Over its 32-year history, Bertucci’s has perfected the difficult art of cooking within a brick oven, resulting in all their dishes being not only expertly prepared but cooked to perfection, with a true zing of authenticity. Begin with spinach, artichokes, parmesan, mozzarella and romano cheeses blended into a rich dip then baked in the brick oven and topped with diced tomatoes, served with crispy, homemade flatbread for scooping. From this indulgent start, cleanse the palate with a simple Caprese salad before moving onto a fisherman’s stew of mussels, shrimp and Pacific cod simmering in a light tomato and caper broth alongside a wedge of grilled rosemary focaccia.
Bertucci’s, 1946 Post Rd, Warwick, RI, USA, +1 401-732-4343
The Iron Works Tavern is rich in history, the building originally constructed by industrialist Thomas Jefferson Hill in 1867 for the manufacture of malleable iron castings. From this date, the Iron Works has provided the nucleus for the village surrounding it and even in its new capacity, remains a cultural centre for the gathering of friends and family. Start your meal with bacon-wrapped scallops served with green onion, cornbread crumble and bourbon maple butter followed by a luxurious lobster mac and cheese or perhaps a baked Atlantic haddock with buttery cracker stuffing, spinach, scallion rice and refreshing wedges of lemon.
Iron Works Tavern, 697 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, RI, USA, +1 401-739-5111
The family-run, cosy and clean atmosphere of The Ripe Tomato, with its red walls and monochrome furniture, gives an air of Italy even before tasting the food. Everything at The Ripe Tomato is homemade, lending an authentic feel to the classic dishes. Begin with an Italian classic, the eggplant parmesan, with thin-sliced battered and lightly breaded eggplant topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese or opt for the wonderfully fresh flavours of handmade bruschetta with ruby tomatoes glistening on the garlic ciabatta. From here, enjoy Black Angus NY steak strip cooked in a white wine and garlic marinara sauce or spaghetti served with the ever-popular meatballs.
The Ripe Tomato, 1 Centerville Rd, Warwick, RI, USA, +1 401-921-8484