Archive for September, 2013

A bowl of tripe

A bowl of tripe

With more handwritten signs than items on the menu, Geneva Diner serves lunch everyday and dinner on the weekends. On a whiteboard, I spotted an asterisk next to the word “Tripe,” which produced the spicy, tender bowl pictured at right, smelling faintly of a barnyard.

Geneva Diner
1162 Douglas Ave
North Providence, RI 02904
(401) 353-8333

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A margarita pizza with fresh mozzarella and local basil.

A margarita pizza with fresh mozzarella and local basil.

Providence has great food. But I’m still not sure what algorithm causes New York to rank third for Travel & Leisure’s America’s Best Pizza and Providence to rank second. I suppose having grown up in New York City, I will always believe that the thin-crust New York-style pizza (when done right, of course) is the ‘real’ pizza.

Arugula with Israeli couscous, goat cheese, lemon cucumber, and a blackberry yogurt dressing.

Arugula with Israeli couscous, goat cheese, lemon cucumber, and a blackberry yogurt dressing.

Nevertheless, there is also nothing quite like a wood-fired Neapolitan pizza done right, and that you’ll find at Figidini Wood Fire Eatery. They recently opened in Downcity adding to what is turning out to be a great block to grab a bite in Providence.

On our most recent visit, we opted for an arugula salad with Israeli couscous, goat cheese, red onions, and lemon cucumber topped with rock salt and a blackberry yogurt dressing. Geoff chose the soppressata‎ pizza special, while I opted for the plainer margarita pizza — each so different, but both with their signature flavorful, light and tender crust.

It’s not New York pizza, but it certainly is Providence pizza at its best.

Figidini Wood Fire Eatery 
67 Washington St
Providence, RI
(401) 808-6886
www.facebook.com/Figidini

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Image from Fight.

Image from Fight.

Now in its 5th year, the Online New England Film Festival has grown to feature 33 local films from 12 regional film festivals from September 1 through October 15. Part of my site NewEnglandFilm.com, this year’s festival brings together a curated selection of short films from film festivals around New England, including these from the Rhode Island International Film Festival:

Still from "Fallout"

Still from “Fallout”

Fallout

Two brothers hide for their lives in an old family fallout shelter.

Director Derek Dubois is an award-winning independent Rhode Island filmmaker. He also teaches in the Film Studies program at Rhode Island College. Currently, he is promoting his latest short film Lucid.

Fight

A showdown between two motley characters.

Director Steven Subotnick is an animator and artist living in Providence, RI. His films have received international awards, and his work has been included in competitive and curated shows at festivals, museums, and galleries around the world. He is currently teaching at Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

The Perfect Day for a Picnic

Howard, a factory worker, returns home each evening to find that his bed-ridden wife is changing.

Director Bob Lewis has lived in the US for 20 years and in Providence for nine years. Eager to connect with local filmmakers in Rhode Island, he quickly became involved with The Rhode Island Film Collaborative. His first introduction to the local film making community was working as Assistant Camera on a local feature Sleather.

For more information and to view all the films, visit www.newenglandfilm.com/festival.

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