The Italian-born author and chef Marcella Hazan once penned the words “There is no such thing as ‘Italian haute cuisine’ because there are no high or low roads in Italian cooking. All roads lead to the home, to la cucina di casa.”
No truer words could be spoken than these of the food of Tony Fiore. Tony Fiore’s Italian and American-style cooking comes from the closest place to home, his heart. Every Friday night, his culinary point-of-view comes to life at Buttonwoods 416, the restaurant he has owned with his wife Jackie for the last 16 years. As night falls on this popular neighborhood eatery on Buttonwoods Avenue, a crowd gathers every week for Tony’s authentic home-cooking, made-to-order in his busy kitchen.
In large pots, homemade marinara sauce simmers away, filling the restaurant with the enticing aroma of fragrant tomatoes and those tell-tale seasonings that only a true Italian cook knows how to blend. In other pots, salty water awaits pasta while pans of vegetables and seafood sizzle and simmer nearby. Platters of salmon, fried seafood, stuffed pork chops and eggplant are ushered out by Jackie and her faithful team of servers, topped only by their classic dishes of pasta and chicken with pink vodka sauce, stuffed peppers, meatballs ~ and so much more. Accompanied by crispy green salads, steaming cups of chowder, clam cakes, fried calamari and a huge selection of appetizers, the list of options goes on and on.
While these Friday night dinners are worth the trip to this corner of Warwick, Buttonwoods 416 is best known for its delicious breakfasts and lunches.
The menu at Buttonwoods 416 is both diverse and tantalizing, with classic breakfast and lunch fare served five days a week! Some of Tony’s home-style breakfasts include fluffy eggs, French toast, Belgium waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausage, home fries, hash, fresh fruit and baked goods such muffins, bagels and croissants. Daily specials include such offerings as specialty omelets (think . . . bacon, asparagus, tomato, onion & cheddar cheese omelet), or variations on the original pancake (imagine sinking your teeth into one of chocolate chip and bananas) ~ all served with toast and freshly brewed coffee.
Lunch is equally as enticing here. A large variety of sandwiches (try BLTs, Grilled Cheese, Shaved Steak and Club ~ to get started), garden-fresh salads, seafood, chowder, clam cakes, succulent burgers, hotdogs and, of course, Tony’s flaky, golden-brown Fish & Chips. There are salty French Fries, onion rings, stuffies and even WEINERS! Everything is made-from-scratch with the freshest of locally sourced ingredients.
Buttonwoods 416 is located at 416 Buttonwoods Avenue. Open Wed. – Sat., 6:30am - 2:00 pm (except Friday, 6:30 am - 8:00 pm for dinner) and Sunday from 6:30am -1:00 pm (breakfast only). Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Major credit cards accepted (except American Express). For take-out, call 401-738-7571. Visit them on Facebook or at www.buttonwoodsfishandchips.com.
Don’t forget that Buttonwoods 416 is BYOB.