last week it was back to my family’s annual weeklong excursion to Narragansett after a pandemic year off, which was great after the Year That Was. mostly though, I completely failed to do a lot of new to me food stuff–I did read a bunch of books and I watched LOTS of Euro 2020 soccer games, but I got real lazy (I may have warned you) and didn’t venture out all that much beyond walks on the beach and a round of old reliables. (A rental car snafu also axed a planned pizza tour of Cranston on the way down). Did I go to Anthony’s in Middletown? Nope. Did I finally get to Matunuck Oyster Bar? Nope again!
So mostly I’ve failed you all on much new intel. Go back to my Narragansett post from 3 or 4 years back and you can probably get the lowdown on a lot of what I ate. Clamcakes, chowder and a fair lobster roll at Iggy’s, clam roll and fried squid at Monahan’s, excellent ice cream at Brickley’s in Wakefield, bought clams for a home meal at Ocean Catch, an OK patty melt at local greasy spoon Meldgie’s, some pizza strips and a decent calzone from Colvitto’s.
But I’ve got a couple things. For a non food place, we took a walk in Kinney Azalea Gardens, for which we were a little late for most of the flowering, but was still quite nice. It’s a cool little botanic garden/nursery in Kingston, good for a half hour stroll and amazing if you’re in the market for plants. We also stopped at Green Line Apothecary in Wakefield for a cherry phosphate one day–only worth doing if you’re up for old timey soda fountain stuff, but fun. They really do have a vintage soda fountain set up in there.
I was also in the mood for pizza after having not been able to stop in Cranston on the way there. Pier Pizza in Wakefield does an OK NY style that we ate one day (it’s also just steps from Brickley’s), but I wouldn’t go out of the way for it. But the real surprise winner was Pasquale’s in Wakefield, a place that serves up a pretty fantastic Neapolitan style pizza. We got the margherita with the buffalo mozzarella, and frankly it was damned amazing and probably the best thing I ate all week. Warning: you’ll have to listen to syrupy RAI style music if you sit inside–but it’s worth it.