticut I get discouraged and think it ought to have its own board.

I really don’t have a solution for the Southern New England board. Perhaps you are right and it encompasses too wide an area, though before New England was split into Southern New England and Northern New England that board was active and vibrant so maybe size isn’t the issue. It may be there is little commonality among some of the geographic areas.

I hope as more people respond to your post, issues will be identified and addressed.

In the meantime, I am trying to be more active, with less lurking, more posting and replying to posts.

Jul 29, 2014
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Wellfleet & Other Towns on the Cape

Discovered Sweet Escapes on a visit to the Cape last month. It is a combination ice cream shop and bakery. My coconut ice cream was sweet, creamy delicious. The pastry items in the bakery were tempting so I tried a chocolate chip cookie, heavenly with large chunks of chocolate. Wished I had had room for a piece of fruit pie. Its rather free form crust led me to believe it is made there, not just baked there as with so many places. The menu indicates the bakery goods and ice cream are made on the premises.

There is also a pizza restaurant as part of the complex. Cannot comment as I didn’t try any (not that I didn’t consider it!).

You may need to have ice cream breakfast to avoid the crowds.

316 Route 6, Truro

Jul 28, 2014
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Elis' Kitchen, Warren, Rhode Island

Stopped by Eli’s Kitchen in Warren for lunch. It is a comfortable space, nicely laid out with four tables along one wall, a common table for 8/10, and two window banquettes. The ambience is enhanced by soft lighting, “tin ceilings,” eclectic art work on walls.

I chose one of the daily sandwich specials, Tasso ham, romaine lettuce, summer tomato, bread/butter pickles, honey mustard. The spiciness of the Tasso ham and the crunch of the pickles added up to a terrific sandwich. Kacey’s buttery shortbread cookies with a hint of rosemary were a perfect way to finish the meal. Everything was well prepared and delicious!

Eli is the son of Phoebe who owned the renowned Phoebe’s Fish and Chips in Seekonk. Before opening his own restaurant he worked at the Beehive in Bristol, another of Rhode Islands’ wonderful small dining venues.

Eli’s Kitchen is a welcomed addition to the Rhode Island dining scene.

In addition to lunch, Eli’s serves dinner and Sunday brunch.


Jul 28, 2014
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searching for great ginger ale

I particularly like Fever Tree ginger ale, a dry not-too-sweet product made in the United Kingdom. It is made with cane sugar. Their ginger beer is quite good also. Some Whole Foods carry them.

Jul 13, 2014
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PVD/RI * July '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

FjmArch, A big thank-you for continuing PVD/RI. I love the dining scene here in Rhode Island and find this site so very helpful.

Garris, and a big thank-you to you, too, for keeping PVD/RI going the past years. Best of luck in Boston. It’s a great city.

Jul 09, 2014
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Cheap eats in upper cape

Spent a few days on the Cape. Stopped at Sweet Escapes Ice Cream on Route 6 in Truro. The ice cream was excellent with several sizes and lots of fun flavors to choose from. I was the most adventurous with a delicious scoop of salted caramel. Tried a chocolate chip cookie from the attached bakery. Must say it was scrumptious. The delectable cookie dough was studded with chunks of dark chocolate. Would have liked to try a piece of three-berry pie and a pizza. Next time.

Went to Sesuit Café off Route 6A in Dennis for lunch. Not cheap but we wanted a good lobster roll and outdoor seating. The hot dog roll was packed with large chunks of claw meat lightly dressed with mayonnaise accompanied by tasty French fries and very fresh coleslaw. $18.00 seemed reasonable for such a treat. It was fun to sit at the picnic tables and look out at the boats moored in the harbor.

Jun 30, 2014
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Pie in RI

Le Favorite Bakery, my favorite in Rhodes Island, makes excellent pastries and bread.

Pies come in traditional size and mini.

It is located just off Warwick Avenue in the Governor Francis section of Warwick. More middle Rhode Island but closer than South County.


Jun 24, 2014
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Canton Area lunch options (where I-95 and I-93 meet)

Several places come to mind. None is fine dining but I have enjoyed meeting friends for a bite to eat and a chat.

Centre Deli is about a quarter of a mile from Legacy Place. They make a good sandwich and have a full bar. The comfortable dining area has more of a restaurant feel to it than a deli. http://www.thedeliafterdark.com

The Spring Street Café is a few miles from Legacy Place. 320 Spring Street, intersection of Providence Highway, Spring Street, and VFW Parkway. It, too, is comfortable and casual with a decent eclectic menu and a full bar. I think it closes between lunch and dinner. Same owners as the Baker Baker bakery.

There is also the Chateau on Route 1 in Norwood. It is a large restaurant, part of a small family chain. It is not a foodie destination but it would suit your need for a lunch place to meet and chat.

Jun 23, 2014
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Splurge Anniversary Weekend

Newport, Rhode Island, has a wide range of accommodations from motels to hotels to inns; from minimal to luxury. http://www.discovernewport.org

The Chanler in Newport is one such luxury inn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It offers dining at its Spiced Pear restaurant and sumptuous rooms, some with their own verandas and entrances.


The Castle Hill Inn is another luxury inn, on Narragansett Bay, that combines fine dining with beautifully appointed rooms.


According to both websites there are a only few dates that require a minimum two-day stay.

Another option would be to stay at a less luxurious hotel and dine at either inn.

Or, simply cocktails on the lawn of Castle Hill at sunset
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is a divine experience.


Happy Anniversary!

Jun 18, 2014
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Breakfast Sausage - RI

PV Farm Stand of North Scituate, Rhode Island, sells its own “all natural grass and grained fed meat products”: beef, pork, boar, lamb, goat, rabbit, chickens and turkeys.

There are several sausages available including a pork breakfast sausage and a boar breakfast sausage. I particularly like the very tasty boar products.

Farmer Frank Martinelli is a vendor at several RI farmers’ markets: Pawtuxet Farmers’ Market at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, Amory Market in Providence, and Fishermen’s Memorial.


Jun 18, 2014
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On the prowl for saltenas

Sure enough! Los Andes, a terrific Providence restaurant that specializes in Bolivian and Peruvian cuisine, lists saltena among its appetizers.

The restaurant is located in the Elmhurst section of Providence not far from Providence College and Rhode Island College. It is lively without being too loud; it is welcoming; and the menu is eclectic Latin American. And it is very popular.


Jun 16, 2014
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Fresh strawberries. Greater Providence.

Thanks for the update. Salisbury Farm is new to me.
Will give a try.

Jun 16, 2014
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Fresh strawberries. Greater Providence.


Fresh strawberry pie is a terrific summer dessert. I also make it with other berries, most often blueberries. It is always a hit.

Haven’t had much success with other fruits. The flesh isn’t the right texture for uncooked fruit.

This recipe from epicurious is similar to the one I make. I use my own pie crust recipe and only water to make the filling as I haven’t found cranberry/raspberry concentrate.


Can’t wait for local strawberries to ripen. They make the best pie.

Thanks for mentioning Narragansett Creamery feta. Hope to try it soon.

Jun 15, 2014
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Fresh strawberries. Greater Providence.

Was unable to find local strawberries at the grocery stores but Dave’s Market is having a sale on them, $2.50 per16 oz. container. I was able to snag several Driscoll’s from among the other brands.

Also on sale at Dave’s is Narragansett Creamery yogurt. I have just discovered it and am amazed at the creaminess and body plus it just plain tastes delicious. It is now my absolute favorite. It is a bit expensive but the sale price is four 8-oz containers for $5.00

I am already a fan of their fresh mozzarella.

Jun 11, 2014
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Fresh strawberries. Greater Providence.

I am making a fresh strawberry pie this week. My favorite summer pie. Since the berries are not cooked I am hoping to find some tasty sweet fresh strawberries.

Unfortunately I cannot wait for the Saturday farmers' markets.

Has anyone seen locally-grown strawberries in Providence-area grocery stores so far this season?

Jun 09, 2014
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Roche Bros Stonewall Kitchens sale > 6/5/14


Thanks for letting us know about the Stonewall Kitchen $2.00 off sale. I love some of their baking mixes, particularly the scone mix.

I just checked their on-line circular and you are right the sale ends on Thursday, June 5

Jun 03, 2014
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Late May Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Narragansett Creamery is a vendor at the Hope Street Market in Providence. It is the biggest outdoor market in Rhode Island, with 40 vendors and several food trucks. If a call to the creamery indicates the yogurt is carried there, a visit is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning.


Though the Hope Street Market is located in Providence, it is not in the city center. It is off Route 95, at the Providence/Pawtucket line, a few miles from South Attleboro, an easy ride from Boston.

The Lippitt Park grounds are grassy and tree-lined, with places, sunny and shaded, to sit and enjoy a snack from one of vendors. A children’s playground lies at the far side of the park.

Good luck with your Narragansett Creamery yogurt search!

May 22, 2014
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Late May Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Narragansett Creamery is located in Providence, Rhode Island but its fine products are available throughout New England including the Boston area. A list is provided in this link.


I particularly like their mozzarella.

May 22, 2014
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Providence,RI - Lunch and Dinner recommendations for 'chowmeet' between two serious foodies from Toronto and Singapore

If you do come to Providence this summer, Waterfire, a display of 100 flaming cauldrons lining the Providence River, is a spectacular evening experience not to be missed. Lightings are from May to November.

Newport has more seafood options than Providence but you would need a car. The harbor area and the sumptuously ornate summer mansions, "cottages" to their 19th century industrialist owners, are well worth a visit,


A recent thread on dining in Newport may be helpful.


Finding dining experiences in the Providence area not common to New York,Toronto or Singapore is the challenge. Several posts in this thread offer suggestions.

May 02, 2014
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Providence Dinner

Some good suggestions from RhodyRedHen.

I would add the Waterman Grille in Providence for its Sunday brunch. Perhaps a bit less cool, hip, fun, and trendy but its location on the Seekonk River adds a lovely dimension to the experience, especially on the glassed-in porch overlooking the river. I have enjoyed several brunches there with a well-prepared cocktail. Can’t vouch for the Bloody Marys, though.



Apr 24, 2014
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Wedding venue

Newport, Rhode Island is within two hours of Boston. There are numerous venues ranging from elegant to rustic; from mansions to farms. Some have gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay/Atlantic Ocean. I have attached a site that might prove useful.


Apr 22, 2014
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Easter Brunch Providence

Update on Easter brunch in Providence. We went to the Public Kitchen and Bar at the Renaissance Hotel.

It was an excellent choice. The restaurant is quite lovely with its curved staircase, richly decorated dining room and bar, and windows looking out to the Rhode Island State House. The general manager, Michael Texeira, was gracious and accommodating. The staff were courteous and professional.

Executive chef, Willis Stepp, prepared an excellent brunch with all the traditional breakfast and brunch items plus one carving station with a delicious herb-crusted roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes, and caramelized carrots. Mimosas were complimentary.

After brunch we walked across the street to the State House where the children rolled down the slopping lawn (in their Easter finery!) and we then ambled over to Waterplace Park where we sat in the amphitheater and watched the water birds swimming in the basin among the WaterFire cauldrons.

We usually go to a Boston hotel for Easter so my family was happily surprised to find such a lovely restaurant in such a lovely city.

Apr 22, 2014
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Providence Drinks and Snacks- Saturday Night

I am thinking that lounges/bars might be a good bet at 6ish before the evening rush has started. Though they can get loud later in the evening.

The Eddy has a striking, very cool interior, excellent craft cocktails and a selection of snacks (the croissant pretzel with maple mustard is addictive).

Its neighbor on Union Street, Bodega Malsana, is a cozy Spanish wine bar (you could almost be in a little bar in Spain). Both are downtown, off Westminster Street.

On the West Side, The Avery is a small beautiful intimate lounge. I have been there at 4 pm when it was quiet. I have also been there later when it is very loud.

Several restaurants and hotels have beautiful bars but at 6 pm they may be buzzing with the dinner crowd:

XO on North Main Street, the back room is beautiful and can be quiet;

Local 121, exquisite bar, on Washington Street, downtown;

The Dorrance, striking décor, Dorrance Street, downtown; Aspire at the Hotel Providence, contemporary and sophisticated, downtown;

The Public Kitchen and Bar at the Renaissance Hotel near Veterans Memorial Theater and the State House.








Providence is a lively destination. Have fun.

Apr 18, 2014
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Easter Brunch Providence

Dave S., Thanks for suggesting CAV, an old-time favorite. Gave them a call. For Easter they are offering their regular weekend brunch with a few additional items, yet to be determined. Brunch items at CAV are listed and priced individually with no special menu or price for children.

We generally have Easter brunch at a hotel or restaurant where there is a multi-course fixed-price buffet, half price for children; sometimes there is a special children’s menu.

Apr 02, 2014
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Easter Brunch Providence

Thank you, OOliver

I called the Marriott about their Easter Brunch this year.
The menu is quite extensive and the children can choose from both the brunch items and special ones for kids. And the Easter Bunny will be there!

The one draw back to the Marriott is we like to take a walk after dinner.

So far, it is the best option.

Mar 26, 2014
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Easter Brunch Providence

I am looking for an Easter brunch location in Providence, preferably in a hotel and with the Easter Bunny for the little ones. Previously we have celebrated at Aspire in the Hotel Providence (beautiful room, good brunch, Easter Bunny) and Waterman Grille (good food, nice view, no Easter Bunny). There will be 16 of us.

Mar 24, 2014
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60th Wedding Anniversary

West on Centre in West Roxbury has a function room which, according to their website, can accommodate 50 people. I have enjoyed several meals in the restaurant but have not attended a function there.


Mar 18, 2014
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Balsamic Vinegar Refills - Providence

Thank you all for your leads.

Shore's and Olive Tap do refills; Shore's 250 ml, $7.99; Olive Tap, 375 ml, $15.95.

Olive del Mondo: 200 ml, $11.00. Bring bottle back for a 50-cent refund and get a new bottle.

Shore's offers only one balsamic; Olive Tap and Olive del Mondo have a variety to choose from.

On my way to The Original Italian Bakery on Atwood Avenue in Cranston for a zeppole (that could be a separate thread: The Rhode Island Zeppole Hunt) I stopped at Shore’s for their vinegar.

Good to know I have options for balsamic right here in Rhode Island.

Mar 18, 2014
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Providence - Saturday night near Columbus Theater?

Not far from the Columbus Theater is Justine’s Cocktail Bar, 11 Olneyville Square. It has the feel of a speakeasy from the outside, no sign, no lights, the clue is the scantily-clad mannequins in the darkened window. Inside is a lively elegant lounge with a beautiful mirrored bar, great cocktails at reasonable prices. It is open until 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Mar 14, 2014
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