Five Chowhounds and two guests met at Vintage (http://www.vintageri.com/) in Woonsocket, RI this past Saturday night. The account provided contains comments from all of those in attendance (and pictures from three). If I missed something, please add your comments.
We met up in the bar area and started with drinks. Vintage has a nice drink menu with a vast selection of interesting cocktails and a good wine list. Members of the group had the Sangria Martini ($7.00), V-Tini ($7.00), Blueberry Cosmopolitan ($8.25) from the cocktails selections. I had a glass of wine, Alamos Merlot ($7.00) from the wine by the glass list. I’m missing a few of the other drinks.
We were seated in the dining room at copper topped tables.
Vintage has an extensive bar menu that includes sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, burgers and a variety of other bar foods. We opted to try several items off of the bar menu for appetizers. We had the Asian Style Crispy Point Judith Calamari with two kinds of Chili Peppers, Sweet & Sour Red Onion and Sambal Aioli ($10.00) and two flatbread pizzas. The Roasted tomato, Mozzarella, Snipped Basil, Young Pecorino & EVOO ($11.00) and the Short Rib, Truffled Potato Puree, Red Wine Syrup ($13.00). The Calamari was the disappointment of the evening. The Crispy Calamari lacked crisp (not hot enough oil, not cooked long enough) but the Aioli that came with the Calamari was very good. The group agreed that both of the pizzas were excellent with the Short Rib pizza having surprising toppings that were “unique”, “very interesting” and “delicious”.
With our dinner, three of us split a bottle of Oyster Bay Pinot Noir ($32.00). Others stuck with the water that was provided at the table or second helpings of the cocktails mentioned above.
Stacy had the pasta special with wild mushrooms and truffle oil ($15.00). Stacy said her entrée was very good, very rich and she enjoyed it. She also thought that the portion was large for the price.
Jane had the Hanger Steak with Truffled Parmesan Frites and Herb Butter ($22.00). Jane was disappointed in her entree. It wasn’t a traditional preparation that she was expecting for an entrée called Steak Frites. The steak appeared to be marinated steak tip and I believe Jane was expecting a different cut of meat and did not like the herb butter that accompanied the steak. The truffled parmesan frites were not the Parisian style frites that Jane was expecting.
I had the Seared Ahi Tuna with Toasted Couscous, Marinated Tomato Salad and Black Olive Sauce ($25.00). The tuna was prepared rare and there were four generous slices.
Jim had the Grilled Native Sword Fish with Crispy Potato Hash with Chorizo and Onion & Herbed Butter ($23.00). It was a surprising large piece of swordfish, cooked nicely.
Renee, Joanie and Meryl all had the Wild Striped Bass with Sweet Corn Risotto and Crispy Potatoes ($24.00). Each of them enjoyed their bass and thought the clams, which were not noted on the menu, were a pleasant surprise. Renee and Joanie substituted Sauteed Garlic Green Beans for the Crispy Potatoes.
Except for Jane, we all brought home our leftovers.
We looked at the dessert menu. The group was most interested in the Butterscotch Panna Cotta with Almond Tulies and Cappuccino Gelee ($8.00), but were disappointed to discover that they were out of this dessert. We opted not to try another of the house made desserts.
The building is beautiful and the group liked the ambiance. The service was good and the server was knowledgeable of the menu. She was happy to accommodate our requests for six separate checks! We didn’t check out the lounge (they had live entertainment) or the patio. They do offer outdoor dining.
Overall, I think we had a wonderful night and I really enjoyed meeting everyone. I am looking forward to participating in more Chowhound events!
Entrees $14.00 - $32.00
Appetizers from dinner menu $8.00 - $14.00
Bar Menu $6.00 - $14.00
Desserts $8.00 - $10.00