Rhode Islanders like big portions at their restaurant tables. Apparently, that was learned quickly by Emily and Joe Faria and his brother-in-law, chef Antonio Pereira, when they opened FAIAL 3-1/2 years ago. They named the place after the Azorean island where the latter two were born. Their groaning-table signature platter is the Faial’s Cattle¬man’s Bounty (at $23.99, the most expensive item on the menu). You have your pile of BBQed pork, your rows of ribs, your chicken breast, all well-cushioned in your stomach if you first install a layer of their traditional fried potatoes, like thick-cut chips. If you get a doggie bag and save room for des¬sert, the size of not-overly-sweet Portuguese-style flan isn’t exactly dinky. How do you say “Mangia, mangia” in Portuguese?
Faial |970 Douglas Pike, Smithfield | 401.231.1100