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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

Café Nuovo

Café Nuovo is one of those places you go to celebrate.
A celebratory eating adventure
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2010

Diego’s

Sometimes you don’t want just a taco or two, or the usual burrito stuffed with rice and beans as the quickest way to fill you up.
No sombreros allowed
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2010

Sawaddee Thai Restaurant

Sometimes I think back to when there were no Thai restaurants in Providence.
Let a thousand spices bloom
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2010

Edgewood Café

The Edgewood Café's slogan is "casual neighborhood dining with a gourmet touch," and every adjective is scout's honor true.
For neighborly gourmands
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 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


Dan’s Place

We didn't notice any grizzlies or cougars as road kill on our trek to Dan's Place, though we kept our eyes peeled there in the wilds of West Greenwich.
Comfort food in the wilds of West Greenwich
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 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

Kabuki

Japanese restaurants can be too predictable.
Cuisine off the beaten path
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 01, 2010

Spice

You might find it difficult to believe, but at one time there were no Thai restaurants in Providence. I know, I know, it’s sad — no pad Thai, no pik pow sauce, such deprivation, such shamed downward glances in the streets.
A hot and cheap Thai bistro
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 25, 2009

Ama’s

I'm in a quandary. I want to tell you about Ama's, but it's a tiny place with very few seats, and I really don't want to see a line outside the next time I show up.
Don’t read this, please
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2009


Junction Trattoria and Bistro

On a recent rainy Friday evening, we were calling around for a place to eat dinner. One restaurant had no reservations till 9 pm (it's still tourist season); another was farther away than we'd realized, and we might end up eating at that same hour.
Peerless pizza and much more
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 11, 2009
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Amazing Grace

Few of us bother to go to church, so Mainers must find ways to reuse our houses of worship, just as we do our riverside mills in this post-industrial age. While several restaurants have put mothballed mill buildings to use, Grace Restaurant's repurposin
Sweet tastes, beautiful building, heavenly reward
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 04, 2009

Review: Chez Pascal

Everything about Chez Pascal, beginning with Monday Market Menus and ending with a gallery show for a Rhody painter, emphasizes co-owners Matt and Kristin Gennuso's support for local talent, be it farmers or artists.
Regional fare, boundless pleasures
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2009

Champlin's Seafood

There are clam shacks and there are clam shacks. Champlin's is more of a clam duplex, hot meals upstairs and fish market below. If you have friends visiting from the coast of Maine, where they take this sort of place seriously, bring them down and show
Clam shack bragging rights
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2009

Los Andes

It makes sense that the people who run Los Andes are the ones who had a popular place further up Chalkstone for nine years. It was named simply the Bolivian Restaurant and was, in fact, pretty definitive. At a recent visit to the new restaurant, a fell
Back in delicious style
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 22, 2009


China Inn

Finding a Chinese restaurant worth your loyalty is like dating. You look and you look and you yawn and you look, but when you find the right one, your eyes widen and you stick around.
Out of the Oriental ordinary
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 15, 2009
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Bond Restaurant and Lounge

Boy, do these people ever wish they had gone for the James Bond theme instead of the US Savings Bond décor?
Good small plates and wine — license to kill not necessary
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 10, 2009

Review: Oak Hill Tavern

Looking for good down-south BBQ down south? Oak Hill Tavern is well worth the trip
Road to redemption
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 25, 2009

Señor Flaco's

It's good to see a restaurant with a sense of humor. As well as serving good Tex-Mex chow.
Tacos and more, with a smile
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2009

Review: Señor Flaco’s

It's good to see a restaurant with a sense of humor. As well as serving good Tex-Mex chow, Señor Flaco's offers up a good dose of levity.
Tacos and more, with a smile
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 25, 2009


Aspire

An upscale restaurant in an upscale hotel is disadvantaged in ways that give the advantage to us.
Earth and Ocean
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2009

Cucina Twist

In the eight-restaurant empire owned by Bob Pinelli and Steve Marra, Cucina Twist has a special place in the hearts of Wakefield and Kingston residents.
High volume, high quality
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2009

Two Four Two

Italian fare, with a twist
Italian fare, with a twist
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 17, 2008

Mike's Kitchen

 
A foodie favorite in deepest Cranston
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2008

The Loft

The Loft is the restaurant at NYLO Providence/Warwick, a new hotel, so the impression that diners get over their Point Judith calamari or apple-tini is going to affect how they anticipate the digs upstairs; Crisp salad, crisp sheets.
Dining in a surreal seascape
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 03, 2008