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Vercelli's excellent Italian [Bellingham, MA]

Sorry to say that Verchelli's is no longer open. It was apparently seized for tax issues and the building is up for sale. It was always a nice local place for a good meal.

Jun 27, 2014
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PVD/RI * June '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Might be nice if both The Blue Grotto and The Vintage would take down their websites so that those who aren't informed by Chowhound or haven't heard the local TV news would know that they're closed. Some patrons could be driving a distance...

Jun 27, 2014
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NYT piece on CT's Quiet Coast is frustrating.

Manero's, with their great garlic bread and gorgonzolla dressing?

Sep 02, 2012
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What's the sushi scene in Providence?

OUCH! And I did say "I'm no sushi expert..." I merely asked a question.

Apr 12, 2011
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What's the sushi scene in Providence?

Has anyone tried Wasabi Sushi Bar on Route 6 in Johnston? Haven't been there in a while, but plan to go back someday soon. I'm no sushi expert, but did enjoy their offerings. My original CH inquiry about Wasabi was in July '09 - no responses received at that time. Opinions?

Apr 11, 2011
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Mince Pie: Doesn't anyone eat Mince Pie at Thanksgiving anymore.....I FINALLY found a place that sells mince pies

The Big Apple on Arnold Street in Wrentham, MA also carries mincemeat pies. They always have them frozen and ready to bake at home, but often will have them already baked and ready to go, but you have to get to them quickly as their baked pies sell out quickly. All their pies are excellent and worth the $12.95 price.

http://www.thebigapplefarm.com/pies.htm

Nov 20, 2010
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Strawberries in central CT

Paul & Sandy's on Rte. 66 in East Hampton...great for all summer produce, especially CORN!

Jun 18, 2010
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Connecti-corn?

We always make a stop at Paul & Sandy's on Route 66 on the Marlborough/East Hampton town line. It's about 5 miles off Route 2. Great shop all season long - and a terrific place for pumpkins in the fall too!

Aug 21, 2009
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Hemenway's in Providence RI

Foodwise, I agree with the positive reports of previous posters. Hemenways has two other great benefits, however: They have very convenient parking in the garage next door (be sure to have your ticket validated), AND - if you go on a Waterfire night, you can park in the garage, enjoy appetizers and/or a meal, get tic validated, and leave car there for the entire Waterfire performance! We find this to be a major perq!!!

Jul 09, 2009
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Opinions, please - Wasabi Sushi Bar, Johnston, RI

OK, I admit it...I'm far from knowledgable about sushi, although I've enjoyed it the few times we've indulged. So I'm thinking that Chowhounders are the best people to consult for an opinion.

My dining partner and I tried Wasabi Japanese Sushi Bar & Restaurant at 1369 Hartford Ave. in Johnston a few days ago and left very happy indeed. Being novices, we left our choices up to Haan (?), who I believe is the chef/owner. We started with 2 appetizers - a chicken dish and deepfried softshell crab. They then brought out a filet mignon roll, a cucumber/tuna roll, Haan's Special, and a couple of other dishes. Our favorite was the Haan's Special.

Prices were decent and the place was nicely clean. We arrived early and had great service. By the time we left, the entire place was packed with diners, many of whom seemed to be repeat customers.

Have any Chowhounders tried Wasabi? How does it compare to other sushi restaurants?

Their website: www.wasabiri.com

Jul 06, 2009
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Oyster Cabin, Uxbridge, MA:

The Cocke 'n Kettle has been closed since summer, '08.

Apr 04, 2009
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Another casualty - Ma Glockner's

Yup, the economy has claimed another victim - Ma Glockner's in Bellingham, MA, which had been in business for 70 years. The current economic conditions are really weeding out all those places that haven't kept up with the times in food, service and atmosphere.

Sep 17, 2008
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North Attleboro, Attleboro area?

There's a little pub-type place - Wetherlaine's - on Route 123 across from Capron Park. It's a small, crowded spot with a large casual menu - good food and reasonable prices. Never had a bad meal there.

Aug 22, 2008
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Restaurants in Waterville Valley, NH

Here's a link for WV dining: http://www.waterville.com/info/winter...

Our first choice and favorite is Coyote Grill, which is inside the White Mountain Athletic Club just down the corner from the Golden Eagle. Nice appetizers, lovely entrees - well prepared, friendly service.

The Golden Eagle is located just above the Village - within sight and less than a 5-minute walk. Try the Diamonds Edge North, especially if you have a large group.

The William Tell that hummingbird mentioned has sadly seen better days. The last time we were there was around March, '06, and it was disappointing. This used to be a favorite of ours...in fact, we've driven up from RI solely to have dinner at the WT and then return home. The food was average, the prices higher than expected - all in all, nothing special. We haven't been back.

Jul 23, 2008
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Cocke 'n Kettle (Uxbridge) closed.

You're very correct - time certainly did pass this place by. I can recall it's heyday, about 30 years ago, when you'd have to wait 2-3 hours to get a table. Unfortunately, the same carpeting, draperies and upholstered furniture are still present today - probably the same menu also. But, as JaneRI says, it definitely was "a fixture in the area". The one thing I will miss is their popovers! I'd go there just for that special treat.

Jul 11, 2008
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Cocke 'n Kettle (Uxbridge) closed.

A friend tells me there's a "Thank You for Your Patronage" sign posted at the restaurant entrance, citing economic conditions as the reason for the closure.

Jul 10, 2008
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L'Elizabeth's in Providence

Basically the same situation here. My dining partner and I stopped in for after-dinner coffee (we ate Asian and they served tea only). Thank heavens we didn't have a second round. Two specialty coffees - $24.00. To say we were a bit surprised is an understatement. I hadn't been there in many, many years and probably won't be going back. The coffee+tip cost more than our dinner!

Feb 26, 2008
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Stop & Shop got rid of Hodgson Mill Cornmeal in Ansonia area...

Yes, and they also have their "Simply Enjoy" brand in addition to the "Nature's Promise". Anything I've tried in the SE brand has been horrid (or at the very least, not formulated for my tastebuds). I now have a list of at least 25 items I regularly use that have been discontinued by S&S. There are days when the majority of my shopping list can't be fulfilled there. At that point, I replace the few items in my cart and drive to Shaw's instead. A look around the Bellingham store this week shows HUNDREDS of yellow tagged items indicating discontinuation. They're quickly losing me as a customer.

Feb 21, 2008
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Trattoria Romana, bizarre service in Lincoln

JaneRI: Have to agree with you regarding Pinelli/Slatersville - boring, mediocre food. It's definitely the worst of their locations.

Feb 21, 2008
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Trattoria Romana, bizarre service in Lincoln

We dine at Andrew's often, and always enjoy our meals and service. It's also such a pleasure to be so warmly greeted by the owner, and he makes a point of checking on our satisfaction during and after the meal. Andrew's has become our "default" spot when we can't decide on somewhere else to go. Have also been to Bella - good food, but a little pricey for the area.

Feb 21, 2008
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week at Loon Mt, Lincoln, NH

There's a cute little place in No. Woodstock - Truants' Taverne. From Loon, you'd pass through Lincoln to the intersection with Route 3 (Main Street). It's kind of hidden...take a right onto Route 3 and watch for sign on the right. The restaurant is behind shops and below street level. They have a great assortment of imaginative sandwiches and wonderful salads and soups. It's very casual and family friendly.

Feb 21, 2008
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Stop & Shop got rid of Hodgson Mill Cornmeal in Ansonia area...

Responding to the S&S portion of your post: Isn't that frustrating? My local S&S has done the same, and each week that I go there is another week I can't find several wanted products. It's gotten so bad that I've decided to shop elsewhere. Why go there when I have to stop elsewhere also, just to get basic needs? The manager is apologetic, but says that's how they're keeping prices down. Soon they'll have to start calling their business "Stop & Shop & Stop Again".

Jan 18, 2008
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Tom's Tavern.... reviews please?

Lilibet ~
My Attleboro friends aren't sure either, just saying that it's been Wetherlaine's for many years. I'll try to remember to ask the next time we're there.

Jan 14, 2008
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Tom's Tavern.... reviews please?

Lilibet ~
Sorry, I don't know about Jerimah's, but I've e-mailed a friend in Attleboro who may know and will let you know what they answer.

Jan 14, 2008
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Tom's Tavern.... reviews please?

The next time you're in Attleboro, you might want to try Wetherlaine's Pub on Rte. 123, diagonally across from Capron Park. They have a faaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous menu - incredible selection, great food, decent pricing and cozy atmosphere. It's very family friendly too. We've been to Tom's also, but Wetherlaine's is much more interesting (to us, anyway).

Jan 13, 2008
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Primavera Ristorante, Millis, MA (The Caffe)

Has anyone tried this spot lately, specifically The Caffe? It's been several years since we've been there but we were thinking of going there tomorrow night, and are interested in any recent experience(s). TIA.

Oct 08, 2007
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Dining along 495?

Just for the record (I see your post was from last December) the Portabello has been closed for several months.

Oct 08, 2007
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Trattoria Romana, bizarre service in Lincoln

Thanks for the info. However, I might be more inclined to think this was the case if the drink arrived on its own rather than with the "extra" (almost another full drink) in the individual martini shaker. Maybe it's a case of TMI...had they just charged $7.00 for the martini, I wouldn't have thought twice about it.

Sep 27, 2007
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Trattoria Romana, bizarre service in Lincoln

Neglected to mention that when we asked our server why everything was ready at the same time, she replied "Well, you ordered it all together so we thought you wanted it all served together." It just added to the what-the-hell? feeling of the evening. Apparently they expect you to order your appetizer(s)/salad and THEN place your dinner order. I'm accustomed to ordering all at once and then having courses served in a spaced manner.

My friend/dinner companion has dined at d.carlo with her sig. other and enjoyed it, which we actually discussed as a possibility for our next week's excursion. Agreed there's not much more in the area that's really interesting, but the food at Verchelli's in Bellingham is equally as good, the service there is more relaxed and logical, with the ability to walk in w/o a reservation and be seated promptly. We dine anywhere in the Milford, MA, to Providence, RI, area - usually on a Tuesday evening - and thus have many opportunities for a better dining experience than we had at TR. Hopefully things will calm down once TR's honeymoon phase is over. We'll give it another chance after a while.

Sep 26, 2007
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Trattoria Romana, bizarre service in Lincoln

Well, that was interesting! My weekly dinner companion and I dined at this new spot in Lincoln, RI, after much anticipation. We had first attempted to eat there last week, but were told at 6:30 on a Tuesday that we'd have to wait at least until 8:00 p.m. Instead, we made reservations to return tonight.

We arrived at 6:20 and found it to be equally as busy as the week before, although it seemed to be much noisier. While waiting the half hour to be seated, I commented to my buddy that, although most of the restaurant was very attractive, there were two areas that seemed to afford less desirable seating - one at the glassed wall looking into the kitchen and the other at the high-tops within the lounge area. Of course, we were seated at the glassed wall. Okay, we'll live with it.

We placed our drink orders - wine for my companion and a martini on the rocks for myself. We were served bread and olive oil - 3 small, but tasty, pieces for the 2 of us...why not 2 or perhaps 4? By the time drinks arrived, we had had the opportunity to determine our selections, so we placed our orders - calamari to split, caeser salad to split, salmon entree for my companion, a tilapia/shrimp entree for myself, with a side of grilled asparagus to split, since the menu was ala carte and nothing was mentioned as being included with the entrees. (Four of the 5 "pesce" entrees featured shrimp.) About 3 sips into our drinks, the calamari, salad AND the entree "side" of asparagus all arrived together. I asked our waitress if it was customary to serve the entree side with the appetizer and salad, and she looked confused and dismayed when we asked her to return it to the kitchen.

Not even half way through our drinks, barely having a chance to touch the salad, and having not even started on the calamari, the waitress returned to inform us that our dinners were ready to be served. We asked her to hold off for a few minutes, commenting that the experience was making us feel extremely rushed. Again she seemed confused by our request. Once dinner arrived, it was okay without being spectacular. The surprise for my companion was the inclusion of mashed potatoes that hadn't been mentioned in the menu description. Unfortunately, we were now subject to the remainder of the evening with an overly-apologetic waitress each time she passed our table.

So now the bill arrives. Now I don't usually over-peruse the bill, but couldn't help but notice the phrase "on the rocks" as it jumped off the page. Yes, in addition to the normal $6.50 for the martini, there was a separate charge of $.50 for the 5 or 6 ice cubes! (Needless to say, when I arrived home, I opened my freezer and bowed to the 10-lb bag of ice therein, thinking it must be roughly equivalent to my retirement fund.) Am I so behind the times that this should come as a surprise? It's ice cubes, for God's sake!

As we were leaving, we stopped at the front desk to ask if they had comment cards available. The hostess, looking somewhat insulted, replied that they had "no need for them as they had been open only since August". Huh? She was so disinterested that she didn't bother to inquire about our dining experience.

Arriving home, I logged on to their website only to find that the "Contact Us" area listed the owner/managers, but did not provide a reply option. Thus, it is necessary to phone or snail mail them with any comments one may have. Interestingly enough, I lingered for a moment to read the bio of Chef Luciano Canova and was struck by the final paragraph: "At Trattoria Romana you will occasionally see Luciano in the dining room, greeting customers and keeping a watchful eye on things. Much to his delight, he has been called upon to HELP (my emphasis) in the kitchen on occasion!. For Luciano, it's all about the food and the people." Excuse me, but if he's "occasionally" in the dining room and "called upon to help in the kitchen on occasion", just what is his function? It certainly doesn't sound as though it's to cook!

Well, rant over. Has anyone else tried this spot? Our final conclusion was that TR is ok to try, but not worth rushing to get there...maybe better to wait until the initial crowd-press dies down.

I'm headed back to my freezer to pay homage to the ice cubes. In the meantime, Alicante in Mendon remains at the top of my list!

Sep 25, 2007
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