372 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840
There's one thing to be said for the folks of Aquidneck Island and that's that they like their pies with plenty of dough, so Newport is known for thick crust pizza. The traditional bake is a favorite with nearly all of the pizzerias in the city and no matter how they top them, it's always going to be a very tasty way to appease your appetite. Thick crust pizza is a classic of not just the Italian food scene but the worldwide one. The simple ingredients it's made from –bread dough, tomato sauce, and cheese - combine together to form a delectable dish that's hard to compete with even if you're a gourmet chef. The pizza chefs of Newport might not be Michelin-starred chefs but when you have one of their pies you'll soon realize they've definitely mastered making pizzas.
When you want the best delivery pizza in Newport all you need to do is order one from A1 Pizza and they'll bring it right to your door. A1 Pizza is a family-run pizzeria in Newport that has been dishing out the dough for over forty years. That's a lot of pizza making experience and something that's evident in every pizza they bake, whether it's a regular thick crust or one of their house specials, which are Greek-style and pan-baked. A1 Pizza has their premises in a small but classy joint occupying a corner position on Broadway. Neat and clean inside and out, it's a popular place with the locals to eat in as well as for ordering deliveries and picking up take-outs. For something different try their Kickin Chicken, which is made with a creamy bleu cheese sauce and jalapenos, or their Loaded Potato with mashed potatoes and garlic butter.
To get the best take-out pizza in Newport, it’s simply a case of dropping in at Karma Pizza on Thames Street. Be warned though, unless you're very strong-willed, you may well find yourself picking up a lot more than a pizza as they bake a wide range of delicious sweet treats that are far too tempting to resist. Karma Pizza premises are in an independent bungalow-style building which has a parking space directly out front. The windows carry stylishly made signage announcing the fact they bake their pizzas in a wood-fired oven. Inside, the kitchen takes up a lot more space than the dining area but you will be able to take a seat if you need one while you're waiting for your pie to cook. It won't be long though as wood-fired pizzas cook in minutes, so don't get too comfortable.
Take a drive east from Newport and head over the Claiborne Pell/Newport Bridge to Jamestown for the day. Jamestown is on Aquidneck's neighboring island, Conanicut. It's not huge and well worth taking the time to drive around the island as it's been blessed with some spectacular scenery. Stop off for a spell at Mackerel Cove Beach, then visit the Conanicut Battery Historic Park before going to the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum in the Beavertail State Park. After snapping a few photos of the lighthouse drop in at Ace's Pizza on Clarke Street for a pie.
Head north from Newport and you'll come to Portsmouth. If you're a collector of trinkets you'll have a great time there browsing around the town’s antique shops searching for a special keepsake. Keen gardeners won't want to miss having a wander around the Green Animals topiary gardens where all the bushes have been trimmed into animal shapes. If you've still got time to spare on your outing, take a hike around the Battle of Rhode Island Site before going to the North End Pizzeria on East Main Street for a late lunch.
Head north, drive straight through Portsmouth, and after a few miles, you'll have left Rhode Island behind. You'll be in Massachusetts before you even get as far as Fall River. The state may have changed but the landscape doesn't alter much. Stop by Battleship Cove and you can't help but be impressed by the collection of old naval ships anchored there, especially the one named after the state, the USS Massachusetts. Get a chilly thrill by taking a ghost tour of the Lizzie Borden House then d
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