Intricate, sketch-like depictions of vines, porticos, and a rolling Tuscan countryside add rustic dimension to creamy walls, while in other dining rooms, elongated mirrors and a marble bar offer an urban anchor to an environment of grayscale and charcoal. It was this very juxtaposition that Jim Harris and Daniel Teodoro sought when they took ownership of Pizzico Ristorante, an eatery mingling components of northern Italian and American cuisine.
White tablecloths populate with tuscan grilled pizzas, creamy risottos, and seafood and veal sautéed in subtle wine sauces. Four days a week, a local menu board offers meats, seafood, and produce from the farms and oceans of local Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Wine dinners escort guests through multiple courses of cuisine and complementary wine, demonstrating how different flavors can enhance each other's vivacity even if they aren't vinegar and baking soda.
The Cheese Plate offers a wide selection of cheese, wines, desserts, and more. Cheese plates are available to fill up your body's dairy chamber and meat tank. The appetizer plate gets you a choice of four cheeses or meats ($12) the plate of the day features an ever-shifting variety of seven cheeses from around the world, and the French plate wrangles delectable selections that may include triple cream Belletoile or a buttery, nutty Cantalet. The cheese connoisseurs at The Cheese Plate have also crafted specialty platters for the seasoned cheese-tongue, including the Ultimate Plate ($20), which contains five fine cheeses black truffle, Roquefort, Limburger, and Humboldt fog, and the Once in a Blue Moon plate ($20), which boasts cheesy blues, dried fruit, nuts, peppadews, bread, crackers, and preserves.
Brothers Donald and Tony Amaral opened Amaral's Fish & Chips in 1984, and the restaurant has churned out several thousand clam cakes per week ever since. Though the deep-fried delicacies are a popular draw, Amaral's has become especially known for its stuffies?a mixture of quahog, bread crumbs, spices, and vegetables baked right inside the clam's shell. Indeed, this traditional New England clam shack keeps locals happy with its seafood-driven menu, but it's also struck a chord with its sweet Portuguese bread. Much like the Loch Ness Monster, this bread only makes an appearance on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Customers who stop in early enough can actually purchase it while it's still warm.
With enough screens to broadcast every NFL game, Tinker's Nest situates itself as the go-to place for game day. The pub caters to a sports-loving, beer-drinking audience, keeping 12 brews on tap and more than 50 in bottles. It also maintains a hearty, meat-centric menu that includes two-story burgers and pulled-pork quesadillas. Paying homage to its Irish roots, the pub stocks more than 20 whiskeys and bourbons, as well as a pot o' gold, which is an ancient Irish euphemism for a pail of whiskey.