This past week, a couple colleagues and I wanted to hold an elegant cocktail and hors d'oeuvres party for some very important business associates. We wanted a tasteful, upscale presentation, but a warm and welcoming environment where one could smell the salt in the air. We unanimously agreed on Maria's Seaside Cafe in Misquamicut, and I was given the job of setting it up. All I really did was call John . . .
What I hoped for was something special; what the staff and kitchen of Maria's provided made my colleagues and me the toasts of the town! I was welcoming my guests and enjoying one of Maria's special Sangrias when the food starting coming out . . . and it just kept coming! The best calamari I have ever had, tuna tartar, chicken tostadas, lobster pizza, smoked salmon on sliced cucumber . . . and I am sure I am forgetting half of it. But I will never forget the delicately fried rice balls. Golden and crisp arancini, I was told they were called, and the recipe traveled all the way from Sicily to the shores of Westerly.
The bartenders - Peter and Jordan - worked tirelessly, and I saw our guests enjoying martinis, mojitos, local brews, and of course the magical Sangria. Our wait staff - led by Tara and Ursula - never stopped moving; when one platter was finished, another one filled its spot. We all had a terrific time!
I have been to Maria's to have a relaxing drink and watch baseball after work; I have had quiet dinners with my girlfriend, special meals with friends, and even quick lunches during the week, and I can honestly say I have never been disappointed. But I have never been so touched by the personal service of everyone there. It's like they knew how important that night was for us, and they made sure it went smoothly.
Thank you, management and staff of Maria's. We will never forget what you did for us that evening.