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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-28-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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8 SCITUATE / SMITHFIELD MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER SMITHFIELD – Bistecca Chophouse will bring city-quality steakhouse meals at rural community prices to Smithfield at the former Continental Restaurant location at 322 Farnum Pike, according to Tavolo Restaurant owners Leonard and Sherri Mello. Leonard said the pair bought the building in November of 2018, with the concept of offering high-level food quality combined with a nice presentation. Leonard said the opening date for the modern American-style steak- house is slated for the end of sum- mer to utilize the 100-seat outdoor patio overlooking Stump Pond. "We're really excited about it," Sherri said. The building is undergoing cosmet- ic updates to the interior and exte- rior for a fresh appearance and new atmosphere, according to Leonard. Unique to Bistecca, Leonard said the restaurant will offer guests the option of having a steak size and weight specialty cut-to-order at their request. In a "build-your-own" style, Leonard said the restaurant will fea- ture dry rubs and flavorful sauces in a "sauce flight," sampling of a variety of sauces. "Freshness is important, and we'll keep it reasonably priced," Leonard said. Between opening two restaurants, running two more, and raising three children, the Mellos are in for a busy year. Though Bistecca is a step away from the Tuscan-style restaurant, Tavolo, the pair is also continuing to expand Tavolo, opening a third loca- tion in Warwick at the former Legal Seafood on Post Road. Leonard said the company will be hiring around 40 to 45 staff mem- bers from front of house to kitchen staff between the two restaurants. Members of his Tavolo kitchen staff are skilled, and many worked for the company for more than 10 years, even before the couple taking over the Smithfield location, 970 Douglas Pike, in October of 2015. The Mello's also operate a second Tavolo located in Providence. Steakhouse coming to former Continental Restaurant location By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD LEONARD and SHERRI MELLO, own- ers of Tavolo Restaurants, are bringing a city-style steakhouse to Smithfield. BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Three generations work together to help make North Scituate's Trinity Episcopal Church Pancake Supper a success. On right is grandmother SHIRLEY HUTCHINGS, her daughter, SARA HUTCHINGS-SCHWARTZ, and her grand- daughter, CALLIE SCHWARTZ, 9, all of North Scituate. The supper was held in the parish hall on March 5. Serving freshly cooked pancakes are, from left, ANYA SWANSON, 12, of Cranston, MAGGIE COLLINS, 12, and MILANA BELANGER, 13, both of Scituate.

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