Review: Vine Yard East

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 17, 2012

I pondered the seafood, chicken, and veggie options (the latter was a "ratatouille" — eggplant, red peppers, poblano chilis, and onions over a fennel ragout). Because the menu said that vegetarian and gluten-free dishes were "available upon request," I decided to ask for the strozzapreti (priest choker) pasta. I've always loved the name and the legends that go with it, including priests who ate too fast and choked on its curvy lengths or housewives who vented their spleen as they "choked" off pieces of dough while making the pasta. I ordered it with just pomodoro sauce and mozzarella, and it was yummy.

There were four house-made desserts that night: limoncello cheesecake, marble cake, apple crisp, and sweet potato tiramisu ($7.50). I chose the latter, not realizing that the ladyfingers would still be espresso-dipped, and I wasn't fond of the sweet potato and espresso taste together, but maybe that's just me. In reality, though, what's tiramisu without the chocolate?

Lastly, the décor at Vine Yard East is elegant but homey: caramel and brown accents against cream-colored walls; shelves with small wine-making knick-knacks; cushioned chairs and comfy banquettes. Service was friendly and helpful. And next time we'll be sure to try the wines.

Vine Yard East  | 401.432.7000 | 315 Waterman Ave, East Providence | Mon-Wed, 4 -11 pm; Thurs-Sat, 4 pm-midnight; Sun, 2-10 pm | Major Credit Cards | Full Bar | Sidewalk-Level Accessible

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