Sonoma Grille is an oasis in the Sahara which is North Kingstown dining. I've passed it many times and always seen the crowded parking lot, and finally stopped by for dinner last night. The ambiance is quite nice, unpretentious, but airy, clean, and well-maintained. I might describe it as a "high end family restaurant." Their vodka selection topped out at Ciroc, which is better than average, if not top-of-the-line. The martini was well-prepared, with just the right amount of cranberry and cold enough so that ice crystals formed in the glass. The perfect drink. We had the margherita pizza as an appetizer. It was quite good, with a thin, crisp crust and not too many tomatoes. I had the chicken parm, served over a bed of penne. It's difficult to screw up chicken parm, but it is easy to screw up the accompanying pasta. This had just a tad of al dente about it, which is, to my taste, perfect. The sauce was light, much better than the typical heavy tomato sauce one often finds. My dining companion had the house salad with steak medallions, which looked fantastic and apparently tasted so as well.
The service was cheery and prompt, as if our waitress was actually glad to see us and appreciated our patronage. The meal was served speedily, but we certainly didn't feel rushed.
Don't get me wrong, Sonoma Grille isn't going to compete with the restaurants in Providence, but it sure does shine among the local establishments.
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