Dining Playbook: Where They Ate Episode 17

NESN’s new show, Dining Playbook with Billy and Jenny, features two of America’s favorite pastimes: food and sports. Emmy Award winning Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson will be cooking with your favorite athletes and showcasing the places to go before, during and after the game.

Five For Five

Each week a professional athlete shares his five favorite restaurants. This week features former New England Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins.


1.) Hooters is Wiggy’s go-to North Shore destination for wings. His favorite is the boneless buffalo wings, which he likes to enjoy while checking out the action on any of the restaurant’s multiple TV’s.

Hooters 1143 Broadway, Saugus, MA (339) 600-7311 www.hooters.com

2.) Jeveli’s is Jermaine’s choice for authentic Italian food. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Jeveli’s offers authentic, affordable Italian dishes like Jermaine’s favorite, the chicken marsala.

Jeveli’s 387 Chelsea St, East Boston, MA (617) 567-9539 www.jeveli.com

3.) Santarpio’s is a can’t-miss destination for pizza lovers, and nobody knows that more than Wiggins, whose favorite pie at the East Boston staple is a large mushroom and onion pizza.

Santarpio’s 111 Chelsea St, Boston, MA (617) 567-9871 www.santarpiospizza.com

4.) Rino’s Place is Wiggy’s hometown favorite. Decorated with murals of the old country, Rino’s offers delicious Italian dishes like the pollo parmigana.

Rino’s Place 258 Saratoga St, Boston MA (617) 567-7412 www.rinosplace.com

5.) Jermaine’s favorite spot for lunch is Sonny Noto’s in Wakefield, Mass., which has been serving yummy Italian food for more than 50 years. Wiggy’s meal of choice is the steak tips and salad.

Sonny Noto’s 49 Water St, Wakefield, MA (781) 246-4800 www.sonnynotos.com

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard

On this week’s Dining Playbook, Billy and Jenny headed south to check out Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard in New Compton, R.I. Located on 170 acres of land buffeted by a reservoir and the Atlantic Ocean, the vineyard offers breathtaking views and rows upon rows of fresh grapes. While on the property, Billy and Jenny chatted with the vineyard’s new owner, Alex and Ani CEO Carolyn Rafaelian, and winemaker Elaine Phipps.

*Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard 162 W Main Rd, Little Compton, RI (401) 635-8486

Training Camp: Jenny is joined this week by former Boston Celtics guard Dana Barros, who currently works in the team’s media relations department. The two talked about the future of the Celtics while cooking up some delicious lasagna.
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Review: This week’s review featured Teas and Javas in Newport, R.I. which boasts delicious breakfast, lunch and dessert items in addition to a full selection of coffees and teas.
*Teas and Javas 282 Thames St, Newport, R.I. (401) 621-7700 www.teasandjavas.com

Before, During, and After the Game: This week, Billy and Jenny traveled to Newport, R.I. to find three places where fans can enjoy a meal before, during, or after a game. Here were their three choices:

1.) Salvation Cafe: This cafe boasts a unique vibe and design to go along with an eclectic menu that features dishes such as the beet and goat cheese terrine and seared tuna and truffle polenta.

*Salvation Cafe 140 Broadway, Newport, R.I. (401) 847-2620 www.salvationcafe.com

2.) Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant: Located on the cobblestone streets of downtown Newport, Brick Alley is must-see landmark that boasts dishes like the ahi tuna sliders and Gary’s Portuguese littlenecks.

*Bricky Alley Pub & Restaurant 140 Thames St, Newport, R.I. (401) 849-6334 http://www.brickalley.com

3.) 41 North Hotel and Marina: 41 North Hotel and Marina houses two can’t miss restaurants. Christie’s offers delicious flatbread pizzas and meat boards, while The Grill boasts fresh seafood options like the seared diver sea scallops.

*41 North Hotel and Marina 351 Thames St, Newport, R.I. 401-846-8018 http://www.41north.com