TRIO Cafe & Lounge is the brainchild of brothers Tony and Paul Rodrigues and their childhood friend, Brian Carvalho. The trio sought to replicate a European-style eatery and lounge in Massachusetts, complete with chic decor, contemporary cuisine, and innovative cocktails. Abstract art speckles the walls of each location's sleek space, where diners sit on cushy couches and clink glasses of sangria over raw oysters and peppercorn-encrusted steaks.
Carol Russell comes from a long line of winemakers—her father, Herbert, and grandfather, Max, crafted sparkling wine at their vineyard in New York. After dreaming of rebooting the family tradition for quite some time, she moved to farmland in Westport, Massachusetts, in 1982 and her family planted their first vines four years later. Today, the winery family cultivates 80 acres of grapes including chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir, and riesling.
Made through a combination of old-timey and contemporary techniques, the sparkling wines, table wines, and aperitifs have earned more than 20 gold medals and twice-filled glasses at the White House. Wine flows year-round at the Westport Rivers’ store, which hosts tastings, an art gallery, and autumnal hayride vineyard tours where guests meet the giants who squash the grapes with a single stomp once a year.
Owner Howie Mallowes set up shop across from the Martha's Vineyard ferry terminal, where his restaurant specializes in infusing New York–style pies with gourmet ingredients such as shrimp, gorgonzola, and steak. Amongst the fresh harbor air, staffers shuttle whole pizzas and single slices to tables of visitors and regulars until the wee hours of 2 a.m. every night. The menu plays host to more than a dozen specialty pizzas such as the Pizans "Soon to be Famous" Clam Pizza, which just signed a three-picture deal with DreamWorks. Pizzas share stomach space with pastas, oven-baked grinders, footlong subs, beer, and wine.
Innovative appetite quenchers doled out amidst flat screen TVs and casual pub environs bolster Rose Alley Ale House up the rungs of culinary greatness. The menu highlights self-proclaimed "Earth's best" wings—privately tested by an unbiased panel of baby Martians—available in a slew of sauces, such as the tongue-torching Lava, burn-soothing blue cheese, and thai peanut ($8.99 for 10). Rose Alley Ale House also hosts eclectic entrees, including Vavo's Hangover Cure, a hodgepodge of chicken and shrimp sautéed in Rozambique sauce atop a mountain of pub style chips ($10.99), guaranteed to erase memories of late-night dials to ex-imaginary friends.
A lifelong entrepreneur with a green thumb, Dave Neilson transformed Coastal Vineyards from an idea to a reality in 2004. Joined by his wife Linda, family, and friends, Dave continues to tend to his small but continually expanding winery, situated along southeastern New England's lengthy coastal wine trail. Like a shadow cast by Godzilla, the property's thriving vineyards cover eight acres, producing 12 varietals including chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, and merlot.
No matter the bottle, Dave's goal remains consistent: to lure every ounce of fruity zest from each varietal, specifically by blending flavors to create unique bouquets. To accomplish this, Coastal Vineyards utilizes a combination of stainless steel and oak barrels to ensure it consistently serves up a diverse repertoire of complex flavors, which can be bought or tested in the facility's tasting room when it swings open its doors on the weekends.
Soft-serve frozen yogurt or gelato in rich flavors gently swirls into a cheery pink or blue cup. Toppings doled out by the spoonful tumble from the top. And finally, with much rejoicing, the diner swoops a plastic spoon in for the first of many bites. Dream Sweet Froyo's colorful interior draws the eye as much as its indulgent (and low-fat) treats inspire drooling, and guests enjoy their yogurt or gelato while watching the 60-inch television, surfing the free WiFi, or calculating exactly how many drops of hot fudge fit into a ladle. Frozen yogurt and gelato are also available to take home by the pint ($0.30/ounce). Dream Sweet Froyo also offers frozen custard, sorbet, and italian ice.