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Sophia's Tuscan Grille

At Sophia’s Tuscan Grille, expect to find delicious comfort food like house-made gnocchi and sauces from scratch in a cozy, welcoming setting.

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1729 Warwick Avenue, Warwick | 401-732-6656
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 5pm-9pm; Friday-Saturday 5pm-10pm; Sunday 8am-1pm | Meals Served: Breakfast (Sundays), lunch, dinner | Cuisine: Northern Italian | Price Range: $6-$29 | Bar: BYOB | Kid Menu: Yes | Parking: Private lot | Accepts Reservations: Yes | Delivery: No | Take Out: Yes | Outdoor Seating: No | Ambience: Cozy, casual | Catering: On-site private events and catering to-go

Nobody appreciates the supreme enjoyment of cooking and eating more than the Italians. The best Italian cuisine comes from fresh, high quality ingredients, prepared simply to let the food shine. In Rhode Island, you don’t have to drive to Federal Hill for great Italian food. At Sophia’s Tuscan Grille, expect to find delicious comfort food like house-made gnocchi and sauces from scratch in a cozy, welcoming setting.

At Sophia’s, Chef Chris Palios brings the old world flavors of northern Italy to Rhode Island in a modern way. Begin your meal with an Antipasti like Polenta Al Forno, creamy wood-grilled parmesan polenta finished with a rustic sweet sausage ragout, fresh basil and Tuscan olive oil, or Eggplant Involtini, hand battered eggplant rolled around prosciutto-herb ricotta cheese finished with parmesano reggiano and San Marzano tomato sauce. Try a Peasant-Style Rustic Flatbread, or a pasta like Ravioli Milano, which is roasted garlic and grana padano stuffed ravioli sautéed with spiced broccoli rabe, Tuscan olive oil and shaved parmesan. Sophia’s serves traditional Secondi courses like Chicken Saltimbocca, and inventive preparations like Tuscan Boccalone - linguini tossed with pan-seared veal, chicken breast, and large shrimp, then simmered with porcini mushrooms and baby spinach in a rich marsala cream, finished with toasted pine nuts. Guests rave about what a great deal the BYOB restaurant is. Don’t miss Sophia’s prix fixe deal: on Wednesday and Thursday, two people can enjoy three courses for $39.95. The restaurant also serves breakfast on Sunday mornings.

Chef Chris Palios honed his culinary chops at Johnson & Wales, but his cooking education began much earlier, with his Sicilian grandmother giving him lessons in the kitchen as early as age seven. He’s also worked with Emeril Lagasse and Todd English. Chef Chris offers seasonal cooking classes, based on his experiences cooking and eating in northern Italy. The lessons include a three-to-five course cooking demonstration of regional Italian cuisine, a chef’s tasting with wine pairings of all the dishes, a recipe booklet to recreate these dishes at home, and a new perspective on Italian cuisine. For your new neighborhood favorite, visit Sophia’s Tuscan Grille.