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Vegetarian, Diabetes & Digestive Disorders
by Alica London

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The Lobster Pot, 119-121 Hope Street, Bristol
by Bob Mariani

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A Taste Of India
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Cancer Help
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Café Nordstrom
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Celebrating Valentine's Day!!
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The Purple Cat Restaurant
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Cardiovascular Disease and Vegetarianism
by Alica London

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Kabob and Cur
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Quizno’s Subs
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Valentine Ideas!
by Alica London

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Portabel
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Romantic Vegetarians, Anytime
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Café Nuo
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What's In Season This Month
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Haruki Ea
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Helpful Hints For Valentine's Day
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The Capital Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Trinity Brewhouse
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Longhorn Steakhouse
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The Many Faces of a Leek
by Alica London

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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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What You Didn't Know About Parsnips
by Alica London

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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
by Alica London

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The Canfield Hou
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Amy’s Place
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Mustard Greens
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Kartab
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Glorious Greens
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Le Bistro Newpo
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A Great Time For Kale
by Alica London

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Providence Pri
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Ruffuls
by Brian J. Lowney

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Watercress, a healthy treat
by Alica London

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The Downstairs Bist
by Bob Mariani

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A Favorite Green- Spinach
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Caffe It
by Bob Mariani

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3 Steeple Street
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Mystery of a Melon
by Alica London

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Lot 4
by Bob Mariani

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Chelo’s Hometown Bar and Grille
by Brian J. Lowney

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Salads That Make a Meal
by Alica London

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The Blue Fin Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Tofu
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The King’s Fea
by Bob Mariani

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Peas in Springtime
by Alica London

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Upcoming Events
by Bob Mariani

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Lighthouse Diner
by Brian J. Lowney

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Olga’s Cup and Saucer
by Brian J. Lowney

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Royal Vegetarianism
by Alica London

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Trattoria Simpati
by Bob Mariani

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Soy, Anyway You Like It!
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The Sideb
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Bolivian Restaurant
by Brian J, Lowney

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The Mystery of a Melon
by Alica London

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Ind
by Bob Mariani

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Quorn
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Chez Pasc
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The List Goes On and On
by Alica London

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Renaissan
by Bob Mariani

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Puppy Picnic by the Shore
by Alica London

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McCormick & Schmick
by Bob Mariani

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What's Your Pleasure!
by Alica London

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Feast or Fami
by Bob Mariani

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Julian’s Restaurant
by Brian J. Lowney

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Salads That Make A Meal: Tofu
by Alica London

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Pakara
by Bob Mariani

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Via Via Brick Oven Pizza
by Brian J. Lowney

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Food & Frolic
by Alica London

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Summer Round-up
by Bob Mariani

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Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old Country Store
by Brian J. Lowney

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What's for Dinner
by Alica London

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The Oyster Bar & Gri
by Bob Mariani

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A Sweet Ending with Famous Vegetarians
by Alica London

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Mo
by Bob Mariani

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Fellini Pizzeria
by Brian J. Lowney

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Sushi-Go, we hope they stay!
by Alica London

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Café de V
by Bob Mariani

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Why Vegan
by Alica London

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The Cheeky Monkey Ca
by Bob Mariani

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The Longhorn Steakhou
by Bob Mariani

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Chili’s
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Wonderful Cheese of Great Britain
by Alica London

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Union Station Brewery
by Brian J. Lowney

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by Alica London
The Best Cheese In the World - France

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Mc Fadden
by Bob Mariani

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Life Is Great On Broadway
by Alica London

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Ind
by Bob Mariani

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Celebrating the Holy Cheese, Swiss
by Alica London

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Kabob & Cur
by Bob Mariani

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Andreas Restaurant
by Brian J. Lowney

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Enjoying the Good Potato
by Alica London

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The Downstairs Bistro at Second Story Theat
by Bob Mariani

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Brussels Sprouts, One of Fall's Special Treats
by Alica London

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Big Fi
by Bob Mariani

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It's Cranberry Time
by Alica London

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The Fine Fruits of Fall
by Alica London

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Faux Turkey
by Alica London

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Chiazza Trattori
by Bob Mariani

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Chinese Snacks
by Alica London

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Ask The Expert
by Chris Gasbarro

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10 Steak & Sus
by Bob Mariani

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving
by Alica London

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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
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Instant Cocktail Party
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches
by Brian J. Lowney

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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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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Lucky Gard
by Bob Mariani

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Bertucci’s Brick Oven Ristorante
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Lobster P
by Bob Mariani

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Lei’s Bar & Grill (formerly The Catfish Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Urban Kitchen Café
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Sakonnet Fish C
by Bob Mariani

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Viola
by Bob Mariani

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The Ivy Tave
by Bob Mariani

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Brick Alley P
by Bob Mariani

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Tito’s Cantina Mexican Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Table
by Bob Mariani

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Banana Pudding
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Caffe Dolce Vi
by Bob Mariani

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Coconut Cookie Nests
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Rob's Corner Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Geppetto
by Bob Mariani

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Banana Cream Cheesecake
by Ann Castle

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Mediterran
by Bob Mariani

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Cappuccino Brownies with White Chocolate Sauce
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The Mooring Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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Waffles for Dessert
by Ann Castle

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Napa Valley Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Delicious Dilemma
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Quick Guide to German Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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Cherryston
by Bob Mariani

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Creamy Caramel Treasure Brownies
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Wines from Israel
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Glass Oni
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate-Cinnamon Angel Cake
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Gin is Back In
by Chris Gasbarro

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Zooma Bar Ristoran
by Bob Mariani

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Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Ann Castle

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Kosher Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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L’Epicureo at The Hotel Providen
by Bob Mariani

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The Lobster Pot
119 Hope Street
Bristol, RI

by Rob Mariani

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Lemon Nut White Chip Cookies
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French Regional Wine Class/Tasti
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate Crumb Bars
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by Chris Gasbarro

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The Hi-H
by Bob Mariani

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Cookie and Ice Cream Frozen Dessert
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Summer Wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Nat. Porter I
by Bob Mariani

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White Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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Pane E Vi
by Bob Mariani

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Custard Tart with Fresh Berries
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Paraduxx Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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Lot 4
by Bob Mariani

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Brownies with Coconut Frosting
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Unoaked Chardonnays
by Chris Gasbarro

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Persimmon Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
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New Sauvignon Blanc
by Chris Gasbarro

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Oak Restaurant and B
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate Decadence with Sweet Cream
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Dr. Loosen Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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DeWolf Tave
by Bob Mariani

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Rich Raspberry Swirl Brownies
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The Margarita!
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Gatehouse Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Squares
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White Rum
by Chris Gasbarro

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Raphael Bar Ris
by Bob Mariani

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Banana Caramel Fluff
by DesiRey

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Rhone Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Downstairs Bist
by Bob Mariani

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Bananas Foster
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Burgundy Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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Shogun Steak & Seafood Hou
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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
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Austrian Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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Bella Vis
by Bob Mariani

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Dessert Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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Jacky’s Galaxie & Sushi B
by Bob Mariani

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Café Four
by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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The Grille On Ma
by Bob Mariani

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Amazing Coconut Pie
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Dry Rose

by Chris Gasbarro

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The Longhorn Steakhouse
400 Bald Hill Road
Warwick Mall, Warwick

by Bob Mariani

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McCormick & Schmic
by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Twist
336 Baldhill Road
Warwick, RI

by Bob Mariani

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Audrey’s at the Johnson & Wales Inn
213 Taunton Avenue
Seekonk, MA

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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The Blue Plate Diner
665 West Main Road
Middletown, RI

by Bob Mariani

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The Salvation Café
140 Broadway
Newport, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Lot 401
44 Hospital Street
Providence Jewelry District

by Bob Mariani

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Blaze
776 Hope Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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Red Stripe
465 Angell Street
Providence

by Bob Mariani

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The Hi-Hat
3 Davol Square
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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A Very Good Year
by Bob Mariani

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Most Memorable Dishes of the Year
by Bob Mariani

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Bella Vista
One Finance Way
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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Gracie’s
194 Washington Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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La Luna
272 Thayer Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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The Napa Valley Grille
Providence Place Mall
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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McCormick & Schmick’s
Providence Biltmore Hotel
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI

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Raphael Bar Risto
Water Place Park, 1 Union Station
Providence


"Gorgeous." "Sexy." "Cool." They’re all words that have been used again and again to describe one of Providence’s best-liked downtown restaurants: Raphael Bar Risto. With its beautiful blend of blond woods, classic modern art, and minimalist interior design, Raphael’s has been praised as much for its good looks as it has for its good, up-dated Neapolitan-style menu.

On a recent mid-week visit at around 6:30pm, the place was beginning to fill up. Some patrons shared al fresco cocktails out on the Union Station plaza, while others gathered inside at the handsomely hip Tunnel Bar.

I don’t believe Raphael’s menu here has changed drastically since it first opened in the old re-vamped train station space back in 1993. But chef/owner Ralph Conti is always adding interesting little touches. One of his newer (to me, at least) antipasti this night was Ditalini with strawberries and gorgonzola cheese ($8). Ditalini are tiny tube-shaped pasta. Cooked perfectly al dente, they were served in a mild brown sauce laced with creamy gorgonzola cheese with tiny flecks of strawberries throughout. The subtle hints of the sweet strawberries in the more robust sauce really worked quite well.

My friend had the evening’s special—a shrimp cocktail with four medium size shrimp accompanied by a red tomato dipping sauce. Nothing fancy or surprising here— just a good take on a classic appetizer.

We also shared another interesting appetizer, a Zucchini Flowers Zeppole ($11), a fluffy, deep-fried zeppole crust stuffed with luscious mouthfuls of delicate zucchini flowers in a mild white cheese sauce.

For my salad course, I had one of the side dishes; Sautéed Spinach drenched in olive oil and flecked with garlic and pignole nuts ($6). My entrée was the very delicate Filet of Sole, sautéed in olive oil and lemon and accompanied by some oyster mushrooms and a mixture of potatoes and leeks ($23). This is a nice, lighter main course that satisfies without filling you up too much.

Our other entrée was the Crispy Duck ($27), tender slices of duck breast, a leg and thigh cooked in a semi-sweet port wine and plum sauce. (Note: if you don’t like your meat rare, be sure to specify that because this dish comes to the table with a cold pink center unless ordered "medium.") The duck was accompanied by a nice summer-y side dish of quickly braised mixed vegetables.

Some of the other dishes at Raphael’s are: Red Snapper in a "putanesca" sauce ($27); a classic Veal Scaloppini Pizziaola ($28); Grilled Veal Chop with porcini mushroom sauce ($31); Veal Osso Bucco ($29); and Yellow Fin Tuna Steak with eggplant caponata.

Pastas include Manicotti with ricotta, spinach and porcini polpette ($18); Cavatelle with sausage, rabe, roasted peppers and salta ricotta ($18); Lobster Tortelli with white truffle cream and sautéed lobster meat($28); and Linguini with "fruitti di mare" ($28).

For dessert my friend ordered the Warm Chocolate Cake, a cupcake-size round of dark chocolate cake with a soft center accompanied by a few fresh blueberries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I had the Almond Gnocchi, an original house-made creation that’s a delicious semi-sweet crust infused with a creamy, nutty filling. It too came with a modest scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Raphael’s Bar Risto is indeed a feast for the senses with its stunning decor and its always-interesting menu. And the service could not be more efficient or friendly. They’re open Monday through Thursday from 5pm to 11pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 5pm until 2am. For information or reservations call 421-4646 or visit www.raphaelbarristo.com.

Bob Mariani is a Southeastern New England freelance author. Besides his "Your Table is Ready" and "Out to Lunch" restaurant reviews on findRI.com, he also writes jazz articles on allaboutjazz.com

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