Over a long weekend in October, my friends from Boston came to visit Rhode Island. And so I thought, what would be a better way to get to know this petite state than through food? I mean, people do say that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Right?
We started the weekend off at one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Providence, Al Fornos. We ordered several appetizers including pizza margarita, cod cakes, and calamari. And as for our main course, we had the dirty steak, rigatoni with veal bolognese, pasta with tomato sauce, and the daily special fish dish. And for the finale, we had the yummiest desserts, including an apple tart, a pear and walnut tart, and a chocolate cake. E’ molto delizioso!!
Seeing how much fun apple picking can be, we went to visit the lovely Barden Family Orchard in North Scituate. After we had our fill of apples, apple cider, apple cider donuts, and even some apple honey sticks, we then jetted off to Newport. Finally!
We arrived at Castle Hill Inn and were whisked to our outdoor seats amidst the amazing 80 degree weather. Their outdoor dining patio faces out towards the ocean receiving a light cool sea breeze.
We ordered a seafood platter to share as starters and seared scallops and a lobster roll as our two main courses. Then, for dessert, we ordered banana chocolate mousse, chocolate pecan pie a la mode, blueberries and cream, and carrot cake parfait. And to accompany our desserts we had their dessert cocktail, a mix of milk, baileys, and kahlua over ice.
Before our drive home to Providence, we stopped for a quick tour at the Breakers Mansion and picked up a few snacks from their gift shop. We got a small New England Salt water taffy and a pack of New England snack mix (whale crackers, bbq flavored chips, etc). And if only we had a little bit more time before the sun decided to set, we would have wandered down the path from the Breakers to the Newport cliffwalk only minutes away.
At the end of the weekend, our hearts and bellies were full — and I highly recommend this outing agenda to anyone looking to experience the best of Rhode Island food.
Julie Sophonpanich is a senior at Brown University where she studies the History of Art and Architecture. She loves hosting dinner parties for her friends and traveling to sample yummy food.