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Vegetarian, Diabetes & Digestive Disorders
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The Lobster Pot, 119-121 Hope Street, Bristol
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Portabel
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Café Nuo
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Haruki Ea
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Helpful Hints For Valentine's Day
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The Capital Gril
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The Providence Oyster B
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Great Asparagus Ideas
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Jack’s Family Restaura
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Redlefsen’s Rotisserie & Gri
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Farmstead Fine Cheeses and Unique Edibles
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All About Artichokes
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The Canfield Hou
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Mustard Greens
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A Great Time For Kale
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The Downstairs Bist
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A Favorite Green- Spinach
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Caffe It
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3 Steeple Street
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The Mystery of a Melon
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Tofu
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Upcoming Events
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Royal Vegetarianism
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The Sideb
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Bolivian Restaurant
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Ind
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McCormick & Schmick
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Feast or Fami
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Salads That Make A Meal: Tofu
by Alica London

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Pakara
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Via Via Brick Oven Pizza
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Summer Round-up
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The Oyster Bar & Gri
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A Sweet Ending with Famous Vegetarians
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Mo
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Fellini Pizzeria
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Sushi-Go, we hope they stay!
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Café de V
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Why Vegan
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The Longhorn Steakhou
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Ind
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Kabob & Cur
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Enjoying the Good Potato
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The Downstairs Bistro at Second Story Theat
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Brussels Sprouts, One of Fall's Special Treats
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Big Fi
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It's Cranberry Time
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The Fine Fruits of Fall
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Faux Turkey
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Chiazza Trattori
by Bob Mariani

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Chinese Snacks
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Ask The Expert
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10 Steak & Sus
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Vegetarian Thanksgiving
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Cilantro Mexican Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Holiday Entertaining
by Alica London

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DeWolf Tave
by Bob Mariani

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Vegetarian Happenings
by Alica London

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XO Steak Hou
by Bob Mariani

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Pizzeria Uno – Chicago Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Holiday Pleasures
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Best of 2004
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Instant Cocktail Party
by Alica London

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by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate
by Alica London

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by Bob Mariani

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Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches
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Succulent Morsels
by Alica London

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Best of ’04 Best New Restaurant
DeWolf Tave

by Bob Mariani

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Lucky Gard
by Bob Mariani

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Bertucci’s Brick Oven Ristorante
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The Lobster P
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Lei’s Bar & Grill (formerly The Catfish Gril
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Urban Kitchen Café
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Brick Alley P
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Tito’s Cantina Mexican Grill
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Banana Pudding
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Caffe Dolce Vi
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Rob's Corner Grill
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The Glass Oni
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The Lobster Pot
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DeWolf Tave
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Rich Raspberry Swirl Brownies
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The Gatehouse Restaura
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Café Four
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The Grille On Ma
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44 Hospital Street
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Out to Lunch
Via Via Brick Oven Pizza

My friend Oswaldo called the other day. "Hey that was a great piece you wrote on Bolivian food," he began. "But have I got another place for you! Have you ever been to Via Via Brick Oven Pizza?"

"Via what?" I shrieked, confusing the well-known East Side casual restaurant with an equally popular Federal Hill establishment with a similar name. "No, I haven’t," I finally admitted. "Let’s meet there tomorrow for lunch so that I can give it a try."

"My brother Silvio and I love the chewy, wood-fired crust and all the unusual toppings," Oswaldo announced. "The cooks at Via Via are always inventing some new and interesting pizzas, so your taste buds are in for a treat. I’ll see you tomorrow at noon."

Upon entering the unpretentious eatery, I soon discovered why the place is so popular with Brown and RISD students, shoppers who flock to nearby Thayer Street and with theatergoers who stop for a sandwich or pizza before going to the movies. There’s nothing fancy about the place – don’t look for ambiance – but the food is good, despite the fact that the prices are a bit steep. (But that’s the trendy East Side).

Recalling our recent outing to another restaurant that I was to review and just how popular Silvio’s idea to set up a "buffet" became, our troupe of three hungry adventurers decided to order "slices" of different pieces, rather than one or two small pizzas. That way we could try as many of Via Via’s delicious pizzas in one sitting. The server behind the counter liked our idea and charged us $16.99 – the price of most of the restaurant’s large gourmet pizzas, as we filled up our box. (It was a nice day so we decided to take our lunch to the park.)

The first pizza that we sampled was the Pepperoni ($2.10 per slice, $6.75, sm., $10.95, large.) This pizza was, for the most part, standard fare, with a chewy, wood fired-crust generously covered with a zesty tomato sauce, slices of pepperoni, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, fresh garlic, oregano and basil. While it was delicious, I probably wouldn’t order it again at Via Via, noting the other more unusual and interesting combination pizzas that are available. (This is simply my preference: If it’s pepperoni pizza that turns you on, then go for it!)

Our next selection proved to be my favorite – the BBQ chicken pizza ($2.68, $8.50, $15.50). This pizza was absolutely delicious and I wished that we had ordered another slice or two.

"Gee, if it’s not too much to ask, may I have a small piece before you gobble up the whole slice?" Silvio whined. Once he tasted it, he immediately knew why I couldn’t stop devouring the smoky, wood fired chewy crust, topped with a zesty yet not overpowering barbecue sauce, chunks of barbecued chicken, slices of red onion, creamy smoked gouda and mozzarella.

"This is heavenly," Silvio proclaimed, after finally getting a small piece. "While this is a great combination of various tastes and textures, it’s the smoked gouda combined with the chicken that really sets this pizza apart." I had to agree.

Another favorite that our trio enjoyed was the spicy meatball pizza ($2.81, $9.95, $16.99). While we had enjoyed meatball pizzas at many equally-popular pizza parlors on past occasions, we found this selection to be truly exceptional. What set the standard meatball pizza apart here was the addition of red onion and Jalapeno pepper slices, which added crunch and fire to what could have been an ordinary pie. Naturally, my Latin-born amigos enjoyed the fiery take on an old Italian-American classic.

Upon Oswaldo’s urging, we also sampled the Eggplant pizza ($2.68, $8.50, $15.50), which featured red onion slices and large sautéed eggplant discs.

"This is absolutely wonderful – just like eating Eggplant Parmesan on a pizza," Oswaldo announced. Again, I had to agree: The vegetables were firm, not overcooked or soggy and the homemade sauce was not so overpowering that you couldn’t taste the toppings, or vice versa.

We were indeed very pleased with our "pizza picnic" and decided that we’d order a few large pies to take to the lake when we head to the mountains later this summer.

In addition to offering great pizza, Via Via also boasts an extensive menu featuring soups, salads, sandwiches, and seafood and pasta dishes, all available for eat-in or take out. One pasta dish that caught my eye was the macaroni four cheese ($7.50), which combines mozzarella, Parmesan, fontina and mascarpone cheeses and macaroni. All pasta dishes are served with garlic bread.

Via Via Brick Oven Pizza is located at 205 Meeting Street, Providence and is open for lunch six days a week at 11.am. On Fridays, the restaurant opens at 3 p.m. For takeout or more information, call 831-8668.

Brian J. Lowney is a reporter for the Providence Visitor and the pet columnist for the Herald News (Fall River) and now for the New Bedford Standard Times. He enjoys the wonderful Rhode Island restaurant scene and writing about the cornucopia of outstanding dining and retail food establishments we have been blessed with throughout the region.

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