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Review: Thornton's Grille

Restaurants are notoriously difficult businesses to start up, with survival rates not unlike those of small countries with larger, hostile neighbors. But some people know how to put them together so they'll stick around awhile.
Giving people what they want
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010

Beyond the State: What's reopening where

As we enter Portland's busy season, there are several comings-and-goings (we'll focus on the comings and less on the goings) to keep track of as we plan our summer outings and evenings on the town.
Venue Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 25, 2010
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Coppa

One of the strange features of the Great Recession is the incredible complexity of down-market maneuvers.
A complicated conception with a delicious finish
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 28, 2010

Review: Anna D Café

A roadside diner on a busy thoroughfare like Route 138 on Aquidneck Island has a captive audience of New York-to-Cape Cod travelers and summer visitors to nearby vineyards.
A creative spin on classic comfort food
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 2010
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Classic Italian

America has reached the point where strip-mall dining can make us nostalgic.
JP’s Bistro offers a trip back to the Gilded Age
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 14, 2010

La Masseria

The first thing to say about La Masseria is that, despite its name meaning “farmhouse” and its décor focusing on earth tones with exposed brick and pitchfork tines hanging on one wall, it’s a beautiful space.
Exemplary Italian fare in East Greenwich
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2010


Ardeo at Waterplace

There are two kinds of chain restaurants. Some are stamped out with cookie cutters and rely on customers being attracted to something familiar. And others go for quality as the common denominator, standardizing what has been fine-tuned but allowing for c
A sturdy culinary link
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2010
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La Galleria 33

As you go deeper into the North End on Salem Street, the pretense drops toward the levels of old, pre-gentrification “Little Italy.”
A new, old-school-style addition to the city’s longest-thriving dining district
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 30, 2010
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Barlow’s Restaurant

It’s not unusual for this column to have a different opinion of restaurants than the column in the Boston Globe — I favor a flatter bell curve.
When in doubt, ask for a second opinion
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 02, 2010
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Sonny Noto's Restaurant

How does a restaurant fly under the radar for nearly 60 years?
A not-so-hidden gem with a three-generation track record in Eastie  
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 26, 2010

Bruna’s Table

Considering that Westerly has a large population with Italian heritage, it's curious that the town is not known for good Italian restaurants.
Careful, but not fussy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2010


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The brunch quandary

There seems to be an endless number of places to try in Portland. So many, in fact, that I keep discovering well-established restaurants that I didn't even know served brunch. One of those places was Vignola.
In Portland, there's always one more place you haven't tried
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  February 05, 2010

The Village Haven

We were headed to a concert in Cumberland and we thought we'd make a slight detour to North Smithfield — the village of Forestdale, to be precise.
Traditional (and bountiful) fare in Forestdale
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2010

Café Noir

Ambience, style, flair — these have become as necessary as kitchen seasonings to spice up a dining experience in upscale restaurants.
Upping the hipness quotient
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2010

Midtown Café

In this economy and in downtown Wakefield, it's a tough task to keep a restaurant going.
A cut above the rest in Wakefield
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 15, 2010
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Il Casale

Il Casale — the "country house"— may be more rustic than Chef Dante de Magistris's magisterial and experimental restaurant Dante in the Cambridge Royal Sonesta, but it ain't no hometown spaghetti shack.
Nothing quaint and everything delicious at Belmont's 'country house'
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 08, 2010


Kabuki

Japanese restaurants can be too predictable.
Cuisine off the beaten path
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 01, 2010
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2009: The year in dining

This was an unusual food year for me, in that the recession did not have the expected effect on the local dining scene.
My year in food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 25, 2009
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Fiorella's

Friends are always asking me for my latest cheap-eats "discovery." But amid a million food blogs, 24/7 food television, and amateur-review Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp, I'm rarely the first to sing a good restaurant's praises.
A solid Italian-American trattoria with dynamite pizza
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 04, 2009

Café Fresco

Restaurants come and restaurants go.
A terrific Monday night special, and more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2009
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Gennaro's 5 North Square Ristorante

The owners of Caffé Vittoria and the Florentine Cafe took over this venerable tourist trap that looks out on North Square a year ago, renamed it for their son last May, and quietly spiffed up the rooms and the menu.
A former tourist trap proves its worth
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 24, 2009


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ArtBar

How do we find hidden gems? You can't just look under the radar. Sometimes the hiding place is behind a famous name, as is the case with ArtBar.
A pleasantly unpredictable treat sneaks out of the shadows
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 13, 2009
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Triple shot

As a sign of difficult economic times, a turnover in cafés is a noisy indicator but a significant one.
Visiting three new Portland cafés
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 06, 2009

FRA’s Italian Gourmet

Ever have that kind of day when you need to start your lunch with a chocolate chip cookie?
 Beyond wonderful
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2009

Antonio’s Trattoria

The Knightsville section of Cranston is an undeniable haven for Italian home-cooking, where legendary portions (Marchetti's), chic hotspots (Caffe Itri and L'Osteria), and marquee chef/owners (Tony Papa's) have successfully rubbed elbows along a suburb
Comforting elegance
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 23, 2009
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Ducali Pizzeria and Bar

My old boss liked to say that people are happiest when reality exceeds their expectations.
Good Italian-American pies and cheap drafts: any questions?
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 23, 2009


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Gustation junction

Since all three of Harding Lee Smith's restaurants are on corners, one wonders why he chose to name his newest one The Corner Room.
Flavors mingle at The Corner Room
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 02, 2009
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Rino's Place

I often chat up local chefs about their favorite restaurants, usually over drinks at late-night watering holes.
Old-school, groaning-platter Italian-American meets authentic Italian in Eastie
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 25, 2009
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Community appeal

It is tricky to manage the transition from cult of personality to a rationalized institution.
The Café at Pat's is a classic local spot
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 18, 2009

Andrew's Bistro

It's not hard for a restaurant to aspire to an upscale experience at downscale prices. What's hard is actually accomplishing it.
Posh presentations, reasonable prices
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009