About this blog

My mother was a great cook. My father loved to eat.
I am the Man from Pawtucket and this is my story. Here you will find a collection of observations, from Central Falls to Central Park, from Pawtucket to Paris, about Eating Well. Bon Appetit.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Rhode Island Trip Report

October 2009

Last month brothers Bob and Lurker W traveled to Providence
RI, for a weekend of eating before a big Pats game in

The eating started right in at Twins Pizza in North
Providence, a local landmark that just celebrated its 50
anniversary. We feasted on RI favorites snail salad, sauteed
peppers, and grapenut custard pudding. The main event of
course was Twins's famous pizza. We got one with black
olives and mushrooms, and one with linguica and banana
peppers -- both ordered "well done" as opposed to medium (a
Twins peculiarity). The crust was excellent on both pizzas,
but I liked the traditional olives and mushrooms a little
more. (see pictures)

Saturday morning we had an excellent breakfast at Nick's on
, a very popular spot with the hip West Side crowd.
Somewhat of a wait even though it was early on a rainy
Saturday, but it was worth it. Breakfast sandwich with
prosciutto and a bowl of yogurt, granola, and fruit for me,
omelet for Lurker W that was devoured in mere seconds. Great
coffee too. (see pictures)

Lunch on Saturday was just leftover pizza that held up very
well, and a muffaletta that Lurker transported from Central
Grocery in New Orleans

For dinner we drove over to the Back Eddy in Westport MA.
Because it was rainy we didn't get to experience the Back
Eddy's legendary sunsets, but we got the usual fresh, well
prepared local seafood (oysters, swordfish, cod). (see

Pregame breakfast on Sunday was once again at the Modern
Diner in our hometown of Pawtucket. We each got one of the
Modern's weekend French toast specials, and made short work
of them. Tip: go early on Sunday to avoid the waits, which
can be very long. (see pictures)

Finally, a trip to RI would not be complete without some
greasy pizza strips. We picked up some at DeFusco's in
Cranston. Delicious as usual.

Another great eating trip to RI!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Rabbit Day

November 6, 2009 -

Today was rabbit day. Under the guidance of Chef Mark, we made a fricassee of rabbit served over fresh egg noodles, roasted bacon wrapped rabbit loins stuffed with garlic, rosemary and bacon and a fricassee of brussels sprout (or brussels sprouts) and more bacon. Everything was delicious.

Lurker W's Younger Brother

Friday, November 6, 2009

Motorino Pizza Napoletana - NYC

November 5, 2009

I tried Motorino Pizza Napoletana for lunch with a couple of food lovin out of towners and came away pleasantly surprised. Located in the same space that formally housed Una Pizza Napoletana in the E. Village, this branch of the Williamsburg original is welcome addition to the neighborhood. The $12 lunch special comes with a pie of choice and either a mixed green salad or ice cream.

The mixed green salad came with a little red onion and chive and served with side of balsamic and olive oil. I liked everything about this salad. Fresh greens and just the right amount of vinaigrette. For the pizza's we tried one with brussels sprouts, smoked pancetta, mozzarella, garlic and pecorino and the soppressata piccante with mozzarella, spicy soppressata, garlic, chili and pecorino. Both pies came to the table with that nice blistered char that you could only get from a VERY hot wood fire oven. The crust had the right amount of crunch to chew ratio for me and the toppings complemented, but didn't overwhelm.

Everyone enjoyed these pies and I'll definitely be back!
Sam W.