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Mar 10, 2011 06:50 AM

Dinner in Warwick\West Warwick area

We are going on vacation to vacation. We will be going to RI to get our Son at college next Friday night and then getting up very early Saturday morning to travel to VA Beach. We are staying at the Comfort Suites in WW

I'd like a casual, easy nearby place for dinner on Friday night. I'm working most of the day then driving the 4.5 hours to RI and have an 11 hour day in the car the next day. So I will be grumpy and tired.

I am on weight watchers, so I'm trying to avoid heavy, fried foods, but this is not the primary focus for dinner. Therefore, while I'd like some healthy options, I am on vacation!

You Chowhounds have always given me good ideas for RI so thanks in advance.

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  1. Go to Trattoria San Vivaldo. There's a thread about it on this board. It's about three miles away, and is low-key enough for what you need, but the food is very good.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Gin n Tonic

      You know, that's a great idea. We have been there before. Chef Alfie certainly makes you sit back and relax; better to just put him in charge.

      1. re: Gin n Tonic

        My last meal there and the last 2 reports I heard about SVT were not positive. I get the feeling that if you eat later in the evening the food tends to be overcooked, as if it has been sitting around all night. How else can 1-2 people run a full service restaurant and serve food in a timely manner if a good portion of it isnt already prepared? The chef can be rather condescending if he doesnt approve of your drink and/or food choices if you end up going that route.

        1. re: joe777cool

          I was there just 3 weeks ago and it was great. Yes, Chef Alfie is highly opinionated and can be disapproving of your eating choices. But he is a talented culinary artist. His creations are magnificent. I think one can forgive his occasional disapprovals and moodiness.

          My advice; ask him what he recommends and go with one of his recommendations. You won't be disappointed. I've eaten in lots of restaurants around the world and SVT is on my top 3 list

        2. re: Gin n Tonic

          My Wife was a little cool to that idea. She is also on a diet and wants more control over her order than SVT is likely to give. I definately will go back there, but just not next weekend.

          Any other ideas?

          1. re: Shann

            You should just go to Providence. It's not far from your hotel and there are so many better choices than in W/WW, which is kind of chain central.

            1. re: Shann

              Yes, heading up to Providence might be your best bet. Get off 95 onto 10 and then take the Broadway exit, and you'll have Nick's and Broadway Bistro within a few blocks of each other, both very good, and you don't have to actually go completely into the city. They are both small, though, so Friday night may be tough.

              If you don't want to drive that far, though, La Masseria on Main St. in E. Greenwich is excellent, and much closer. It can get expensive, but I think it's worth it. It's probably not quite 5 miles from where you'll be.

              As vino said, though, most of the rest you'll find in the area is chains or decidedly mediocre neighborhood joints.